Saint Anthony’s Health Center

Saint Anthony’s Health Center has been providing health care to the greater community of Alton, Illinois since opening as an Infirmary in 1925. Today, as an acute care, independent health system sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, Saint Anthony’s has grown into a multi-campus health system that employs cutting-edge technology.

The Challenge

2006 was a year of transition for Saint Anthony’s. New IT leadership within the organization recognized the opportunity to upgrade the overall IT architecture to best position Saint Anthony’s for the evolving dynamics of healthcare IT. “Saint Anthony’s looked to Acropolis for expertise, personnel and high level IT ‘tools’ in order to protect, manage and improve our information technology system,” says Sister M. Anselma, VP of Professional Services. Acropolis identified the need for better management of 400 workstations, an update to the Windows server farm and the latest data security and protection.

“Acropolis proved to be the perfect partner to take Saint Anthony’s IT to the next level,” says Sister M. Anselma.

The Solution

Acropolis provided its comprehensive IT management plan:  HeliosVison Advanced Managed IT. To ensure that no data would be lost in the event of an equipment failure—a crucial issue to address—Acropolis immediately set up data backups of every server and employed the Acropolis ImageVault to run nightly, encrypted images of every server.

Acropolis also implemented the HeliosVision ticketing management system to document every problem and its resolution. Service records began across all 1,000 of the health center’s devices. This allowed Saint Anthony’s and Acropolis to easily address trends and problems, including those that had previously gone unseen or unreported. Continuity of staff was no longer a concern. And HeliosVision provided comprehensive reporting for everything from asset management to security patch implementation, roll back, and compliance auditing.

The Return

Acropolis offered the depth that only a staff of 30-plus people can bring. If experts were needed in a specific area of service, Acropolis was able to supply them at no additional cost to the hospital. Estimates for first-year cost savings were over $200,000 while adding capabilities that did not exist prior to partnering. Saint Anthony was able to enjoy these savings while adding a greater level of IT control and reporting, and while having an IT partner that they could contact at any time—even after hours—to address technical issues quickly.