Low Voltage Solutions began work on Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital’s newest addition in February 2016. The hospital, based in Downers Grove, Ill., has won numerous awards, including being named on the Top 100 Hospitals list five times. Advocate is the largest health system in Illinois.
The three-story bed tower, set to open in 2017, is 110,000 square feet and consists of 96 private patient rooms. Upon completion, the hospital will have successfully converted all its semi-private patient rooms to private rooms.
LVS was chosen, in part because of its extensive experience with healthcare facilities throughout the Midwest. The project included an on-site foreman and required up to nine technicians at any one time. LVS provided cabling for voice, data, wireless access points, cameras, and telemetry antennas. New backbone cabling was installed from the tower addition to the main hospital. LVS installed roughly 2,000 category 6 cables on the project, as well as fiber optics and telephone trunks. Advocate Good Samaritan will use the state-of- the-art equipment for patient tracking, care and nurse response.
Being environmentally friendly is extremely important to Advocate Good Samaritan. The hospital is listed among the 25 most “green” hospitals in the country, according to the nation’s leading health care environmental stewardship organization, Practice Greenhealth. “LVS is always looking to be environmentally friendly,” said LVS Project Manager Don Ryan. “We take pride in being at the forefront of green thinking.” According to the hospital’s website, the addition is proposed to meet silver criteria outlined by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The most challenging part of the project? Keeping up with time constraints, schedules, and turnover dates – particularly during a summer that proved to be one of LVS’ busiest.
He adds, “The best part of the job is always giving the customer a finished product on time. My field guys did a great job to make that happen for the customer. We had to react to a lot of adds and changes on the office side to accommodate the project. We were happy to do it because the final outcome exceeded expectations.”