Archives for September, 2009

Interviews from the Solutions Gallery Build

Director of Marketing Angela Betts once again brings us an update on the progress being made in the Solutions Gallery at the Kansas City Convention Center.

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Update from Cathy Mueller, VP of Client Experience

CHC week is a very busy time for Client Experience team.  We maximize the time clients are in Kansas City to host several groups.  Tuesday, October 6, we will meet with our Strategic CIO group, Tuesday afternoon is a CIO update, and Wednesday is our Client Care Council session.

Each time we meet with these client executives we provide them with a status of several documents that demonstrate value and partnership with Cerner:  their SET/METs, Service Profile, Benefits, Roadmap, Client Nerve Center Scorecard, if they have participated in a session in the past 12 months.  We also have 14 Client Nerve Center sessions scheduled with various clients, and several Service Reviews will be held, particularly for our clients from non-US geographies.  We like to take advantage of face-to-face meetings whenever we can.

All in all, a very busy and exciting time!

Cathy Mueller
Vice President
Cerner Client Experience

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What a difference a day makes

I’ve started stopping by the Solutions Gallery each morning on my way to work, just to see the progress. Obviously, a lot has been accomplished since the build started last weekend.

Tuesday Morning:

Solutions Gallery on Tuesday

Wednesday morning:

Solutions Gallery on Wednesday

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Mitch Joel to Speak on Sunday

There’s been a slight change in when Mitch Joel will give his keynote address to the Cerner Health Conference. Mitch will now be opening the conference on Sunday night at 5:00 p.m.

Mitch Joel

We’re looking forward to hearing Mitch’s energizing talk about how everyone is connected through Six Pixels of Separation.

After his keynote address, Mitch will be signing books in the Solutions Gallery until about 7:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase (cash only) on site for or you can purchase Six Pixels of Separation on Amazon.com in advance of the conference.

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Luke Schnoebelen on uCern

uCern is the future of the collaborative healthcare network — connecting entire healthcare organizations to Cerner, connecting Physicians to Patients, connecting teachers to students. uCern is the place where all this can happen. We have a great group of clients currently using uCern and I’m sure at and after the Health Conference we will see many more using uCern in the office and at home.

Since I’ve been a member of the uCern team I have been able to see uCern grow from the ground up. I have been lucky to have been involved with the client uCern implementations from the beginning. We started at Eastern Maine and since then I’ve been to DMC, BayCare, Clarian, North Kansas City, Tri-City and UAB. At every implementation we have had a fabulous response from our clients. From having a client find something easier using the Search tool within uCern to having multiple clients create groups that grow rapidly and help their current and future projects.

I believe that uCern will become a vital link at hospitals and clinics around the globe. It will knock down the waiting room walls and voices will be heard. Some will use uCern to get a message out, some will use uCern to get their questions answered. I think the future of uCern is very bright and am really excited to showcase it at CHC. Be sure and stop by the uCern booth at the Solutions Gallery and say Hello!

Luke Schnoebelen
uCern Experience

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Building the Solutions Gallery

Grid Layout

The CHC Solutions Gallery started setup on Thursday, September 24. Thursday was spent having all of the Cerner and partner freight unloaded at Bartle Hall in preparation for work on Friday, which was spent rigging the truss for our lighting and sound in the Gallery. It was great to have our lighting partner in early this year so that we were able to get more done early on! Also on Friday, our exhibit partner, Derse, also marked the floor for all of the electrical and internet throughout the Gallery.

Saturday was a busy day. We had our first crew of labor here to assemble and hang the large canopy structures and the grid in the center. We’re really pleased with the grid structure and how the colors turned out. By the end of the day yesterday the aisle signage, canopies, and grid were all rigged and the Cerner tech team was able to work on laying all of the cable.

Sunday began with rigging all of the remaining hanging signage in the Gallery. Each of the 15’ area labels for the spaces under the canopies was rigged before lunch today. The Cerner tech team finished their work putting down all of the Cat-5 cable this morning as well. We are using over 10,000 feet of cable and have 110 power drops to support the 128 Cerner demo pods and the 7 Smart Rooms. This afternoon George Fern is laying out over 90,000 square feet of carpet padding. We will finish the padding today – and if done in time we will start putting carpet down.

The Derse team has been pulling and preparing the Cerner demo pods from their crates and will begin working on the flooring for the Smart Rooms once the carpet and padding are down. Hall C, the dining hall, is completely ready with carpeting and pipe and drape as well!

Solutions Gallery Build

It’s coming along.

Katie Leary
Sr. Program Coordinator

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Video update from Angela Betts

Director of Marketing (and CHC) Angela Betts gives a quick video update. The Solutions Gallery started to take shape over the weekend and we’ll be updating the blog regularly with previews of what to expect at CHC.

