Stellaris Health Network to Deploy MEDITECH System Across Multiple Hospital Sites

Stellaris Health Network, a four-hospital organization with over 900 combined beds, has signed a contract with Medical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH), Westwood, MA, to deploy its Client/Server Health Care Information System (HCIS) across Stellaris' four hospitals.

Based in Armonk, NY, Stellaris Health Network is the corporate parent of Lawrence Hospital Center (Bronxville, NY), Northern Westchester Hospital (Mount Kisco, NY), Phelps Memorial Hospital Center (Sleepy Hollow, NY), and White Plains Hospital Center (White Plains, NY). In addition to the network of hospitals, Stellaris provides ambulance and transportation services and municipal paramedic services to Westchester County through Westchester EMS. Each year, the Stellaris Hospitals provide services to over 44,000 inpatients and over 500,000 outpatients. It is one of the largest area employers, with over 5,000 employees and approximately 1,000 voluntary physicians on staff. With nearly half a billion dollars in combined revenue and 1,100 inpatient beds, Stellaris Hospitals account for over a third of the acute care bed capacity in Westchester County.

"MEDITECH's system will enhance the Stellaris Hospitals' ability to achieve their strategic goals of consolidated business functions, cost reduction, clinical quality improvement and advanced technology integration," says Art Nizza, president and CEO, Stellaris Health Network. "MEDITECH brings a proven solution to meet our long-term I.T. needs including electronic medical record, physician order entry, data warehousing, and clinical decision support."

Stellaris will undergo a phased implementation at all of its care sites. During the first phase (scheduled for a completion date of January 1, 2005), Stellaris will implement MEDITECH's complete suite of financial and administrative products, while laying the groundwork for the Advanced Clinical System. The second phase of implementation will include the remainder of the advanced clinical features, such as Nursing Documentation and Physician Order Entry.

To assist with implementation, Stellaris has hired First Consulting Group (FCG) to analyze implementation and business services on-site, and to help manage conversion to the new platform. Additionally, Stellaris is outsourcing application and help desk support to FCG through a dedicated data/service center in Nashville, TN.

According to Tim Unger, vice president of First Consulting's MEDITECH Services Division, "Our partnership with MEDITECH offers a unique business model for MEDITECH customers like Stellaris as they transition to a new platform. We look forward to this opportunity, and have been confident since day one that Stellaris will soon be reaping the benefits of what is undoubtedly the most integrated and reliable information system on the market."

"We embrace this opportunity to continue building on our history of providing stable information systems solutions for multi-entity customers," says Howard Messing, president of MEDITECH. "Our information system will satisfy the many complex requirements of Stellaris' integrated delivery network."