Tracking Hospital Services

Published March 13, 2004

Providing telecom and data services to a hospital can be a nightmare to track.

It's typical for hospitals to get dozens of different phone bills a month to cover service for different departments and at different locations operated by the hospital. Almost invariably the bills include lines that are no longer active.

For years a firm in Oakbrook Terrace, CIMCO Communications Inc., has specialized in sorting out telecom services for hospitals and other organizations, providing a single bill and a computerized control system.

Now instead of selling its services to one hospital at a time, CIMCO has made a deal with the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council to offer its services to all 140 members of the organization as a preferred provider.

During telecom's recent meltdown, CIMCO has been a bright spot, one of the few local telecom firms that has seen its business grow.

The new hospital deal likely will accelerate that trend.

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