Healthland Promotes Rural Healthcare with Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen

Company executives and staff advocate on behalf of rural hospitals

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Healthland, America's market leader of healthcare information technology solutions for rural hospitals, continues its advocacy efforts to help transform rural healthcare with increased presence and communication in local and national politics. On Friday, October 5, 2012, Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen toured the Healthland corporate office and met with employees and executives to discuss the impact hospitals have in rural communities across the country.

“I enjoy meeting with local businesses that are not only strong Minnesota employers, but those that are also dedicated to making a difference in the marketplace,” said Congressman Paulsen. “After my personal visit to the Healthland corporate headquarters here in Minnesota, I’m impressed by their rapid growth as a company and commitment to rural healthcare. They have gone beyond the role of a products and services provider and have actually become an advocate for small and rural hospitals across the country.”

During Congressman Paulsen’s visit, Healthland provided an overview of its products, services, philanthropy and support. The congressman also had the chance to see Healthland’s unique approach to helping rural clinicians easily gather and access patient information across all patient settings.

“At Healthland, we believe it is our responsibility to represent our clients from 44 states and 500 communities with key policy makers and associations,” said Angie Franks, Healthland president and CEO. “We consider our grass root lobby efforts to be extremely important. In fact, we make it a priority to visit Washington D.C. regularly on behalf of rural hospitals. We appreciated and enjoyed our time with Congressman Paulsen and his visit was another opportunity for us to discuss the vital role hospitals play in local communities, as well current challenges facing rural hospitals such as potential changes to critical access programs and dependency on Medicare. We have always been dedicated to the rural healthcare market, and that is one of the reasons why we believe our role is much more than providing products and services to small and rural hospitals. These hospitals have a tremendous responsibility to provide quality care for their family, friends and neighbors and our job in this partnership is to bring visibility to the positive impact they have on our national healthcare system.”

Healthland will continue its advocacy for rural hospitals through grassroots efforts in Washington D.C. and across the county; educational offerings; corporate giving and volunteerism. The company currently gives back to rural communities across the country through financial donations, time and volunteerism. Healthland also sponsors an annual award program that recognizes the extraordinary efforts of its clients to improve the health and well-being of their communities.

Healthland is America’s largest provider of fully integrated solutions to rural community and critical access hospitals, serving more than 500 clients across the country. Software and services from Healthland, including its electronic health record (EHR) solution, empower community hospitals to deliver the best possible healthcare by providing a central repository of patient information in all care settings, be it a hospital, clinic or extended care facility.

With more than 30 years of experience in the rural healthcare market, Healthland solutions are uniquely suited to the size and needs of rural hospitals, enabling them to focus on what they do best – care for family, friends and neighbors. The organization currently has offices in its founding city of Glenwood, Minn., population 2,600, as well as its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. More information is available at: .