June 17, 2013

Orlando Alvarez re-elected to Centricity Healthcare User Group’s Board of Directors

Orlando L. Alvarez Jr., senior vice president for strategy and business development for the Sisters of Charity Health System and CEO of Independent Physician Solutions, has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of General Electric’s Centricity Healthcare User Group (CHUG).

CHUG is a national vendor independent association of Centricity Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Centricity Practice Management (PM) users. Its mission is to promote the optimum use of Centricity EMR and Centricity PM by enhancing communication among users and quality interactions between Centricity users and the leadership of GE Healthcare IT.

“CHUG is an active and dynamic group providing a voice for the customers of GE Centricity,” said Alvarez. “I am pleased to continue to join the CHUG board members in promoting a synergistic relationship between Centricity users and GE Healthcare, enhancing communication among Centricity users, and facilitating product enhancements and new developments to Centricity.”

Centricity is a brand of 31 health care IT software solutions from GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric. It includes software for independent physician practices, academic medical centers, hospitals and large integrated delivery networks. The various modules perform practice management, revenue cycle management, electronic medical records, medical imaging and other functions.

Through a unique market arrangement with GE Healthcare, Independent Physician Solutions offers Centricity EMR and PM billing solutions to independent physicians in northeast Ohio and South Carolina. The technology positions independent medical practitioners to demonstrate meaningful use in order to receive federal incentives as well as provide them with efficiencies and other benefits of practicing in an electronic environment. Additionally, Independent Physician Solutions allows independent medical practitioners to maintain their independence while keeping pace with larger, affiliated practices and meeting the new technology requirements mandated under the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

About Independent Physician Solutions
Independent Physician Solutions provides a robust continuum of services that enable independent physicians in Ohio and South Carolina to meet their competitive and regulatory requirements while preserving the entrepreneurial practice of medicine. A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Independent Physician Solutions is on the web at www.independentphysiciansolutions.com.

About the Sisters of Charity Health System
The Sisters of Charity Health System was established in 1982 as the parent corporation for the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Ohio and South Carolina. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, since founding in 1851, continues a faith-based legacy of high-quality, compassionate care in partnership with its co-ministers, who are the heart and hands of the ministry.

The Sisters of Charity Health System solely owns four Catholic hospitals: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio; Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio; and Providence Hospital and Providence Northeast in Columbia, South Carolina. In a 50/50 joint venture with University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Sisters of Charity Health System also co-owns St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio.

The Sisters of Charity Health System also oversees three grantmaking foundations located in Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, and Columbia, South Carolina. Each foundation sponsors significant community initiatives and collaborations that address causes and consequences of poverty.

Other health and human services and education-related organizations within the Sisters of Charity Health System include Joseph’s Home, a unique residential care center for homeless men in Cleveland; Early Childhood Resource Center for people working in childcare in all settings in Canton; Healthy Learners, a health care resource for children from low-income families in South Carolina; and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, a state-wide organization supporting initiatives to reengage fathers in the lives of their children.

The Sisters of Charity Health System also provides residential elder care services at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, and Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio. Light of Hearts Villa is jointly sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

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