North Kansas City Hospital selects Marconi solution to support outpatient services in new facility

Dallas 10 April 2000North Kansas City Hospital in Missouri has expanded its network by implementing Marconi's industry-leading ASX-4000 and ASX-1000 multi-service backbone switches, as well as ES-3810 and ESX-2400 edge switches. Marconi is a leading global supplier of advanced communications solutions. The Marconi solution will support high-bandwidth applications in the novel Health Services Pavilion, a six-story, 323.000-square-foot outpatient facility scheduled to open in June 2000. North Kansas City Hospital selected the Marconi solution because of its reliability, its ability to support additional network users and more advanced services as need arises, and because of the success of the Marconi equipment used in the main hospital since 1998.

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Health Services Pavilion, an addition to the main hospital, will offer state-of-the-art outpatient services including cardiac rehabilitation, cardiology, neurology, physical and occupational therapy, radiology, surgery and pre-surgery testing. In implementing the Marconi solution, the North Kansas City Hospital ensures not only optimal performance for this type of services but also an excellent standard of reliability. The core of the network addition in Health Services Pavilion is the Marconi ASX-4000, which scales to speeds of 40 Gbps. The core of the Pavilion's network is connected via OC-12c (622 Mbps) links to the ASX-4000 backbone in the main facility and via OC-12 links to feeder ASX-1000 switches. OC-3c (155 Mbps) connections bring users to the network via ES-3810 and ESX-2400 switches, deployed in network closets throughout the new addition.

"Superior network design has been the primary factor in the original decision to select Marconi. The redundancy designed into the network and the fault-tolerance features embedded in the switches themselves delivered the peak level of reliability required in a networking environment where lives are at stake", commented Mary Siero, director of information systems with North Kansas City Hospital. "Also, Marconi is very knowledgeable of and committed to delivering solutions which are optimised for the health care industry's most advanced services. The Marconi solution offers us the network flexibility and muscle to eventually adopt applications, including telemedicine, teleradiology and telecardiology."

"The unprecedented levels of reliability and performance delivered by Marconi multi-service networks have helped in driving the introduction of a variety of health care innovations. For example, with Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), physicians and staff within a hospital or among many institutions share radiology images in real time and, in turn, make treatment decisions more rapidly", stated Bill Bridgwater, who is Marconi's president of the Americas. "We look forward to continuing to work with North Kansas City Hospital in creating a network infrastructure capable of exploiting the potential of the latest developments in life-saving technologies."

North Kansas City Hospital is an acute-care facility with 350 licensed beds. The hospital has been accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health care Organisations, and its medical staff includes more than 600 physicians, representing 46 medical specialities. Hospital services include general medical/surgical care, a Level II trauma centre, maternity care unit and neonatal intensive care nursery, outpatient testing, outpatient surgery, open-heart surgery, minimally invasive open-heart surgery, an intensive care and cardiac unit, cardiac catheterisation laboratory and three-phase cardiac rehabilitation programme, a LASIK refractive eye surgery centre, a cancer treatment unit, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, inpatient rehabilitation unit, home health, skilled nursing unit, pain management services and a variety of other services.

Marconi plc is one of the world's fastest growing communications and IT companies with a very strong record of innovation as well as technological breakthroughs. It is a world leader in smart broadband optical networks and it supplies the key technologies for the New Public Network and the Internet. With 45.000 employees worldwide and sales in over 100 countries, it is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Marconi Communications is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Leslie Versweyveld

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