Full Circle - August 2017

Building a Unified Electronic Health Record for Patients

Epic Implementation and a Single Electronic Health Record
South Shore Epic: Connecting As One

It has been an exciting month at South Shore Health System as we successfully introduced a single electronic health record – Epic – across our Health System.  This undertaking signals a new era in how we care for the people in our region. Epic is the nation’s leading electronic health record system with installations in hospitals and health systems worldwide. Epic will allow us to continually improve the quality of care we provide our patients. What does it mean for you? Now, each patient has a single medical record, which will follow you wherever you receive care within our health system.

An electronic health record is all of the information needed to care for you.  This includes your medical history – allergies, test results, and other key health information – as well as other important items like insurance and contact information. One unified health record means that all of your health information and history can be quickly accessed by any of your caregivers at any South Shore Health System facility.  A unified, electronic health record ensures every provider has the same accurate and up-to-date information about you.

Through the implementation of Epic and the introduction of a single electronic health record, South Shore Health System will now be able to connect our caregivers to our community as well.  Patients will now be able to connect to the new system through an online patient portal called South Shore MyChart.  South Shore MyChart, a personal and secure online portal to access your health information allows you to become more engaged and active in your own health.

With South Shore MyChart, you can:

  • View your health information at any time
  • Communicate with your provider’s office with electronic messaging
  • Manage appointments
  • Access family health information
  • Request prescription refills
  • Pay bills online
  • Access information via computer, tablet or smartphone

As the many teams at South Shore Health System work “As One” toward the common goal of providing exceptional care to you and your family, implementing the right technology is crucial to accomplish that goal. Stay tuned for more information and to sign up.

South Shore Hospital Ranked 5th Best Hospital in Metro Boston

South Shore Hospital Receives High Marks from US News & World Report
South Shore Hospital

 U.S. News & World Report today released its "Best Hospitals" rankings for the 2017-2018 reporting year, and there is much to celebrate!

South Shore Hospital is ranked #5 in Metro Boston and #7 in Massachusetts

Equally notable is the fact that our Hospital is the only independent community hospital to be ranked among the state's top ten.

South Shore Hospital also earned “High-Performance” scores in four procedures/conditions including: 

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Lung Cancer Surgery

Factors U.S. News & World Report considered when ranking South Shore Hospital were our track record of keeping patients safe, our use of advanced technologies, our nurse staffing and Magnet Hospital status, our trauma center designation, patient volumes and survival rates, and the depth of our patient services.

In a state that is internationally renowned for its medical centers, it is noteworthy U.S. News & World Report has ranked South Shore Hospital among the state's top ten for seven consecutive years.

Presidents’ Circle Spotlight

Electro-Prep CEO Captains the SSHS Pan-Mass Team
Skip Sullivan

Skip Sullivan, President and C.E.O of Electro-Prep and Presidents’ Circle member, is no stranger to the Pan-Mass Challenge. This year marked the 13th time Skip strapped on his bike helmet and hopped on his bicycle to endure the 192 mile, two-day trek from Sturbridge to Provincetown while raising funds for Cancer Care close to home. 

Two years ago, through our clinical affiliation with Dana Farber Cancer Institute, participants in the Pan-Mass Challenge were able to allocate their funds to support cancer care at South Shore Health System. From then, the South Shore Health System Pan-Mass Challenge team, “Team SSHS” was born.

Skip Sullivan was on the inaugural team and his enthusiasm and leadership as one of the founding “Tri-Captains” helped to build an incredibly successful initial effort. Skip was excited to lead the team again this year.

“Last year was my first ride with Team SSHS and the overall experience was amazing,” Skip said. “I felt a much closer connection between my efforts on the bike, and more importantly, with my fundraising. Supporting a more local and tangible benefactor in South Shore Health System is so important.”

2017 Team SSHS

Since its inception, the PMC has raised over a half-billion dollars for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) through the Jimmy Fund. Last year, Team SSHS raised $163,000 and they are hoping to be even more successful this year. All of the funds raised by Team SSHS riders will now benefit present and future patients being treated at South Shore Health System’s Cancer Center.

As Skip reflected, “This is a big deal that I am very passionate about, as we’re all touched in somewhat by this terrible disease. Through the PMC, I’m helping to take more teeth out of its awful bite. It is great to know that one hundred percent of the money I raise will come back to SSHS and its world-class cancer care right in Weymouth.” 

We are so proud of our Pan-Mass Challenge team and commend them on their great ride last weekend. We are also grateful to Skip and his fellow Captains, Len Bicknell and Dr. Brian Dolan, for their leadership and support this year. 

If you are interested in sponsoring our team there is still time to do so. Contact Lee Angland at 781-624-8210 or lee_angland@sshosp.org or visit SouthShoreHealth.org/panmasschallenge.

Boston’s Biggest Disco Boogies into Town

David & Catrina Dirubbo

Things are bound to get groovy on November 18, 2017 as Boston’s Biggest Disco struts into town. Dust off your bell bottoms, leisure suits and platform soles and join over 1,000 guests for a retro-filled evening of dancing, delicious food and amusing company at the Royale in Boston’s theatre district.

Boston’s Biggest Disco is the largest disco dance party event in the area. The proceeds from the event support Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Yet, through our clinical affiliation with DFCI, a portion of all the funds raised from this event will stay local - benefiting our own Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital.

David Dirubbo, President of Acella Construction Corporation and Presidents’ Circle member was really impressed with the event last year.  “It was easily the most fun I had in decades,” he said. “We danced to music we loved and had an absolute blast with people who were all there to have fun and support a good cause.” The evening also includes a live auction with a chance to bid on once in a lifetime items. If you purchase VIP tickets, you will receive early access, a private VIP section, catered food and a sponsored bar.

As the Bee Gee’s said, “You should be dancing” down to Boston’s Biggest Disco. So put on your boogie shoes and “Hustle” to this great event to support cancer care at South Shore Health System. Tickets are on sale now at http://bostonsbiggestdisco.com for this fantastic event.  The Royale Nightclub is located at 279 Tremont Street, Boston. If you have any questions, please contact Lee Angland at lee_angland@sshosp.org.

From the Foundation

On Monday, October 2, 2017, Pepsi Beverages Company will host the 8th annual Paul Snell / John Webster Memorial Golf Classic at Black Rock Country Club in Hingham. This incredible day of golf honors Paul Snell and John Webster, two Pepsi executives who were champions for health care in our region. The event proceeds support our exceptional Critical Care program and has become a special event that we look forward to each year. We are grateful to Pepsi Beverages Company and Michael Matney for their commitment and support. For more information, to register a foursome and/or sponsorship opportunities contact Marc Cregan at (781) 624-8607 or marc_cregan@sshosp.org.

South Shore Health System is delighted to announce that the 15th annual Moonlight & Miracles Gala is set for October 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm, at the University Sports Complex at Starland in Hanover. All proceeds raised at this year’s Gala will be directed to the construction of a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at South Shore Hospital. Please join us for this special evening at this great venue! For more information on the Moonlight and Miracles gala, or for tickets, raffle tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Angela Floro at 781-624-8142 or angela_floro@sshosp.org.

Welcome New Presidents' Circle Members

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