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Projects Are Extension of CareConnect Program

Optimum Healthcare IT, a Best in KLAS healthcare staffing and consulting services firm, announced today that in October 2019, the firm completed the go-live of the Epic electronic health record (EHR) system at Ferrell Hospital and Gibson General Hospital. Both organizations went live on an instance of Epic through host organization Deaconess Health System’s CareConnect program, which is the name of the organization’s Community Connect program. These go-lives follow the July 2019 go-live at  Methodist Hospital of Henderson, KY, which was also through Deaconess’s CareConnect Program. Community Connect enables larger healthcare systems to extend their EHR system to smaller organizations in the community – resulting in the practice or hospital having access to a more integrated and robust EHR.

Optimum was exclusively awarded the at-the-elbow support project through a competitive review process based on pricing and quality history. Go-live activities began at Methodist Hospital in June and at Ferrell Hospital and Gibson General Hospital in September, with Optimum providing Project Management and highly skilled Epic at-the-elbow support specialists. With a dedicated practice that has completed 125+ successful projects, the services provided by Optimum promoted a smooth transition to the new system with proven tools and methodologies.

Deaconess Health System chose Optimum Healthcare IT as our CareConnect go-live partner because of their history of delivering quality resources and successful projects, said Lisa Hobgood, CIO at Deaconess Health System. Optimum’s Skillmarket tool and their absolute ability to provide quality support, dispatch, and monitor resources in a highly effective manner, all within very flexible pricing boundaries, highlight why we selected them for these projects and why we’ll continue to partner with them for future needs.

Optimum Healthcare IT offers highly-rated KLAS training and activation services to assist healthcare organizations in bringing their EHR systems live, and ensuring users are fully trained and supported throughout their strategic initiatives. Optimum can customize our offering to fit the needs of your organization. Whether it is a phased approach or a big-bang go-live, our leadership, training, and support experts are ready to provide the best solutions and services the industry has to offer. With our staff, methodology, and tools, Optimum has the experience to organize, schedule, and manage any size go-live.

The partnership between Optimum and Deaconess made it possible to deliver the top-rated Epic EHR quickly and effectively to these communities,” said Jason Jarrett, CEO of Optimum Healthcare IT. The healthcare landscape continues to evolve, and partnerships like this one are helping to redefine the advanced tools & technologies that are available to communities across the country. It was an honor to partner with these organizations.

About Deaconess Health System
Deaconess was founded in 1892 by a group of Protestant ministers and laymen who felt called to care for the sick. More than 125 years later, Deaconess Health System continues to provide high-quality health care with a compassionate spirit, just as our founders envisioned. Deaconess Health System is the premier provider of health care services to 26 counties in three states (IN, IL, and KY). The system consists of seven hospitals located in southern Indiana: Deaconess Midtown Hospital, Deaconess Gateway Hospital, The Women’s Hospital, The Heart Hospital, The Orthopedic and Neuroscience Hospital, Deaconess Cross Pointe, and Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital.

About Optimum Healthcare IT

Optimum Healthcare IT is a Best in KLAS healthcare IT digital transformation and consulting firm based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Optimum’s comprehensive service offerings include Enterprise Application Services, Digital Transformation, and Workforce Management, which features our skill development program, Optimum CareerPath®. Backed by a leadership team with extensive expertise, we deliver tailored healthcare consulting solutions to diverse organizations.

Visit or call 1.904.373.0831 to learn how your organization can utilize our solutions.


Larry Kaiser
Chief Marketing Officer


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