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Bon Secours Among Top 25 Health Systems Nationally

Health System Jumps in Ranking from 2007

Bon Secours Richmond Health System is among the Top 25 of 100 integrated health systems ranked nationally by Verispan for its annual Top 100 Integrated Health Network (IHN) list. The list was published last week in Modern Healthcare magazine.

The annual ranking names the nation’s best performing health systems with regard to efficiencies and integrated information systems and services – all factors in the delivery of quality health care.

Bon Secours Richmond ranks 23th, a substantial increase from last year’s ranking of 68th. It is the only Richmond health system included on the list, and it is ahead of all other listed Virginia-based health systems. Carilion Health System in Roanoke ranked 26th.

Verispan IHN 100® is a listing of the leading integrated healthcare networks based on critical success factors determined by Verispan, a Pennsylvania-based healthcare data and consulting firm. The list, in its 11th year, is regarded as the nation’s premier rating system. Verispan bases its rankings on an assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health`care networks, evaluating IHNs on their performance and degree of integration.

“Part of the success of Bon Secours Richmond Health System is our steadily growing number of primary-care physicians and specialists, particularly in the past 18 months,” said Peter J. Bernard, chief executive officer of Bon Secours Richmond Health System. “Efforts also are underway to employ an electronic health record, which will be implemented system wide beginning next month.”

For its 2008 edition of the Top 100 IHNs, Verispan assessed 580 non-specialty, local and regional hospital networks. The ratings were based on each network’s ability to function as a unified organization in eight categories: integration, integrated technology, contractual capabilities, outpatient utilization, financial stability, services and access, hospital utilization and physicians.

For the complete list of hospital networks and information on methodology visit verispan.com.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System is a not-for-profit Catholic health system with four hospitals in the greater Richmond metropolitan area: St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.

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