September 14, 2010 10:00 ET

Unity Health System Selects Sg2's Smart Growth System for Strategic Planning Initiatives

Sg2's EDGE Growth System to Reveal Profitable, Appropriate and Sustainable Growth Opportunities

SKOKIE, IL--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) -  Sg2, a future-focused health care information company, today announced a multiyear contract with Unity Health System for the EDGE® Growth System.

Proactively planning for the needs of its patients is critical for Unity to succeed both clinically and operationally -- particularly in the reform era. The EDGE Growth System is a combination of local, disease-based forecasts, value-based patient segmentation, monthly data reports, Sg2 expert-led intelligence and ongoing support and guidance. The EDGE System will help Unity identify and achieve smart growth -- growth that is clinically appropriate, economically favorable, and sustainable across the full continuum of care.

An integral part of Unity's strategy is delivering quality care to the appropriate patient in the appropriate setting. It will accomplish 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.

"In today's economy, local forecasting trends are essential to bottom-line success. As a community hospital, being fiscally responsible is more important than ever and the Sg2 EDGE Growth System will help us determine our smart growth path for the future," says Wendy Wilts, vice president of strategic planning and business development at Unity Health System. "Our ultimate goal is to provide progressive and sustainable health care to the Rochester community, and the EDGE Growth System will allow us to identify and assess clinically appropriate and financially sound opportunities."

Unity will also utilize the Sg2 Growth Index™, a score that examines how existing patient mix influences the ability to achieve future growth while meeting or exceeding the needs of the community. This will enable Unity to evaluate its capacity to capture smart growth opportunities at the enterprise, service line and disease levels.

Sg2 Chairman and CEO Michael Sachs says: "The EDGE system will help Unity Health System anticipate patient demand and uncover optimal market opportunities that span all care sites over the next 10 years. With a clinically meaningful view across the care continuum, Unity will be able to identify and achieve smart growth, which is critical in today's trying economy."

As an Sg2 EDGE System client, the Rochester, NY-based system 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 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 Unity Health System
At Unity Health System you'll find the friendliest and most compassionate people dedicated to providing the best possible health care experience. We have over 70 locations in Rochester and Monroe County, including Unity Hospital in the town of Greece and the Unity St Mary's Campus in Rochester. Key programs include our Joint Replacement Center, Family Birth Place, Spine Center, Diabetes Center, Chemical Dependency, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, plus the area's most comprehensive range of services for older adults. ACM Medical Laboratory is the world's fifth largest provider of clinical trials testing, with locations in western New York and York, England, as well as lab partnerships across the globe. Our shared commitment to delivering health care the way it should be is reflected in our 98% overall patient satisfaction rating.

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