Conference at MMcC
|CAMBRIDGE - On Monday,
March 2nd the Mary McClellan Foundation hosted a conference for
local community members to discuss the future in telecommunications.
Joyce Davis, executive director of the Foundation said, "Mary
McClellan Hospital is taking the lead in this area and has already
been accepted into the Adirondack Area Network, a Frame relay Cloud
that will bring video conferencing, telemedicine and interactive
distance learning to the local area." The featured speaker was
David Bonner, Ph.D., the Director of Information Technology
Initiatives for the Sage Colleges and is one of the two principles
who developed the Adirondack Area Network. A native of the area, he
was honored in Washington, D.C. the week of February 23rd as the
innovator of a network that has been selected by the Federal
Government as the solution for telecommunications in rural America.
Dr. Bonner explained the Network in simplistic terms and endorsed
the hospital's proposed plan to submit a proposal to the
Telecommunications Information Infrastructure Assistance Program
through the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC.
Attending the meeting were representatives from
area schools, libraries, members of the Board of Directors, Medical
staff, representatives from Public Health Nursing, Nursing Homes and
businesses in the community. Davis said, "A telecommunications
grant was submitted on March 12, 1998, accompanied by letters of
support from local schools, libraries, the Dept. of Pub. Health,
Albany Med. Ctr. and The Sage Colleges - the innovators and
supporters of the Adirondack Area Network and from all politicians,
both state and federal who represent our area."