Delivers Interactive Education and Entertainment to State's Largest Hospice
SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LodgeNet Healthcare, a division of LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (Nasdaq: LNET), today announced that it has expanded into Hawaii by bringing the LodgeNetRX(TM) Interactive Patient Television System to the state's first hospice program, St. Francis Hospice in Honolulu. St. Francis Hospice, established in 1978, is the oldest and largest hospice program in Hawaii and is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.
In support of this agreement, LodgeNet will install its interactive TV system in two facilities: The Sister Maureen Keleher Center in Nuuanu and Maurice J. Sullivan Family Hospice Center in Ewa Beach, both of which are undergoing remodeling projects that include the installation of flat screen TVs. With the LodgeNet solution, those TVs will serve as a comprehensive education and entertainment center, providing patients with education, video on demand movies and custom menus. In addition, patients will have the convenience of using the TV to make requests and to complete patient/family surveys enabling the facility to track patient satisfaction and feedback.
"St. Francis wants to put an emphasis on, and add to, the quality of life for our patients, which is why we have been at the forefront of introducing new services in the state. This agreement with LodgeNet Healthcare fits right into that strategy," said Sister Agnelle Ching, OSF, chief executive officer of St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii. "We are preparing for increased demand for hospice services, and we want our facilities to be valued as centers of excellence. LodgeNet was a natural selection because of its experience in hotels, the rich in-room entertainment options, and people's familiarity with its system. LodgeNet is a proven, reliable leader and offers nationwide local support, and we see this partnership as a unique competitive advantage that we hope will enhance the patient and family experience."
"LodgeNet provides solutions to healthcare institutions who want to empower their patients and include them in the care process -- initiatives that are proven to positively impact patient/family satisfaction," said Gary Kolbeck, vice president of Healthcare Business Development for LodgeNet. "We are continuing to expand across the country and our entrance into Hawaii is a significant corporate milestone. The fact that we are working with such a prestigious hospice like St. Francis is an extraordinary honor, and we look forward to keeping patients and their loved ones empowered, connected, informed and entertained."
The St. Francis Hospice agreement is LodgeNet's first for a healthcare facility outside the continental United States and follows the company's July 2008 signing with the 700-plus bed Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
About LodgeNet Interactive
LodgeNet Interactive Corporation is the leading provider of media and connectivity solutions designed to meet the unique needs of hospitality, healthcare and other guest-based businesses. LodgeNet Interactive serves more than 1.9 million hotel rooms representing 10,000 hotel properties worldwide in addition to healthcare facilities throughout the United States. The company's services include: Interactive Television Solutions, Broadband Internet Solutions, Content Solutions, Professional Solutions and Advertising Media Solutions. LodgeNet Interactive Corporation owns and operates businesses under the industry leading brands: LodgeNet, LodgeNetRX, and The Hotel Networks. LodgeNet Interactive is listed on NASDAQ and trades under the symbol LNET. For more information, please visit http://www.lodgenet.com.
LodgeNet and LodgeNetRX are trademarks or registered trademarks of LodgeNet Interactive Corporation. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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