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Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center offers a full range of primary, secondary and tertiary care services to an eligible Veteran population covering 24 counties in Northeast Ohio. Care is provided to more than 110,000 Veterans each year through an inpatient tertiary care facility (Wade Park).


This project consisted of 47 low energy , surface applied, door operators. About 90% of those were applied to single occupancy restroom doors.  The challenge with automating restroom doors is helping the client balance the need for accessibility and security.  Automatic door operators are only designed for access, telling the door when to open and close on demand. With restrooms you need security as well when the restroom is occupied.


To overcome the default access that comes with automating a door, we have to use devices to tell the door when it is locked, when the restroom occupied and so forth.  Without these additional devices and hardware whenever the door is manually locked from the inside and someone outside tries to use the door, the operator will keep attempting to open, eventually burning up the motor.  Utilizing items like electric strikes, latch monitoring, and relays integrated with the locks we can tell the door operator when not to open.  This is how we can automate a door with a balance of both access and security.

Louis Stokes VA Medical Center

Veterans Contracting Inc

December 2020

Record 8100

Automatic Doors and COVID-19

Automatic doors serve an essential purpose in healthcare facilities and more broadly across our communities: providing touch free access and egress. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, this purpose is even more critical. Through our joint efforts of providing, maintaining, and servicing automatic door equipment, our industry is helping to minimize the transmission of this and other harmful viruses which could otherwise be spread through the touching of contaminated door knobs, handles, etc.

Automatic Door Technicians, particularly AAADM Certified Automatic Door Inspectors, are on the front lines of ensuring proper operation and maintenance of these critical touch free access devices – working in healthcare facilities and other high-traffic areas where the risk of COVID-19 transmission may be elevated. Especially during these times, AAADM encourages automatic door technicians to follow these basic guidelines to stay safe:

For additional information and guidelines, consult the CDC website. All individuals are expected to take actions to reduce risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, and we thank the automatic door technicians for their key role in ensuring proper operation of touch free automatic door access devices.