The department has a number of functions:
Connecting the medical center's staff to incoming and outgoing calls
Providing general information for incoming and outgoing calls
Caring for the Elco system and all beepers
Continuously minding the communications system, maintaining a conclusive operative responsibility
A number of communications systems exist in the medical center: a general call-system, walkie-talkies (used by the security and transportation departments), voice-beepers (170 in all) and the Elco fire alarm system.
An internal-external telephone system is in use and serves the hundreds of extensions existing in the medical center, which is backed by a voice-box system for leaving recorded messages.