-(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wandering WiFi, a leader in providing secure public and private wireless technology solutions, announced today it has donated equipment, installation, services and on-going technical support to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, ranked one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the United States. Children's has launched the service, offering Wandering WiFi’s wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) free to all visitors, patients and physicians in its office park and three Atlanta hospitals, serving over half a million patients a year.
Children’s practices family-centered care, offering family-friendly facilities, libraries and business centers. Ranked one of America’s top pediatric hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S. News & World Report, the organization staffs 510 beds and saw more than 550,000 patients in 2008. The Children’s Sibley Heart Center and the Children’s Orthopaedics Program were both ranked No. 5 nationwide, and physicians performed more than 38,000 surgical procedures between the three locations.
“The focus of our team goes beyond superior clinical care. At Children’s, we put energy into easing the pressure on visiting families to make the time they spend at our hospitals as comfortable as possible,” said Jim Atwood, director architecture and solution design, Children’s. “When you are committed to patient care, you really must consider the entire experience around that care. Parents and families are given 24-hour visitation throughout the hospital and typically use the time between visiting to catch up on communication with family, friends and work. By offering wireless access and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we hope to provide a higher level of satisfaction by giving them easy access to Wandering WiFi’s services and providing them with the opportunity to stay connected to others in their circle of support.”
Using the existing Cisco wireless network, Wandering WiFi implemented its HotSpot solution with SonicWALL’s content filtering appliance to provide the ideal combination of performance and protection. The solution offers Children’s customized branding options, usage controls, and bandwidth management, with 24/7/365 system monitoring.
“As a parent of three children, I support and regard the work Children’s Healthcare offers our own community and beyond. As a company, we wanted to help Children’s provide this extra level of service for their patients, visitors, doctors and staff to support its mission to care for the whole patient family,” said Alan Dabbiere, chairman of Wandering WiFi. “We specialize in mobile device and WLAN management software, so having the opportunity to use our expertise to help such a worthwhile organization is rewarding. As we continue to expand on this project, with Children’s and other pediatric hospitals nationwide, we hope to positively impact millions of families each year.”
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