Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Launches Electronic Health Records System
Health System Invests $2 Million and 10 Miles of Cable to Implement ConnectCare
Newport News, Va. (April 26, 2012) – Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital will launch an integrated clinical information system on Sunday, April 29. ConnectCare enables health care providers to access a patient’s medical data in a single electronic health record (EHR).
Bon Secours Health System, Inc., the parent company of Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, has invested nearly $200 million in capital to implement this electronic health record system, advancing clinical innovation and improving patient care across the system.
Bon Secours ConnectCare, powered by Epic, links all patient medical information, including medical history, allergies, test results and medications, in one secure and confidential electronic record. The patient’s care team has access to all treatment plans and safety alerts, ensuring continuity of care throughout a patient’s life.
"Advancing clinical innovation and providing an extraordinary experience of care are directly linked," said Michael K. Kerner, CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads, "This technology will facilitate the provision of excellent patient care by our highly skilled Physicians, Nurses and other clinicians. The ConnectCare electronic health record (EHR) supports our mission to bring "Good Help" through innovation to the communities that we serve."
Through ConnectCare, medical staff can readily access confidential patient information from any computer to review charts and analyze test results. Physicians, nurses and staff are presented with an immediate and comprehensive overview of a patient’s medical history, and multiple users can access the same patient record at the same time.
"We are excited to implement ConnectCare at Mary Immaculate," said Patricia L. Robertson, CEO of Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital. "We have made a big investment in technology and training and look forward to positive patient experiences."
Medical staff will receive lab and x-ray results faster, improving the quality of care for all patients. The system will allow across-the-board consistency in patient records and reduction or elimination of unnecessary duplication of effort. Electronic health records allow for faster documentation time, thereby increasing productivity among caregiver teams.
As of today, the Mary Immaculate transition team has installed and updated 255 laptops, 25 lockable pharmacy drawers, 315 bar code scanners and more than 10 miles of cable. Nearly 75 trainers have worked with the team to ensure the physicians, nurses and staff are fully up to speed on the new system. For the Bon Secours Mary Immaculate launch, Bon Secours invested more than $2 million in equipment and construction.
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate is the eighth hospital in the Bon Secours Health System to go live with ConnectCare. Other Bon Secours Virginia hospitals using the system include St. Francis Medical Center, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, all of which implemented the system in 2010 and 2011.
Visit our Bon Secours Hampton Roads Facebook page for more information about the ConnectCare Go-Live at Mary Immaculate, including photos, videos and fun facts about the process.
About Mary Immaculate Hospital
Established in 1952, Mary Immaculate is a 110-bed facility located in the Denbigh section of Newport News. The hospital offers a wide range of services, including the Peninsula Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence, a Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center location, the Liver Institute of Virginia, a sleep disorders center and the Bon Secours Hernia Center. Mary Immaculate is also well known for its cardiac catheterization lab and obstetrics programs.
About Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Bon Secours Virginia Health System (BSV), the fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, which is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. BSV includes seven award-winning hospitals; four in Richmond and three in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours brings together a network of hospitals, primary care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities to provide quality health care services to thousands of Virginians. The not-for-profit Catholic health system employs nearly 11,000 people. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full-range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences, surgery. Bon Secours Virginia is the only system of hospitals in Virginia offering patients a 30- minute guarantee for Emergency Care.