Carnegie Tri-County Municipal Hospital Goes Wireless to Improve Productivity, Patient Experiences

Carnegie Tri-County Municipal Hospital, a 21-bed facility in rural Oklahoma, was experiencing growing demand for wireless networking from their staff and patients. The hospital, which houses several clinics, offices and offers a variety of outpatient services, would benefit from a mobile Wi-Fi network improving staff productivity and patient experience. So leadership formulated a plan to upgrade its existing network with enhanced wireless access throughout the facility, as well as increase security and simplify management.

They approached Carnegie Telephone, the hospital’s telephone service provider, with the goal of obtaining a managed solution that met these requirements:

Carnegie Telephone has been serving Oklahoma since 1903. It is been on the forefront of offering digital communications, HDTV and fiber broadband. To meet Carnegie Tri-County Municipal Hospital’s demands, Carnegie Telephone required a security appliance with features including content filtering, as well as Ethernet switches and high-performance wireless access points (APs).

In their product selection for the Carnegie Tri-County Municipal Hospital’s wireless network, Carnegie Telephone discovered a wireless APs. These APs had all the important enterprise features like multiple SSIDs and VLAN support to build multiple virtual wireless networks for the hospital. But the real kicker was a built-in controller that could be used to control up to 24 other Aps, from provider ZyXEL.

Therefore Carnegie Telephone could deploy several APs with one assigned as controller, and all the rest as managed clients. This set-up offered unique advantages including:

The APs could be powered over Ethernet (PoE) so they could be conveniently installed anywhere without requiring a power outlet.

Network Layout

Carnegie Telephone installed ZyXEL’s Security Gateway at the edge, managed Ethernet switches with PoE and a combination of APs for the hospital’s wireless network as follows:

ZyXEL Advantages

By sourcing end-to-end equipment from a single vendor, ZyXEL, Carnegie Telephone was able to maintain uniform product quality resulting in better service and experience for the hospital. Since the entire solution is sourced from one provider, all the equipment shares the similar user and management interface making deployment quick and maintenance easy. Additionally, its APs with built-in controllers offered all the essential enterprise features at a much lower price point than the competition, helping Carnegie Telephone meet its subscriber’s stringent budget requirements.

Conclusion

Carnegie Hospital’s two-story building has been “wired” or wirelessly networked by Carnegie Telephone. The installation was relatively simple and network has been humming without a hitch since it was turned on. Hospital management is pleased with the performance boost they received from the new network, staff and patients are now able to access the Internet wirelessly, and Carnegie Telephone is pleased to have a satisfied customer.

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