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Washington, D.C. - September 12, 2002 - Sentara's eICU, a highly advanced Intensive Care life saving monitoring system, was profiled in the nation's capitol by experts in intensive care delivery. The National Coalition on Health Care and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement selected 11 institutions from across the country which have introduced innovations in ICU care that resulted in improved quality of care and can serve as models for all of the country's hospitals.

The report by the coalition, "Care in the ICU: Teaming Up to Improve Quality" was released September 4, 2002 to a forum in Washington D.C. It reflects some of the most promising and pioneering efforts underway in the field of ICU care.

The team of experts, led by Dr. Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins University, selected the institutions from nearly 200 submissions that responded to a request to members of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. The society was looking for examples of efforts to improve the quality of care in ICUs that also had demonstrable positive outcomes. Each of the institutions chosen for inclusion in the report has made major advances in how care is delivered in the ICU. Initiatives include: systems approaches to improving patient safety; bridging the use of technology with "caring" components; environmental issues and the use of telemedicine.

The institutions highlighted in the report are: Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk. VA; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA; St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, OK; The Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT; LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT; Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA; Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI; Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo, CA; Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, PA; and Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

"This forum brings additional national attention to the link between patient safety, quality of care, Intensivist-led care and the cost of care," says Sentara eICU Medical Director Steven Fuhrman, M.D., who gave a presentation on the eICU at the forum. "At Sentara, we have been able to leverage the expertise of our Intensivists across a wide geography to achieve significant improvements in quality, reductions in mortality as well as important cost savings."

Sentara's eICU's highly advanced life-monitoring equipment and computer software is presently online at three Sentara hospitals and, through the use of technology, has produced the most dramatic reduction of intensive care mortality the history of ICU care. Sentara Norfolk General was the first hospital in the nation to fully deploy and independently test the results of this sophisticated intensive care treatment system developed by VISICU, Inc and powered by their eVantage™ software. An independent study performed by Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young (CGEY) shows the eICU® reduced intensive care mortality rates at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by 25 percent and shortened the average length of stay for these patients by 17 percent.

The eICU® technology by VISICU efficiently manages scarce intensivist resources while also meeting recently defined Leapfrog standards of quality care giving. The Leapfrog Group was formed by Fortune 500 companies and other large healthcare purchasers to monitor patient safety. Sentara's implementation of eICU is an inspirational proof to large purchasers across the U.S. that leveraging information technology in clinical care can deliver breakthroughs. These breakthroughs come in patient safety and economic efficiency while simultaneously addressing health care labor shortages," says Arnold Milstein, a founder of the Leapfrog Group. "Sentara's successful implementation of its eICU demonstrates that hospitals need not be constrained by shortages in intensivists if they are visionary in their use of clinical information technology."

About Sentara Healthcare:
Sentara Healthcare, a premier not-for-profit health care provider in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, is comprised of 5 acute care hospitals, a hospital for extended recovery, 2 outpatient care campuses, 7 nursing centers, 3 assisted living centers, and 25 primary care practices. Sentara also offers a full range of health coverage plans, home health and hospice services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, mobile diagnostic vans, and air and ground medical transport services, including Nightingale--the region's only air ambulance service. Sentara was ranked the number one integrated health care network in the United States in 2001 by Modern Healthcare magazine and is the only health care system in the nation to be named in the top 10 for five consecutive years.

About VISICU, Inc.
VISICU, Inc., a private company headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, was founded in 1998 by two Intensivists from Johns Hopkins Hospital. VISICU is setting new standards for critical care delivery by combining advanced technologies and comprehensive clinical services into a powerful solution that enables health care organizations to save lives, improve outcomes, and reduce costs.

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