EDItion October 2014
Message from the President


Dear EDI Customers and Industry Partners,


Welcome to fall, my favorite time of year! Hopefully each of you had a wonderful and joyful summer season. Summer has certainly been a very busy time for us here at EDI and there is lots of news to share.


Last month, EDI celebrated our 28th birthday!


Wow, time sure does fly when you are having fun. We wouldn't be here after 28 years if it was not for you, our loyal customers and industry partners and I want to personally thank you for all the support and trust you have bestowed upon us. It has been a fantastic journey together, and I look forward to many more years to come. 


We have won some notable new projects since our last newsletter and I would like to share some of these with you. We were recently selected to provide to provide low voltage technology planning and design for a new Children's Hospital in the Southeast, a Replacement Hospital in the Mountain West, continued work with Memorial Sloan Kettering,  and several new ambulatory clinics for Medstar Health in the Baltimore/Washington DC area. We are honored to be working with them great organizations.


Tom Maier will be presenting at the University System of Georgia Rock Eagle conference along with our client, University of West GA, sharing how EDI and UWG worked together to develop a fiber plan for future growth. He also recently attending the EDUCAUSE conference and shares some of his thoughts below. 


In this EDItion newsletter Carl Emery shares some of the things he learned at the recent ASHE conference in Chicago and Jerry McDonell shares some "lessons learned" from a many of our recent projects. I hope you find this information both interesting and helpful.


Lastly, it was a great honor to speak to students in the Texas A&M University's College of Architecture on September 19 (EDI's Birthday!) as part of their Fall 2014 Architecture for Health Lecture Series. I want to thank George Mann at Texas A&M for considering me for this rewarding opportunity to speak to these students and for your wonderful hospitality during my visit to College Station.


Please don't hesitate to call if there is anything with which we can help you. We appreciate your business and look forward to continue our relationship as your trusted advisor.


I hope you enjoy the information that follows and have a wonderful day!


Don Kinser, PE, MBA, CPHIMS

Chairman, President & CEO  

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Don Kinser and Carl Emery will attend the GAHIMSS Healthcare Trade Faire on Oct. 16th in Atlanta


Carl Emery and Tom Maier will attend the USG Annual Computing Conference at Rock Eagle on Oct. 22-24

Look for Mark McComb at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego Nov 15-18! He will present alongside H+L Architecture and Saint Joseph Hospital on "Nursing and Patient-Friendly Technology Design" 

We're Hiring!

EDI is looking for a seasoned business development professional in our Denver office. Please see our website for details. 


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Congratulations Bay Area Regional Medical Center! 

Bay Area Regional Medical Center now open!


The new 375,000 SF, $160 Million Bay Area Regional Medical Center opened in May. The new nine-story acute care hospital, a partnership between Surgical Development Partners and Medistar Corp., will provide a healing environment "Where Medicine Meets Technology." EDI assisted with the technology master plan and then served as the technology consultant providing design, procurement, and installation observation. 

Congratulations to the entire project team! 

Congratulations Salida Longfellow Elementary School

Salida School District R-32-J held the grand opening of the new Longfellow Elementary School on August 12th! Congratulations on your beautiful new school! EDI was honored to provide low voltage consulting and design for this project. 

Congratulations to the entire project team! 
The Future of the Healthcare: Takeaways from the ASHE Annual Conference 

Carl Emery

By Carl Emery

Vice President Business Development 

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Chicago to attend the 51st ASHE Annual Conference. I was glad to see that the event was well attended, and everyone was eager to learn more about the state of the Healthcare Industry especially how providers respond to the new challenges. The Conference title was, "Survival of the Fittest". A fitting name for the current turbulence of the healthcare industry.Over the last few years, the Healthcare Industry has experience a period of transformation and a time of uncertainty. This year's conference focused on how healthcare providers can increase efficiency in their hospital operations. To continue this article, click here.

Recent Lessons Learned: Project Process and Expectations

By Jerry McDonell, PE

Vice President 

I was asked to provide a few paragraphs for our newsletter on a technical subject of interest or lessons learned from recent projects. As I pondered what went well or poorly on recent projects, my thoughts went immediately to technical issues.  As I tallied up the technical successes and failures (and in between), I realized there were many more incidents where process and communications had a bigger impact on the project than any technical issues.  A project's success often is directly related to how well we meet the goal of realistic shared expectations. To continue  this article, click here.    


By Tom Maier, Ph.D.

Sr. Advisor Higher Education 

EDUCAUSE 2014 was the largest gathering yet of Higher Education IT professionals with over 7000 participants representing over 1500 campuses and over 270 exhibitors. The three days in Orlando were marked by great keynotes including Harvard's Clay Christensen, of Disrupting Innovation fame, and over 300 educational sessions. The theme of this year's conference was moving from talking to doing, a reflection of Alan Kay's quote " The best way to predict the future is to invent it." To continue  this    article, click here.    

Newly Awarded Projects


We are currently working on many exciting projects here at EDI. Take a look at a few of our recently awarded projects:  


Medstar Health - Baltimore-Washington, DC -  has hired EDI to help with the low voltage design for their new Ambulatory Care Centers in the Maryland and Washington DC area. We are working with the in-house Medstar facility & IT team, as well as the A/E team,  to support budgeting, planning, design, and procurement of the following technology systems being implemented at each Ambulatory Care Center: Network Infrastructure, Nurse Call, Security, and AV. A couple of our main objectives with Medstar is to bring efficiencies to the low voltage design process and identify cost cutting solutions on each project.


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - New York, NY EDI continues to work with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to provide IT Consulting and Program Management for their new Ambulatory Care Center in downtown New York City. The project involves construction of a 23-story facility comprising of approximately 760,000 SF. The construction of this facility is expected to be completed in 2018. EDI will assist MSKCC with technology planning and consulting, confirming budgets, technology equipment and systems procurement, and systems implementation management. 


Confidential Replacement Children's Hospital - Southeastern Region - EDI was recently awarded the Low Voltage Infrastructure/Telecommunications Design Consulting for a new approximately 300,000 sf Children's hospital and MOB. We are excited to start work on this project and will share more information with you soon. 

Confidential Replacement Hospital - Mountain West Region - EDI was recently awarded the medical communication and technology planning services for a new approximately 250,000 sf replacement hospital in the Mountain West Region. We are excited to join the project team and hope to share more information with you soon. 


If you have any questions about the above Western Region projects or would like to visit with the EDI Denver team, please contact Mark McComb, Managing Director Western Region at  720-440-2065 or mmccomb@ediltd.com.


If you have any questions about the above Eastern Region projects or would like to visit with the EDI Atlanta team, please contact Carl Emery, Vice President of Business Development Eastern Region 678-213-3583 or cemery@ediltd.com.