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by Cerner Corporation
Published on June 22, 2020

Cerner Corporation® continues to see a steady demand for its solutions from providers of all sizes, ranging from large health systems to rural community care markets.  The company announced today seven clients signed in recent quarters for CommunityWorksSM, a cloud-based deployment of the Cerner Millennium® electronic health record (EHR) that is designed to drive value to community and critical access hospitals in a package that’s specifically curated with the unique challenges of rural health care in mind.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of having access to the right information at the right time in order to support providers as they work to save lives,” said Mitchell Clark, president, CommunityWorks, Cerner. “The flexibility and scalability of this delivery model allows for use across community hospitals of varying sizes, making Cerner a right-fit for these clients and many others across the country.”

Health care providers in smaller communities often face different challenges than those in larger cities, such as geographic isolation, workforce shortages, educational disparities and diminishing resources. These clients chose Cerner’s patient centric EHR and CommunityWorks deployment model to assist in transforming the future of health care and helping to ensure individuals in their communities have access to quality, comprehensive services.

Below are additional details about each client:

  • Clay County Medical Center (CCMC), a Critical Access Hospital located in Clay Center, KS, has selected Cerner to upgrade technology throughout its main hospital and four related clinics. The switch to Cerner was made in part to help drive interoperability between the hospital and clinics and enhance the care experience for both patients and physicians. 
  • Coulee Medical Center (CMC) is a Trauma Level Four Critical Access Hospital located in Grand Coulee, WA. CMC will move to Cerner throughout its main hospital and two rural health clinics. For more than 70 years, CMC physicians and care teams have worked to serve the health care needs of their rural community.
  • Macon Community Hospital (MCH) is Cerner’s first client to undergo a virtual EHR implementation go-live. Switching EHR vendors amid the COVID-19 pandemic required adjustments to safely onboard this new technology. In March, hospital staff worked with remote Cerner associates to convert the hospital to CommunityWorks. Switching from in-person to virtual support had no impact on the conversion timeline, which was very successful.
  • Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center (OMHC) has a mission to bring high quality health care to the Odessa, WA community and surrounding areas. OMHC will implement Cerner’s EHR across its 25-bed acute care facility and outpatient clinic to support providers and nurses as they work to streamline operations and improve patient care. OMHC, the community’s largest employer, is located 70-miles outside of Spokane, Washington. 
  • Opelousas General Health System (OGHS), located in Opelousas, Louisiana, has two acute facilities and 150 providers delivering care in the southcentral region of the state. Opelousas, a Cerner client since 2016, has more than 60-years of experience providing medical care to the community and attributes its success and longevity to the acquisition and implementation of advanced technology and services. Switching to CommunityWorks will help OGHS streamline IT operations while maintaining the ability to harness the true power of Cerner’s robust network.
  • Pike County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) is a Critical Access Hospital with four clinics providing care for people of in and around Louisiana, Missouri, located an hour and a half from metro St. Louis. This rural hospital provides necessary care, such as a level three stroke center, for those living outside of the state’s largest metropolitan area. PCMH has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation multiple times by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The switch to Cerner further demonstrates PCMH’s commitment to providing quality care in its community.
  • United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) in Texas recently signed an agreement to join Cerner CommunityWorks. Cerner technology will be used across the health center’s four hospitals and four clinics in order to provide one integrated health record. Established in 1997 as Doctor’s Hospital, UMMC has grown to a 224-bed acute care medical care center with state-of-the art technology to provide care to those in the Houston area. This move to Cerner is part of an ongoing restructuring effort by UMMC to bring one integrated record across all facilities and to streamline their operations through one system. Cerner will displace Meditech at UMMC.

“We are very pleased to be working with these clients and look forward to providing the technology and solutions needed to drive increased efficiency and better outcomes for our clients in times of crisis and beyond,” said Clark.

Learn more about how Cerner is delivering care innovation and solution integration to community and Critical Access Hospitals with Cerner CommunityWorks.