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August 2, 2013

St. Elizabeth Hospital Recognized as Leader in Electronic Medical Records

Hospital Receives Stage 7 Status from HIMSS

St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw has earned Stage 7 certification for its electronic medical record and use of clinical information technology to support effective, high quality patient-care services. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

The certification comes from Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), which evaluates hospitals on their deployment of information technology to improve quality, safety, access and cost-effectiveness of care. A Stage 7 facility means that they are truly paperless and that clinical information can be readily shared via electronic transactions. It also allows hospitals to support the true sharing and use of health and wellness information by consumers and providers alike.

Only 1.9 percent of the 5, 441 hospitals nationwide certified by HIMSS receive the Stage 7 designation. St. Elizabeth is the only Franciscan Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives hospital to receive this certification. It also stands alone as the only facility in South King County to earn Stage 7 status and one of only two hospitals in Washington State to achieve this honor. The hospital will be recognized at the 2014 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition this coming February in Florida.

“This achievement reflects our commitment to the meaningful use of state-of-the-art technology that makes our hospital the best place to heal, the best place to work and the best community health resource,” said St. Elizabeth Hospital President Donna Russell-Cook. She added that the staff worked extremely hard to achieve Stage 7 certification for the community hospital.

“Reaching Stage 7 is an affirmation of all the hard work and the value of our partnership with MEDITECH and Inland Northwest Health Services, “said Shelly Pricco, Associate Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. Elizabeth Hospital. “For us, it’s not just about winning awards; it’s really about doing what’s best for our patients. That’s always been our overall goal.”

The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers and a current or former chief medical information officer to ensure an unbiased evaluation of Stage 7 environments.

This year St. Elizabeth Hospital was also ranked among the 25 “Most Wired” small and rural community hospitals in the nation by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The magazine surveyed hospitals and health systems in four areas: Infrastructure; Business and Administrative Management; Clinical Quality and Safety; and Clinical Integration.

Franciscan Health System includes St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way, St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw, St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; Highline Medical Center, Burien; Franciscan Hospice House, University Place; Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties; and the Franciscan Foundation. Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national non-profit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. Currently, CHI ranks as the nation’s third-largest faith-based health system, with annual operating revenues of $10.7 billion and approximately 78,500 employees. In fiscal year 2012, CHI provided more than $715 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

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