SOURCE: GetWellNetwork

GetWellNetwork

March 05, 2012 07:30 ET

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Takes the "Power of Play" to New Levels With GetWellNetwork

Hospital Implements Interactive Patient Care Solution to Increase Patient and Family Engagement and Assist the Healing Process

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - Mar 5, 2012) - GetWellNetwork, Inc.®, provider of the industry's leading interactive patient care (IPC) solution, announced today that Memorial Healthcare System's Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Hollywood, Fla., has implemented GetWell Town throughout its 204-bed facility. The solution provides access to educational programs, television, movies, video games and the Internet to each room of the newly constructed freestanding facility that opened in July 2011.

"Our mission is to provide top quality patient- and family-centered care. Through the GetWellNetwork solution, we provide the educational content our young patients need to help them better manage their condition and a variety of entertainment options to help make the hospital stay more pleasant," said Nina Beauchesne, FACHE, administrator, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. "From the content to the personalized customization, the GetWellNetwork solution plays an important role in the healing process at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and supports our focus on the 'Power of Play.'"

GetWell Town offers young patients at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital exclusive KidsHealth® content with more than 180 videos of specific conditions and medical procedures -- all in child-friendly language. Topics range from diabetes to tests and procedures and post-procedural care. Additionally, patients can use the system to:

  • Obtain additional information on the hospital including visiting hours, staff profiles and hospital programming.
  • Access the Internet, email, instant messaging and communication resources to keep in touch with friends and family.
  • Access music and games, as well as online game sites, including the ability to connect to popular gaming consoles.
  • View some of the newest family-friendly on-demand Hollywood movies.

Designed with parents in mind, too, the system also provides a "Parents Button" providing access to a comprehensive guide to hospital policies and procedures, and parental controls which allow them to restrict any access if needed.

"One of our main goals is to help children's hospitals actively engage pediatric patients and their families in the care process, and we're proud to be part of Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital's mission to provide extraordinary patient and family-centered care," said Michael O'Neil, founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork. "We are working alongside more and more leading children's hospitals to not only entertain, but to help educate and engage their young patients and families through GetWell Town, which is critical in the healing process and allows kids to 'just be kids' while in the hospital."

Designed around the "Power of Play," Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital features floors designed in sports, arts, games and dreams motifs. Throughout the hospital there are rooms for families to hang out together, play areas, a room just for teens, and large, high tech, hospital rooms that even have a bed for parents.

About GetWellNetwork
GetWellNetwork, Inc. entertains, educates, and empowers patients throughout the patient journey using the bedside TV in the hospital, mobile devices, Web or Cable TV at home. This patient-centered approach improves both satisfaction and outcomes for patients and hospitals. Additionally, the company extends the value of existing IT investments by integrating seamlessly to leading HIT systems including Cerner, McKesson, Epic, Meditech, GE and Siemens.

GetWellNetwork is recognized by KLAS® as the leader in the Interactive Patient Systems category and exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association. More information about GetWellNetwork can be found at www.GetWellNetwork.com.

About Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., is a facility of Memorial Healthcare System, the fifth-largest public healthcare system in the nation. It is a patient- and family-centered care facility that meets the complex needs of children by providing a wide scope of inpatient and outpatient pediatric services supervised by the largest diversity of board-certified specialists in the region. As an advocate for children's healthcare and related causes, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital offers community education, child safety programs and the Conine Clubhouse, a home away from home for families of hospitalized children. For more information, visit jdch.com.

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