CHESAPEAKE – Chesapeake Regional Medical Center (CRMC) will migrate to the Epic Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system over the next two years and has engaged Good Help Connections, a Bon Secours Health System (BSHSI) subsidiary, to provide support for the implementation. CRMC is the first non-BSHSI hospital to partner with Good Help Connections for an Epic migration.

While CRMC has been EMR-enabled for nearly two decades, the Epic platform has risen to the top of health care information technology, making it a smart choice for providers. Epic, as ranked by the independent agency, KLAS Research, received nine “2014 Best in KLAS” awards and the distinctions of Overall Physician Practice vendor and Overall Software Suite vendor, demonstrating its advanced standing and capabilities. The transition to Epic will better align CRMC with the local health care marketplace and improve clinician interaction and patient engagement.

“Engaging in a strategic partnership with Good Help Connections of Bon Secours is a unique way of implementing Epic and yet another way CRMC is working together with area health care systems to provide the most innovative technologies and services to the community,” said Peter F. Bastone, president and CEO of CRMC.

“Moving to the Epic platform is a momentous step for our organization and will heighten our ability to communicate with other health systems for the benefit of the patient,” said Ken Deans, vice president and chief information officer for CRMC. “From enhanced evidence-based decision making that supports expanded disease management to direct patient and provider engagement via secure portals and mobile apps, a migration to the Epic platform will support our organization’s history of continued growth and advancement in the area of innovation. We are very pleased and excited to bring its world class strengths and capabilities to our patients and providers in Chesapeake.”

CRMC will be implementing Bon Secours ConnectCare, an Epic EMR platform. Bon Secours’ Good Help Connections was established earlier this year as a subsidiary corporation of the BSHSI for the purpose of assisting health systems in better serving their communities.

“Chesapeake Regional Medical Center shares the Bon Secours vision of bringing higher quality care to communities at a lower cost,” stated Marlon Priest, M.D., chief medical officer of Bon Secours Health System and executive vice president, CEO of Good Help Connections. “We look forward to working in collaboration with CRMC to bring ConnectCare to the medical center.”

Michael K. Kerner, CEO for Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, stated “Bon Secours selected Chesapeake Regional because our organizations have like-minded missions in that we are both committed to providing the highest quality care for our community at the lowest cost. We look forward to collaborating with Chesapeake Regional on other efforts to improve the overall health of those we serve whenever possible.”

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center is an independent, community-focused organization providing technologically advanced health care to the residents of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Its Sidney M. Oman Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care with the most advanced technology available, a radiosurgery services partnership with University of Virginia and Riverside Health System, and a fully dedicated Breast Center. It is home to a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center, one of the busiest Emergency Department in Hampton Roads, and The BirthPlace, which delivers more babies than any other community hospital in the area. Chesapeake Regional’s cardiovascular program has been nationally ranked, and its weight loss and sleep centers are nationally accredited. With more than 600 physicians, Chesapeake Regional remains one of the busiest hospitals in Hampton Roads, Virginia.


Good Help Connections
Good Help Connections, a subsidiary of Bon Secours Health System, serves communities by helping partners execute on and optimize the use of electronic health record installation to improve care and reduce the cost of that care. The company provides Bon Secours ConnectCare implementation and support services, including offering the Epic record and other third party vendor applications that make up the Bon Secours’ electronic health record system as well as related advisory services to other health systems. Specifically, GHC brings value in building an integrated and transparent record to support population health management, expanding ability to serve its communities and improve the integration of care delivery among providers, building strategic partnerships to support other health systems, and developing innovative tools and intellectual property that support the transformation of healthcare, and the ability to create sustainable operating margins.

Written by: Sarah Kehr, Media Relations and Communications Specialist, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
Lynne Zultanky, Administrative Director, Marketing and Public Relations, Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System