Board News The Lakeland HealthCare Board of Directors approved the following actions at its recent meetings:
Planning budget for a 30,000 square foot medical office building on the campus of Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles.
$1.2 million conversion to Microsoft Office Suite across the organization.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION Five Star Physicians for the Second Quarter of 2010 are Lawrence Damiani, DO, Gastroenterologist, and Roy Winslow, MD, Surgeon. This honor was based on nominations by patients, Lakeland associates, and volunteers and is awarded to Lakeland partner physicians who demonstrate outstanding service.
The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) has re-elected Lynn S. Gray, MD, MPH, Family Practice and Emergency Medicine, to a second term on its Board of Directors. Dr. Gray will represent physicians from Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren counties.
IN THE NEWS Community Hospital Watervliet Chooses Lakeland HealthCare as Integration Partner Following a formal request for proposals, Lakeland HealthCare has been selected as the exclusive candidate to enter into an integration discussion with Community Hospital Watervliet. Both parties have begun the due diligence process which is expected to be complete by the end of November. The official integration of the two organizations will most likely take effect January 1, 2011. Further details will be released in the coming weeks.
Lakeside Urology Joins Lakeland HealthCare Lakeland Medical Practices recently welcomed a new physician practice to the group. Lakeside Urology is now a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate. Benjamin Stockton, MD and David Terhune, MD, FACS will continue to see patients at their offices in Niles and St. Joseph.
HOT TOPICS Epic Selected for EHR Implementation The Lakeland Board of Directors has authorized negotiations with Epic as our preferred vendor for an electronic health record (EHR)system. Other vendors were eliminated after a multidisciplinary group of physicians and nurses visited Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids. The group observed the Epic software system in use and confirmed that it works well with patient workflows.
In 2009 Epic was named the #1 Overall Software Vendor by KLAS Enterprises, LLC. The rating was based on 40 separate performance measures. According to their website, about one of four physicians in the U.S. will use EpicCare when current rollouts are complete.
For more information about the Lakeland EHR project, email Norma Tirado at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (269) 983-8549.
TECHNOLOGY Outlook Migration Requires Mobile Device Update The IT Department anticipates the migration to Microsoft Outlook from Groupwise to take place in the next couple of weeks. When this happens, physicians who access their Lakeland email through a mobile device, such as a Blackberry or other Smart Phone, will need to call the Help Desk at (269) 428-2005 to resync to the new email system. The Help Desk is staffed 12 hours each work day on-site, with several persons on call after hours and weekends, ensuring 24/7 response to associate questions and issues.
NEW PROVIDERS Please help us welcome the following new providers joining the more than 378 physicians on Lakeland's medical staff.
James "Wes" Heroman, MD Retina Specialist Great Lakes Eye Care, St. Joseph
Charlotte Lofgren, MD Pediatrics Southwestern Medical Clinic, Niles
Barton Wild, MD Pain Management Southern Michigan Pain Consultants, St. Joseph
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