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GEORGE L. MEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SELECTS CERNER COMMUNITYWORKS℠

CUTLINE: CERNER PROJECT TEAM LEADS FROM L-R: FRED BINCZEWSKI, KEITH BRADKOWSKI, DIANA AMADOR (BEHIND), RENA SALAMACHA, REEZENA MALASKA, NICK ALATORRE (BEHIND), DENISE MILLER AND CARRIE OLCOTT.

KING CITY, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2018) George L. Mee Memorial Hospital has selected Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, to implement an integrated electronic health record (EHR) across its acute and ambulatory facilities.

“At Mee Memorial, we aim to provide our community with primary health care and comprehensive health services in a convenient location close to home,” said Rena Salamacha, CIO, Mee Memorial. “Access to an integrated and simple-to-use EHR at our fingertips is what drove us to choose Cerner. With Cerner’s help, we will be better equipped to provide excellent health care in a rural setting, serving the people of southern Monterey County.”

Mee Memorial will transition to the Cerner Millennium® EHR, a health care IT platform designed to support an individual’s care journey across the continuum – from the doctor’s office to the hospital and outpatient clinics – with consistent patient engagement. Cerner Millennium will provide Mee Memorial physicians with a digital record of their patients’ health history, including clinical and financial data. Through the new online patient portal, patients will be able to securely message physicians, schedule appointments, view and settle balances and access their health history.

“We are thrilled to support Mee Memorial’s efforts to improve access to high-quality health care across their patient population,” said Zane Burke, president, Cerner. “By implementing Cerner solutions designed to facilitate coordinated care across the system, Mee Memorial is taking an important step toward a more empowered, more connected, healthier community.”

The Cerner CommunityWorks℠ cloud-based deployment model will help Mee Memorial improve health services and care to their community. This deployment model tailors Cerner Millennium to support the unique needs of community health care organizations. The Cerner CommunityWorks model will support Mee Memorial’s 94-bed hospital and network of four clinics, including three in King City and one in Greenfield.

“Cerner understands our organization, our community and the things that keep us up at night as health care professionals,” said Susan Childers, CEO, Mee Memorial. “With Cerner’s support, Mee Memorial will continue to improve the quality of the health care services we provide. With a truly interoperable EHR to keep patients connected wherever they go, as well as business services to keep the hospital up and running on the back end, Mee Memorial will be empowered to better serve our community.”

Mee Memorial will be able to integrate clinical and financial information into one patient record with revenue cycle management solutions in the Cerner Millennium EHR. Cerner’s Clinically Driven Revenue Cycle™ supports clinicians and staff with the resources to update the billing process throughout a patient’s visit and enhance clinical documentation to help improve reimbursement and limit claims errors. Mee Memorial also elected to receive additional billing service support through Cerner’s Business Office Services, which will allow the hospital to continue to focus on patient care.

“Mee Memorial’s dedication to provide high-quality care to their community will be strengthened by a robust and truly integrated EHR,” said Michael Farrell, vice president, CommunityWorks℠, Cerner. “Cerner’s solutions and services will support Mee Memorial as it continues to grow and expand its hospital to meet the health care needs of the people it serves today and into the future.”

Mended Hearts Comes to Mee Memorial Hospital

Mended Hearts is the largest heart patient support network in the world, with 20,000 members and 300 chapters

King City, CA — June 14, 2017 — Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization that has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. The King City Chapter will be holding its first meeting on Wednesday, June 22nd, 5pm-6pm at Mee Memorial’s Olivia Café. These meetings are open to the public and any member of the community who has been affected by heart disease are encouraged to come, this includes patients, their caregivers and any family or friends that may find comfort in the support.

The King City local community chapter is pilot program for rural hospitals and will be a model for the rest of small rural hospitals of the United States. Members listen, share their experiences and volunteer to talk to other heart patients about what they may face including lifestyle changes, depression, recovery, and treatment. Monthly meetings will include guest speakers with topics that help support healing and answer questions.

Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts has 300 chapters in North America, serving 460+ hospitals and is the largest peer-to-peer heart patient support network in the world. It has been offering hope and support for 65 years, visiting more than 200,000 patients every year. Mended Hearts provides education, support and hope to all types of heart patients and their families.

Community members are asked to pre-register; to register or for further information, please contact Melissa Grindstaff at 831-386-7326 or by email at mgrindstaff@meememorial.com

Mee Memorial Hospital Celebrates Doctors’ Day.

King City, CA- Doctors Day is March 30th which commemorates the date Crawford W. Long, MD, first administered ether as a surgical anesthetic. The date was first observed in 1933 by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, who took express appreciation for the lifesaving work of doctors’ every day. In 1990 President George H.W. Bush recognized the numerous contributions of physicians by formally designating March 30th as National Doctors Day. The day is traditionally celebrated by sending a written expression of gratitude to a physician an also through the display of red carnations (the symbolic flower of Doctors Day).

“The annual Doctors’ Day celebration provides us with an opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication that physicians demonstrate in our hospital and in our community each day. Our physicians play a vital role in the overall health of our community and we value those efforts,” said CEO Susan Childers.

The physicians in our community chose their professions because they want to serve, to care for patients, improve their health and ultimately impact their lives in a positive and personal way. Physicians seek to help others.

Mee Memorial is grateful to our doctors who serve the community with total dedication to their profession. Physicians work long hours and late nights, and have hectic schedules. They are asked to comply with regulatory guidelines, documentation and a never-ending volume of paperwork, which is increasing as the health care industry changes. In the end, physicians continue to focus their efforts directly on the most important thing: their patients.

For all they do, we ask you to join us in saying “Thank You” to the physicians of the Mee Memorial Hospital Medical Staff!