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GetWellNetwork Partners with DAISY Foundation to Recognize Extraordinary Nurses
Date:3/3/2008

Interactive Patient Care System Enables Patients to Provide Direct Feedback

and Award Nurses for Compassionate Care

BETHESDA, Md., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- GetWellNetwork, Inc., a leading provider of Interactive Patient Care (IPC) solutions, today announced that it is partnering with the DAISY Foundation to help hospitals recognize the exceptional work of nurses through the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Through the GetWellNetwork(R) system, patients and families at participating hospitals can provide direct feedback about the nursing staff and nominate deserving nurses to receive the prestigious award.

Currently awarded at more than 200 hospitals, the DAISY Award honors a nurse at each hospital each month for the compassionate care he/she provides and the profound difference he/she makes in the lives of patients and their families. Award recipients are selected based on feedback from hospital staff, as well as patients and their families. Since the program's inception, 2,000 nurses have been recognized with the award. In January 2008, the DAISY Foundation and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) formed a collaboration to expand the program to every hospital in the country that wishes to incorporate it into their nurse recognition and retention strategies. Operational responsibilities for the award program were assumed by the AONE Institute for Patient Care Research & Education.

"Nurses often go unrecognized for their tremendously skillful and compassionate care," said Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of the DAISY Foundation. "The DAISY Foundation is committed to honoring nurses across the country for all that they do. Our partnership with GetWellNetwork furthers this mission by enabling hospitals to more effectively identify the unsung heroes, as well as allowing us to expand our award program to other hospital communities."

GetWellNetwork empowers patients and families by placing them at the center of their own care experience. The system turns the television in the patient room into an interactive resource during a hospital stay. By using a wireless keyboard, touch screen or handheld device, patients can interact with the system to access valuable education, communication and entertainment tools directly at the bedside. As part of the DAISY Award program, the patient's television screen will display a message encouraging patients to provide comments about their nurses and take the opportunity to nominate them for the distinguished award.

"The nurses at the Medical University of South Carolina play a critical role in the patients' experience during their hospital stay. The passion they have for their job is just incredible," said Marilyn Schaffner, Ph.D., RN, CGRN, administrator for clinical services and chief nursing executive at the Medical University of South Carolina. "By leveraging the GetWellNetwork system to facilitate the DAISY Award program, it is easy for us to provide these nurses the recognition and appreciation they truly deserve."

"As a pioneer in the IPC space, GetWellNetwork is dedicated to giving patients a voice and empowering them as an active participant in the healthcare process," said Michael O'Neil, Jr., founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork, Inc. "This partnership with the DAISY Foundation provides patients with the opportunity to speak their mind about their care experience and pay tribute to the nurses that have made a difference in their lives."

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 visit http://www.getwellnetwork.com.

About the DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the Barnes family in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. Having been touched by the remarkable care, clinical skills and compassion demonstrated by nurses during Patrick's illness, the Barnes family made it their mission to recognize exceptional nurses around the country. The DAISY Award was created toward this end. For more information, including how to become a DAISY Award Hospital Partner and about their J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, visit http://www.DAISYfoundation.org.

About the AONE Institute for Patient Care Research & Education

The AONE Institute for Patient Care Research & Education, a 501(c)(3) unit of the Health Research and Educational Trust, was launched in 1999 and is designed to promote patient care excellence through health care leadership, community health improvement, health policy achievements and recognition of members' outstanding accomplishments for improving health and health care delivery. The Institute also promotes and fosters research and special projects to benefit members in their work to provide patient care, advance the science of nurse executive practice and facilitate career and leadership development.

About the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is the national professional organization for nurses who design, facilitate and manage care. With more than 6,000 members, AONE is the voice of nursing leadership in health care. Since 1967, the organization has provided leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy for health care. AONE's 48 affiliated state and metropolitan chapters and its alliances with state hospital associations give the organization's initiatives a regional and local presence. AONE is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association.

Contact:

John Plunkett

240.482.3134

jplunkett@getwellnetwork.com

Pauline Louie

781.684.0770

getwellnetwork@schwartz-pr.com

Bonnie Barnes

707.996.7936

bonniebarnes@DAISYfoundation.org


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