Level 3 Provides Network Connectivity for New Princeton HealthCare System Hospital

New Hospital Relies on a Range of Level 3's Network Services to Run Critical Applications, Support Data Management and Provide Disaster Recovery

Oct 26, 2011, 08:00 ET from Level 3 Communications, Inc.

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Princeton HealthCare System, one of the most comprehensive healthcare systems in New Jersey, to provide a variety of network services to meet the connectivity needs of a new hospital in Plainsboro, N.J.

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Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) provides a wide range of care, including acute care hospital services, behavioral healthcare, acute rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, and fitness and wellness services. PHCS requires network services that ensure the scalability, security and redundancy necessary to handle the increasing volume of patient and research data it manages on a daily basis. Level 3's advanced network services will enable the new hospital to efficiently leverage critical IP applications, securely manage vital patient data and ensure network information is available at all times.

"With an increasing amount of our research and patient information being managed with digital systems, it is crucial for us to incorporate network solutions that enable us to efficiently navigate those systems and ensure that our data is secure and accessible in any situation," said Barry Rabner, president and CEO of Princeton HealthCare System. "Our patients rely on us to provide them with the highest quality care possible, and leveraging Level 3's network services enables us to manage the growing volume of personal care information efficiently, reliably and with complete confidentiality."

Under the terms of the agreement, Level 3 will provide Princeton HealthCare System's new hospital, called University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, with wave circuits that connect it with other hospitals and regional doctors' offices, dedicated Internet access for general IP connectivity, and Ethernet private line to connect it to a backup data center in Cedar Knolls, N.J. as well as other PHCS sites.

"The healthcare industry is experiencing a seismic shift in the management of health records and research data, with recent estimates indicating that industry data is more than doubling every year," said Andrew Crouch, regional president of North American Sales for Level 3. "Level 3's advanced fiber network and service solutions are uniquely equipped to scale to meet this demand and help healthcare organizations excel in this dynamic environment. We are pleased to support Princeton HealthCare System as it works to provide outstanding patient care every day."

For more information on Level 3's network solutions for the healthcare industry, visit http://www.level3.com/Solutions/industry/healthcare.aspx.

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Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a premier global provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers. Over its reliable, scalable and secure network, Level 3 delivers integrated IP solutions, including converged, data, voice, video and managed solutions to help enable customers' growth and efficiency. Level 3 operates a unique global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries, connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, visit www.level3.com.

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