Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center (EGSMC), a 500,000 square feet health care facility that is connected to two independent facilities, has deployed the AvigilonHigh Definition (HD) surveillance system to monitor both the interior and exterior of the facility, the parking lot, entrances, and other high-risk areas to help protect patients, visitors, and staff.

At 500,000 square feet, EGSMC faces the same level of security risk as a small municipality. EGSMC also faces another key challenge: it is connected to two separate facilities that are monitored by independent security systems, making access control and patron monitoring particularly difficult. To monitor both the interior and exterior of the facility, the parking lot, entrances, and other high-risk areas, EGSMC installed 48 Avigilon cameras ranging from one to five megapixels and eight Avigilon analogue video encoders to leverage the existing assets and improve performance of its legacy analogue cameras. With one workstation and two monitors located in the security office, security officers manage the system using Avigilon Control Center software with HD Stream Management and store five terabytes of surveillance data on each of its three Avigilon network video recorders for 30 to 60 days of continuous footage.

"We need a surveillance system that is cost-effective, scalable, high performing, user- friendly, and well supported," said Eric Rowland, security program manager at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center. "Avigilon easily delivers on all fronts."

Avigilon provides a cost-effective surveillance system
The surveillance system which Avigilon provides for EGSMC is both cost-effective and high performing

By improving the image quality of existing analogue cameras, Avigilon analogue video encoders have enabled EGSMC to leverage the investment in its existing surveillance system. EGSMC can also now monitor multiple cameras at once, and playback and review footage while maintaining a live view from the same camera, resulting in a 75 percent reduction in investigation times. The EGSMC has also been able to double their productivity and reduce frustration levels due to Avigilon's ease-of-use. The Avigilon solution has also resulted in a 20 percent savings in up-front costs compared to other vendors.

"Healthcare providers across the country are stepping up security efforts to help ensure the safety of patients, visitors, and staff," said Dave Tynan, vice president of global sales at Avigilon. "By implementing an advanced, high definition surveillance system, healthcare providers at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center are illustrating their commitment to caring for patients like they would their own family members and measuring their success by their ability to provide safe, timely, and accurate care."