When CIT Inc. quickly went to work to make life-changing rapid response hospital beds to help in the COVID-19 crisis, they had a special weapon – a team.
Though CIT had the tools, skills and experience needed to get the job done, their work ethic and teamwork is what made this project so successful.
Kim Wuertemberger, the president of CIT, said that the team knew of the importance of the rapid response delivery date, so everyone carried out their responsibility flawlessly.
At CIT, employees embrace a “get it done” attitude. When something new comes their way, they are always ready to take it on. Over the years, they’ve improved processes so that they can be sure to offer their customer the best quality product. No task is a task too hard. CIT gets it done. They get it done together.
“Without top-notch people we would just be another average manufacturing facility,” Wuertemberger said.
When CIT received the hospital bed assignment, these top-notch people met together to come up with a game plan. The design team manipulated the design to work to our strengths for manufacturing. The entire CIT team discussed the required time line and gave responsibilities – the design team (who worked the weekend) would have to finish the design in 5 days, purchasing would work on getting material lined up and manufacturing engineering would need to have the fixtures in a matter of days.
Completing the entire process to have the hospital beds ready for shipment in just two weeks should have been next to impossible. But not for CIT.
“Our people have been the biggest reason for the success of this project and countless others that we have tackled,” Wuertemberger said.
With a great team and a strong work ethic, CIT isn’t just another manufacturing company. They’re a manufacturing company that can do almost anything for almost anyone. The specialized rapid response hospital beds are proof of that.
When coronavirus swept the nation, no one was truly prepared for the damage it would cause. As it spread, some lived in sickness while others lived in fear. Meanwhile, healthcare heroes worked endless hours to do all they could. So, when the healthcare workers needed help, CIT Inc. was there.
As more and more people in the United States fell ill, more and more hospital beds were needed. There just weren’t enough. Larger cities couldn’t give help to all who needed medical attention because the hospital bed shortage was real and serious. How could those patients get treatment when there is nowhere to put them?
CIT had the answer – A portable, versatile hospital bed. The team got to work designing and manufacturing a bed to meet the needs of the coronavirus crisis. They had one main goal in mind, to create a bed that would accommodate the overflow of patients while still offering the support of a traditional hospital bed. People needed the beds, and they needed them fast.
Standard business hours and days did not exist. The design and engineering team worked around the clock to get their product ready. The first bed was sent to be tested just one week after CIT received the assignment. The following week, shipments were ready.
The CIT team took their responsibility seriously. These beds weren’t just another project. They were an urgent, critical need. The country needed them. The healthcare workers needed them. The many patients needed them.
During the coronavirus crisis, many businesses have changed their ways to help make ends meet. But CIT didn’t change ways, they just fulfilled their duty – to provide a high-quality product in a short amount of time.
The client, Direct Supply, deserved the hospital bed they asked for. The sick deserved, and desperately needed, a place to rest and heal. Now, they have it. The CIT designed hospital bed has been important during these uncertain times. It helped eliminate the hospital bed shortage.
The CIT team didn’t just accomplish another task. They didn’t just create another innovative design and product. They helped save lives.