Each year at Northwest Community Hospital (NCH), more than 1,500 people are diagnosed and treated for cancer. NCH’s comprehensive cancer program brings together specially trained physicians, clinicians and support staff with a full range of diagnostic and treatment modalities in a single, accessible location. As a result, cancer patients have confidence that – at NCH – they will receive the best possible care every step of the way.
NCH has introduced an observation order set for transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients who present in the ER or Direct Admit Unit at NCH. The new order set will support physicians in providing comprehensive stroke care, as well as expedite the triage and evaluation of this at-risk population.
A small-scale pilot project is underway to test the ability for orders and results to flow electronically between NCH and physician offices equipped with the eClinicalWorks Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. Also, a survey was recently sent to all physicians asking for feedback regarding electronic connectivity.
CareLink, Northwest Community Healthcare’s (NCH) electronic health record (EHR) system, is now entering its fourth phase in six years. As part of Phase IV, three new system enhancements will go live on January 24, 2012: ER documentation, and Health Summary and Prescription Writer applications. Some of these enhancements will also support the federal government’s “meaningful use” standards.
This fall, three successful individuals from the northwest suburbs joined the Board of Trustees at Northwest Community Hospital's Foundation. Marketing executive Megan Bueschel and attorneys Janet Boyle and Richard R. Mottweiler will serve three-year terms to help NCH seek charitable gifts to ensure outstanding services.