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Springhill Medical Center (SMC) was founded in 1975 by Dr. Gerald L. Wallace, who understood the importance of a physician’s input when designing and creating an ideal hospital environment. The 252-bed medical center in Mobile, Alabama, is still familyowned and for-profit, and it continues to operate according to its original mission “to accept challenge, anticipate, then answer the needs” of its patients and caregivers.
SMC relies on its network to provide state-of-the-art healthcare services. SMC had been a long-time Cisco customer and in 2001, was the first healthcare organization to deploy a Cisco voice solution. However, over time, high equipment and maintenance costs had prevented timely upgrades. Switches were failing because of heat and age. They required more management and were a source of continued frustration. Springhill needed to move to a 10 GbE infrastructure in order to upgrade its wireless capabilities, support its Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) and Allscripts Sunrise platform, and be ready to support emerging healthcare technologies.
From an operational perspective, SMC needed a network that had to be easy to operate and maintain, even for less experienced staff members. SMC also wanted to improve the return on its networking investment. That meant achieving a longer lifecycle, reducing maintenance and support costs, and gaining greater flexibility. “We wanted to be sure we made the right choice for Springhill Medical Center’s best interests,” said Troy Hopkins, Technical Services Manager for SMC. “We evaluated several vendors before making our decision to go with Brocade.”
SMC’s Allscripts applications run in an open environment, and the SMC team likes the open approach that Brocade takes to networking because it complements their goals and offers greater flexibility. However, value was the primary reason for choosing Brocade® solutions. “Switch for switch, Brocade switches were considerably less expensive,” said Hopkins. “We saved more than 30 percent in capital costs alone. When combined with the fact that we also would no longer have tremendous service contract renewal costs, the decision was easy.”
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