The Buzz: Installation Spotlight: Physicians Quality Care, Jackson, Tenn.
Dec 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Staff Report
Above and Beyond
When relocating to a new 10,000-square-foot building in Jackson, Tenn., Drs. Jimmy and Melanie Hoppers of Physicians Quality Care set out to provide a level of hospitality not often found in medical facilities. According to its website, Physicians Quality Care is “a completely new kind of walk-in medical clinic providing not only excellent medical care, but a one-of-a-kind ‘non-medical’ experience.”
These ambitions led the doctors to systems-integration firm Internally Sound of Milan, Tenn. — which provides audio, video, lighting, and staging services for events and facilities throughout the western Tennessee region, specializing in corporate events and house-of-worship installations. Even with more than 20 years of audio/video experience under his belt, Internally Sound co-owner Phil Jenkins found himself in uncharted waters when it came to Physicians Quality Care.
“The client wanted his patients to regard a visit to the doctor's office as something to look forward to, rather than dread, using audio/video technology to entertain patients while they wait for their examinations,” Jenkins says.
For example, Jimmy Hoppers conveyed his desire to build a movie theater adjacent to the patient waiting room — an ambitious and novel concept, to say the least. However, after the initial meeting, Jenkins (along with co-owner and his brother, Mark Jenkins) walked away confident about turning the doctor's vision into reality.
“Dr. Hoppers was very knowledgeable of the latest technology,” Jenkins says. “I didn't have to tell him what products he would need for that kind of system. He knew that he wanted a 1080p HD-resolution projector and a cinema-quality audio system.”
Internally Sound designed and installed the audio/video system for a 26-seat movie theater, which includes a Christie Digital Systems HD405 4100-lumen DLP digital projector. “They wanted to be able to run the projector 17-18 hours a day, so the projector needed to be rated for 24/7 operation,” Jenkins says. “And since patients would be walking in and out of the theater, they needed a projector with enough brightness that light would not affect the image.”
Additionally, Internally Sound installed an equally impressive audio system for the theater. Three JBL ScreenArray 4622 cinema loudspeakers are located behind a woven, acoustically transparent Vutec SoundScreen, while seven JBL 8340A high-power cinema surround loudspeakers and a JBL 4641 subwoofer make up a full surround-sound system.
Crown Audio DSi 2000 amplifiers power the 4622 loudspeakers and 4641 subwoofer, while Crown DSi 1000 amps power the 8340A units.
“We were initially concerned about being able to run the amps hot enough to get the true sound of speakers,” Jenkins says. “But the speakers are low enough wattage that it wasn't a problem. The system has worked out real well. It has unbelievable power and clarity.”
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