The George Washington University Hospital admits nearly twelve thousand patients each year, and every patient is entitled to confidentiality. The hospital required a storage system that would follow their strict privacy guidelines in a limited space; with growing in-patient and out-patient records, analysis charts, admission folders, and various other medical documentations. All these were kept in end-tab files and on CD-ROMs in the Health Management Department. Space in the new storage area was simply not adequate for rotary style shelving, and mobile shelving was not an option.
A 14.5” SlimCase lateral file shelving system was installed as a space-saving alternative to typical 18” deep lateral file shelving. The SlimCase laterals are available in 36”, 42”, and 48” widths, and could be mixed and matched to achieve optimum storage capacity while eliminating wasted space. SlimCase laterals are equipped with locking tambour doors which provide security and privacy, yet are accessible to authorized staff members. Paulette Smith, the GWU Hospital’s director of Health Information “likes the smooth operation of the tambour doors and the lock-ability.” SlimCase interiors can be retro-fitted without tools, so as end-tab file folders are replaced with CD-ROMs and other digital storage over time, the shelves can be replaced with a wide selection of different shelves and drawers. The university saved their space, secured the records, and the solution could be updated for the changing technologies on the horizon.