MUMC Named ‘Most Wired’ for Tenth Consecutive Year

(July 10, 2009) – Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) in Savannah, Georgia, has been named one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired hospitals for the tenth consecutive year.

The results were announced in the July 2009 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association. The annual survey examines 1,314 of the nation’s hospitals on their use of Internet technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes, and workforce issues. Memorial is one of only three hospitals in Georgia to receive the Most Wired designation this year.

“In today’s healthcare environment, it’s more important than ever that we provide world-class care in a manner that’s efficient, cost effective, and safe. At MUMC, we’re always looking for ways to reach that goal through the use of technology. As a result, our patients get high levels of care from an innovative, forward-thinking team,” said Patty Lavely, senior vice president and chief information officer at MUMC.

Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates, and other key quality measures through the use of information technology (I.T.), according to a new analysis.

“As the health reform debate continues, it’s clear that I.T. will play an even more important role in the health system of tomorrow,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Most Wired hospitals help illustrate I.T. in action – improving efficiency, quality, and safety of care while helping to control costs.”

The entire report is available at www.hhnmag.com.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.