Taking Central Illinois Well Into the Future

by W. Michael Bryant, Methodist Medical Center

It’s a new day in healthcare in central Illinois. New technologies and other medical advances are changing the way we deliver care to make it better, safer and more cost-effective.

It’s also a new day for Methodist Medical Center. For the first time in 17 years, Methodist is proud to have been chosen as a healthcare provider for the Caterpillar network. We are so excited to provide service to our Caterpillar friends and neighbors again, and are looking forward to another strong year in 2009.

All Methodist patients will find that Methodist uses today’s new technologies and tomorrow’s emerging technologies to provide the highest level of care. For example, Methodist has received national recognition for our pioneering use of Electronic Medical Records, bedside medication barcoding, Computerized Provider Order Entry, and other information technology systems that improve patient safety and quality of care. Specialists and primary care physicians can collaborate, no matter where they are, while using Methodist’s secure Physician Portal to view digital imaging and cardiovascular results.

But advanced healthcare technology isn’t just for physicians. At Methodist, our vision is “Taking You Well Into the Future.” We believe that the healthcare model that’s been relied upon for decades—a model centered on hospitals, with an emphasis on taking care of sick people—is unsustainable in the 21st century. Our vision is of a new model for greater wellness—one that’s centered on you as a healthy person.

At Methodist, we’re committed to giving you the tools you need to feel your best, at every age and stage of your life. Our website, MyMethodist.net, is loaded with information you can use to take charge of your health, including a comprehensive quality report that gives you honest, objective data on Methodist quality, safety and patient satisfaction. While on the website, sign up for your personal health record which enables you to have your health information at your fingertips.

The same is true when it comes to patient satisfaction. Outstanding healthcare takes more than the latest technology; it also requires the caring touch that helps you feel better while you get better. Recently, Methodist was awarded the 2008 Summit Award for Outpatient Services from Press Ganey Associates, recognizing top-performing healthcare facilities that sustain the highest level of customer satisfaction for three or more years. In fact, Methodist Outpatient Services have consistently ranked in the top five percent nationwide for seven consecutive years!

This is an exciting time to be in healthcare. Every day brings new advances that will help us serve our patients better than ever before. And instead of just taking care of you when you’re sick, we’re forging a partnership with you to keep you well physically, mentally and emotionally. As 2009 dawns, we look forward to taking you well into the future.

Truly, it is a new day in healthcare in central Illinois. iBi

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