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St. Rita's Medical Center Adds Rehabilitation Information System to MediServe Project, Citing Results in Respiratory Care.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- MediServe Information Systems Inc. announced that St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, Ohio, will add the MediLinks(R) solution for rehabilitation in support of acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. The system will be available to physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapists, rehab nurses, social workers and physicians. St. Rita's Medical Center is a 453-bed medical center serving west-central Ohio and is a member of Catholic Healthcare Partners, a mission-driven, not-for-profit health system.

"We expect high impact from automating rehabilitation services with a system that meets its unique workflow needs and complements our hospital information system," said Brian Hymer, chief information officer, St. Rita's Medical Center. "We previously completed a 12-week implementation of the MediLinks solution for respiratory care in November 2003 and have received results commensurate with our consensus projections. For this reason, we are confident in MediServe's ability to also provide similar clinical transformation to our rehabilitation services."

"The MediLinks product will allow rehabilitation services to be fully integrated into the electronic medical record for all health care providers to review," said Kelley Recker, administrative director of physical medicine and rehabilitation, St. Rita's Medical Center. "The product will improve efficiencies related to timeliness of charges, scoring for the IRF-PAI and communication among health care providers. We are very excited to move into electronic documentation with MediServe."

MediServe's clinical, mobile and wireless software solutions and services enable health care organizations to deliver more effective care from their departments, and manage more efficient business units. MediLinks is MediServe's point-of-care application that supports clinical information management activities and tasks of the health care organization. MediServe clients are increasing the quality of patient care and dramatically reducing operating costs by using MediLinks to plan, manage and evaluate the cycle of clinical care.

About St. Rita's Medical Center

St. Rita's Medical Center is a 453-bed medical center serving west-central Ohio and is a member of Catholic Healthcare Partners, a mission-driven, not-for-profit health system. In 2004, St. Rita's Medical Center was the first Ohio hospital to receive the Distinguished Hospital designation and recognition for service excellence by J.D. Power and Associates. The facility is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Twice named one of America's top 100 hospitals, St. Rita's is the region's largest employer serving a 10-county region. More patients choose St. Rita's for their health care than any other hospital in west-central Ohio. St. Rita's is home to the region's only level II nursery, first level II trauma center, the Heart Center at St. Rita's, St. Rita's Regional Cancer Center, comprehensive women's health and rehabilitation services as well as addiction, behavioral and geriatric services, the BirthPlace at St. Rita's, pediatric services, home health care and hospice, as well as occupational health services.

St. Rita's recently broke ground for a $130 million expansion to include a new state-of-the-art, nine-story patient tower. The tower will open in 2008 with 84 new patient rooms twice the size of the medical center's current rooms, family lounges and a kitchen on each floor. The expansion will also provide an enclosed campus environment, new main lobby with convenient outpatient services, enlarged gift shop, gourmet coffee shop and cafe, and a covered walkway connecting to St. Rita's four medical office buildings.

About MediServe Information Systems

MediServe specializes in respiratory care, rehabilitation and emergency department information systems for health care organizations. The company has more than 225 successful health care client installations including hospitals, university medical centers and outpatient facilities. Founded in 1985, MediServe is a privately held company headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.mediserve.com.

MediLinks is a registered trademark of MediServe Information Systems Inc.
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