East Jefferson General Hospital Extends Comprehensive IT Outsourcing Contract with Phoenix Health Systems

DALLAS, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- East Jefferson General Hospital of Metairie, Louisiana, has renewed its contract for comprehensive IT outsourcing with Phoenix Health Systems. The 5 year contract extension is the second extension of East Jefferson's original contract signed in 2003.

Under the renewed agreement, Phoenix, a national provider of healthcare information technology outsourcing solutions, will continue to staff and manage the hospital system's Information Services Department, which includes providing IT strategic planning, project management, network management, desktop support and data center management.

"Phoenix understands the unique challenges facing East Jefferson since Hurricane Katrina and in our future plans for operational excellence," said Dr. Mark Peters, CEO of East Jefferson General Hospital. "We are pleased to extend our IT outsourcing partnership with Phoenix Health System."

"The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has resulted in drastic changes in health care delivery for all New Orleans area hospitals. Phoenix is pleased that the management at East Jefferson General Hospital has the confidence in Phoenix to extend our partnership into the future," said Darin LeGrange, President and CEO of Phoenix Health Systems. "Phoenix is committed to continuing to provide best-in-class IT-based solutions and exceeding East Jefferson's expectations over the next 5 years."

About East Jefferson General Hospital

East Jefferson General Hospital is a publicly owned, not-for-profit community hospital with more than 450 beds, providing care to the residents of the East Bank of Jefferson Parish and surrounding communities in the New Orleans, Louisiana area. With over 3,000 team members, the hospital is one of the largest employers in the parish. Primary services include Cardiovascular, Rehabilitative, Oncology, and Woman & Child Services. As the population has grown and technology has advanced, the hospital has expanded its offerings to include extensive outpatient services and specialized diagnostic procedures. For additional information, visit http://www.ejgh.org.

About Phoenix Health Systems

Phoenix is a national information technology and business process services provider offering an integrated set of professional and technical services to healthcare organizations. Through Strategic Consulting, IT Outsourcing and Revenue Cycle Management, Phoenix will help any healthcare organization achieve its long-term objectives of administrative cost reduction, increased cash flow, improved patient safety and regulatory compliance. For additional information, please contact Christopher Madeira at (214) 261-0660, or visit www.phoenixhealth.com.

SOURCE Phoenix Health Systems