Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Offers Free High-Speed Internet Access
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital April 25, 2006
LAKE FOREST, IL – Fast, free broadband access to the Internet is now available to patients and visitors at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. Personal laptop computers can easily be connected to the special yellow wall jacks in all patient rooms as well as surgery waiting areas – allowing patients to stay connected with family and friends during their hospitalization and visitors to “surf the Web” while at the hospital.
Patients and visitors access the Internet separately from Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s main computer network to ensure privacy and security. All they need to do is bring a network-equipped (DHCP) laptop computer and a network (Eathernet) connecting cable to the hospital.
An informational pamphlet available at the Visitor’s Desk provides detailed instructions for making the connection.
“We believe adding this service is consistent with improving the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital patient care experience,” says President/CEO Thomas J. McAfee. “ Internet access not only provides improved access to health-care information, but affords patients and families improved communication and access to entertainment. It is important to make our patients as comfortable as possible while being cared for at our hospital.”
Future plans call for wireless (Wi-Fi) Internet access throughout the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital campus.