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State of Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hospital
Replace an outdated scheduling application to simplify scheduling and control overtime.
- Eliminated scheduling errors due to oversights
- Cut all unnecessary overtime costs
- Lowered overall payroll costs
As American military demands have increased, so too have the demands on the country’s veterans hospitals. For the State of Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hospital, that meant strain on its computer systems.
The organization is a 190-bed hospital and 350-bed domicile, originally established in 1864. Today, the hospital provides both general medical care and a home for qualifying war veterans, as well as administers aid and services to veterans and their dependents. Facilities include eight medical wards and 12 specialty clinics.
Managers creating schedules for the nursing staff found the system complicated and cumbersome, with data stored in multiple places. Moreover, it lacked essential cost reporting required to run efficiently.
“The system we were to do nursing staff scheduling was just not able to meet the workforce management needs of the facility any longer,” said Jeff Lord, RN supervisor for the hospital.
“Within a month’s time, we eliminated all scheduling errors due to oversights and now we have none at all. The Celayix system also immediately allowed us to eliminate unnecessary overtime costs and as a result, we lowered our overall payroll costs – an enormous help for us.”
Quick, Correct Employee Scheduling
The hospital began the search for a new workforce management solution with clear criteria: ease of use; a consistent, user-friendly interface; the ability preform nursing staff scheduling across multiple departments; and a solution that the hospital could afford.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hospital found all that in eTime Xpress software by Celayix. The software enables users to quickly match employees with work assignments to create employee schedules, record employee attendance, and summarize bill and pay information.
Soon after eTime Xpress was up and running, the hospital discovered the benefits of using Celayix for its employee scheduling processes. The software ensures that the hospital assigns the required nurses in the right places, and prevents schedulers from missing or double-booking any shifts. Celayix also maintains customized overtime rules for the hospital and alerts users if a scheduled employee will result in overtime.
“Within a month’s time, we eliminated all employee scheduling errors due to oversights and now we have none at all,” Lord said. “The Celayix system also immediately allowed us to eliminate unnecessary employee overtime costs and as a result, we lowered our overall payroll costs – an enormous help for us.”
With Celayix, users also easily get from anywhere in the application to anywhere else in the application without having to shuffle through paper or continually backtrack through menu after menu. Everything they need appears right there on one screen. The hospital also taps into Celayix for reporting on key metrics such as payroll hours, rates and costs.
Lord also finds value in its ongoing relationship with Celayix as a company, which continues to make sure that the hospital gets the most from the workforce management software.
“The other benefit that Celayix has unquestionably delivered to us has been in customer support. In a word, it’s flawless,” Lord said. “Whenever we have questions, the Celayix support group is very responsive, knowledgeable, and courteous, which is difficult to find anywhere these days.”
“We are very happy with the software. What Celayix represents in their sales process is exactly what is delivered during implementation and beyond,” Lord said.