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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Expands Wireless Footprint With Corning MobileAccess and RF Connect

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 9:00am
The Associated Press

Corning MobileAccess, part of Corning Incorporated's (NYSE: GLW) Telecommunications segment, today announced that St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has expanded its wireless footprint and improved overall connectivity at the hospital through the deployment of a Corning MobileAccess distributed antenna system (DAS).

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is a leading healthcare provider in Ann Arbor, Mich., and a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS).

"The modern hospital requires more than just Wi-Fi. Healthcare providers like St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor need to have seamless cellular service throughout their facilities," said Tom Tocco, vice president, Support Services and Capital Projects, SJMHS. "The Corning solution not only allows patients and visitors to easily communicate with family and loved ones outside of the facility, but it also improves access to physicians and staff, improving response time in the event of emergencies and enhancing overall efficiency of our operations."

This deployment comes on the heels of a sister hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, Mich., also implementing a Corning MobileAccess DAS through RF Connect, a leader in the design and deployment of high performance wireless networks.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is a 537-bed comprehensive, community and teaching hospital, serving Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities for 100 years. Currently celebrating a "Century of Caring," the hospital is frequently ranked as a Top 100 Hospital by Thomson Reuters, and is at the forefront of many clinical specialties, including cardiovascular medicine, oncology, orthopedics and robotic surgery.

From electronic medical records (EMR) to wireless medical telemetry systems, indoor cellular coverage and technologies like 4G LTE are vital to providing efficient, effective patient care. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor enlisted RF Connect and Corning to improve the hospital's wireless architecture to better meet the demands of emerging solutions without impacting staff and patient safety.

"Mobility and enhanced patient care go hand-in-hand, a trend that the St. Joseph Mercy Health System has quickly recognized and embraced with a Corning MobileAccess DAS," said Mike Genovese, senior vice president, Wireless Networks and New Business Development, Corning Cable Systems. "The Corning solution provides St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor with pervasive cellular coverage for critical communications, and future-ready, ubiquitous accessibility to vital healthcare applications, like electronic medical records and patient monitoring."

RF Connect recommended the Corning MobileAccess2000 DAS, a multi-carrier, multi-service indoor wireless platform which supports existing and legacy wireless services, like 2G and 3G, and emerging services, like 4G LTE. Another benefit was MobileAccess2000's modular architecture, which made adding services or carriers easier by not requiring major construction while minimizing interruptions for staff, visitors and patients.

For more information on Corning MobileAccess solutions, and how they can enable the wireless hospital, please visit http://www.corning.com/mobileaccess.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary StatementsThis press release contains "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning's financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

About Corning IncorporatedCorning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

About RF ConnectRF Connect (www.rfconnect.com) is a national leader in the design and deployment of high performance wireless networks. With experience designing and deploying thousands of indoor and outdoor systems in high profile and complex venues such as hospitals, airports, campuses, stadiums, arenas and tunnels making applications such as Public Safety, Two-way radio, voice and data run more efficiently and effectively.

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health SystemSaint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital.

Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.

A member of Trinity Health, one of the nation's largest Catholic health care organizations, SJMHS is committed improving the health of its communities by reinvesting its profits back into the community through new technologies, vital health services, and access for all. The hospitals of SJMHS provide approximately $100 million in community benefits to the communities it serves each year.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

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