Designation Verifies Hospitals’ Documentation of Excellence and High Degree of Nurse Satisfaction;
Nearly Half of Magnet Hospitals Use Eclipsys — More Than Any Other Vendor
ATLANTA, Apr 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –Eclipsys Corporation (NASDAQ: ECLP), The Outcomes Company(R), today announced that clients’ Blessing Hospital of Quincy, IL and University Health System of San Antonio, TX were recently awarded Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the ANCC to recognize healthcare organizations that provide not only excellence in nursing, but also the highest quality of patient care at all levels throughout the hospital. The term “Magnet” refers to the ability of a recognized organization to attract and retain professional nurses who experience a high degree of satisfaction in their workplace and attract patients in search of the best healthcare. Based upon submission of thousands of pages of documentation, in late 2009 ANCC granted both Blessing Hospital and University Health System a three-day site visit, during which nurse appraisers verified each hospital’s documentation of excellence. Nationally, only one in five hospitals applying for Magnet recognition is granted a site survey.
A Medical and Technology Leader in West Central Illinois
“This is the gold standard for Nursing. The Magnet Recognition validates that Blessing Hospital is one of the best places to give and receive care,” said Jill Mason, RN, MSN, chief nursing officer of Blessing Hospital.
With Eclipsys(TM) clinical information technology in use at the organization since 2004, Blessing Hospital has become a medical and technology leader in West Central Illinois. The hospital has achieved significant outcomes improvements, including high-levels of physician adoption of technology and improved patient safety through medication reconciliation processes and use of electronic prescriptions. These Eclipsys solutions have better connected Blessing clinicians throughout the enterprise and remotely, providing access to real-time patient information for improved decision making.
“This is the most significant, voluntary recognition of quality a hospital can earn,” said Maureen Kahn, RN, MHA, MSN, president and chief executive officer of Blessing Hospital. “The ANCC grants Magnet status only after one of the most thorough review processes in which I have ever been involved. Magnet hospitals are the best of the best.”
First and only in South Texas to earn Magnet Status
University Health System implemented the integrated clinical components of Eclipsys’ Sunrise Enterprise(TM) solution in 2003 to provide a complete electronic medical record (EMR) across its entire healthcare organization. The advanced functionality and open design of this solution is the centerpiece of the health system’s electronic health record (EHR), providing coordinated care and superior outcomes as clinicians seamlessly manage patient information across ambulatory and inpatient environments. After a five-year “Magnet Journey,” the organization successfully demonstrated its commitment to providing quality care for all patients, sustaining nursing excellence and transforming the culture of its work environment through the use of Eclipsys solutions. University Health System is the first and only health system in San Antonio and South Texas to earn Magnet status from the ANCC.
“We are an organization committed to quality, compassion and innovation, and this recognition demonstrates how these ideals are more than just healthcare terms, but words we take to heart in everything we do,” said George B. Hernández, Jr., president and chief executive officer of University Health System. “Our Board of Managers set the bar high and challenged us to be the best of the best. Today, we let them know we have reached this mark and have our sights set on the next one.”
In 2008, University Health System also achieved a validated Stage 6 ranking in the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM), a recognition program that tracks EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. The EMRAM scores hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database on their progress in completing the eight stages to creating a paperless patient record environment.
Eclipsys’ Clients Consistently Recognized as Top Healthcare Organizations
“We are very proud that Blessing Hospital and University Health System have undertook the tremendous amount of voluntary work to document how they are providing the best quality of care for their patients,” said Jay Deady, Eclipsys’ executive vice president of Client Solutions. “We also are proud that users of Eclipsys’ clinical information system dominate the field of Magnet Recognition hospitals. Just six percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned the impressive Magnet status, and Eclipsys clients represent 45 percent of those organizations. It is yet another proof point of the industry leadership demonstrated by our client base and how they are on the forefront of utilizing advanced healthcare information technology to provide high-quality, cost-effective care.”
About Blessing Hospital
Since 1875, Blessing Hospital has provided high-quality, accessible healthcare to residents in a 15-county area of northeast Missouri, western Illinois and southeast Iowa. A not-for-profit, not-tax-supported, independent hospital, Blessing is home to centers of excellence in the treatment of cancer, heart and cardiovascular ailments, wound care, and women’s health issues. Blessing is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and participates in the Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Pneumonia National Hospital Quality Measures. For more information, see http://www.blessinghospital.org.
About University Health System
University Health System, the public hospital district for Bexar County Texas is the lead level I trauma center for South Texas. In 2008, University Health System was named one of the 100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems by the American Hospital Association and Hospitals & Health Networks magazine and, in 2009, University Health System was included among Health Imaging Magazine’s Top 25 Most Connected Healthcare Facilities. University Hospital, a 498-bed acute care hospital, is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. University Health System also includes 16 community clinics focused on primary, specialty, preventive health services. For more information, see http://www.universityhealthsystem.com.
About Magnet Recognition Program
The Magnet Recognition Program(R) was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANNC) to recognize healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies. Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. For more information, see http://www.nursingcredentialing.com.
About HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model
HIMSS Analytics collects and analyzes healthcare data relating to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition, costs and management metrics, healthcare trends and purchasing decisions. The EMR Adoption ModelSM identifies and scores hospitals using an eight-step scale that charts the path to a fully paperless environment. For more information, see http://www.himssanalytics.org.
Eclipsys is a leading provider of advanced integrated clinical, revenue cycle and performance management software, clinical content and professional services that help healthcare organizations improve clinical, financial and operational outcomes. For more information, see http://www.eclipsys.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statements in this news release concerning the implementation of and features and benefits provided by Eclipsys software are forward-looking statements and actual results may differ from those projected due to a variety of risks and uncertainties. Implementation and customization of Eclipsys software is complex and time-consuming. Results depend upon a variety of factors and can vary by client. Each client’s circumstances are unique and may include unforeseen issues that make it more difficult than anticipated to implement or derive benefit from Eclipsys software or services. The success and timeliness of the company’s services will depend at least in part upon client involvement, which can be difficult to control. More information about company risks is available in recent Form 10-Q and 10-K filings made by Eclipsys from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Special attention is directed to the portions of those documents entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” Eclipsys, The Outcomes Company, and Sunrise Enterprise are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Eclipsys Corporation (or its subsidiaries) in the United States and certain other countries. Other product and company names in this news release are or may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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