STARC Systems recognizes pandemic preparedness is one of the most important responsibilities for all infection control and facility managers. Managers know that it’s only a matter of time when—not if—that a pandemic will strike their area and facility. There is a constant risk of a devastating pandemic event occurring, be it bioengineered chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents, or an outbreak of an infectious disease. Continue Reading
The acronym ICRA stands for Infection Control Risk Assessment. The term refers to a procedure that all healthcare facilities must engage during any construction project within occupied or sensitive spaces. Infection control specialists and contractors in the field look to Infection-Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) guidelines and strategies to prevent environment-associated infections in every healthcare facility. Sound ICRA infection control measures should not only be part of routine infection-control strategies but engineering practices, as well. Continue Reading
Ubiquitous distribution of airborne pathogens has the potential to produce severe disease in immunocompromised patients posing a serious health risk whenever there is disruptive activity, such as a renovation project. Ironically, erecting ICRA Containment Dust Barriers, which are essential in protecting patients prior to any disturbance of the area, can also have a negative effect on patient satisfaction scores. Continue Reading
STARC Systems announced today that it has received a $3.5 million investment, led by Blue Heron Capital, a growth equity fund providing growth and expansion capital headquartered in Richmond, VA.
STARC Systems is a fast-growing building products company, based in Brunswick, Maine, that manufactures and distributes modular wall systems providing a clean, airtight and sound-deadening construction barrier system to protect the healthy work environments from the effects of construction. The STARC containment system is the category leader in healthcare facilities during
renovation projects. While the company’s products are used across industries, its containment system has been engineered to meet the high standards of the healthcare industry. Continue Reading
We are excited to welcome some new neighbors to the business community here at Brunswick Landing. Welcome to Maine Wayfair! Check out the article in the Portland Press Herald featuring Wayfair and STARC Systems. Go to the article >
Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) of Lewiston, Maine is a member of the Central Maine Healthcare Group which is the largest Healthcare employer in Central Maine. CMMC is a Regional Resource Hospital serving over 400,000 people in Central and Mid Coast Maine and providing Primary, Emergency and Specialty Care throughout the Region.
CMMC’s Quality Vision includes “Delivering high quality healthcare services is fundamental to everything we do at Central Maine Medical Center”. That Vision is also embraced by the Regional Director of Engineering, Dan Bickford, CHFM, CHC and the Regional Manager of Maintenance and Construction, Brian Campbell, CHFM, CHC. Recently, Dan and Brian were faced with a major renovation project in, and around the CMMC Emergency Department. They were challenged to perform this feat without any interruption in Emergency Services. The first priority was to protect employees and patients from debris, noise and unsightly optics resulting from the renovation, while maintaining uninterrupted service 24/7.
Dan and Brian had been introduced to STARC Systems Innovative Temporary Portable Containment by Hebert Construction of Lewiston Maine months before. In fact, CMMC was the first hospital in the United States to experience the benefits of STARC Systems on smaller projects. Once again, Hebert selected STARC Systems for the 100’ of Temporary Containment in and around the ED Lobby.
Once the process began, “The whole wall was erected in less than an hour.” according to Campbell. “There was no dust, debris nor interruption during the set-up. There was little interference with staff or patients.” Brian also noted, “Our traditional method of deploying this containment would have taken 2 to 2 ½ days. We would have installed poly sheets to protect the environment from the debris generated just to build the temp walls. That method would have been extremely disruptive and messy in the ED lobby.” Brian was also impressed with the noise suppression once the work behind the containment walls began, “The lack of noise spilling out to the lobby was very impressive and it looked like a finished wall, during the renovation project.”
Daniela Skalina, a Healthcare and Infection Control professional for over 20 years at CMMC noted, “Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it minimizes risk to patients because it is so easy to set up correctly, and minimizes the opportunity for error.” She also observed, “I can remember so many projects in the past where the appearance looked like a renovation project, and you can tell that the containment was not as effective as it is with STARC Systems.” Daniela’s summary? “This is the best solution I have seen for keeping the patient population protected from noise, dust, and any other potential hazardous materials during renovations or construction in hospital environment.”
CMMC’s Emergency Department Manager, Darlene St Hillaire commented, “I loved it! I was amazed at how little noise there was.”
A few more observations from Dan, “Other features such as the ability to key the doors with the Hospital Key System and the negative air panels were great additions. The airtight seal between the panels was impressive.” As a final touch of professionalism, Hebert added a graphic diagram of the proposed finished project on the front of the panels for all to see. “That was a nice touch”, noted Campbell.
And equally as important, the project was on time and under budget.
Check out the timelapse video below of the system setup for this CMMC project
Here are some additional photos from the Central Maine Medical Center Temporary Wall in use.
Greenlight Maine’s business competition is heating up and getting closer to finding a winner. They are looking for one Maine company that is scalable, viable, feasible, and innovative. The combination of those focus areas and an excellent pitch will determine the winner of at least $100,000.
Chris MacKenzie, STARC’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, has taken STARC Systems to the next level of the business competition. Starting the competition there were 86 companies and now there are 25 other companies in the running. Find out why STARC is moving on to the next round in this innovation business competition in the latest post from TechPlace Maine.
The STARC System was developed to meet the need to significantly improve the performance of
construction containment in the healthcare environment, while reducing material, installation,
decommissioning and labor costs associated with temporary containment. The system provides a high
performance barrier for infection control, dust contaminants, smoke and construction noise, while providing
a secure work zone that is attractive and appealing to the working staff and patients in the facility. Continue Reading
We get asked the question a lot so we decided to breakdown the true cost of the three major temporary containment methods used today. We will be comparing conventional drywall, poly barrier containment methods to the Starc Systems solution, using real world data and labor rates to find out just how much money you can save Money with the STARC Advantage.
Number of uses to payoff the system:
2.4 uses for drywall partitions; 6.2 uses for poly partitions After payback STARC customers make a profit of $2,055 per use on 20’ of wall! Continue Reading