Adventist Health System

Mission: Efficient Communications

In relocating its headquarters from Winter Park, Fl, to Altamonte Springs,Fl, Adventist Health Systems needed its new home to have collaborative communication systems that would empower it to connect with all 80 of campus locations.

AVI-SPL’s has had a long relationship with Adventist, and includes the integration of digital signage at its teaching hospitals. For that project, we stepped in and took over an implementation that had hit a stumbling block.

“The original design was done by another integrator, which was overwhelmed by the project,” says AVI-SPL project engineer Bobby Greene. “When we won the installation, we redesigned the entire system.”

Action: Making Good on a Plan

Video communication solutions are available throughout this large,  multistory headquarters, including video walls for the lobby and trading room, and flat-panel displays, projectors, and screens in several conference rooms, the auditorium, and cafeteria. In all, we completed over 30 rooms, among them multiple presentation rooms where teams share content via table connections that route to Sharp LCD displays.

“AVI-SPL was very skilled at being able to build that bridge from what was designed to what was implemented,” says Bob Henderschedt, senior vice president of administration for Adventist Health System.

“AVI-SPL was very skilled at being able to build that bridge from what was designed to what was implemented.” -Bob Henderschedt, senior vice president, administration, Adventist Health System

AVI-SPL installed multipoint Cisco video conferencing solutions in the auditorium, a multipurpose room, and two dedicated video conferencing rooms. The larger of those video conferencing spaces has a tiered, two-row setup that can seat at least 12 participants and features three displays for far-side communication and a fourth display for local sharing. Crestron RoomView handles all of the room scheduling functions.

In the executive boardroom, which also features Cisco video conferencing, two Panasonic projectors combine to edge blend on one screen. Staff can collaborate on a high-resolution Sharp Aquos board, and microphones drop from the ceiling to pick up sound on a 360-degree pattern.

Impact: Sharing Content, Ideas and Faith

By the end of the project, Adventist not only had its new headquarters, it had the ability to share content and hold remote meetings. Crestron 8G DigitalMedia connects all the building’s rooms, so that content can be sent throughout the entire facility. For example, a video playing in the boardroom can play throughout on displays throughout the building.

Staff schedule rooms using Crestron RoomView, which also monitors the equipment. Adventist’s trading room, which includes a 2-by-4 video wall of Samsung displays, allows staff to internally monitoring of systems and activities. Another video wall, this one 2-by-2 in the lobby, typically shows company info.

“They can take any input and rout it anywhere in the facility,” says Bobby Greene, sales engineer.

Through fiber connections, AVI-SPL connected the headquarters to its Network Operation Center, located on the same grounds.  When the CEO has an important announcement, he can video conference to any display in the facility or across the street. In the tech building, they’re only tied in to four or five rooms. From the auditorium, Adventist conferences in with its hospital to share daily worship services and guest lectures.

Adventist’s trading room, which includes a 2-by-4 video wall of Samsung displays, allows staff to internally monitor systems and activities. Another video wall, this one 2-by-2 in the lobby, typically shows company info to greet visitors.

The integration has made a positive impact on Adventist, as they heavily use their video conferencing rooms, and are doing studies on how much money saved. Through a national service contract, AVI-SPL supports Adventist’s audio visual systems, including its video conferencing.

“The people that were there at the beginning are still working with us today,” says Henderschedt.