Pass-Thru Nurse Servers Patient Room Supply Exchange

An Efficient Patient Supply Stocking & Re-Stocking Solution

pass-thru nurse serversNurses and supply technicians face many challenges, with patient supply management just one of them. The pass-thru nurse servers are a complete solution that eases supply management so staff members can serve patients faster. The through-wall design also allows staff to exchange supplies without having to enter the patient’s room. Medical supplies, linens, medications, bandaging, and other items can all be stored and exchanged within the servers quickly, with multiple options available depending on your needs.

Nurse Server Patient Supply Advantages

While many hospitals use built-in millwork servers, they aren’t usually designed with hospital staff’s organizational needs in mind. That’s because a “one size fits all” solution doesn’t work for most hospitals. A millwork manufacturer generally won’t take into account the unique needs of hospital staff with regard to stocking and re-stocking supplies quickly and without disturbing the patient, security, and ease of use.

patient supply cabinet nurse technician serversThe pass-thru nurse servers are a “kitted” solution from the manufacturer and delivered ready to install into cavities in each patient room. When nurses or supply staff need to re-stock or retrieve supplies, simply pull the cabinet out from the wall without entering the patient’s room. Users can also access the server from within the patient room, as the cabinet slides in both directions. Once a patient is discharged, simply swap out the trays with fully-stocked supplies. The servers also meet fire code compliance when pulled out into the hallway.

You can easily customize the servers with bi-directional trays, shelves, linen hampers, and locking medication drawers. Just let us know what you want, and we can make it happen. The servers are also completely antimicrobial to assist in your efforts of preventing the spread of bacteria and HAIs.

We also provide mobile versions of the pass-thru nurse servers for quick supply transport anytime and anywhere. For security, we also provide a variety of locking options including key locks, keypad locks, and RFID locks. Click here to see an informational video about the nurse servers.

Contact Us About Pass-Thru Nurse Servers

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for pass-thru nurse servers. We are dedicated to helping your hospital achieve sustainability and patient safety initiatives. For more information about our healthcare products and services, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


Ceiling Mounted Garment Racks Provide More Space for Clothing Donations

Overhead Storage Increases Space for Clothing Donations

ceiling mounted garment racksWomen Giving Back, a Virginia-based nonprofit started in 2007, is dedicated to providing clothing to homeless women and children. By providing appropriate and professional clothing, WGB hopes to help homeless women enter the workplace and their children go to school. However, they were running out of room for clothing storage. To solve their space issues, WGB turned to Southwest Solutions Group® with Lift and Store® to find a way to increase their capacity with ceiling mounted garment racks.

“We have a boutique-like setup in the front of the operation to provide a dignified feel to the process,” said Terri Stagi, President of WGB. “Our warehouse is controlled chaos while out volunteers sort through mounds of clothing, shoes, and accessories for our clients.”

Over 100 women attend the store openings two times per month. Overall, the group distributes more than 500,000 items to over 50,000 women and 15,000 children in crisis in the past ten years. And their program continues to grow. In 2016, WGB opened an expanded store to accommodate their increasing growth. Even with a larger building, they found that managing their clothing storage was a huge challenge.

Facilitating Growth by Storing Vertically

overhead ceiling garment clothing liftInstead of using up their valuable floor space, Craig Crock at Southwest Solutions Group® suggested that they think vertically. Ceiling mounted garment racks store clothing above the back room, allowing a significant increase in storage space without any building expansion.  With the push of a button, the lift brings racks of clothing down to floor level for retrieval. When the user is done, they simply push another button to raise the lift back to ceiling level. The lift stores over 250 pieces of clothing, and WGB recently ordered another to store even more. Since the garment lifts are modular, it’s easy to adjust and expand the system. See more here.

Now, Stagi says that WGB’s goal is “to serve double the women and children in 2017, and the garment racks will help us exceed that.”

Contact Us About Ceiling Mounted Garment Racks

Southwest Solutions Group® provides space-saving storage solutions for applications just like this one. We are a turnkey solutions company. This means we will work with you to determine how our solutions will integrate with your exact needs. To ensure we’re the right choice for you, we’ll provide you with a free consultation before you commit to anything.

For more information or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.

