St. Catherine Hospital Becomes First Kansas Hospital To Achieve HIMSS Stage 7

(GARDEN CITY, KAN.) St. Catherine Hospital, part of Centura Health, the region's leading health care provider, has been recognized by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics with the Stage 7 Award, making it the first hospital in Kansas to receive this level of certification. Hospitals and health care providers who have reached HIMSS Stage 7 are recognized for completing all the steps necessary steps to operate in a paperless environment and represent best practices in implementing electronic medical records (EMR). St. Catherine Hospital joins 14 other Centura Health hospitals with this recognition.

To reach this certification, St. Catherine Hospital presented data to demonstrate its use of a completely electronic method of patient record management and ability to share patient health and wellness information electronically. Immediately after going live on MEDITECH, the Centura Health EHR platform, in November 2014, St. Catherine Hospital achieved the 90 percent Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) target and 95 percent Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) target required by HIMSS in order to be HIMSS Stage 7 certified.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital's implementation and utilization of information technology applications.

St. Catherine Hospital's HIMSS Stage 7 certification is only one example of the hospital's commitment to advancing patient care. St. Catherine Hospital leverages the strength of the Centura Health system to employ evidence-based best practices to deliver clinical excellence and superior patient outcomes as evidenced by numerous awards and accreditations by organizations such as Leapfrog and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). St. Catherine Hospital has recently earned an "A" from Leapfrog's Fall Hospital Safety Score, an elite national ratings program, recognizing its strong commitment to patient safety. Leapfrog assigns a letter grade (A to F) to hospitals calculated from 28 quality measures. Of the 28 measures used to calculate hospital scores, 15 are process- or structure-related, and 13 are outcome-based.

Centura Health is the third largest health system nationally to have the most certified HIMSS Stage 7 hospitals, demonstrating its commitment to leverage technology to improve patient safety and deliver optimal health care value. The 15 hospitals that are designated as HIMSS Stage 7 include Avista Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Mercy Regional Medical Center, OrthoColorado Hospital, Parker Adventist Hospital, Penrose Hospital, Porter Adventist Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, St. Anthony North Health Campus, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, St. Catherine Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center and St. Thomas More Hospital.

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* "St. Catherine Hospital is proud to join our Centura Health sister hospitals in achieving HIMSS Stage 7. This accomplishment is indicative of our network's commitment to leverage technology to advance quality of care and patient safety," said Scott Taylor, CEO and president, St. Catherine Hospital. "We will continue to advance our EMR environment to fulfill our Mission and deliver optimal health care value to the communities we serve."

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About St. Catherine Hospital
As the regional health care center in southwest Kansas, St. Catherine Hospital is ahead of the curve in health care technology and innovations. The growing, active medical staff includes full time Hospitalists, as well as specialist services in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Critical Care, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Occupational and Aviation Medicine, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Audiology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Podiatry, Psychiatry, Nephrology, Radiology, General Surgery, and Urology. Exceptional care, extraordinary people...it's what makes the St. Catherine Hospital difference. For more information, please visit www.stcatherinehosp.org.

About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 19,400 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 16 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life(r) Colorado, we are making the region's best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. We're Centura Health, and we're here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.