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2009 Most Wired/Most Wireless Hospital

WINFIELD, Ill., July 10, 2009 -- Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) has been named one of the nation's MOST WIRED and MOST WIRELESS, according to the results of the 2009 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released Tuesday (7/7/09) in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine.

Marking its 11th year, the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study continues to lead the field in analyses and benchmarking of healthcare IT. 

"I'm proud to lead IT at a hospital that is committed to finding the best technology that will help care for our patients," says Vice President and Chief Information Officer Dave Printz. "CDH has recognized that investing in technological advancements attracts great physicians, makes processes more efficient for staff and can give our patients more options in treatment."

Recently, CDH has implemented more technology for communication - from electronic messaging in the elevators and cafeteria, to upgraded internet and intranet and Wi-Fi service for patients, guests and physicians. Robotics have been utilized to increase precision in the pharmacy, serve as remote eyes and ears of neuro specialists when they aren't in the emergency room and others even deliver meals to patient floors. A significant investment of time and education also has been spent transferring to an electronic medical record system.

"Hands down, the most exciting advancement in technology affecting patients at CDH will be the installation of the IMRIS intraoperative MRI system this fall," says Printz. "Using this system, neurosurgery patients will have the opportunity to receive an MRI right in the operating room, before the procedure is completed, increasing the chance of full removal of the tumor."

The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by H&HN magazine, the journal of the AHA, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation's hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues.

H&HN magazine conducted the 2009 survey in cooperation with McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com.

About the Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study

Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the AHA, conducts the voluntary Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study annually and names the 100 Most Wired.

McKesson Corporation is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care.

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives was formed with the dual objective of serving the professional development needs of healthcare chief information officers and advocating the more effective use of information management within health care.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

Recently, CDH was recognized for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category. Thomson Reuter's has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S. for the last three consecutive years.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the CDH medical staff, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234)/ TTY 630-933-4833.

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