To make a donation to Women Giving Back, please call 703-554-9386 or visit


Advantages of Leasing Business Equipment Vs. Buying

Leasing VS. Buying Business EquipmentLease Or Buy?

If you’re in the market for new equipment, don’t commit to buying yet; consider the advantages of leasing business equipment instead.

Business equipment is expensive, and making room for it in the budget isn’t always possible, but leasing can offer a more cost-effective purchasing option. Short-term leases also give you peace of mind knowing that you haven’t wasted money on equipment that may not be right for your business. And with rapidly emerging new technology, old equipment can become obsolete before its return on investment.

Save Money

Buying equipment requires a large down payment, which may not be in your business’s best interest. Instead, leasing business equipment requires a deposit and monthly payments designed around your budgetary needs.

Preserve Credit

Purchasing equipment impacts your credit. With a lease, you don’t need to spend time finding a bank who will extend credit to you. This keeps your business credit line open, which in turn allows you to receive funding for expansion, staffing, or other needs. Having a monthly budget also allows you to prepare for unexpected expenses.

Stay Competitive & Avoid Obsolescence

leasing business equipmentLeasing equipment allows you to always have access to the latest technology and new products. You don’t want to be stuck with equipment you bought when a new and better solution appears on the market. A lease helps prevent you from using outdated equipment and easily upgrade new equipment.

Avoid Maintenance Costs

This can vary with different types of leases, but oftentimes the lease can include extra expenses like installation, delivery, and maintenance. Since leasing companies are usually responsible for maintaining equipment, it relieves the burden on you and your staff to keep up with repairs and upgrades.

Determine Your Business Needs

A short-term lease allows you to evaluate whether the equipment is right for your business before you commit to a purchase or long-term lease.

Tax Benefits

That’s right—leasing business equipment can qualify as a fully deductible expense according to Section 179. When you qualify your lease as an expense, the equipment is also not listed as an asset or liability. This simplifies your accounting and helps you avoid debts.

Fixed Monthly Payments

Lease payments aren’t affected by market conditions. They’re fixed for the term of the lease, which protects you from inflation and higher payments.

Contact Us About Leasing Business Equipment

Southwest Solutions Group® provides a variety of equipment leases to all types of businesses. For more information about the types of leasing options and equipment we offer, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


Recyclable Modular Walls VS. Drywall: An Eco-Friendly Construction Alternative

Re-Think Your Walls

benefits of modular wallsRecyclable modular walls have become a popular alternative to drywall construction in the U.S. Now more than ever, businesses need flexible solutions to meet their changing needs. That includes the buildings they work in. With drywall, what you see is what you get. If you ever need to change the layout of your building, you’ll have to rip out the walls. After that, they’ll likely end up in a landfill, contributing to pollution. Additionally, new drywall construction is loud and can stall normal business operations for days or weeks.

For the environmentally conscious business who wants to save time, space, and money, consider modular walls instead. These walls install quickly and without any construction to your building. And if you need to change your building’s layout, the walls easily move with you. Simply unmount and reinstall them where you need them. Additional advantages and benefits include:

Easy to Install

recyclable modular wallsAfter panels are prefabricated in the factory, they are shipped ready to install in less than five weeks. Manufacturing, move in, and installation, is 30-50% faster than conventional construction. And the team installs them without mudding, sanding, cutting, or taping.

Flexible & Reusable

Any application from offices to industrial buildings use recyclable modular walls. If you need to reconfigure your space or relocate, the walls move with you so they can be reused instead of thrown out.

Quick ROI

Business often experience a return on investment in as little as three years after installing modular walls. If you plan on moving in five years or less, then moving the walls just once returns a full ROI.

Better Acoustics Enhances Productivity

Even in noisy industrial areas, the modular walls provide privacy and quiet so employees can focus more on their work.


Modular walls are built with sustainable design and can help contribute toward your LEED project certification. This is due to the walls’ reduced construction materials and waste to minimize your carbon footprint. Additionally, modular walls have nearly 100% recyclability. You can easily disassemble and responsibly dispose of them to prevent creating any waste.

Contact Us About Recyclable Modular Walls

If you’re interested in sustainable and cost-effective solutions for your building design, we can help. As a full solutions company, Southwest Solutions Group® would be happy to work with you to achieve your exact needs. For more information or to speak with one of our trained specialists, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.



