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Corning MobileAccess and RF Connect Bring Wall-to-Wall Wireless to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Healthcare provider embraces wireless technologies to improve patient care and staff efficiency
HICKORY, N.C. ⎯ Corning MobileAccess, a global provider of enterprise wireless solutions, today announced that St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, a leading health care provider in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS), has enhanced its wireless capabilities through the deployment of a Corning MobileAccess distributed antenna system (DAS). St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, Mich., also a member of SJMHS recently launched DAS.
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is a 537-bed comprehensive, community and teaching hospital. It has served Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities for 100 years, and in recent years underwent a major renewal of the hospital’s campus, including two new patient towers, a surgery pavilion, a chapel and main entrance.
While hospital decision-makers recognized the growing desire of staff, visitors and patients to use their smart phones indoors, they also saw the potential of wireless for patient care. From electronic medical records (EMR) to wireless medical telemetry systems, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor understood the importance of indoor wireless coverage to better leverage emerging health care technology. So, it enlisted RF Connect and Corning MobileAccess, to ensure that hospital facilities could meet the demands of these new solutions without impacting existing operations or staff and patient safety.
To best meet the hospital’s requirements, RF Connect recommended the MobileAccess2000 DAS, a multi-carrier, multi-service indoor wireless platform. Not only could the MobileAccess2000 support existing wireless services like 2G and 3G, it would also meet the needs of emerging services, like 4G LTE, to ensure that St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor remained future-proofed in the wireless world. Also unique to the MobileAccess2000 was its modular architecture which simplifies the addition of services or carriers, minimizing the risks hospital construction projects pose to staff, visitors and patients.
The enhanced wireless footprint provided by the MobileAccess2000 DAS not only makes it easier for patients and visitors to use their mobile phones at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, but it has also improved patient care. With better wireless access, physicians, nurses and other medical staff can now be reached anywhere in the facility at any time, decreasing emergency response time and increasing overall patient care.
"The installation of the distributed antenna system has greatly enhanced our physicians' ability to utilize their wireless devices in the hospital for text and voice communications," said Tom Tocco, Vice President, Support Services and Capital Projects, SJMHS. "This new system reduces the need for pagers and cuts down on the number of devices that a physician needs to carry throughout the day. The enhanced system also allows for better communication between and visitors and their loved ones here in the hospital."
For more information on Corning MobileAccess solutions, and how they can enable the wireless hospital, please visit http://www.corning.com/mobileaccess.
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About RF Connect
RF Connect is a national leader in the design and deployment of high performance wireless networks. With experience designing and deploying thousands of indoor and outdoor systems in high profile and complex venues such as hospitals, airports, campuses, stadiums, arenas and tunnels making applications such as Public Safety, Two-way radio, voice and data run more efficiently and effectively.
About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.
A member of Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed improving the health of its communities by reinvesting its profits back into the community through new technologies, vital health services, and access for all. The hospitals of SJMHS provide approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.
For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.
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