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Sterling Regional honored in nationwide top 100 list for helping patients manage their own care


STERLING, CO (June 24, 2014) — Patients at Sterling Regional MedCenter are taking an active role in managing their own health care and the hospital is being honored for this effort. Sterling is a top 100 hospital recognized in the first National Patient Engagement Rankings by Axial Exchange, Inc., a pioneer using mobile technology to deepen the patient’s role in improving outcomes, and Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading health care trade magazine.

Patient engagement describes the level of participation a patient has in his or her own care. For example, a plan of care is created, it’s implemented, and information and tools are provided while the patient is in the hospital and after they’ve been discharged so that the patient and his or her loved ones can continue that care at home.

“Strong communication and knowledge are the key ingredients to establishing an exceptional and successful patient/physician relationship,” said Julie Klein, CEO of Sterling Regional MedCenter. “Our responsibility is to provide care to our patients when they’re in the hospital and to empower them and their loved ones to continue that care after they leave. We’re honored to be recognized for engaging and educating our patients about their conditions so they can be proactive and can better manage their care at home.”

Klein noted that this effort circles back because an engaged patient who is better managing care at home will communicate more with his physician and will be less likely to have to come back to the hospital for complications.  

Of 3,077 hospitals assessed nationwide based on an analysis of publicly available data, Sterling was one of 100 hospitals that received the highest score for patient engagement. The hospital was evaluated on readmissions, patient satisfaction, and the extent to which the hospital offered information and tools to help engage patients in self-care.

“We’re excited to recognize providers such as Sterling Regional MedCenter for their patient engagement efforts,” said Lindsey Dunn, editor in chief of Becker’s Hospital Review. “In reviewing the results, it’s clear that hospitals and health systems are working toward providing more patient-centered care, and we hope this ranking encourages provider organizations to continue to take a proactive stance on patient engagement initiatives in forthcoming years.”

Learn more on the evaluation’s development and process that determine the hospital’s ranking.

About Sterling Regional MedCenter
Sterling Regional MedCenter has provided medical care to residents of northeastern Colorado and the surrounding area since 1938. The hospital offers a full range of health care services and a staff dedicated to providing our patients with excellent care. Sterling also is home to the David Walsh Cancer Center, which offers an unprecedented level of cancer care to region.

Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, and we work to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices, and legal guidance specifically for these decision makers. Each issue of Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital and health system C-suite executives.

Axial Exchange is revolutionizing the way that patients manage their health. With Axial, hospitals are able to keep their patients continuously engaged, resulting in dramatically improved health outcomes and much more satisfied patients.  Axial drives engagement by giving patients the information and interactive tools patients need in order to get well -- all delivered securely to the device of the patient's choice.  Patients can share their health information with providers and caregivers. Health systems benefit via lower readmissions and improved patient satisfaction scores.

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