Southwest Solutions Group Transitions to 100% Employee Ownership Plan

Why SSG Chose An Employee Ownership Plan

southwest solutions group since 1969We have some exciting news for Southwest Solutions Group® for 2017. Going forward, we will transition to a 100% employee ownership plan (ESOP).

Why an ESOP? Former owners Craig Crock, Rich Riemer, Ray Streight, Randy Brant, and Troy Mechhofer agree that this is the best next step for SSG. They are excited to share the company’s success and prosperity with SSG’s dedicated and loyal employees. With this transition, the former owners hope to continue SSG’s growth as an even stronger team.

“The strength of Southwest Solutions Group is its people. The employee stock ownership plan preserves the company’s positive culture, and assures that the company’s continued success will directly benefit those doing the work. The ESOP allows us to prove to all who come behind us that we are faithful to our SSG legacy,” comments Streight.

An ESOP creates ownership among all employees, allowing them to directly benefit from a company’s success. This motivates everyone to collaborate towards achieving SSG’s bottom line.ssg employee ownership plan

According to the National Center for Employee Ownership, about 7,000 companies in the U.S. have a partial or full employee ownership plan. Employee-owned companies are more likely to grow faster, pay more, have better benefits, and are less likely to lay off employees or outsource overseas. As one can imagine, this focus on employee wellbeing often translates to happier employees. 84% of employee-owned companies agree that the plan inspires more productivity and motivation towards future goals.

The employees of Southwest Solutions Group are eager to continue SSG’s growth and become more successful and competitive. Of course, it’s not just the employees that benefit from this transition. SSG is also dedicated to providing continued customer satisfaction through its motivated employees.

We look forward to doing business with you!

southwest solutions group transitions to ESOP

About Southwest Solutions Group

Southwest Solutions Group is a full-service company that provides the best-in-class equipment, professional design, certified installation, and information management services. From reducing your storage footprint to providing CJIS and HIPAA compliant document scanning services, we have a solution to help your business’s efficiency. For more information or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


How Ultrasonic Washers for Surgical Instruments Prevent HAIs

HAIs Cost Hospitals $16.6 Billion Per Year

ultrasonic washers for surgical instrumentsAccording to Public Health Reports, approximately 1.7 million cases of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) occur every year. Hospital Topics estimates hospitals spend $16.6 billion on HAIs per year. The World Health Organization calculated 9.3 infections per 1,000 patient days. Many of these infections are due to the use of improperly cleaned surgical instruments on patients. While we have a long way to go toward eliminating HAIs, there is one way that could drastically reduce them. Read on to find out how ultrasonic washers work smarter and faster to make surgical instruments cleaner and safer for use than manual washing or other washing machines.

The Risk of Improperly Cleaned Surgical Instruments

Bioburden can still remain on surgical instruments even after washing. Manual cleaning instruments may not effectively reach every nook and cranny, especially of a cannulated instrument. The performance, training, and types of tools available to staff also affects how thoroughly the tools are cleaned. Most washing machines only wash the tools (instead of disinfecting them), which may not remove all microscopic residues. This bacteria in this residue can spread, which allows room for major complications in what may be an otherwise simple surgery. Would you want surgical tools with residue from the previous surgery used on you or your loved one?

Ultrasonic Washers Guarantee Cleaner Instruments

An ultrasonic washer is a solution that goes above and beyond, guaranteeing cleaner, faster results every time. By using a combination of disinfecting processes, the ultrasonic washers clean instruments inside and out in less than 40 minutes.

So how does it work? A 9-step process leaves instruments thoroughly cleaned inside and out.

  1. Instruments are loaded into the washer. Cannulated instruments are attached to one of 24 ports, and non-cannulated instruments are placed in the tray. You can use your own baskets or new ones.
  2. Push the start button—that’s it. The washer will take care of the rest of the cycle automatically.surgical tool ultrasonic automatic washer
  3. The tank fills and the ports are flushed with 120°F water and enzymatic solution, which the instruments soak in for 21 minutes. This loosens any debris in preparation for the next steps.
  4. The washer flushes a mixture of air and fresh water through the ports. Due to ultrasonic action, microbubbles formed within the tube implode to dislodge any bioburden.
  5. The ports flush 196°F fresh water through the cannulated instruments for four minutes. This occurs three separate times in one wash cycle.
  6. The drains open to empty the wash tank.
  7. An 196°F fresh water spray rinses the exterior of the instruments for another four minutes.
  8. A two-minute cold water ozone spray removed contaminates without leaving chemical deposits.
  9. A staff member removes the tools from the washer, which are ready for the sterilization process.

