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Chicago's Park Place of Elmhurst Retirement Community Standardizes on SARA Emergency Alert System to Enhance Resident Safety and Security

Newly Opened Retirement Community Also Exploring the CATIE Self-Service and MIMI Telehealth Applications From Status Solutions (May 02, 2012)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/02/12 -- Status Solutions today announced that its SARA (Situational Awareness and Response Assistant) emergency alert system has been deployed at Park Place of Elmhurst near Chicago. This is the sixth Providence Life Services community that has standardized on SARA since Status Solutions was selected as a vendor of choice in 2009 for its knowledge of the senior living and healthcare industries, CTI and software development expertise, and customer references.

All 12 Providence Life Services communities eventually will use SARA, which is an automated alerting engine that integrates life safety, security and environmental controls, turning alarms from these disparate systems into managed voice and text alerts for delivery to designated communication devices, including landlines, cell phones, pagers, emails, computer screens, PA systems, etc. SARA includes a wireless sensor network, integration tools for existing alarm and communication systems, and mass notification in one powerful platform. With the situational awareness SARA provides, Park Place will have a wide view of what's happening in and around its campus to enhance resident safety and security.

Park Place of Elmhurst is a 12.5-acre community with 173 independent living units, which opened in February 2012. Its assisted living area with 86 units, including 20 memory support units and health center, is scheduled to open in the June-July 2012 timeframe. SARA will be used throughout the campus for nurse call and mobile duress. The solution, which can be customized to meet the life safety, security monitoring, environmental awareness and mass notification requirements of any facility, also will be integrated with the community's EMR system so resident information will populate other business-critical systems automatically, including nurse call, wander management, etc.

"Park Place has been constructed as a 'model' community with best-of-breed technologies to create a five-star experience for our residents," explains Don Engelsman, Park Place's executive director. "Resident safety and security is of utmost importance when it comes to ensuring that five-star lifestyle, so SARA will be used for emergency alerting in addition to integrating other safety, security and environmental systems for complete situational awareness." For example, Park Place will integrate SARA with its access control system and use it to monitor the temperature of its refrigeration units and swimming pool.

ProviNET Solutions, the technology division of Providence Life Services, vetted a number of systems before deciding to standardize on SARA, according to Carl Goodfriend, ProviNET CIO. "We selected SARA because it integrates with a lot of different systems and didn't require us to replace existing alarm or communication systems in order to leverage its capabilities. In fact, we've been able to simplify and centralize the management of all of our systems and in many cases extend the ROI for each because of Status Solutions' expertise in computer telephony integration and support for different protocols," Goodfriend says.

Goodfriend goes on to explain that ProviNET is exploring the addition of the CATIE (Communication and Access to Information Everywhere) multimedia application for two-way communication and MIMI (Motion into Meaningful Information) for mobile health monitoring because he sees them as critical pieces of a "CCRC without walls" strategy. "CCRCs, including Park Place, are looking for ways to extend their brick-and-mortar services to the community at large, and SARA's sister [situational awareness] solutions could help Providence Life Services and our other clients deliver important social and telehealth benefits."

Bunny Tharpe
Corporate Communications
Status Solutions
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