SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — For more than a century, Piedmont Healthcare has been a recognized leader in delivering expert care. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Piedmont Healthcare is a not-for-profit community health system composed of 11 hospitals with over 2,500 medical staff personnel and more than 22,000 employees. Founded in 1919, Piedmont Healthcare has garnered national acclaim with America’s 250 Best Hospitals award, America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care award, and more.
In 2020, Piedmont Healthcare embarked upon a 10-year expansion at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, starting with a new 16-floor tower that will enable the facility to significantly increase capacity. The Marcus Tower at Piedmont Atlanta includes 408 beds and 13 new operating rooms. Avyve, recently acquired by AVI Systems, was selected as the technology integrator at Piedmont Healthcare’s new facility. Blake Longsworth, project engineer, and Danny Rivera, account manager, led the project for Avyve.
The Marcus Tower at Piedmont Atlanta includes a series of surgical spaces and operating rooms. Its goal was to tie each space back to a control room that can distribute video feeds to various locations. “The integration was primarily in the Marcus Heart and Vascular Center,” said Matt Adams, area operations manager for AVI Systems. “There are currently six operating rooms that are wired for broadcasting in this facility, and Piedmont Healthcare wanted to utilize a video feed in the operating rooms to assist during surgery and distribute the video to a larger room for teaching purposes. The surgical video feed is being distributed to a larger auditorium and web-based online audience where doctors can educate medical physicians and professionals on the surgeries that are occurring in real time.”
Michael Shivers, manager of CV multimedia for Piedmont Heart, added, “We have an auditorium inside the Marcus Heart and Vascular Center that can seat around 250 people. We also have a great need in broadcasting on the web for our virtual audience. In addition to utilizing the video feed as a teaching tool, we wanted a solution that allowed us to route video signals to different operating rooms and enabled the surgeon to see the person they were talking to. We’ve never had the capability to do that before. It was essential for us to have a solution with zero latency while transmitting a reliable video feed across significantly long distances.”
Piedmont Healthcare’s Marcus Heart and Vascular Center incorporates over 870,000 square feet of new construction and 45,000 square feet of renovations. “The installation at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital was unique, because we were working on a series of different floors within the facility,” explained Adams. “The operating rooms are located on a different floor than the auditorium, so we had to overcome a long-distance distribution for the video feeds. We selected Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series because of the ability of this particular product to distribute a reliable feed across multiple floors. We integrated various solutions from Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series, including 18 wall plate encoders, 49 encoders and 22 decoders, to create a solution that was incredibly flexible and provided a simplified user experience.”
The Marcus Heart and Vascular Center is the first phase of installations across the entire Piedmont Atlanta Hospital facility. “Piedmont Healthcare has future expansion planned with additional operating rooms in the current facility, as well as expansion of other key healthcare services,” said Adams. “It was important to select a solution that was easily expandable. In addition, we needed to create a solution that was flexible from the standpoint of user experience.”
Adams added, “Each of the wall plate locations are designed as a plug-and-play solution. The encoders were integrated on the wall, because the surfaces within the operating room needed to remain clear and clean. The surgeons, doctors or nurses can wheel in their cart with a computer or surgical equipment and easily plug the equipment into the wall plate encoder. The flexibility of Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix enables them to plug in the equipment necessary for the particular surgery and automatically connect.”
“I’m happy with the system that AVI Systems created for us,” said Shivers. “The system is working great, and I’m impressed with the quality and reliability of Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series. The cost-effectiveness and the stability of Visionary’s PacketAV Matrix Series was an important selling point for us.”
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