Take Charge of Your Hospital’s Patient Safety

If you want a fast way to improve patient safety and satisfaction, contact Southwest Solutions Group® for a free consultation to see if the ultrasonic washer is the right choice for your hospital. We strive to find the right solution that meets all of our client’s varied needs. For more information or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


How an Organized Data Center Maintains Efficiency & Security

data center cagesAccording to a global market survey, data center construction is expected to grow at a rate of 21% through 2018. Though an increasing number of business functions are going digital, this fact, along with the increasing complexity of data center needs and operations, is pushing more businesses to utilize co-location facilities over internal data centers. With such vital functions and equipment, maintaining an organized data center with proper security and storage should be a paramount concern.

Wire Cages for An Organized Data Center

Most data centers utilize wire cages and partitions to segregate servers and equipment. Partitions allow you to create cages of varying sizes and shapes with the flexibility to reconfigure or relocate them in the future. The wire construction also allows free air flow, which keeps equipment from overheating, reduces air conditioning costs, and allows integration with fire suppression systems.

Planning for Future Growth

Having an organized data center not only benefits you in the present, but allows your business to plan for scalability and growth into the future as your needs inevitably change. Wire partitions allow you to reconfigure or add to your layout at any point in time. If you need to add additional servers or equipment, an organized system keeps you from spending extra time trying to figure out where everything needs to go.

Streamlined Workflow

organized data centerAn organized data center goes a long way towards productivity gains, as this allows users to quickly find and access what they need. A logically organized, cleaned, and maintained area makes maintenance and inspections quick, easy, and thorough. Instead of wasting time finding which cable goes to which piece of equipment, you can spend more time on the things that matter—like the optimization of your data center as a whole.

Security & Peace of Mind

Wire partitions provide more than just organization. They also help keep your data center and your important equipment secure. While cyber hacks are a huge concern for businesses, physical theft and tampering is still an issue as well. We can design the partitions with almost any type of lock, from basic key locks to digital card and biometric fingerprint readers. There’s no need to sacrifice organization for better security when you use wire partitions for your data center segregation.

We Can Help

Want organize your data center, or improve on what you already have? Southwest Solutions Group® would be happy to help you identify and meet your needs for your data center. Once we’ve identified your needs, we’ll provide a complete and scalable solution that allows you to grow well into the future.

For more information or to speak with one of our trained specialists, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


Scanning for Juvenile Probation Case Files with Barcode Tracking

Converting paper files to digital documents is a great way to speed up juvenile case files through the courts and keep track of active and inactive files within the system. However, the scanning process itself can be time-consuming, and these records require utmost security throughout the entire process. That’s why Southwest Solutions Group® was contracted to provide our experienced team of records and IT specialists to devise a plan and complete document preparation, scanning, tracking, and quality control for over 10,500 active and pending probation case files of multiple types.

Secure On-Site Scanning Protects All Documents

The probation case files included custody files, treatment files, and other miscellaneous files. Since these records contained sensitive and personal information, any scanning  process would need to provide tracking for every item on a constant basis. Southwest Solutions Group was chosen thanks to their advanced tracking capabilities and complete CJIS compliance, since the probations department wasn’t willing to leave any room for errors or security breaches.probation records scanning

To lessen the burden on the probation department and speed up the scanning process, SSG provided scanning equipment, capture software, tracking software, and interfacing software for uploading the records into the department’s own document management system. This way, the department’s resources weren’t strained beyond the initial interface setup.

Due to the sensitive nature of the documents, the document management team had to do all scanning and digitization processes on-site. This was made more difficult by the fact that the department was spread across three locations, but all documents relied on one system.

Additionally, files needed to be separated into two groups: scan and retain or scan and shred. SSG modified their tracking software so that each case file was assigned two unique barcode labels depending on whether the document was to be retained or shredded. This eliminated any confusion and errors, like accidentally shredding a document that was supposed to be kept.

