Saint Peter’s University Hospital 2007 Technology Project
Saint Peter’s University Hospital is a 458-bed teaching hospital located in central New Jersey. It is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and was the tenth hospital in the nation to be certified as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Saint Peter’s has been an academic affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine since 2005. Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Medical Library’s mission is to support the clinical research and educational requirements of hospital staff and personnel through the maintenance of a comprehensive and current collection of medical, nursing, and allied health databases, books, journals and multimedia materials. Patients and visitors may request simple health-related reference questions. Due to the size of the memory (256 MB) the computers did not work to their fullest potential. Three staff workstations have standard monitors, which limits the amount of workspace.
The award money was used to purchase five new staff computers (Reference Desk, Circulation Desk, Interlibrary Loan Desk, Manager’s Office, Medical Librarian’s Office.) as well as two computers for patron use. The computers were ordered in December 2007, with installation completed in February 2008. There have been no desktop requests made to the IT helpdesk since the computers were installed. Staff is able to open PDF’s without delay, as it was time consuming in the past. Feedback from the patrons has been 100% positive. They appreciate the upgrade and the additional workstation space the new computers provide. The project has allowed both staff and patrons to work effectively, saving both time and sanity. The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the opportunity to apply for this award. Without the funding, our library would not have been able to purchase new computers.
Creazzo, Jeannine. Saint Peter’s Univeristy Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ.