Hospital visit

Garrett Regional Medical Center staff welcomes U.S. Rep. David Trone. From the left are Dr. H. Stanley Lambert III, chief of medical staff; Dr. Marjorie Fridkin, chief medical officer; Trone; Mark Boucot, president and CEO; Sen. George Edwards; and Dr. Dona Alvarez.

OAKLAND — U.S. Rep. David Trone met with officials at Garrett Regional Medical Center to discuss the approval of a new electronic health record system as part of the Community Project Funding for Garrett County.

The $650,000 will be used to purchase information technology equipment and infrastructure that will support the installation of a new electronic health record system — Epic EHR.

The record system will be installed by the West Virginia University Health System and will replace the hospital’s outdated 20-year-old medical record system.

The new system will enable GRMC to connect more easily and seamlessly with the WVU Health System to improve care coordination for its patients.

The new Epic system will allow patient records from GRMC to be shared more quickly with specialists at WVU Medicine and other larger medical facilities.

“Congressman Trone played a crucial role in getting approval for the electronic health record funding we sought,” said Mark Boucot, president and CEO of GRMC.

“Health record systems are very costly, and our existing system is becoming obsolete. Converting to Epic will allow us to continue to grow services and better connect with the specialty providers our patients need.”

The funding was announced by Trone in May as part of $32.7 million for projects across Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

The projects were approved by the House Committee on Appropriations and will be included in the fiscal 2023 federal funding package.

“Garrett Regional Medical Center is a shining example of what rural health care should look like across the country, and President Mark Boucot has been a tremendous partner in delivering accessible, affordable health care to Western Maryland and West Virginia,” said Trone.

“It was a no-brainer to support their efforts through $650,000 in community project funding to bolster its emergency alert capabilities. With this funding, GRMC can continue serving as a blueprint for health care systems.”

Trone also visited Cumberland and Frostburg to discsuss project funding in those cities during a two-day trip to Western Maryland

For more information on Garrett Regional Medical Center, visit https://www.grmc-wvumedicine.org.

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