LHP Hospital Group Utilizes McKesson Paragon® to Support Hospitals in Need

  LHP Hospital Group Utilizes McKesson Paragon® to Support Hospitals in Need

  Low-cost, contemporary HIS technology helps fuel growth, modernize care in

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- February 4, 2013

LHP Hospital Group in Plano, Texas, has implemented McKesson’s top-rated^1
Paragon® hospital information system (HIS) at five hospitals, representing
over 1,000 beds, throughout the country. Under a unique joint venture model,
LHP provides distressed hospitals with the expertise and essential resources
they need, including modern information technology, to help them improve their
operations and achieve better patient outcomes. LHP will use Paragon to help
its hospitals revamp their clinical and financial processes. With its
contemporary design and Microsoft®-based platform, Paragon is expected to help
LHP streamline its IT operations and provide its patients with better and more
efficient care.

“We focus on bringing capital and state-of-the-industry practices to
communities that have struggled for capital, for information, for technology
and for someone to lean on,” said Larry Schunder, senior vice president and
chief information officer, LHP Hospital Group. “Not only is McKesson’s Paragon
HIS the best and most cost-effective choice for us, but McKesson’s strategy
for helping organizations like ours prepare for health reform is a natural fit
with our strategic objectives.”

McKesson is committed to supporting organizations like LHP now and in the
future through its Better Health 2020™ strategy. As health reform continues to
unfold, Better Health 2020 is designed to provide the capabilities needed to
reduce costs, improve financial performance, coordinate care and manage
complex payment models. The Paragon HIS reinforces the strategy by helping
organizations to better manage operations and improve financial and clinical

Portneuf Medical Center (250 beds) in Idaho, Saint Mary's Hospital (347 beds)
in Connecticut, Seton Medical Center Harker Heights (83 beds) in Texas, and
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital WNJ (241 beds) have all implemented the
Paragon solution. Pascack Valley Hospital (128 beds) in New Jersey is
currently installing the system and is expected to be live by the summer of

“Like many hospitals, we face ongoing financial and operational challenges,
including declining reimbursements,” said Matthew Maxfield, chief executive
officer, Seton Medical Center Harker Heights. “By partnering with LHP and
implementing the Paragon HIS, we’re already making improvements in the way we
operate that will help us protect the health of our hospital so we can
continue serving our community into the future.”

Built on an open Microsoft Windows-based platform, Paragon offers a completely
integrated suite of advanced clinical and financial applications on a single
database. Unlike older, proprietary systems, Paragon requires less hardware
and fewer IT resources - making it the most cost-effective HIS to install and
operate. LHP is leveraging Paragon to help the hospitals more efficiently
manage clinical and revenue operations, driving improvements in performance,
patient safety and clinical care.

“LHP’s model represents a unique approach to improving care and empowering
communities,” said Jim Pesce, president, Paragon, McKesson Provider
Technologies. “This kind of innovative thinking not only is making a
difference in LHP’s communities; it also serves as an example of best
practices in how to use IT strategically.”

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

^1 Source: 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report; December
2012, www.KLASresearch.com, © 2012 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.


Yancey Casey, 404-338-2468
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