Prisma Health invests $41 million in state-of-the-art smart beds across its health system

July 2, 2024

Beds improve the patient experience and empower the care team

Prisma Health is investing $41 million to revolutionize the patient experience while supporting its care team with the deployment of the latest smart bed technology across the health systemThis significant investment centers around replacing inpatient beds at the end of their life cycle with 1,500 cutting-edge Hillrom smart beds and surfaces. Hercules patient repositioning technology will be added to these new beds, allowing a single caregiver to reposition a patient safely and comfortably in bed in less than ten seconds.

 The high-tech design of the beds makes it easier for nurses and other team members who provide direct patient care in critical areas such as intensive care units (ICU), labor and delivery, medical/surgical units and bariatrics to provide specialized individual patient care. Additionally, the beds optimize safety and satisfaction through advanced technology for fall prevention, pressure injury reduction, increased comfort and improved communication — all important factors contributing to quality outcomes.  

 Mark O’Halla, president and CEO of Prisma Health, said, “This investment underscores our commitment to placing patient safety and satisfaction at the center of everything we do. Incorporating the cutting-edge technology of these beds will streamline clinical workflows and reduce manual tasks, significantly reducing the risk of injury to both caregivers and patients and enabling our team members to provide more efficient, accurate and compassionate care to improve patient outcomes.”

Innovative features:

  • New birthing beds prioritize safety, comfort and convenience for the mother, baby and caregivers throughout the labor and delivery experience. 
  • The bariatric beds enable safe, efficient and dignified transport of patients. 
  • The new intensive care beds have the latest technology to help care for highest-need patients. 
  • Easy-to-read, colored projections under the bed onto the floor indicate the status of the bed alarm, bed position and side rails — all viewable from the hall.
  • Powered transport allows a single caregiver to easily and safely transport the bed with precise stopping and turning controls and a built-in fifth wheel to aid portability. 
  • A built-in USB port for the patient’s personal devices, a storage area for personal belongings, illuminated side rails and an under-bed light. 

 The rollout of Prisma Health’s new fleet of smart beds is underway, with completion expected by mid-September 2024.


About Prisma Health 

Prisma Health is a private nonprofit health company and the largest health care organization in South Carolina. The company has 29,309 team members, 18 acute and specialty hospitals, 2,827 licensed beds, 305 practice sites, and more than 5,400 employed and independent clinicians across its clinically integratedinVio Health Network. Along with this innovative network, Prisma Health serves almost 1.5 million unique patients annually in its 21-county market area that covers 50% of South Carolina. Connect with Prisma Health on Facebook,Instagram,LinkedInand  Twitter/