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CaroMont Health Selects Athenahealth's Cloud-Based Services


May 03, 2011 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) — Athenahealth, a provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record, and patient communication services to medical groups, announced that CaroMont Health, a regional, independent, not-for-profit health care system, has selected Athenahealth’s full suite of cloud-based services.

“CaroMont is an expanding organization and we are highly focused on innovative health care technology solutions,” said CaroMont Health’s President and CEO, Valinda Rutledge, in a release.

“Athenahealth’s suite of cloud based solutions will help our employed physicians stay up-to-date with technological changes in health care and enhance communication between the patient and doctor. We look forward to utilizing their services to complement our delivery of care and plan to participate in emerging pay-for-performance programs.” Jonathan Bush, Chairman and CEO of Athenahealth, said, “CaroMont is a forward-thinking organization that is looking to improve their operations and overall delivery of care. Like other leading hospital systems, CaroMont has realized that cloud-based services will grant the flexibility and platform needed to execute on a compelling health care IT strategy.” CaroMont Health is a regional, independent, not-for-profit health care system.

Athenahealth is a provider of cloud-based business services for physician practices.

About CaroMont Health

CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina is a regional, independent, not-for-profit health care system and nationally-recognized “value-based” health care provider (high quality, low cost). CaroMont Health is the only hospital in the region named by Thomson

Reuters as a 100 Top Hospital for quality care and is one of two HealthGrades’ Clinical Excellence recipients in North Carolina. CaroMont Health is among an elite group of 19 selected participants (out of 3,000 national hospitals/systems) engaged in demonstrating “Accountable Care Organizations” (hospitals focused on accountability for highest outcomes at the lowest cost for individualized patient care). CaroMont is engaged in innovative Chronic Disease Management pilot projects in partnership with local and regional employers, is implementing innovative prevention and wellness focused on individual and population health, and has a unique national partnership with GE and Sg2 to reduce costs and create integrated and coordinated systems of care. CaroMont Health also is among a select few hospitals to be granted affiliation with Columbia HeartSource of New York—a clinical partnership that provides patient access to world-class clinical guidance and research trials. CaroMont was recently upgraded by S&P to an AA bond-rating category—based on key rating factors that include: exceptional quality and clinical outcomes, excellence in governance and management structure, comprehensive information technology infrastructure, engaged excellence and integrated medical staff, fiscal accountability, operating performance, strong financial position and low cost structure.

CaroMont Health System encompasses CaroMont Regional Medical Center with 435 beds; Courtland Terrace, a 96-bed skilled nursing community; Gaston Hospice, which includes the inpatient 12-bed Robin Johnson House; and CaroMont Medical Group, an extensive network of physician practices in five counties and two states with nearly 200 employed physicians. The CaroMont Heart Center provides a full range of life-saving cardiac care, including open heart surgery. Additionally, the CaroMont Cancer Center provides advanced 3-D radiation treatment planning and chemotherapy. An expansive, surgical suite offers the latest advancements such as stereotactic technology, which utilizes computer simulation, microscopic surgery and x-ray images to achieve pinpoint accuracy. CaroMont also offers a level III neonatal intensive care unit for high risk infants and a pre-adolescent psychiatric center. CaroMont Health is proactively engaged in achieving its vision: To be a nationally-recognized leader and valued partner in promoting individual health and vibrant communities.

CaroMont Health employs 3,800 health care professionals, including a medical staff membership of 455. CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C. and can be reached at 704-834-2000. Additional information is available at