MHUMC Named ‘Most Wired’ for Eighth Consecutive Year

(July 24, 2007) - Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, has been named one of the nation's Most Wired hospitals for the eighth consecutive year, and one of the nation's Most Wireless for the fourth time. The results were announced in the 2007 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association. The annual survey measures the nation's hospitals on their use of Internet technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes, and workforce issues. "We're committed to using the latest technology to provide world-class care and a safe environment for our patients. Earning this designation year after year proves that we are doing the right thing," said Patty Massey, vice president and chief information officer at Memorial Health. According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals have made considerable investments in key technologies, such as electronic medical records and radiology picture archiving communications systems. The Most Wireless hospitals are named based upon their use of wireless applications. Hospitals & Health Networks conducted the survey in cooperation with the McKesson Corporation, Accenture, and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. "Many hospitals have made strong commitments to using information technology to improve the quality of care," says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. "They are combining technology with clinical knowledge and creativity with a focus on improving outcomes and making care safer and more streamlined for both patients and clinicians." The entire report is available at Memorial Health is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship, Memorial Health University Medical Center, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; CareOne, its two-state home care division; Memorial Health primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. Memorial Health has been named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates three years in a row. We are also one of Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.