The Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (RIMES) has been awarded two contracts totaling $120,000.00 by the University Medical Center in El Paso. The scope includes TMAC engineers and students working on the design and implement a “split model” approach for the Emergency Department.
TMAC has been retained by the University Medical Center of El Paso to help them solve a vexing concern, namely, patient throughput in the Emergency Department. With TMAC's help, UMC is initiating a Lean journey in order to increase capacity while containing costs. With TMAC's guidance, UMC management mapped the hospital's entire value stream and identified the major constraints to stable patient "flow." First of all, low acuity ED patients are being seen in what is termed a production cell which co-locates the resources necessary to expedite the patient's journey to discharge. Secondly, a new medical admitting unit has been opened to keep patient's destined for admittance into the hospital from waiting for inordinately long periods of time. Finally, in order to keep patient beds open for admitting from ED into the hospital, TMAC has helped management design a paced discharge system which will facilitate patient discharges throughout the day instead of the more cumbersome method of batching discharges all before some arbitrarily set deadline.
This study aims to create a model that quantifies the operational advantages and cost savings from adding storage to a microgrid. This study is being carried out by Dr. Ricardo Pineda, Dr. Ralph Martinez, Dr. Jose Espiritu, and 3 Research Assistants.