Valley Medical Center Improves Healthcare with GetWellNetwork PatientLife System, Engaging Patients and Families, Automating Service Delivery, and Supporting Nurses

Healthcare Provider First in Pacific Northwest to Offer Enhanced Patient


Jul 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from GetWellNetwork, Inc.

    BETHESDA, Md., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- GetWellNetwork, Inc., a leading
 provider of Interactive Patient Care solutions, today announced that Valley
 Medical Center in Renton, Washington has selected the GetWellNetwork(R)
 PatientLife System(R) as part of the hospital's strategic plan to further
 engage patients and families in their care experience. The system is
 expected to launch in October 2007.
     The 240-bed facility serves more than 400,000 residents and is the
 first hospital in the Pacific Northwest to provide the innovative solution
 to its patients and families. Valley Medical Center is the state's first
 public district hospital and is the largest nonprofit healthcare provider
 between Seattle and Tacoma.
     Valley Medical Center partnered with GetWellNetwork to improve patient
 discharge planning and education, enhance patient satisfaction and safety,
 as well as increase nursing efficiency. In addition, the hospital is
 working with GetWellNetwork to create an Interactive Care Plan(TM) for
 total joint replacement patients. An Interactive Care Plan provides
 patients with a virtual guide throughout a hospital stay, engaging them in
 the appropriate education and assessment stages throughout their stay that
 optimally prepare them for discharge.
     "Valley Medical Center is committed to improving our ability to provide
 our patients and families with the highest quality hospital experience,"
 said Rich Roodman, CEO of Valley Medical Center. "Valley Medical Center
 conducted a thorough review of the emerging Interactive Patient Care
 industry and we are equally impressed by the GetWellNetwork solution today
 as well as where it is headed in the future. Such a dynamic tool that
 enables our team to understand the opinions and needs of patients and
 families in real-time will be invaluable to Valley Medical Center."
     The GetWellNetwork solution empowers patients and families by placing
 them at the center of their own care experience. The PatientLife System
 turns the television in the patient room into an interactive resource
 during a hospital stay. By using a wireless keyboard, touch screen or other
 handheld devices, patients interact with the system to access valuable
 education, communication and entertainment tools. This innovative
 technology is called Interactive Patient Care (IPC) -- enabling healthcare
 organizations to deliver true patient-centered care and proven to help
 improve the cost, quality and service of care delivery.
     "GetWellNetwork is delighted to be working with Valley Medical Center
 as their partner for Interactive Patient Care," said Michael O'Neil, Jr.,
 founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork, Inc. "Valley Medical Center clearly
 possesses an unwavering commitment to the patient experience. Together, we
 can measurably impact the way patients and families experience their care,
 while also providing nurses and staff the tools to enhance the delivery of
 care. GetWellNetwork looks forward to a productive partnership with Valley
 Medical Center."
     About GetWellNetwork, Inc.
     GetWellNetwork, Inc. is a leading provider of Interactive Patient Care
 (IPC) solutions. In partnership with more than 50 thought leading hospitals
 and healthcare systems, the company delivers innovative technology and
 services to drive optimal patient outcomes. Empowering patients as active
 participants in the healthcare process, IPC solutions are patient-centric
 applications delivered at the point-of-care to ensure the completion of
 service and quality requirements, while driving new revenue opportunities
 and operational efficiencies for healthcare providers. GetWellNetwork and
 its clients have been widely acknowledged by the healthcare community. In
 2007, the GetWellNetwork solution received the exclusive endorsement of the
 American Hospital Association (AHA). GetWellNetwork, Inc. headquarters are
 in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information, please call 877.MEET.GWN or
     About Valley Medical Center
     Valley Medical Center, Washington State's first public district
 hospital, is the largest nonprofit healthcare provider between Seattle and
 Tacoma, serving over 400,000 residents. VMC operates a network of 12
 community clinics throughout King County. VMC's central hospital in Renton
 offers medical, surgical and 24-hour emergency care as a Level III trauma
 center. In addition, VMC is a regional resource with recognized medical
 specialties in Birth, Sleep, Joint and Stroke care and provides specialized
 treatment in cardiology, high-risk obstetrics, orthopedics, neonatal and
 neurology. VMC has been recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's leading
 healthcare rating organization, as #1 in Washington for Joint Replacement
 and Bariatric Surgery and for Overall Orthopedics. In addition,
 Healthgrades has awarded VMC with 2007 Excellence Awards in Orthopedic
 Surgery, Joint Surgery and Critical Care. For more information, visit
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