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Dining specials during CHC

We have some terrific deals during the Cerner Health Conference available to attendees.

The American Restaurant
$30 off Dinner for 2

Pierpont’s at Union Station
4-course Dinner for $29.95 Per Person

Jack Stack BBQ (Freight House Location)
10% off any entrée

Lidia’s Kansas City
Complimentary Dessert with the purchase of an entrée

JJ’s
Complimentary 3 oz. pour, glass of Malbec.

Plaza III Steakhouse
10% off your entire meal

City Tavern
10% off your entire meal

Figlio the Italian Restaurant
10% off your entire meal

You must bring your badge with you to be eligible for these deals. Be sure to take advantage — the restaurants included are some of the best in the area!

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Masquerade at the Midland

There is not much time left to register for the 2009 Masquerade at The Midland and we don’t want your company to miss the opportunity.  This is going to be an incredible evening of magic in the historic Midland by AMC in downtown Kansas City. Enjoy food from Californos restaurant, a lavish silent auction, music by Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs (a popular Kansas City cover band) and an overall incredible party!

Register Today!

Cerner Corporation and the First Hand Foundation have invited your company to sponsor at a specific level, but, of course, we appreciate any contribution you are able to make. Because of your generosity, we continue to help thousands of children around the world. More information regarding sponsorship levels, attire options and parking for the event, visit the Web site.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2009 Masquerade at The Midland.

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Why we love Kansas City

We’re a little biased. We love Kansas City.

For its entire 30-year history, Cerner has maintained its residence in the Kansas City metro area and nearly 5,000 Cerner associates call it home. The metro area straddles the Missouri/Kansas state line and spans seven counties.

Not only is Kansas City the largest city in the geographic center of the continental United States, but it’s a city that is both rich in history and full of innovation.

We wanted to highlight some of the reasons why we love KC and we think you will too when you come to visit for the Cerner Health Conference.

KC knows food.

Kansas City is famous for its barbecue, so be sure to sample some when you come into town. You might even be able to smell it in certain areas. Some of the favorites around the office include: Oklahoma Joe’s, Arthur Bryant’s and Gates. But smoked meats slathered in barbecue sauce isn’t the only thing there is to eat in Kansas City (although it’s hard to wonder why you’d want anything else); there is a wide variety of excellent dining establishments offering every different type of cuisine.

KC loves the arts.

If you get the chance, be sure to visit one of Kansas City’s many art museums. The largest — The Nelson-Atkins is just east of the famous Country Club Plaza and is within walking distance of the city’s premier contemporary art museum, the Kemper. During the summer months, the galleries in the Crossroads district of downtown Kansas City open their doors for First Fridays, a favorite of Kansas City’s resident art enthusiasts.

The area of 18th & Vine is internationally recognized as one of the cradles for jazz music and houses the American Jazz Museum, the Mutual Musicians Foundation and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. 18th & Vine is a part of the National Register of Historic Places. And if you’re hungry for more history, be sure to visit the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

KC loves the nightlife.

If you’re looking to unwind after spending your days in educational sessions at CHC, there are several places for you to go. Near the convention center is the Kansas City Power & Light District, which sits in the shadow of the Sprint Center, Kansas City’s downtown sports arena. The Power & Light district is home to KC Live, which will host CHC Attendees for The Bash on Tuesday night where they will be entertained by Three Dog Night.

KC loves its sports.

Kansas City is well-known for its fandom. The smells of tailgating at Chiefs football games can be found throughout the city from the perennially-sold-out Arrowhead Stadium. Just across the parking lot, you’ll find the Kansas City Royals‘ Kaufmann Stadium, named after legendary Kansas Citian Ewing Kaufmann, the long-time owner of the Royals and early influencer of Cerner leadership. A bit west of downtown and across the state line, you’ll find a new development around the Kansas Speedway, which will host a Sprint Cup race on Sunday, October 4. Also taking up residence near the Speedway are Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards, who currently play their games at Community Area Ballpark, home of the baseball’s Northern League T-bones.

Looking for something to do in KC during CHC?

There are several great events happening during the Cerner Health Conference.

  • First Fridays Art Event, Crossroads Art District — Friday, October 2
  • American Royal BarbecueOctober 1-4
  • First Hand Foundation Masquerade BallSaturday, October 3
  • KC Chiefs vs. NY Giants, Arrowhead Stadium — Sunday, October 4
  • Sprint Cup NASCAR Race, Kansas Speedway — Sunday, October 4
  • KC Ballet Fall PerformanceOctober 9-12

For more information on what to do in Kansas City, be sure to check out VisitKC.com in booth #515 in the solutions gallery.

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