The Children's Hospital

The Children's Hospital of Denver has 2,300 employees that work from many locations. In order to better serve its child patients, the hospital moved to a larger location. The transition included bringing an outsourced, data center solution in house. As a result, IT managers needed to implement a solution that could efficiently connect all the hospital's locations and support the high-bandwidth needs of its data center, picture archiving communications system (PACS) and electronic medical records applications.

Todd Panella
IT Manager Desktop/Voice Services
Industry
Healthcare

DETAILS

Challenge

The Children's Hospital of Denver has 2,300 employees that work from many locations. In order to better serve its child patients, the hospital moved to a larger location. The transition included bringing an outsourced, data center solution in house. As a result, IT managers needed to implement a solution that could efficiently connect all the hospital's locations and support the high-bandwidth needs of its data center, picture archiving communications system (PACS) and electronic medical records applications.

Solution

Decision makers evaluated three leading vendors in the Denver area. They compared them for the flexibility of their service offerings, their ability to work with the hospital in a "partnership" capacity, and their ability to lower costs. Per Todd Panella, IT manager for The Children's Hospital, the analysis led to the selection of the Qwest Metro Optical Ethernet (QMOE ®). The solution connects 15 sites in the Denver metro area.

Benefits and Results

  • Savings of approximately 20 percent
  • $3,000 per month savings on one long distance circuit alone
  • Simplified billing and management through CenturyLink Control®
  • Circuit scalability positions Cutter & Buck for growth
  • Failover capabilities help ensure business continuity and uninterrupted customer service

Company Profile

Founded in 1908, The Children's Hospital is a private; not-for-profit pediatric health-care network dedicated 100 percent to caring for kids. With 1,130 pediatric specialists and more than 2,300 full-time employees, Children's is home to a number of nationally and internationally recognized medical programs. The Children's Hospital has been ranked for more than a decade as one of the best children's hospitals nationally in U.S. News & World Report, and as the consistent choice eight years in a row by area physicians for the care of their loved ones.