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Press Release -- August 24th, 2010
Source: Enventis
Tags: Exchange, Video

Enventis to Deploy Cisco Unified Communications and Collaboration throughout Park Nicollet Health Services

Technology Upgrade project includes 23 sites, 7,500 phones

MANKATO, Minn., August 24, 2010 – Enventis, a subsidiary of HickoryTech (NASDAQ:HTCO, news, filings),today announces it has been selected by Park Nicollet Health Services to deploy a Cisco Unified Communications and collaboration solution across their business including 19 clinics, the Methodist Hospital and the Park Nicollet Clinic campus. Enventis, a trusted partner and technology integrator for Park Nicollet since 2001, designed a solution that will allow Park Nicollet to reduce its costs and transform the way they communicate, both internally and externally, while also improving patient care. The unified communication and collaboration platform offers numerous benefits to improve customer interactions including mobility for clinicians and doctors, video systems for remote consultations and automatic calls or text messages for appointment reminders.
“Enventis demonstrated an outstanding level of expertise and a strong history in delivering Cisco solutions, particularly in the health care industry,” said Don Tierney, director of enterprise services at Park Nicollet Health Services. “They collaborated with us to develop a cost-effective solution for our growing needs and we’re confident we are deploying a platform that will enhance our patient’s experience and streamline communications across our organization.”
When Park Nicollet considered partners for this important technology upgrade project, they looked to a partner who is not only a collaborator, but also an innovator.  The partner’s financial stability, experience in the health care industry and technology expertise were equally important in ensuring the solution would meet their needs for growth and efficiency.
“We are pleased to continue to serve Park Nicollet and proud to be chosen as their technology partner for this important project,” said Steve Larson, vice president of Enventis’ Enterprise Integration Services. “By leveraging the powerful technology of the Cisco Unified Communication and Collaboration platform, customers will receive all the benefits and productivity of a secure, end-to-end IP network and rich-media technologies.”
Enventis, a master level Unified Communications Cisco Partner, specializes in providing integrated communication solutions for businesses of all sizes– from enterprise multi-office organizations to small- and medium-sized businesses.  With a Minnesota statewide fiber optic network and plans to expand its network to Fargo, N.D. and Sioux Falls, S. D., Enventis provides IP communications, transport, data and network integration services that combine voice and data into a single platform – reducing operating costs and enhancing performance. To learn more about Enventis, visit www.enventis.com.
About Park Nicollet
Park Nicollet Health Servicesis an integrated care system that includes Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Park Nicollet Clinic, Park Nicollet Foundation and Park Nicollet Institute. Park Nicollet Health Services is based in St. Louis Park and has more than 7,100 employees, including 630 physicians on staff.

About HickoryTech Corporation

HickoryTech Corporation (dba HickoryTech and Enventis) is a leading integrated communications provider in the markets it serves. With headquarters in Mankato, Minn., the corporation has approximately 450 employees and a regional fiber network with facilities-based operations in Minnesota and Iowa. Enventis serves businesses of all sizes across a five-state region with IP-based voice, data and network solutions. HickoryTech provides bundled residential and business services including high-speed Internet, Digital TV and voice services in its legacy telecom markets. The Company trades on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, symbol: HTCO. For more information, visit www.hickorytech.com.

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