Skylight Healthcare Systems Announces Two Additions to Clinical Advisory Board

Gwynn Perlich of St. Vincent Health and Karie Ryan of Health First Elected to 2-Year Term

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Skylight Healthcare Systems, the leading provider of interactive patient care systems, announced the addition of Gwynn Perlich and Karie Ryan to their Clinical Advisory Board (CAB). These highly regarded healthcare leaders will be joining an accomplished group of nursing and clinical executives from leading organizations throughout the United States. The Skylight CAB provides an independent voice and guidance on key issues relating to Interactive Patient Systems and how they can increase patient engagement, enhance clinical workflow, and support strategic initiatives including improvement in HCAHPS scores.

Gwynn Perlich, RN, MSN, MBA is Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital in Carmel, Indiana. Gwynn has worked for St. Vincent Hospital system for over 31 years, the last 10 years in executive leadership positions, and the last 8 years at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital. Gwynn was active on the board of directors for the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives and is past president of CIONE. Gwynn received her Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, her Masters in Nursing Administration from Indiana University, and her MBA from Anderson University

Karie Ryan, RN, MS, BSN is Chief Clinical Informatics Officer at Health First in Melbourne, Florida. Karie has worked for Health First since 1997 in several nursing leadership roles including most recently serving as the Vice President of Nursing for Palm Bay Hospital, one of four Health First hospitals in Brevard County. Karie received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. She also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Healthcare Informatics from the University of California-Davis.

“We see Interactive Patient Systems as an enabling technology in our overall efforts to improve the patient experience and help promote a return to wellness,” said George Edwin Loftin, Jr. RN, MBA, FACHE, Vice President, Nursing at Parrish Medical Center and Chairman of the CAB. "Looking ahead, we plan to positively impact broader issues including increased reimbursements, decreased length of stay, and integrate other services to optimize the continuum of care. Having input from recognized leaders like Gwynn and Karie will be of great benefit to our board.”

The charter for the CAB is to surface, analyze, and provide expert advice and support in areas including:

  • Patient experience and satisfaction, clinical quality, and patient safety
  • Key initiatives that enhance collaborative relationships between physicians, patients, and hospitals
  • Cost saving initiatives; building and increasing revenue generation
  • Hospital efficiency through greater interactive system utilization

“Skylight is extremely pleased to welcome these two exceptional healthcare executives to the Skylight CAB,” said Carla Hilts, RN, MS, CEN, PMP and Skylight’s Chief Clinical Officer. “As our industry grows, Gwynn and Karie will bring important clinical insights and experience to support efforts extending the fundamental benefits of IPS to patients, families, providers and clinical staff.”

About Skylight Healthcare Systems

Founded in 1999, and headquartered in San Diego, CA, Skylight® Healthcare Systems is the industry pioneer in the Interactive Patient System market. With patient communication, education, and connection as the cornerstone of a safe, comfortable and clinically optimal hospital experience, the Skylight Interactive Patient System encourages patients and family to actively participate in their health care, improves communication between staff and patient/family members, and can provide a smoother and faster recovery and discharge plan. From pre-admission through post-discharge, Skylight addresses patients’ needs in education and health literacy, access to services, and critical information flow between themselves and their caregivers. Patients benefit from more control, faster healing, and a better grasp of health issues and hospitals see improved HCAHPS scores, reduced readmissions, and increased reimbursements. Hospitals implement Skylight to support their ongoing endeavors in improving HCAHPS scores, patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes, enhancing operational & service excellence, meeting evolving clinical demands, and delivering on commitments to making a positive difference in the lives of the people they serve.

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