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Valley Children’s Healthcare has been recognized by the American Hospital Association as one of the “Most Wired” health systems in the country.
The AHA conducts an annual survey through its Health Forum, and recognizes hospitals and health systems based on their IT organization in infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and clinical integration.
Rick Pollack, President and CEO of AHA said hospitals that receive this accolade are creating more ways to reach patients to provide access to care. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models to improve quality, provide access and control costs,” Pollack said.
The survey includes 698 systems, representing about 2,158 hospitals throughout the U.S.
“Valley Children’s has invested a great deal of time and resources in a robust patient portal that allows our pediatric specialists to reach out to families with updates and information,” said Kevin Shimamoto, Valley Children’s Vice President, Chief Information Officer. “These tools help strengthen the relationship between our providers and the families we serve.”
President and CEO of Valley Children’s, Todd Suntrapak, said it was the IT staff that made the difference in their technology.
“The strength of our technology is the extraordinary people we have behind the scenes,” Suntrapak said. “They’re behind every tool we use to extend care, communicate with patients and families and improve safety and quality.”
The pediatric healthcare system is based in Madera, with locations throughout the Central Valley, including one outpatient care facility in Modesto and another in the initial construction phases.