Project Scope

  • 10,500+ files scanned
  • 2,670,000 images scanned
  • Multiple file types (supervision, custody, INS, & treatment reports)
  • Barcode tracking implemented for all records
  • Document prep and pagination of wet signature documents
  • Re-assembly and return of documents after scanning & digitization
  • Quality assurance for all documents
  • Custom middleware provided from SSG to allow seamless upload
  • Completed scanning process completed on-site across three locations
  • Project completed ahead of schedule

Contact Us About Document Scanning

If you’ve been wanting to scan and digitize some or all of your paper records, Southwest Solutions Group has you covered. With complete CJIS and HIPAA compliance, SSG can scan and upload even your most sensitive and confidential documents securely. Our barcode tracking will keep you informed throughout the entire process so you’re always in the loop.

Still not sure? We will be happy to scan, index, and upload a box of your records for FREE before you commit to buying anything so you can see how our process works. For more information or to speak with our document management specialists, call us toll free at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


VLMs with Dry Fire Suppression Systems for MRO Aircraft Maintenance

VLM Automated Storage with Unique Features

vlm MRO parts storage traysAn MRO facility for aircraft maintenance stored parts and equipment in a vertical carousel installed by Southwest Solutions Group all the way back in 1973. After 20 years of service, they decided it was time to upgrade their storage and called on SSG to install a brand new VLM (vertical lift module) in its place. What’s unique about this application is the facility’s need for a dry fire suppression system, which needed to be both out of the way and easily accessed.

The Right Time for New Innovations

The vertical carousel served the facility well throughout its 20 years of use, but it was time to move on to new and upgraded technology.

We deployed a 28′ tall vertical lift module as well as its integrated inventory management software. VLMs also provide more durability and security than their old vertical carousel. While vertical carousels are overloaded by heavier items, vertical lifts provide the flexibility to store and distribute items of varying weights.

Customized tray divider sets provided an inexpensive way to subset their inventory for easy picking and identification. These adjustable trays, along with the VLM’s flexibility, also allowed them to store small and large parts within the same unit. Small parts as well as bulky items such as clutches and motors are stored in one centralized location, making them easy for staff to find and retrieve.

Dry Fire Suppression Keeps Stored Items Safe

dry fire suppression system on vertical lift moduleIn the event of a fire, the MRO facility also had to make sure that none of their valuable equipment or parts aren’t destroyed during fire fighting operations. While VLMs have built-in sprinklers, these could damage stored items irreparably. The dry fire suppression system, instead of water, releases an aerosol chemical when triggered by an alarm or a pre-set temperature.

The small control unit is mounted to the side of the VLM—out of the way, but easy for users to access in an emergency. It’s also easy to use, requires minimal power, and is much less complex than a conventional wet fire suppression system.

The VLM includes a variety of additional safety features, including dual smoke detectors, an emergency pulley, and an emergency stop and override to make the system as safe as possible. A controlled access shutter door keeps items secure.

Contact Us for More Information

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design, installation, and maintenance services for VLMs and automated storage systems in a wide variety of applications. For design and planning assistance or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


Take Advantage of Section 179 Tax Deductions for Business Equipment

Don’t Miss Out on Savings

section 179 tax deductionsNovember is a great month to take advantage of the Section 179 tax deductions in 2016. Instead of depreciation, these tax deductions allow businesses to write off entire equipment purchase prices for the year they buy it. To qualify for Section 179, you must act before December 31st, 2016!

The language used in Section 179 may seem intimidating, but it’s not. This incentive of the IRS code was designed to assist small businesses with tax relief. It’s different from Bonus Depreciation; while Bonus Depreciation doesn’t occur every year and only covers new equipment, both new and used equipment qualify for Section 179. There are limits, however—it caps the total amount written off to $500,000 for 2016 and limits the total amount of equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2016). This also makes it perfect for small and medium-sized businesses.

Equipment Valid for Section 179

Section 179 is valid on most types of equipment, so if you use it for your business, then it probably qualifies. Some of our qualifying equipment for this year include:

Contact Us for More Information

Southwest Solutions Group® wants to make sure you make the most out of your tax deductions for this year. We’re here to help! For more information on equipment, services, and software we offer, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.