Carle Foundation Hospital Selects Rave Alert


Carle Foundation Hospital Selects Rave Alert to Communicate Emergency Notifications to 6,500 Faculty and Staff


Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), creator of innovative data and communication software that public safety agencies trust to help them save lives, announced today that the Carle Foundation Hospital has deployed the Rave Alert Emergency Notification System to quickly and easily disseminate critical messages and notifications to more than 6,500 faculty and staff members. A complimentary case study is available:

Like all hospitals, Carle Foundation Hospital operates on a 24/7 schedule. The critical staffing requirements of the diverse professional and non-professional workforce posed a challenge to its day-to-day operations. Coordinating work schedules, vacations and sick time with employees is a very complex task, even more so when severe weather or other events affect the region, increasing demand for emergency care.

The Carle Foundation Hospital’s previous notification system was difficult to use, slow and required extensive manual database maintenance. The Hospital vetted Rave Alert based on a referral from the University of Illinois, a long-time user. Administrators said Rave Alert was selected and deployed because of its ease-of-use, scalability and accessibility.

“Our staff found the existing notification system difficult to use and manage,” said Anita Guffey, emergency management director at the Carle Foundation. “Our colleagues at the University of Illinois suggested we check out their alert system by Rave. The ease-of-use and speed-of-deployment made selecting Rave Alert a very easy decision. In three quick steps, we can alert our entire medical center of an incident in less than a minute.”

Founded in 1931, Carle Foundation Hospital is an award-winning, 393-bed, tertiary hospital located in Urbana, Illinois and is operated by the not-for-profit Carle Foundation. Among its numerous awards and recognitions for offering outstanding healthcare, Carle Foundation Hospital has been named a ‘Best Hospital’ by U.S. News & World Report, a ’50 Great Hospital’ by Healthgrades and has received the ‘Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence’ six years in a row.

“Rave Alert could not be easier or faster in sending notifications to our entire workforce,” said Steve Peters, emergency manager at the Carle Foundation. “We can access it from any workstation or mobile device and quickly send emergency notifications to everyone. It’s so simple, more than 35 departments already rely on Alert to share critical staffing announcements. It has been so effective, we’ve even expanded its use to other internal communications, which has been very well received by employees.”

Rave Alert, by Rave Mobile Safety, provides best-in-class, highly-available emergency communications for enterprises, school districts, institutions and municipalities. Notifications can be easily segmented by department or other sort-able criteria and distributed in just three clicks. In 2015, more than a quarter billion alerts were sent by Rave users nationwide, notifying personnel and citizens about items such as severe weather, road closures, cancellations and crisis situations, including active shooters and other critical emergencies.


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