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August 2017, Vol. 8, No. 6

Odessa Medical moves to the dark (fiber network) side

After 15 years at Odessa Medical Health Center in Odessa, Texas, Brad Shook is seeing his long-term vision come into focus. Following a decision to move several business applications to the cloud, the center did a complete Wi-Fi upgrade, but the changes roll on. With its new design moving away from leased circuits to a dark fiber network for the 28-building healthcare operation, this director of IT operations has big plans for the West Texas Level II trauma center. With a goal of 100% network uptime, Shook has researched how to tie in lighting and HVAC systems to increase internet of things building automation to make the medical complex more cost-effective and patient-friendly. Shook isn't all business, though. His serious hobby is maintaining a 243-gallon salt-water aquarium, where he concentrates on growing corals. We caught up with Shook early one morning to talk about how he got here and the future of the medical center on a dark fiber network. Editor's note: This interview was edited for clarity and length. What IT and ...

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