Metro Ethernet Provides 911 For Bandwidth

Harler, Curt
August 2004
Business Communications Review;Aug2004, Vol. 34 Issue 8, p60
Trade Publication
Efficiency and dollar savings drove Presbyterian Healthcare Services of Albuquerque, New Mexico to metro Ethernet. Aaron Jaramillo, network technologies manager for the hospital, said that they're a not-for-profit, so there is more emphasis here on efficient operations than anything else. He oversees both the PBX and the data side of the house. He also said that goal was to get double the bandwidth at half the cost. Presbyterian is New Mexico's largest health care provider, with seven hospitals, the state's largest health plan, home health care, outpatient centers and ambulance services. Founded in 1908, it now employs more than 7,500 people. By early 2004, the demand on bandwidth became overwhelming. Presbyterian had a point-to-point ATM OC-3 network with Qwest. While there were no huge issues with the service provided, the contract was set to expire and Jaramillo figured it was as good a time as any to explore options. One thing he knew for sure is that the Presbyterian network would continue to grow. The cost of keeping up with the growth was wreaking havoc on budgets, and the administration was clear that they expected technology to lead the way to improved health care, and not represent a stumbling block.


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