Hytera America Donates Radios to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Social Responsibility


Irvine, CA, September 2, 2020 - Hytera America, in partnership with Alpha Prime Communications, has donated fifteen PD602i DMR radios to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital to help them coordinate resources with efficient communications to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Northwestern Medicine health system serves patients across Chicago at ten hospitals, including Lake Forest Hospital, a 198-bed acute-care facility with an emergency room, eight operating rooms, and five pavilions for inpatient and ambulatory care. In March of 2018, Lake Forest Hospital completed nearly 500,000 square feet of new construction on its 160-acre campus, replacing the existing hospital building that was over 100 years old.

Alpha Prime Communications, a leading wireless communications dealer, has been providing radio communications equipment and services to Lake Forest Hospital for more than 13 years. Alpha Prime conducted an extensive review of the new hospital’s communications needs and recommended the Hytera Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) trunking solution with DMR portable radios and mobile radios for dispatch services.

Alpha Prime mitigated any coverage issues that might arise with the sprawling campus by designing and installing a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) to ensure campus-wide coverage for the new Hytera 2-site, 6 channel DMR trunking system. Users on the system include the maintenance, engineering, security, administration, emergency, grounds, and environmental services teams.

“Chicago is experiencing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country,” said Don Colbert, the Director of Facilities at Lake Forest Hospital, “The generous donation from Hytera and Alpha Prime has helped our different departments coordinate our pandemic response to provide treatment to the growing number of COVID-19 patients.”

“The donated radios are used to supplement over one hundred Hytera portable radios being used on the Lake Forest Hospital campus every day,” said Andy Kerman, the Sales and Service Manager at Alpha Prime, “Along with Hytera, we are dedicated to providing two-way radio solutions to the medical community to improve communications and address the challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

2 September 2020