Cirrus Health, a health services organization, has forged a five-year alliance with Siemens, an electronics and electrical engineering company, to provide a wide range of technology and services for the next generation of physician-owned healthcare environments.
The agreement includes integration of Siemens medical equipment, communications systems, building infrastructure and automation technologies, fire and life safety, physical security systems, energy efficiency consulting, lighting, and power technology applications.
Additionally, Siemens will work closely with Cirrus Health physician partners to develop optimized, process-based facility design recommendations focused on the highest quality of patient care, efficient workflow and utilization of resources, to deliver a positive experience for patients and staff.
One of the first initiatives for the new alliance will be the development and design of Central Heart and Surgical Hospital in Conway, Arkansas. The facility, when complete, is expected to total 130,000 square feet with 55 beds and eight operating rooms and include a full imaging suite and space for three cardiac catheterization laboratories.
Siemens, working with the project design and engineering team of Cirrus Health, will provide design services and building automation equipment, systems integration, fire alarm and suppression, and security and access control systems. Nearly $10.5 million of Siemens equipment is included in the capital budget for this project with the opening projected for summer of 2010.
Ken Cornelius, president and CEO of Siemens, said: Cirrus Health has an innovative approach to partnering with physicians to create healthcare facilities, and this gives Siemens a unique opportunity to leverage our expertise in medical equipment and building infrastructure.