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Meet the 2013 athenaVision Award Winner: Midlands Orthopaedics

by Leslie Brunner, SVP of People and Process

Leslie BrunnerEach spring at our annual User Conference, athenahealth honors those who embody the athenahealth vision of helping “make health care work as it should,” a topic our CEO Jonathan Bush spoke about in depth during his TEDMED presentation back in April.

This year, for the first time, athenahealth clients nominated and decided the athenaVision award winner. And with over 65% of the vote, this year’s winner was: Midlands Orthopaedics from Columbia, SC! Here is a great picture of Midlands' Lynde Bledsoe, business office manager, and Stephanie Jackson, RN, clinical manager, accepting the award at User Conference 2013, on behalf of the medical group:

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Winner: Midlands Orthopaedics
Midlands is one of the few practices that provide high-level surgical procedures (hip resurfacing and full hip replacement) at a state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC). By conducting surgery in this type of setting, Midlands sees high-quality outpatient care with a reduced chance of infection, at lower cost.

patient Kevin Bishop in the Midlands video, with Jonathan Bush watchingMidlands is a shining example of a medical group truly dedicated to making health care work as it should. As a result of their efforts, they have been able to negotiate higher reimbursement from payers, who are excited to pay them less than a hospital. But the best part of their work is the patient care: They can have patients up and walking around, with the help of Midlands staff, less than six hours after surgery!

The following video introduces you to Midlands’ CEO, AnnMargaret McCraw, surgeon Thomas P. Gross, MD, and Kevin Bishop (shown above in the Midlands video, as Jonathan Bush watches in the foreground at the User Conference), a 50-year-old patient who went to Midlands’ ASC for a hip resurfacing procedure. Wait until you see the result…

Two other practices also received athenaVision Award nominations: Infants and Children, P.A. in Florida for delivering reduced-cost/free care to those who cannot afford it and Manahawkin Urgent Care in New Jersey for filling an urgent care void in their area, and responding to Hurricane Sandy. Here is more about these exceptional care facilities:

Nominee: Infants and Children, P.A.
Infants and Children has built a culture around giving back and being part of the community they serve, participating in programs that provide for those in need here in the U.S. and around the world. Not only does Infants and Children focus on their patients, but they also have programs in place to keep their staff and families healthy and happy (e.g. bringing in a yoga instructor, nutritionist, aesthetician, providing healthy salads, etc.). Learn more in this video.

Nominee: Manahawkin Urgent Care
Manahawkin Urgent Care is a full-service medical clinic and hospital focused on the needs of Southern Ocean County, New Jersey. Dr. John Kulin and his staff specialize in dealing with small medical emergencies as well as specific treatments and procedures that cannot wait for a primary physician appointment. Manahawkin fills an essential urgent care medical void that has been neglected by the regional hospital players in the immediate area, and they were the only medical facility open in Ocean County in the days following Hurricane Sandy. During that period of time, the facility’s maximum patient volume tripled from 70 to more than 200. Learn more in this video.

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