Vermont Governor Praises MBA HealthGroup’s Growth

March 20, 2008

For Immediate Release
March 30, 2008

Contact: David Mace (802) 828-5229

MBA HealthGroup Celebrates New Offices, National Doctors Day

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas took time to thank Vermont’s doctors for their work and congratulate a health care information firm on its growth at a Sunday ceremony.

Speaking at the new South Burlington offices of MBA HealthGroup, the Governor recognized the company’s expansion and the contributions of Vermont’s doctors.

MBA HealthGroup is a full-service healthcare firm specializing in electronic medical records, medical billing, and healthcare consulting. MBA serves physicians, medical practices, and hospitals in more than 17 states throughout the country.

The company was founded by President and CEO Sandra Bechtel, and Chief Executive Director and Vice President Lauren Parker in 1990 and has now grown to 44 full-time employees with offices in Montpelier and South Burlington.“We are very pleased to be a growing part of Vermont’s health care infrastructure, and to join Governor Douglas in thanking our doctors for all they contribute to Vermont’s quality of life,” Bechtel said. “Our employees are proud to provide them with the finest tools to assist them in improving the quality of patient care.”

MBA HealthGroup celebrated their new facility in Technology Park with an address on health care information technology by Laurie McGraw of Allscripts, one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. and a Strategic Partner of MBA HealthGroup.

“Vermont has a very robust health care information sector, thanks in large part to the success of GE Health Care, formerly IDX Systems,” Governor Douglas said. “My administration is committed to growing the software development industry in Vermont, and MBA HealthGroup is a wonderful example of the potential for this sector.”

National Doctors Day traces its history back to 1933 when it was started by Eudora Brown Almond of Winder, Ga. The day marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery on March, 30, 1842 in Danielsville, Ga., by Dr. Crawford Long.

Allscripts President of Clinical Solutions, Laurie McGraw joins us to discuss the electronic health record. (Left to Right: Sandra Bechtel, Laurie McGraw, Governor Douglas, Lauren Parker)

On March 30, 1958, the United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors Day, and in 1990 Congress approved legislation establishing National Doctors Day.

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