March 29, 2011 10:00 ET

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Selects Sg2's Smart Growth Planning System

Sg2's 10-Year Demand Forecast Facilitates Strategic Planning Initiatives

SKOKIE, IL--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - Sg2, a future-focused health care analytics company, announced a multiyear contract with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, located in Albany, GA, for the Sg2 EDGE Growth Planning System.

Proactive strategic planning is critical for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital to succeed both clinically and operationally. To remain competitive in today's marketplace, the hospital needs to uncover growth opportunities and assess facility needs to support future care delivery and changes in patient mix. They will achieve this with help from Sg2's 10-year Impact of Change® disease-based localized forecast, which projects patient volume by MS-DRG, disease, patient type and service area for both inpatient and outpatient settings -- an industry first.

Using Sg2's proprietary impact factors -- including population, epidemiology, readmissions, health reform legislation and potentially avoidable admissions -- the forecast captures key variables that will shape Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's local market over the next decade and act as the foundation for its planning efforts.

The EDGE Growth System is a reform-ready solution that offers value-based patient segmentation, Sg2 expert-led intelligence and ongoing guidance. The EDGE Growth System will help Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital create both short- and long-term strategic and financial plans, and ultimately achieve smart growth -- growth that is clinically appropriate, profitable, and sustainable across the care continuum.

"Sg2 is a partner in our strategic planning and business development efforts. The EDGE Growth System provides analytics that are an extension of our capabilities and supports our business processes," says Jackie Ryan, associate vice president of strategic planning and marketing at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. "We will utilize the 10-year forecast to uncover growth opportunities and help anticipate patient needs and demand, enabling more effective facility and resource planning for our diverse market."

Sg2 Chairman and CEO Michael Sachs says: "The EDGE Growth System will help Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital capture smart growth opportunities and keep them ahead of the curve in preparation for changing market dynamics that can affect its services across the care continuum. The localized forecast, in particular, will help project care site utilization for its institution-specific activity and for the market at large."

As an Sg2 EDGE Growth System customer, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has access to a portfolio of resources, including Sg2 University courses, Web seminars, on-site leadership discussions, clinical and strategic publications, expert opinions and networking opportunities. These offerings provide relevant information and thought leadership to support ongoing business initiatives.

About Sg2
Sg2 is a health care analytics company. Our data-driven systems, business intelligence and educational programs deliver growth and clinical performance improvement solutions across the care continuum. Sg2 works with more than 1,200 hospitals and health care organizations in the US and around the globe. For more information, visit

About Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
Phoebe Putney Health System is a not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system that serves more than 400,000 residents in Southwest Georgia with care delivery through a network of regional hospitals, including a 443-bed tertiary care facility and 4 rural hospitals. With primary care clinics throughout the region's communities, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital offers a full spectrum of care, ranging from outpatient specialty services to some of the most advanced surgical, cardiac and cancer treatments. In 2003 Phoebe earned the prestigious Foster G. McGaw Prize for excellence in community health, and Phoebe provides more than $120 million in community benefits annually.

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