Meriter Hospital Rooms Equipped With Patient-Selected Music -

Meriter Hospital Rooms Equipped With Patient-Selected Music

Publish date:

When Meriter Hospital chose to relocate and redesign their Digestive Health Center, they called on the Madison-based AV architects of Pridham Electronics to outfit the new rooms with patient-selected music. The clinical staff wanted to create a warm, and welcoming environment for patients to reduce pre-procedure stress. The Meriter Digestive Health Center, which includes twenty-one new patient admit and recovery rooms and six new procedure rooms, provides prevention, early detection and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders to more than 6,500 patients from Madison and surrounding communities each year.

Pridham’s systems designer, Dustin Boyle, in turn called on Ashly Audio’s new pêma powered processor to perform all of the system’s DSP and amplification in just two rack spaces, replacing what would have formerly been a full rack of power-hungry gear. Ashly’s pêma delivers breakthrough performance at a breakthrough price-point. It accepts up to eight inputs and delivers eight amplified outputs with full open-architecture DSP for signal processing and signal logic. With only input sources and loudspeakers, pêma handles the rest.

As such, the setup at Meriter’s Digestive Health Center is simple. A six-channel satellite music receiver provides signal to six of the Ashly pêma’s eight inputs. The other two inputs are used for paging sources, one from the hospital’s main desk and one from the unit’s nurses station. One of the pêma’s eight amplifier outputs provides signal to the area’s main hallways and lobbies. The remaining seven travel to each of the rooms, where a simple switch allows user-selection and a rotary pot controls volume. The only nuance is that in each room, clever wiring allows pages to override both source and volume settings, ensuring that pages are heard even if the music volume is all the way down.

The rest of the system’s equipment is uncomplicated. Atlas 16-watt coaxial ceiling speakers convert the musical electricity into musical sound waves, and a Furman BlueBOLT CV1 network interface card (the only companion to the pêma in the rack!) augments pêma’s built-in network functionality to allow every aspect of system performance to be monitored and controlled remotely. Standing separately, a collection of Atlas self-generating noise units masks conversations in the registration area, in keeping with HIPPA patient privacy regulations.

“The Ashly PEMA did just about everything for us: input EQ and dynamics conditioning, logic routing, and output equalization,” said Boyle. “Normally, we would have used a rack full of DSPs and amplifiers for a job of this size. The pêma only takes up two rack spaces! Moreover, the head-end programming couldn’t have been easier or faster. The programming software is intuitive and quick. It all went in without a hitch. Honestly, we spent way more time putting in the loudspeakers.”


Image placeholder title

Sports Production Control Room Selects Tightrope's ZEPLAY

The University of Arizona’s sports tradition and heritage dates to the early 1900s, with 18 NCAA Championship titles to its name among many other titles and awards. The university recently overhauled its live sports production capabilities to more closely align with the grandeur of its sports tradition, transitioning its aging analog control room to an all-digital, HD-capable environment.

Image placeholder title

MacArthur Center Mall Equipped with QSC

Norfolk, VA--MacArthur Center mall, the modern upscale 1.1 million-square-foot shopping center in the downtown Hampton Roads area of Norfolk, recently completed an audio system upgrade which included QSC ’s Q-Sys Integrated System Platform as well as CX Series Amplifiers.   Sound and communi

Image placeholder title

Selecting Room Scheduling Software

When evaluating the right scheduling solution for your organization, it's important to understand the potential benefits and your own organization's needs Software based scheduling systems increase the efficiency of meeting room and resource management. They are designed to increase the

Image placeholder title

King Faisal Hospital Selects Navori

KFSH&RC is a 894-bed multi-facility, multi-entity tertiary care hospital and one of the leading healthcare institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its mission is to provide highly specialized medical services; medical research and educational programs; postgraduate education training and contribute to the pre

Saudi Arabian Hospital Selects Barco

The King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will install 140 Barco JAO Smart Terminals for patient bedside applications. The hospital will use the system, which will be set up by local Barco partner Jeraisy Computer and Communication Services Company (JCCS), for patient entertainment and communication as well as clinical access.

Lifevue Patient Wellness System

  @font-face { font-family: "Arial"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1 CQ Media Networks , a digital content delivery company, has

Haivision Gives Boston Hospital Live View into Surgical Simulation Lab

Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a Partners HealthCare facility and one of the top hospitals in the U.S., is using the Haivision Furnace IP video distribution system with Makito HD H.264 encoding technology for real time remote viewing and recording of their surgical simulation lab procedures. Clinicians can n

Control4 Upgrades Hospitality Solution Software

Throughout HITEC 2012, Control4 will showcase the newest version of the Control4 Hospitality Solution which offers enhanced Control4 Remote Management Server (RMS), a browser-based console that allows hotel management to receive diagnostic data and perform pro-active room management.