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Cerner to Move Employees South: About 350 Software Engineers Will Start Working at the New Campus Next Week.

February 10, 2007

By Julius A. Karash, The Kansas City Star, Mo.

Feb. 10–As it pushes ahead with research and development, Cerner Corp . is sending about 350 employees to work at the company’s new Innovation Campus next week.

The new Cerner enclave is sprouting in about 500,000 square feet in three connected buildings on the former Marion Laboratories campus, which is south of Bannister Road near Interstates 435 and 470.

Cerner, based in North Kansas City, is a leading provider of health-care information technology. The employees moving to the new campus are software engineers.

“It will serve as a facility that is dedicated solely to Cerner’s research and development operations,” Cerner spokeswoman Kelli Christman said.

Cerner signed a lease on the buildings this week with drug manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis, which operates a plant on another part of the former Marion campus.

Cerner plans for all future software upgrades to occur at the Innovation Campus, where the atmosphere is designed to encourage creativity and teamwork. The complex will eventually include a cafeteria, a child-care center, a fitness center, a coffee bar and an area with pool tables and other games.

Sanofi-Aventis spokesman Marc Greene said earlier that the three buildings could house about 1,200 workers.

Christman on Friday said that Cerner will send more employees to the new facilities in the next few months, but would not give an estimate on how many employees will ultimately work there.

Cerner has experienced strong growth in recent years amid growing demand for health-care information technology. The technology is designed to replace paperwork, reduce medical errors, cut costs and increase efficiency.

Cerner has more than 7,500 employees around the world and more than 4,500 in the Kansas City area. It plans to spend more than $1 billion on research and development in the next five years.

Besides its headquarters campus and the Innovation Campus, other Cerner office locations include the Riverport campus at the site of the old Sam’s Town casino and the Cerner Oaks campus on North Oak Trafficway. Cerner also leases space in the Summit Technology Campus in Lee’s Summit.

To reach Julius A. Karash, call (816) 234-4918 or send e-mail to jkarash@kcstar.com.

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