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Emergency Department Physician Named to New Position November 11, 2010

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Emergency Department Physician Named to New Position

AUGUSTA, GA. (Nov. 11, 2010) Shannon Stinson, M.D., an Emergency Medicine physician with Augusta Physicians Group, has been named Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer for University Health Care System.

"We are entering into a very interesting time as we begin the massive project to install Epic as our enterprise-wide information system," explained James R. Davis, President/CEO of University Health Care System. "The Epic installation will be different than previous information system installations because it will require massive training and communication with staff across the organization, including physicians on our Medical Staff. In this role, Dr. Stinson will work with the Management Team to ensure that we stay on budget, on time and that we meet the goals of improving care to our patients as we work through this very demanding project."

The University Health Services Board approved Oct. 28 the changeover from McKesson to Epic in order to accomplish our information systems strategic goals.

"For many years, University and McKesson successfully partnered on clinical and financial information system projects," Mr. Davis said. "However, recent experience with McKesson has not been as successful. After an extensive evaluation process, Epic was selected as the system of choice to position University for improved patient safety, ease of use, timely quality monitoring, ease of maintenance and advanced support, meaningful use readiness and expansion to other providers."

Mr. Davis said that Dr. Stinson has demonstrated knowledge of clinical systems in the past year, and she was instrumental in the process that led to the Epic selection. "This experience together with her great skills in the areas of organization, communication and leadership, make her uniquely qualified to lead the staff and physicians in the Epic installation," he said.

Dr. Stinson is a graduate of the University of Alabama -- Birmingham School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at the Eastern Carolina School of Medicine in North Carolina. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has practiced in University's Emergency Department since June 2008. She is expected to continue seeing patients there as well.

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