SOURCE: Verus, Inc.

November 08, 2006 20:56 ET

2006 eHealthcare Leadership Awards Announced at the Tenth Annual Healthcare Internet Conference; Verus Clients Honored With Four Awards

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 8, 2006 -- Verus announced today that four eHealthcare Leadership awards were presented to its clients in recognition of outstanding healthcare websites and integrated technologies that improve customer service and business office operations.

The 2006 eHealthcare Leadership Awards, presented this week at the Tenth Annual Healthcare Internet Conference in Atlanta, recognize healthcare organizations that use the Internet and various technologies to successfully achieve business objectives. About 1,200 nomination entries are submitted each year on behalf of various hospitals across the country. Nominees are evaluated against other organizations within their classification group.

Verus clients receiving eHealthcare Leadership Awards for Best e-Business Site include Oregon-based Merle West Medical Center ( and Freeman Health System ( in Joplin, Missouri. Both facilities were recognized for innovative use of online patient accounts to achieve business goals. Washington state's Evergreen Healthcare ( was also honored with an award.

"Our patients trust us to provide service with excellence," said Merle West Medical Center President and CEO Paul Stewart. "An award of this magnitude demonstrates that our commitment to service excellence extends to all areas of the medical center, even our Web site."

"The Merle West Medical Center online patient account feature is a useful tool that provides secure and convenient access to accurate information that traditionally has been available only during business hours," he added. "Patients and families certainly appreciate it."

"The fact that Verus clients receive eHealthcare Leadership awards each year demonstrates the importance of utilizing e-business functionality tools, such as online patient account centers, to achieve business objectives," says Verus CEO Tom Lawry. "We are excited to offer solutions that help our clients achieve their goals."

Information about the eHealthcare Leadership Awards is available by visiting Strategic Healthcare Solutions at

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Verus is the leading provider of online patient account solutions, improving the management and collection of patient self-pay amounts within the revenue cycle. Hospitals and physicians groups use Verus to improve customer service and streamline staff workflow while strengthening financial performance with measurable ROI. Since 1996, Verus has provided products and services exclusively in the health industry, working with a range of clients--from stand-alone hospitals to America's largest not-for-profit health system. Learn more or request an online demonstration by visiting

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