May 18, 2010 10:00 ET

Henry Ford Health System Extends Partnership With Sg2

Large Health System Renews Contract for Sg2's EDGE Growth System

SKOKIE, IL--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - Sg2, a future-focused health care information company, today announced a multiyear contract renewal with Henry Ford Health System for the Sg2 EDGE® Growth System. The agreement encompasses Henry Ford Health System's 6 hospitals located throughout southeastern Michigan. Henry Ford Health System has been an Sg2 client since 2005.

The Sg2 EDGE Growth System is a reform-ready solution that delivers analytics, ongoing resources and expert support to ensure smart growth that is sustainable, appropriate and profitable across the care continuum. It is built around Sg2's 10-year Impact of Change® disease-based localized forecast, which projects patient demand by disease, patient type and service area for both inpatient and outpatient settings -- an industry first.

The in-depth forecast analyzes a hospital's patient-level data, as well as data from similar hospitals and local market trends. Through Sg2's proprietary analytics engine, Sg2's Impact of Change projection helps organizations anticipate patient demand and uncover optimal market opportunities that span all care sites over the coming decade.

Sue Hawkins, vice president of planning and performance improvement at Henry Ford Health System, says, "For the past 5 years, Sg2 has consistently provided us with valuable research and data analytics that have proven to be core to our business -- specifically in technology planning, demand forecasting and service line strategies. Direct access to their seasoned team of experts has allowed us to think broader and be proactive. We consider them a true partner and look forward to continuing this relationship."

"Henry Ford Health System is a cutting-edge organization that leverages the value that the Sg2 EDGE Growth System provides," says Sg2 Chairman and CEO Michael Sachs. "Not only are they able to more effectively uncover market opportunities and recognize shifts from inpatient to outpatient settings, but they can utilize our clinical and operational subject matter experts in the development of future-focused strategies."

As an Sg2 EDGE System client, Henry Ford Health System has access to a portfolio of resources, including Sg2 University courses, Web seminars, on-site leadership discussions, publications, expert opinions and ongoing networking opportunities. These offerings provide relevant information and thought leadership to support ongoing business initiatives.

About Sg2
Sg2 is a health care information company that provides expert-led, future-focused systems for growth and clinical performance. Our advanced analytics, business intelligence, education and publications deliver measurable value across the full continuum of health care services. Sg2 works with more than 1,000 hospitals and health care organizations in the US and around the globe. For more information, visit

About Henry Ford Health System
Henry Ford Health System is a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Detroit, MI, and led by President and Chief Executive Officer, Nancy Schlichting. Henry Ford is one of the nation's leading comprehensive, integrated health systems. It provides financing and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. Founded in 1915 by auto pioneer Henry Ford, the system is committed to improving the health and well-being of its diverse community.

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