Mountain View Voice

News - July 22, 2011

Community briefs

Hospital expands e-records project

El Camino Hospital's board of directors has approved $1.4 million to expand a project that assists local independent physicians to implement electronic health record systems in their private practices.

In an effort to demonstrate "meaningful use" of electronic health record systems — and thus be eligible for federal financial incentives — the hospital board allocated $4.2 million in 2008 to go toward assistance for 100 independent physicians in the community (all of them El Camino medical staff) to build up online medical record keeping infrastructure, according to hospital spokeswoman Judy Twitchell.

Since then, about 40 additional physicians on the hospital's medical staff have requested to be included in the El Camino eClinicalWorks Electronic Health Record Project, Twitchell said.

"Many independent physicians are struggling and they need support for implementing these electronic medical records," Twitchell said, adding that hospital board approved spending an additional $1.4 million on the project "for the good of the hospital, physicians, patients and community."

Local business wins national award

Harrell Remodeling, a residential remodeling company based in Mountain View, won an award in the 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces competition.

The annual competition, hosted by Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces, recognizes 50 of the best small and mid-sized company work environments in the country.

Harrell Remodeling owner Iris Harrell lives in Portola Valley. The company, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, has 41 employees.

"We have a very special group of employee owners who have created an organization that is changing the way that our industry is viewed, whether it's through our consistent commitment to green, environmentally friendly practices, or growing women in leadership roles across the company," said Bella Babot, Harrell's director of marketing.

Inc. Magazine's June edition featured the 50 contest winners, according to a press release.

Foothill hosts bike race

Foothill College will host its first Learning Curve Bike Circuit Race on Sunday, July 31, to raise money for a multi-use bike and pedestrian path that will encircle its campus.

The race is open to junior through elite cyclists who are expected to bike around a 1.09-mile campus loop road. Race categories include juniors, elite men, elite women and masters. Cyclists will compete under USAC racing rules.

The first race will begin at 8 a.m. and the last race at 3:25 p.m. Registration on race day will open at 7:15 a.m.

There is a $30 entry fee per race and a $15 fee for juniors ages 10 to 18. After July 28, a $10 late fee will be charged.

Online registration is available at www.foothillcollegecircuitrace.com or for information, call race director Michael Rowe at 650-575-4459.

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