A subdepartment is a subgroup of a department group and whose members are also considered to be assigned to the parent department group for purposes of departmental calling. Vocera displays two asterisks (**) next to the name of a group in the Administration Console to indicate that it is a subdepartment.

Subdepartment groups, like department groups, are intended to be relatively static. That is, members should not be dynamically assigned to a subdepartment. Only groups that are directly contained within an existing department or subdepartment should have their Group Type field set to Subdepartment. Subdepartments can be nested any number of levels deep within a department.

A subdepartment group should be a member of only one parent department. If you make the same subdepartment group a member of multiple departments, the Data Check utility will flag the problem and recommend that you remove the subdepartment group from all but one department.