OMAHA, Neb. – With improvements in electronic medical records, healthcare systems across the country are in a race to improve electronic security measures. Alegent Health will soon stand at the forefront of that technology. A nearly 50,000 square foot, Tier IV data center, built to withstand 250 mile per hour winds, will open next fall on the campus of Alegent Health Midlands Hospital.
If an F5 tornado hits or a rolling blackout leaves the city in the dark, the new data center is designed to ensure that Alegent Health, its hospitals and offices continue running at full power. “It will provide more reliable access to patient records,” said Jennifer Noteware, director of networks and engineering for Alegent Health. “Whether dozens of victims are rushing to us after a violent storm, or if a mother is simply seeking help for her little boy who broke his leg – this data center will ensure Alegent Health’s skilled doctors and nurses will have access to any patient’s medical records at a moment’s notice.”
When Alegent Health first decided to build a data center with a Tier IV rating, the not-for-profit health system quickly learned that it would come with a hefty price tag - $26 million dollars. Rather than funnel the extra resources from its hospitals and clinics, Alegent Health opted to team with CoSentry, a leader in the industry of managed technical services. “Alegent Health is in the business of healthcare – we aren’t experts in running data centers,” explained Noteware. “But we still wanted to ensure the best quality facility possible, so we went searching for a company with that competence – one that knows how to operate on this large of a scale. That led us to CoSentry.”
Patients won’t be the only ones who benefit from Alegent Health’s new data center – it will bring hundreds of new, high-end jobs to the area. Technology giants, like Google and Yahoo, are already building new facilities in the metro. Developers anticipate the Alegent and CoSentry facility will attract even more hi-tech minds to the Midwest. “We believe this top-of-the-line data center will become a national facility for some major players. As we lease space for these clients, we expect them to bring several hundred high-end IT jobs to the marketplace,” said Mike Steffan, president & chief executive officer of CoSentry, LLC.
“Every now and then a special set of circumstances comes together that benefits not just the direct partners involved, but the community at large,” said Mike Bruning, Director of Business Development and Data Center initiatives for the Regional Economic Development Council of Eastern Nebraska. “We believe the Midlands Center will not only create new jobs, protect vital records and promote the region as a data processing hub, but the general impact of having such a valuable asset available to businesses considering our area for growth is priceless.”
The building has also been designed with several energy saving and efficiency features to lower its impact on the local environment. “Among other things, we are using techniques like passive cooling, which means you take outside air and treat it for humidity rather than run air conditioners,” said Noteware.
About Alegent Health
Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,300 physicians on its medical staff and roughly 9,000 employees. Alegent Health is ranked first in the country in quality and patient satisfaction according to the Network for Regional healthcare Improvement (NRHI). That exceptional commitment to providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person keeps Alegent Health faithful to its Mission, which was inspired by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation and behavioral health. Alegent Health is online at www.alegent.com.
CoSentry serves as a one source provider of business continuity, managed technical services and service desk outsourcing. Founded in 2000, CoSentry provides data center collocation and hosting as well as work group, print and mail and systems recovery solutions. The company also provides diverse and robust managed Internet services via world-class data centers in Kansas City, MO, Omaha, NE and Sioux Falls, SD. For more information about CoSentry, please visit www.cosentry.com.