Published on July 02, 2013

Apollo 13 Flight Director to headline Baptist event

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Gene Kranz, best known for his role in directing the successful Mission Control efforts to save the crew of Apollo 13, which later became the subject of a major motion picture of the same name, will be in Memphis on Wednesday, July 17 for an invitation-only event for members of the Baptist OneCare team.

Baptist OneCare is the name of Baptist's electronic health record project- the largest project ever for the Baptist system—which involves all 14 Baptist-affiliated hospitals, physician clinics, Minor Medical Centers and other entities. All 14,000 Baptist employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians will be affected by the project. Rollout will begin in January 2014.

Kranz will share motivational insights with the team and sign copies of his New York Times bestselling book, Failure is Not An Option, which details his exemplary career at NASA.

Services include diagnostics, radiation oncology, chemotherapy and infusion, Cyberknife (a non-invasive treatment for tumors), and stem cell transplant, as well as supportive services and survivorship care.

"Baptist OneCare will transform the way we deliver care at Baptist," said Beverly Jordan, vice president and chief clinical transformation officer at Baptist. "The Baptist OneCare team plays a pivotal role in launching Baptist into our next century of care."

After conducting a great deal of research and involving colleagues in numerous demonstrations, Baptist announced in July 2012 it had chosen Epic as its electronic health record vendor. Baptist chose to brand the program as Baptist OneCare to engender support and ownership amongst its team members, according to Baptist leadership.

With approximately 270 customers, Epic serves more than 42 percent of the U.S. population and 2 percent of the world's population. Epic makes software for mid-size and large medical groups, hospitals and integrated health care organizations, including community hospitals, academic facilities and multi-hospital systems.

KLAS' 2012 Top 20 Best in KLAS Report rated Epic as the No. 1 Overall Software Suite based on 25 separate performance measures. KLAS is an independent company that measures vendor performance to help hospitals make informed decisions. The same KLAS survey rated Epic as the best in ambulatory care, acute care electronic medical records, inpatient pharmacy, and surgery management. KLAS also recognized Epic as "Category Leader" in a number of categories including Patient Portals (My Chart) and Health Information Exchange (Care Everywhere.)

One of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States, Baptist Memorial Health Care offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, comprises 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; a multispecialty physician group; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. Baptist has more than 2,300 licensed beds systemwide, employs more than 13,000 people and has approximately 85,000 admissions annually.

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