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Manchester Memorial Hospital is now EMR Adoption Model Stage 7 Certified

Manchester, KY: On December 3, 2013 Manchester Memorial Hospital was certified as Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM)SM. This represents attainment of the highest level on the EMR Adoption Model, which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

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 Analytics™ 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 officer and a current or former chief medical information officer to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

The hospital has been recognized at the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 24-26, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. At the close of 2013, only 2 percent, of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database, had achieved the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7. MMH is not only one of 160 hospitals in the United States to achieve Stage 7, but also holds the honor of being the only hospital in Kentucky to do so.

 “We are delighted to be designated as a Stage 7 hospital. At MMH, we have a long tradition of using information technology to help our care teams further improve the quality, safety and efficiency of care that we provide every day,’ said Wanda Hollon, Director of Informatics for MMH.

“Achieving Stage 7 is truly an accomplishment”, said John Hoyt, HIMSS Analytics EVP. “Stage 7 organizations are completely paperless and are on the leading edge of health IT with proven success in improving quality, safety and efficiency.”

On 11th Feb 2014, the MMH team was invited to the state capitol by Senator Robert Stivers, President KY State Senate, where a resolution (SR 139) was passed in honor of the hospital achieving EMR Adoption ModelSM, Stage 7. And at the end of the day, the Senate was also adjourned in honor of the hospital. Following this, US Senator Mitch McConnell, along with Senator Stivers, presented the drafted resolution to Erika Skula, CEO of MMH, on 17th Feb 2014 at the hospital during a community town hall.

Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) is the first hospital in the state of Kentucky to be awarded Stage 7 status. The hospital is a member of Adventist Health System (AHS), the largest not–for profit Protestant healthcare organization in the US, and the fifth hospital in the Adventist Health System to receive the Stage 7 award.  I am very proud of all our staff who are dedicated to the highest level of patient safety and care.” Said Erika Skula, CEO.

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About Manchester Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is a 63-bed acute care, not-for-profit Christian community hospital and adheres to the mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ. The hospital is owned and operated by Adventist Health System (AHS), the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare organization in the US.  Today, Adventist Health System supports 43 campuses and employs 55,000 individuals. 


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 experience to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, govermental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies.

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-profit 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. 

*published in The Manchester Enterprise