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ProMedica to Increase Network Capacity with Telesystem

Published: 28 June 2013

ProMedica to Increase Network Capacity with Telesystem

Telesystem's Solution Deployed to Prepare for Future Growth and Enhance Network Redundancy

TOLEDO, Ohio – June 24, 2013 – Today, Telesystem announced that ProMedica, a mission-based, nonprofit healthcare system in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, has selected Telesystem for its latest network expansion. The enhancement will ensure ProMedica is capable of meeting future growth demands, while continuing to increase network redundancy and reliability.

ProMedica sought a networking solution that would keep up with the rising technology demands and strict regulations of the healthcare industry, as well as sustain the speed and scale of the company's growth. Overseeing 320 facilities in 27 counties, ProMedica was in need of additional network and storage capacity, given the increasing amount of multimedia information required to be accessed and pushed from one facility to another.

"Everyday ProMedica depends on the highly sensitive material sent across our network to provide care for more than four million patient encounters annually. Telesystem's solution was determined to best meet our requirements and allow us to future-proof our network," said Tom Della Flora, ProMedica vice president of information systems. "By creating redundant paths plus duplicating electronics and equipment, Telesystem has helped to ensure that our network will still remain active, even if a catastrophic event were to occur. Also, by increasing our bandwidth capacities we are now positioned to scale up to 100 gigabits per second if traffic demands, thereby improving the reliability and performance of our core infrastructure."

Telesystem is utilizing carrier-class DWDM equipment to provide Fibre Channel for SAN Storage backup plus E-Line and E-LAN services. Each signal or service is then carried on its own separate wavelength.

"Telesystem is thrilled to provide a next-generation solution that helps ProMedica prepare for rising bandwidth demands and to safeguard their network with enhanced redundancy and a disaster recovery strategy," said John E. Martin, president, Telesystem. "ProMedica is at the forefront of how the healthcare industry is utilizing technology to improve the quality of care and we are pleased to assist them in achieving their long-term business objectives."

About ProMedica

ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare system in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 15,000 employees and nearly 1,800 physicians with more than 500 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 11 hospitals and more than 320 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurosciences, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica's mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity. For more information, please visit www.promedica.org.

About Telesystem

With a customer-centric mission, Telesystem is the dominant communications provider for commercial customers primarily in the northwest/north central Ohio and southeast Michigan areas. Established in 1994, Telesystem maintains superior customer satisfaction by providing a wide array of integrated communication services and solutions delivered across their highly-advanced fiber and carrier-grade Ethernet core network. Utilizing Session-Initiated Protocol (SIP), offerings such as Hosted Stations (Hosted IP-Centrex), SIP Trunks, high-definition voice and a growing suite of application solutions are available virtually anywhere in the world through the advancement of the Epiphany product portfolio.

Telesystem is a subsidiary of privately-owned Block Communications, Inc., whose other holdings include Buckeye CableSystem, a multiple system cable operator in the Toledo/Sandusky, Ohio area, the Toledo Blade, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette daily newspapers. For more information, please visit www.Telesystem.us.

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