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Fort HealthCare recognized as Organization to Watch

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fort HealthCare has been named to the list of 100 Health Care Organizations to Watch in 2013, published recently on, the website of the national organization that represents universities offering Master’s degree programs in health services administration. follows health care trends and news, especially in the education sector and is particularly aware that the medical industry is in transition to accommodate a growing elderly population, new technology, and rapid innovation. The Watch list acknowledges health care organizations that are handling the changes with grace, and to show their readership of health administration students what it looks like when health care companies get it right.

Forty seven (47) health care organizations are featured on the listing specific to Hospitals and Clinics. Among those listed with Fort HealthCare are much larger organizations such as Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Affinity Health System, Kaiser Permanente, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Each organization was nominated to the list and later, judged by the faculty and staff as recipients worthy of the award.

“Some organizations have cracked under the pressure, and some have risen to the top as leaders, visionaries and innovators in a difficult period. The organizations, websites, blogs, and companies are doing good work, and we’re excited to watch them grow throughout the next year and beyond,” wrote the author of the web article. The complete article featuring Fort HealthCare can be found at the website

Fort HealthCare has worked diligently to achieve its vision statement to be the healthiest community in Wisconsin, as evident by the significant health and wellness programming made available not only to patients, but all residents of Jefferson County and beyond.

Fort HealthCare’s leadership and innovation in wellness programming can be seen at where visitors can click through in-depth patient education materials including videos, articles, wellness calculators, screening guidelines and a health encyclopedia. Videos are also featured at

The As Prescribed medical blog is authored by Fort HealthCare physicians and clinical staff. The activities website posts area running, biking, golf and walking events, as well as classes offered at Fort HealthCare, Rock Lake Activity Center, Cambridge Activities Program and more. Fort HealthCare’s Facebook page and Twitter feeds provide daily health and wellness messages.

New to the mix of online resources is website offers wellness information for families, men, women and children and serves as an online resource for area health coalitions sponsored by Fort HealthCare. A communications and planning toolkit is available for all area health-related organizations.

The designation as a member of the top 100 Health Care Organizations to Watch list follows another significant milestone in Fort HealthCare‘s continuing evolution as a premier provider of healthcare services able to adapt to new technology and rapid innovation. Late in 2012, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) notified Fort HealthCare that its recent electronic medical record (EMR) initiative has resulted in a HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award, signifying attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model. The HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 award honors hospitals operating in a paperless environment and represents those organizations that have achieved best practices in implementing an EMR.

This achievement, especially for a healthcare organization the size of Fort HealthCare, is very rare. Fort HealthCare is one of only 95 facilities, or 1.7 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Database to have attained the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award.

Fort HealthCare has also been named a ‘Top 100 Workplace’ by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The ‘Top Workplaces’ recognition is given to the leading workplaces in the southeastern Wisconsin region based on employee opinions collected through an anonymous survey. Fort HealthCare ranked 17th among employers with 1000 or more employees. Rankings are based on input from a large percentage of workers at each nominated organization. Fort HealthCare also made the list in 2010 and 2011.

Fort HealthCare is an integrated hospital and health system that attracts patients from throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Fort Memorial Hospital is a modern, fully accredited, acute care facility with 82 licensed beds. More than 100 physicians are on staff. Fort Medical Group, a subsidiary of Fort HealthCare, currently employs more than 60 physicians, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare providers. Fort Medical Group clinics offering primary and specialty surgical care are located in Fort Atkinson, Cambridge, Johnson Creek, Jefferson, Lake Mills and Whitewater. Other services offered by Fort HealthCare include occupational medicine, rehabilitation and sports medicine, wound care, urgent care, home health, a preferred provider network for employers known as FortCare and more. Fort HealthCare is a partner in the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center at Johnson Creek and in the Advanced Pain Management Fort Atkinson ambulatory surgery center. Most major health insurance products are accepted.