Memorial Hermann Healthcare System announced today it has signed an agreement with Verizon Wireless to install and maintain an advanced telecommunication system at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. The system, called Distributed Antenna System, allows physicians and patients to receive cell phone coverage throughout the 2 million sq. ft. facility, even in the basement.
This is the third Memorial Hermann hospital to install the antenna system designed by The Molitoris Group, a Houston-based telecommunications developer, who brokered the business deal and is currently managing construction of the site. Memorial Hermann plans to work with interested wireless telecommunication providers to provide ubiquitous telecommunication services.
"Distributed Antenna Systems are no longer a luxury for major hospital complexes. As a result of the installation of this system, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System will continue to be at the forefront of technology in Southeast Texas," added Rob Todd, founder of Molitoris Group.
As a result of the project, healthcare professionals, patients and guests will be able to make and receive calls throughout the hospital campus, including stairwells and basements. Verizon Wireless was selected to be the first provider in the project as a result of its business terms, design and engineering focus, which prioritizes the development of hospital systems.
"This initial capital investment of $2.1 million and our ongoing maintenance investment for a Distributed Antenna System at Memorial Hermann, demonstrates Verizon Wireless' commitment to the hospital, its staff, patients--and the medical community," said Kay Henze, president - Houston/Gulf Coast Region, Verizon Wireless. "In an area with a high density of wireless device users, like the hospital, the system will provide added benefits like increased capacity and strengthened coverage for Verizon Wireless customers.
Dropped wireless calls are the result of either lack of signal strength or too many signals entering into an area. The Molitoris system enables the antenna to automatically turn specific carrier signals on and off, enabling users to have uninterrupted service.
"The system that Molitoris built is a hybrid between information technology and telecommunication,” said David Bradshaw, Memorial Hermann Chief Information Officer. “The installation of these systems will allow patients, hospital staff, physicians and visitors to have uninterrupted wireless calls in the most remote areas of the facility. Incorporating this system advances our ongoing commitment to patient safety and care.”