October 14, 2008

Gilbert Hospital Only Hospital in Arizona to Successfully Report Required Data

GILBERT, Ariz., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to the Department of Health Services, Gilbert Hospital, located in Gilbert Arizona, was the first and only hospital of 88 in Arizona to successfully submit the required Arizona Hospital Discharge Data Report, a mandatory state filing. The report is required by the Arizona Department of Health Services to be submitted twice annually. However, changes to the 2008 report created a complex issue for hospitals wherein the report format had to be re-written from scratch. It is up to each hospital to compile, process, write and distribute this data. Then, the report is submitted to the State agency.

This specific undertaking was spearheaded by Michele Cianfrani, Gilbert Hospital's Director of Information Services. "We knew we had a tough task ahead of us when DHS advised us of the format changes," admitted Ms. Cianfrani. "A strong team and many dedicated hours later, our report made it through as the only successful submittal in Arizona. It is a great compliment to the entire team," she continued.

The AZ Hospital Discharge Data Report is audited and reviewed by ADHS and required to be in compliance with state statutes. Each hospital is required to submit the Discharge Data Report, which provides information about finding the average price of a procedure at each particular hospital, comparing prices between the hospitals and links to hospital financial assistance and payment policies. "By having this report online, it gives patients the ability to research and compare prices," said Cianfrani, who has been IT Director at Gilbert Hospital since its inception. "Building this new format from scratch and then being the only successful hospital in Arizona to provide the reports speaks volumes for what Gilbert Hospital stands for."

The Arizona Hospital Discharge Data Report is part of a state-wide reporting structure required by all hospitals to be submitted to the Arizona Department of Health Services. For information regarding these reports, please visit: http://www.azdhs.gov/ or http://azhospitalchoice.org/

About Gilbert Hospital

Located at 5656 S. Power Rd., a half mile south of Ray Rd., Gilbert Hospital (http://www.gilberter.com/) is licensed as an acute-care general hospital with 24/7 services including emergency; expanded in-patient including ICU; diagnostic imaging; pharmacy; laboratory; and surgery services. Designated as a Level II trauma center, Gilbert Hospital provides health care services to the communities located throughout the east and southeast valley. Initial evaluations of all patients by a Board certified emergency physician begins within 31 minutes of arrival.

For more information about this release or about Gilbert Hospital, contact: Mr. Drew Markell, 480-840-3837 or 480-529-8259

Gilbert Hospital

CONTACT: Drew Markell of Gilbert Hospital, +1-480-840-3837,+1-480-529-8259

Web Site: http://azhospitalchoice.org/