SOURCE: Cellular Specialties

Cellular Specialties

February 24, 2010 09:00 ET

Cellular Specialties, Inc. (CSI) Breathes New Life Into In-Building Wireless Service at Florida's Lee Memorial Health System

Working With Sprint, AT&T and CenturyLink -- CSI Ensures Critical, Reliable Wireless Coverage for More Than 400 Physicians and 10,000 Employees

MANCHESTER, NH--(Marketwire - February 24, 2010) -  Taking patient care to new levels, Cellular Specialties, Inc. (CSI) today announced that Florida's Lee Memorial Health System has chosen CSI products and solutions to ensure reliable, in-building wireless service throughout two facilities. CSI is the market's recognized leader in the design and implementation of in-building wireless solutions, and was chosen by Lee Memorial after extensive collaborations with wireless carriers Sprint, AT&T and CenturyLink (formerly Embarq). 

Since 1916, Lee Memorial Health System has been one of Florida's award-winning healthcare systems delivering services to thousands of patients each year. Its 270-bed Health Park Medical Center facility is the primary location for Lee's Heart and Vascular Institute which employs more than 1,000 physicians on its medical staff and 1,000 volunteers. With a completed 122-bed expansion, the addition of four floors to the facility, and urgent patient care on the line -- wireless coverage inside the hospital was critical.

In addition, the System's new Gulf Coast Medical Center has more than 300 beds with both emergency and trauma centers which shares an equally critical need for wireless coverage.

In-building coverage in the hospital came to the forefront when physicians realized that using their cell phones as their primary communication system required reliable connectivity throughout the hospital facilities. 

"At Lee Memorial, we're in the business of saving lives. Our trauma center is considered one of the finest in the country. Our doctors and workers simply cannot do their jobs at such a high level without access to reliable wireless coverage throughout our facility," said Bob Votta, director of network technology services, Lee Memorial.

The design and install of in-building wireless presented unique challenges in the hospital environment, including: having to worry about infection control, working in tight corners using caution tape, and even needing to use sterile gear in some instances.

CSI's vast knowledge of challenges associated with the medical environment -- as well as an in-depth understanding of FCC frequency regulations -- set them apart from other vendors the hospital was reviewing. Specifically, CSI's expertise in dealing with Wireless Medical Telemetry -- the remote monitoring of a patient's health through radio technology -- was paramount.

"CSI truly understands the FCC regulations surrounding Wireless Medical Telemetry and the fact that you can't simply broadcast wireless voice and data over any frequency or at high power levels in a hospital without interfering with key medical equipment," stated Kelley Carr, President, CSI's Custom Solutions Group. "It's a very delicate situation and one that takes in-depth knowledge of installation within a medical environment."

Additionally, CSI's Custom Solution's Group (CSG) is the only in-building wireless service organization approved by all major wireless service providers in the United States -- including AT&T, Sprint and CenturyLink -- and has implemented numerous turnkey solutions solving Voice, Data, WiFi, RFID and other wireless solutions in healthcare organizations nationwide. 

"We chose CSI because of the overwhelming support of AT&T and Sprint. The obvious answer was CSI for deployment," continued Votta.

With the help of CSI and core wireless carriers AT&T and Sprint, Lee Memorial's physicians can now fully leverage in-building wireless for scheduling, conferencing, pagers, references and use of iPhones.

CSI will be presenting Transforming Healthcare with Wireless Communications at the upcoming HIMSS10 Annual Conference and Exhibition, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA, March 1-4, 2010. The presentation will be held at the Wireless and Mobility Theater (Booth #607), Wednesday, March 3, 12-12:45PM. CSI will also be showcasing their wireless, in-building solutions at HIMSS10 (Booth # 7670).

About CSI

CSI (Cellular Specialties, Inc.) is a world class organization that delivers superior products and services enabling anytime, anywhere in-building wireless connectivity. CSI has implemented thousands of turnkey solutions throughout the country. Our consultative and product neutral approach enables us to develop truly customized solutions for every client. CSI also holds the distinction of being the only in-building wireless service organization approved by all major wireless service providers in the United States. For more information about CSI, please call (866) 670-2205 or visit www.csiwireless.com.

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