LGC Wireless enables critical wireless communications in Shands HealthCare facilities

San Jose 10 March 2005LGC Wireless, specialized in in-building wireless networking solutions, has installed its InterReach Unison system in numerous Shands HealthCare hospitals including Shands at the University of Florida, Shands at AGH, and Shands Jacksonville. Shands HealthCare is affiliated with the University of Florida and is one of the Southeast's premier health systems. The LGC Wireless solution allows for enhanced wireless coverage and capacity throughout the Shands HealthCare hospitals, facilitating delivery of the highest quality of care.


LGC Wireless systems deliver crystal-clear wireless coverage in over 1,7 million square feet of the frequented areas of the Shands hospitals including operating rooms, neo-natal, patient rooms, and intensive care units. Shands, one of the nations' most progressive health care providers, recognized that consistently reliable wireless access would enable their physicians and staff to instantly make and receive calls so they are never out of touch, cut response time, and as a result enhance patient care. LGC's InterReach Unison was first installed in their Gainesville hospital and the exceptional results lead to subsequent installations at Shands at AGH and Shands Jacksonville.

After the Unison system was installed, Shands issued new mobile phones to some of their employees, including their Trauma and Fire Emergency response teams. Now, when an urgent situation arises, a team leader sends out a message using the phone's push-to-talk feature. The system allows for immediate two-way communications and eliminates the need for pagers, which was the communication device formerly used by the emergency response teams.

"The importance of reliable wireless coverage was never more clear than during the last hurricane season in Florida", stated Larry E. Benton, director of communications for Shands HealthCare. "During and after each hurricane, our wireless coverage remained intact. With each hurricane, Shands was fully operational and accepting new patients with our wireless capabilities acting as a critical element for Shands to provide emergency medical care for our community. Hurricane Ivan and Jeanne further demonstrated the mission critical nature of wireless in health care and the resilience of LGC's InterReach Unison system."

"The use of the InterReach Unison product is a revolutionary step for communications in medical facilities", stated Ian Sugarbroad, president and CEO of LGC Wireless. "Reliance on wireless technology and applications is becoming a fact of life in health care. Not only does the InterReach Unison system facilitate instant communication and response among physicians and staff members, it also eliminates concerns for possible cell phone interference with medical equipment within the facility."

LGC Wireless is rapidly becoming the in-building wireless solution of choice for health care facilities, having installed systems in over 65 health care facilities throughout the United States.

LGC Wireless is a supplier of products for optimizing the deployment of metropolitan cellular, PCS and 3G networks, and for providing mobile users with reliable in-building access to high quality voice and wireless data. LGC has shipped over 5000 systems to more than 30 countries, and has provided wireless solutions in some of the world's landmark properties - the Petronas Towers, the Bulring Shopping Centre, the Venetian Hotel, Denver International Airport, and the FCC headquarter building. Supported wireless access standards include TDMA, CDMA, CDMA2000, GSM, iDEN, 1xRTT, GPRS, Ev-DO, W-CDMA, and 802.11. LGC Wireless is ISO 9001 certified, ensuring that their quality management systems comply with international standards of excellence.

Shands HealthCare, affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center, is one of the premier health systems in the Southeast. Shands HealthCare is made up of nine, not-for-profit hospitals, a network of more than 80 primary and speciality practices and a medical staff of more than 1000 University of Florida faculty and community physicians. In addition, Shands has a workforce of more than 7000 staff, nearly 2000 of whom are nurses. The health care professionals cover virtually every medical speciality. Shands HealthCare affiliates with 480 University of Florida faculty physicians who provide services in more than 40 satellite clinics throughout North Central Florida. These University of Florida physicians combine their expertise in the caring for patients with the latest medical advances.

Leslie Versweyveld

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