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Vanderburg Elementary Fifth Graders Brighten Thanksgiving for St. Rose Patients

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment

ImagePatients at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Siena Campus received a very nice surprise on Thanksgiving when their evening meals were served. Rikki W’s fifth grade class at Vanderburg Elementary School created 100 of the special Thanksgiving-themed meal tray placemats like the one shown above.

Each placemat featured a turkey and a Happy Thanksgiving message from the class’s teacher who had actually spent Thanksgiving in the hospital 10 years ago.

St. Rose and its appreciative patients would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Rikki and her fifth grade class – your thoughtfulness make a lot of people happier this Thanksgiving.

St. Rose Launches New Electronic Health Records

November 20, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s official! St. Rose has successfully deployed a fully-integrated electronic health record (EHR) system. This new system, accessed through the hospital’s computer network, includes medical records of patients served at any St. Rose location.

With the EHR system in place, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ nursing and clinical staff can share electronic access to patient medical records, medications and doctor’s notes from previous visits, allowing doctors and nurses to instantly retrieve patient healthcare information.

“We have received a great deal of positive feedback from our medical staff members using the EHR software over this past month,” said Rod Davis, president and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “The new system enhances communication between our teams to ensure we are delivering the highest standard of medical care safely and efficiently to our patients.”

Benefits to patients include decreased medication errors, increased legibility via electronic orders, prevention of redundancies in charting and a reduced length of stay for patients with fewer repeated tests and treatments.

“We are very pleased with how the new system provides doctors or nurses an all-encompassing, holistic view of the clinical data they see in a patient’s electronic record,” said Dr. Allen Marino, chief medical officer and executive sponsor of the project for St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. “Our staff understands the EHR system and its positive effects on patient care. Now that the EHR foundation has been laid, the hospitals will be adding new modules such as Mother/Baby and ePrescribe in the future.”

There are approximately $45 billion in incentives earmarked to reward the adoption of EHR technology for hospitals that meet stringent Meaningful Use Stage One government requirements. These funds (a combination of Medicare and Medicaid) are accounted back to the individual hospitals to defray the costs of EHR implementation. St. Rose’s goal is to be counted as one of those deserving hospitals.

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November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

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