VAN DUYN HOME & HOSPITAL

FIRE ALARM TRANSPLANT GIVES HEALTHCARE FACILITY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS UPGRADE

Thirty years ago, Onondaga County in upstate New York, opened the Van Duyn Home & Hospital (VDHH) Residential Health Care Facility. As the only county-run nursing home in Onondaga County, its seven floors and 513 beds offer much-needed care for residents of Syracuse and the surrounding areas. The facility’s property includes one main building, where all residents live, and two small outbuildings for auxiliary services.

Kelly Neish, director of hospital safety and security, has the critical task of preparing the facility and staff for possible emergencies, such as fires. The residents of VDHH have varying degrees of physical incapacity. Moreover, the home offers special care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

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