California-based Health Group Selects Paragon® to Fuel Growth Strategy

  California-based Health Group Selects Paragon® to Fuel Growth Strategy

McKesson to help health system prepare for reform with integrated clinical and
                               financial system

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- December 18, 2012

Setting a bold course for the future, Rideout Health plans to deploy
Paragon^®, McKesson’s hospital information system (HIS), to equip hospital
staff and clinicians with modern technology that also provides a highly
competitive cost of ownership. With an expanded Rideout Regional Medical
Center set to open in 2015, the northern California provider selected Paragon
to support its objectives of driving better clinical, financial and
operational performance across its growing facility.

“With its Better Health 2020 strategy, McKesson has a clear vision of where
the industry is going and how we can use information technology more
strategically,” said Tarun Ghosh, senior vice president and chief information
officer, Rideout Health. “As we modernize our facilities, we see IT as a
strategic enabler for enhancing quality while reducing costs, both of which
are essential as we prepare for health reform and advance our position as a
leading regional integrated delivery network. Ultimately, it’s all about
improving our ability to provide better care and quality for our patients.”

Rideout Health officials credited their ongoing partnership with McKesson as
critical to achieving their long-term strategic goals. The health system also
expects to experience significant short-term benefits as well. By replacing
its multiple current systems with a single-database, integrated solution, the
health system will make patient data available to physicians and staff
simultaneously and in real time, leading to better care.

“From an enterprise perspective, Paragon offers a set of unified tools that
enhances decision support, provides better access to patient information,
improves documentation, and supports the delivery of evidence-based medicine
as we move toward being a fully integrated system,” said Theresa Hamilton,
chief executive officer, Rideout Health. “In short, Paragon will help our
entire care team deliver better, more coordinated care to our patients.”

“We are excited to extend our partnership with Rideout Health as they execute
their wide-ranging expansion plans,” said Jim Pesce, president, Paragon,
McKesson Provider Technologies. “I’m confident we will provide a high-value
solution that will quickly deliver benefits while positioning the health
system for ongoing success under health reform.”

McKesson’s partnership with Rideout Health is the latest example of the
company’s Better Health 2020™ strategy in action. Better Health 2020 aims to
help customers address the complex challenges facing healthcare, including the
need to reduce costs, coordinate care, assume risk and manage complex payment

About Rideout Health

Rideout Health is a community-focused medical care system thatincludes two
acute care, not-for-profit hospitals, Rideout Regional Medical Center,and
Fremont Medical Plaza; the Heart Center at Rideout; the Cancer Center,in
partnership with UC Davis; Rideout Surgical Center; Rideout Occupational
Health, Rideout Specialty Care Center, Rideout Clinic and acomplementary
array of ancillary services including, Skilled Nursing, AssistedLiving, and
Alzheimer’s Care, Home Health, Hospice and Durable MedicalEquipment, located
throughout Yuba, Sutter and Nevada Counties.Rideout Health system has more
than 1,800 employees and more than 260physicians on its medical staff.

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a
healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the
business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals,
physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the
spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to
patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their
financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include
pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information
technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit


McKesson Corporation
Yancey Casey, 404-338-2468
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