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Kittson Memorial Adopts Sanford Healths Electronic Medical Record System

Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center (KMHC) has partnered with Sanford Health to offer their patients a new state-of-the-art Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.

(Hallock, MN) – Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center (KMHC) has partnered with Sanford Health to offer their patients a new state-of-the-art Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. The agreement took effect April 5, 2011. No time line for rolling out the new EMR system to patients has been set.

“We are excited to be able to offer our patients access to one of the most advanced information systems available. Hospitals and clinics across the nation are challenged by information sharing,” commented Rick Failing, Kittson Memorial CEO. “This is a huge leap forward in allowing medical practitioners in Kittson County, Fargo and beyond to have real-time access to clinical information. This will have a tremendous impact on our ability to care for patients.”

The EMR system will allow nurses, practitioners and other medical professionals to seamlessly collect, store, and access a patient’s medical information in the safest way possible. Patients can also use a secure internet-based portal to conveniently schedule appointments, access lab test results, and communicate with their care team.

“Sanford strongly believes that sharing information and EMR technology with other health systems works as a catalyst for providing patients with truly integrated care,” said Dennis Hofer, vice president for Sanford Health Information Technology.

Sanford Health has several levels of relationships with area health systems. These relationships range from associate, managed, leased to owned status. KMHC has entered into an associate agreement with Sanford, allowing them to access to the EMR system.

About Kittson Memorial

Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center (KHMC) located in Hallock, Minn., is a 15-bed critical access hospital, clinic, 70-bed nursing home, home health care and assisted living center. KHMC also operates an ambulance service and a satellite clinic in Karlstad. Kittson County is home to 4,552 people and is located along the Canada and North Dakota borders in the far northwestern corner of Minnesota. Hallock is the county seat and has a population of about 1,000 people.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Belize and Ireland.

Sanford Health includes 32 hospitals, 111 clinic locations and more than 900 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a health care organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit www.sanfordhealth.org.


Contact:
Darren Huber | Sanford Health
701-200-6080 | darren.huber@sanfordhealth.org

Holly Knutson | Kittson Memorial
218-843-3809  | hknutson@kmhc.net