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Innovation and Sharing of Client Successes Highlight GetWellNetwork's GetConnected2009 Conference

Industry Leaders from Across the Country Gather to Discuss Interactive Patient Care, Patient Engagement and Hospital Performance Improvement

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- GetWellNetwork, Inc., the leading provider of Interactive Patient Care (IPC) solutions, recently concluded its highly successful conference, GetConnected2009.

Designed exclusively for the GetWellNetwork community, GetConnected2009 is the industry's leading annual gathering focused on IPC technology and patient engagement. This second annual conference was marked by tremendous growth, including the participation of more than 80 client attendees and 30 client organizations, as well as a doubling of exhibitors and a tripling of sponsors over 2008.

GetConnected2009 brought together physicians, nurses, educators and administrators from leading hospitals and health systems nationwide to discuss and share their strategies and successes in improving outcomes through patient engagement. Leaders from academic medical centers, large health systems and community hospitals from within the GetWellNetwork client community presented more than 25 case studies and shared sessions of outcomes data that demonstrated the impact of patient engagement through IPC on hospital performance.

Keynote Presentations

Keynote presentations were made by George E. Hayes, MHA, FACHE, President and CEO of Medical Center of the Rockies, part of Poudre Valley Health System (recipient of the prestigious 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award); Karen N. Drenkard, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, Director of the Magnet Recognition Program for the American Nurses Credentialing Center; and Michael O'Neil, Jr., Founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork, Inc.

First Annual Interactive Patient Care Awards

GetConnected2009 featured presentation of the inaugural Interactive Patient Care Awards. Organizations and individuals were recognized for outstanding leadership in advances in quality, service and cost performance through IPC. Winners of the 2009 Interactive Patient Care Awards included:


  • Quality - St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Mich.
  • Safety - King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Ky.
  • Service/Satisfaction - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Nev.
  • Financial/Operations - Virtua Health, N.J.
  • IPC Pediatric Innovation - Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.


  • Leadership - Seth Blanchard, Florida Hospital, Orlando, Fla.
  • Clinician - Susan Clark, MSN, RN, Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.
  • Champion - Kristen Lindsey, Christiana Hospital, Newark, Del.
  • Pediatric Clinician - Russell Cross, M.D., Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Pediatric Champion - Roumiana Katzarkov, Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, Fla.

Launch of the Institute for Interactive Patient Care

GetConnected2009 also marked the launch of the Institute for Interactive Patient Care (IIPC), a group comprised of prominent health leaders who are committed to developing and completing research to quantify the impact of patient engagement on advancing quality and safety outcomes. The IIPC will serve as the leading advocacy group to increase awareness and widespread adoption of the role of patient engagement in hospital performance improvement.

"GetConnected2009 was an outstanding event," said GetWellNetwork's Michael O'Neil, Jr. "It was truly motivating for our staff - and for the clients within the GetWellNetwork community - to come together and share our successes of the past year, and to look ahead. We are on the cusp of a new paradigm for improving patient care and hospital performance in America; this is an exciting time for all of us."

For more information about GetConnected2009, please visit or email

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 for their IPC innovations 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


Pauline Louie


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