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HIMSS Analytics Honors Four Hospitals in the Bon Secours Health System With Stage 7 Award

CHICAGO (December 5, 2013) - HIMSS Analytics announced that four hospitals in the Bon Secours Health System, located throughout Virginia, have received the acute care Stage 7 award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model? (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. Earlier in the year, 31 Bon Secours ambulatory clinics earned the Stage 7 Ambulatory award. 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 in the HIMSS Analytic™ Database. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

The four hospitals that achieved Stage 7 include: Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Mechanicsville; Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital, Richmond; Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center, Midlothian; and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond.

During the third quarter of 2013, 2.2 percent, of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database, received the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award.

“Stage 7 certification of Bon Secours’EHR in our Richmond hospitals, coupled with this designation for our ambulatory sites, highlights our successful investment in information technology to transform health delivery,” stated Peter Bernard, Bon Secours executive vice president of business development and CEO of the Bon Secours Virginia Health System.  “Our ‘one patient, one record’ approach supports our goals for high quality care and patient safety in the communities we serve.”   

Bon Secours Virginia provides healthcare to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites, and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs about 13,000 people, including nearly 400 physicians as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.

“Our achievement of Stage 7 is a testament to the extraordinary partnership between our technology and clinical teams, who have a shared passion to improve our patient experience and provide the best tools for our caregivers,” said Laishy Williams-Carlson, Bon Secours regional chief information officer.

“With their deployed common architectural solution for both acute care and ambulatory care, Bon Secours has begun to drive significant quality improvements and efficiencies through their IT investments, “ said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS,  executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics. “A continuous record is available for both inpatient and ambulatory care, reducing redundancies and vastly improving the patient experience. With their inpatient solutions, the Virginia Bon Secours hospitals have achieved the state of the art standard in safe medication practices.  This is truly where the industry is heading and Bon Secours has established itself as a leader.”  

Bon Secours will be recognized at the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.

Visit the HIMSS Analytics Web site for more information on the Stage 7 award. 

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions.  It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit

HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS WorldWide, a cause-based, global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS WorldWide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-1profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT.  HIMSS WorldWide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

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