June 01, 2011 10:00 ET

St Mary Medical Center Selects Sg2's Smart Growth Planning System to Meet Health Care Reform Challenges

Health Care Analytics Help Identify Sustainable and Profitable Volumes in an Uncertain Marketplace

SKOKIE, IL--(Marketwire - Jun 1, 2011) - Sg2, a health care information and services company, announced a multiyear contract with St Mary Medical Center, located in Langhorne, PA, for the Sg2 EDGE Growth Planning System. To succeed in today's rapidly changing marketplace, St Mary Medical Center will employ Sg2 EDGE, a reform-ready strategic planning solution that delivers the Impact of Change®, a 10-year disease-based localized forecast. By projecting patient volume by MS-DRG, disease-based Sg2 CARE Families, patient type and service area for both inpatient and outpatient settings, it reflects how demand for services will change across the care continuum.

St Mary Medical Center is preparing for the impact of health care reform by managing the early phases in which organizations must focus on prioritizing growth opportunities while planning for tomorrow's payment changes. Through innovative analytics and intelligence, the EDGE Growth Planning System will help St Mary Medical Center ultimately achieve smart growth -- growth that is clinically appropriate, profitable and sustainable in the pre-acute, acute and post-acute settings.

To help carefully plan and prioritize in the reform era, St Mary Medical Center will also utilize the Sg2 Growth Index™, a scoring system that monitors volumes based on the Sg2 CARE Families methodology on a monthly basis. This ongoing assessment will enable the hospital to track the progress of growth strategies at the enterprise, service line and disease levels, so they can stay on target and quickly make course corrections as needed.

"Sg2 EDGE supports St Mary Medical Center's ongoing strategic planning and process improvement efforts that help fulfill our mission to provide the highest quality care and service at the most affordable price to our community," says Juliana Szalwinski, director of strategic planning at St Mary Medical Center. "We believe the Sg2 EDGE Growth Planning System will help position us for sustained future growth in a rapidly changing health care environment. The localized forecasts will allow us to assess financially favorable volumes and ensure our investment priorities are aligned with growth opportunities at the service line and disease levels."

Sg2 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Sachs agrees the organization will benefit from using Sg2 EDGE. "Hospitals and health systems are currently caught between 2 worlds: capturing volumes that pay well today while adjusting to a shifting landscape with increased accountability and changing payment incentives," he says. "Through the Sg2 EDGE Growth Planning System, St Mary Medical Center is proactively preparing to meet the challenges of health care reform, including flat to negative inpatient growth and rapid growth in outpatient and other sites of care with increased competition for market share."

As an Sg2 EDGE Growth Planning System customer, St Mary Medical Center 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.

CARE = Clinical Alignment and Resource Effectiveness.

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 St Mary Medical Center
Licensed for 374 beds, St Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA, is the most comprehensive medical center in Bucks County, with a staff of more than 600 physicians, 2,700 employees and 1,000 volunteers committed to providing excellence in patient safety and quality care. St Mary Medical Center offers state-of-the-art technology and physicians and clinical professionals who are highly skilled in providing advanced care for complex cases. Services include a comprehensive cardiovascular program; the only state-accredited trauma center in Bucks County; emergency services with a dedicated pediatric emergency care center; a Joint Commission-accredited primary stroke care center; specialized diagnostic imaging; obstetrics and neonatal intensive care unit; a Joint Commission-accredited joint replacement center; exceptional orthopedic surgical capabilities and rehabilitation; a Joint Commission-certified sleep disorders center; pain management and wound healing centers; the St Mary Breast Center and the St Mary Regional Cancer Center.

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