Health tech firm Omnicell marks modernization

March 7, 2018 Cranberry Local News

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Stephanie Gallagher, senior pharmacy marketing manager with Omnicell, demonstrates an IV station Friday. The health care technology company hosted a reopening ceremony to celebrate the renovation and expansion of its facility in Cranberry Woods.

CRANBERRY TWP — Omnicell is deepening its roots in Western Pennsylvania with the modernization of its facility in the township.

The health care technology company hosted a reopening ceremony Friday to celebrate the renovation and expansion of its office in the Cranberry Woods business park. U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3rd, attended the event, as well as Omnicell's CEO Randy Lipps.

“Two years ago we made our first investment in Pittsburgh … shortly after that we decided we had to continue to invest in Pittsburgh,” Lipps said during the ceremony.

Omnicell is headquartered in Mountain View in California's Silicon Valley. However its largest office is the one in Cranberry Township, said Doug Descalzi, site manager for Omnicell's Pittsburgh locations, which includes the Cranberry office and manufacturing facility in Marshall Township.

The new space gives Omnicell room to grow and can accommodate up to 200 more employees in Cranberry, Descalzi said.

Omnicell manufactures and sells pharmacy automation technology and helps customers analyze pharmacy data and information through its performance center. Its customers are acute care hospitals and retail pharmacies.

The company strives to reduce health care costs and increase efficiency, safety, accuracy and quality through technology and data analysis.

In addition to renovating office space, Omnicell also included a new customer briefing center, robot lab and performance center business hub at its Cranberry facility, adding 12,000 square-feet that was formerly rented by subtenants.

In the performance center, Omnicell analyzes its customers' pharmacy data to find ways to improve outcomes. That might mean reducing medication inventory, reducing waste or making “sure the right medications are in the right location for the right patient,” said Azure Fioni, director of marketing for the performance center.

P.J. Manni of Omnicell demonstrates the company's automated dispensing cabinets during a reopening ceremony marking Omnicell's renovation and expansion.

It could save companies money, make them more efficient and allow them to focus on the bigger picture since Omnicell is analyzing and improving on the smaller details, Fioni said.

In the new customer briefing center, demonstration models of the company's equipment are displayed in areas set up to mimic the parts of a hospital where it might be found.

The briefing center helps customers visualize how the equipment would fit into their facility and how it functions.

For example, the simulated nurse's medication room in the customer briefing center displays Omnicell's automated dispensing cabinets. The cabinet controls how much medicine is dispensed, only allowing nurses access to the requested medication, said PJ Manni, coordinator of the customer briefing center. It also creates labels and logs the information into the inventory and patient's medical record.

This allows nurses to do their jobs more quickly and safely, giving them more time to be at the patient's bedside, Manni said. She also worked for many years as a registered nurse, so she knows firsthand the difference technology like this can make.

“It gives nurses time back,” she said.

Omnicell has about 350 employees at its Cranberry office and about 150 at its manufacturing plant in the Thorn Hill Industrial Park in Marshall Township. It also has offices in Raleigh, N.C., St. Petersburg, Fla., and Waukegan, Ill., and several international locations.

“We view the Pittsburgh region as an emerging technology hub,” Descalzi said.

Not only is there good access to technology talent, he said, but the cost of living is much lower here than other areas with the same amenities.

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