September 4, 2013 -
Olympic Medical Center’s board of commissioners and Chief Executive Officer Eric Lewis recognized 18 employees today for their tireless involvement in the implementation of the Epic electronic health record.
"The Board of Commissioners and administration want to thank each of these employees for their hard work, outstanding skills, focused determination and huge dedication to our Epic implementation,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical.
Today’s recognition included staff specifically trained to be credentialed trainers (known at OMC as "CTs”). Credentialed trainers had six weeks of intense training in their respective area and have the most technical knowledge of the processes involved in Epic. These valued employees are sought out by staff and physicians for their knowledge, assistance and trouble shooting. They taught Epic "super users”, and then taught all other employees to use Epic. They will continue to be a key resource in ongoing electronic health record implementation. Recognized today include:
· Amber Adkins, patient accounts
· Sarah Bennett, patient accounts
· Jina Bradley, OMP Specialty Clinic – Sequim
· Debra Ford, clinical informatics
· Jan Johannessen, pharmacy
· Julie Jones, patient access services
· Laura Kasperski, patient accounts
· Margaret Kimball, health information management
· Debbie Nickles, diagnostic imaging
· Kevin O’Neill, RN, surgical services
· Katie Orth, RN, medical oncology
· Samantha Reynolds, OMP Specialty Clinic – Sequim
· Jessica Ritchie, patient access services
· Kathy Ruud, laboratory
· Susan Sotebeer, RN, emergency services
· Gretchen Souza, RN, education services
· Alberta Stamp, clinical informatics
· Denise Waters, RN, medical / surgical unit
"Each of these employees has worked tirelessly to make our Epic implementation successful. They have guided us through new, complex workflows and solutions in the last four months. More than 1,100 employees and providers are now proficient with Epic. During Epic implementation, these individuals have also maintained their own, usual job responsibilities,” adds Mark Fischer, MD, Olympic Medical Epic lead physician champion. "This has not been an easy assignment, but it has been exciting and rewarding in many ways. These team members have maintained their composure and service excellence with all of us at OMC. We truly appreciate their hard work. Over time, further enhancements in the safety and efficiency of patient care will accrue. Patients themselves will see the direct result of this effort, more and more.”
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.