One of the smallest facilities in HIMSS Analytics' ranking of highly digital hospitals, Gila Regional Medical Center demonstrates how effective management can propel an institution forward. For years, the 68-bed, stand-alone community hospital was mired at Stage 3 on the HIMSS Analytics ladder--but not for lack of potential.
The hospital had licensed a large number of modules from its core vendor, Meditech, back in 1995. "We had not optimized the system," says CIO David Furnas, who began the turnaround shortly after coming on board in December 2005. Furnas helped craft a strategic plan which called for Gila Regional to be a Stage 7 hospital by 2012.
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