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The Buzz: Installation Spotlight: Physicians Quality Care, Jackson, Tenn.

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 PM, Staff Report

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With the potential for a large number of children in the movie theater — and to easily locate waiting patients — Internally Sound installed a security camera inside the room, which can be viewed on a flatpanel monitor at the front desk. Additionally, to counter the concern of sound carrying over into the common areas, the theater is lined with a double layer of acoustically treated walls to contain the sound.

However, state-of-the-art technology at Physicians Quality Care is not limited to the movie theater. In fact, the audio atmospherics begin as patients approach the building, where eight JBL Control 30 surface-mount loudspeakers are located in flower beds.

“I was concerned with the audio system on the outside of the building because we didn't want to disturb another row of businesses that are located about 50ft. away,” Jenkins says. “So we down-tilted the Control 30s a bit, and since they are full-range speakers, we can run them at lower levels and still get high-quality sound. Tilting them down also provides the added benefit of keeping the rain from getting inside the speakers.”

In case there is any doubt that Physicians Quality Care goes above and beyond the call of duty in the treatment of its patients, Internally Sound also installed a full-scale membership gym next to the facility. The gym, called Boomers, features a television screen on every treadmill that not only receives cable programming, but is also equipped with an iPod dock, allowing gym-goers to listen to music or watch videos while they exercise. Inside the workout space, each of the six JBL Control 30 loudspeakers are connected to XM satellite radio and zoned for discrete control, along with large LG Electronics plasma televisions in each corner of the room.

“Just like retail outlets and restaurants utilize audio/video technology to create a relaxing environment, Physicians Quality Care has applied the same methodology to healthcare,” Jenkins says. “I can't say anyone ever looks forward to visiting the doctor, but showing a willingness to invest in patients' comfort goes a long way.”

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