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Temple University Health System to Benefit from Verizon Wireless Network Enhancements
Date:8/11/2009

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless and Temple University Hospital today announced the completion of an extensive in-building solution that will enhance coverage and capacity for voice calls and access to Verizon Wireless' high-speed 3G network for the hospital community, including doctors, faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors.

The in-building solution improves wireless voice and high-speed data coverage for Verizon Wireless customers on every floor of campus buildings between Tioga and Ontario streets and Germantown Avenue and Broad Street, including Temple University Hospital's Outpatient Building, Park Avenue Building, the Emergency Room and Trauma Center, Parkinson Pavilion, Rock Pavilion and Boyer Pavilion. The enhancements also significantly improve connectivity for wireless calling, Web-browsing, e-mail, text and picture messaging in the facilities and offices in the basement levels of these buildings, where wireless signals previously had trouble penetrating the concrete walls.

"These enhancements have had an immediate impact to the hospital and will allow us to expand our wireless communications capabilities. Having access to a reliable network and the advanced technology it supports will ultimately help us enhance the care and services that we provide to our patients," said Frank R. Erdlen, Chief Information Officer, Temple University Physicians and Vice Dean for Information Technology, Temple University School of Medicine.

Verizon Wireless has been the exclusive wireless service provider to Temple University since 2005. Previous enhancements to the company's wireless network on Temple's campus included activating a cell site in 2007 that improved coverage throughout the Main Campus.

In 2006, the company installed an in-building solution that enhanced coverage at the Liacouras Center to improve communications for the university's athletics staff and student athletes.

"We're thrilled to expand our relationship with the Temple community with this latest round of network improvements that will keep the University hospital's doctors connected seamlessly across campus and improve wireless communications capabilities for patients and visitors," said Mario Turco, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State Region.

For more information about Verizon Wireless' network, products, and services for business, please visit www.VerizonWireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Temple University Hospital

Temple University Hospital is located in North Philadelphia. Founded as Samaritan Hospital in 1892 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple began life as a 20-bed hospital with one doctor and one nurse. Its mission: healing should be available to all persons regardless of their economic status. Today, Temple is a 636-bed teaching hospital providing an array of inpatient and outpatient services to its surrounding community and highly specialized tertiary services to the entire Philadelphia region and beyond. Temple is well known for its expertise in cardiology, pulmonary, sports medicine and gastroenterology and is the chief clinical training site for the Temple University School of Medicine. Temple was a founding member of the Health System in 1994.


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