Press Release

Shannon Health Expands Rothman Index Use for Global Clinical Surveillance

Rothman Index enables lowest readmission rates in the region

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 25, 2019) – To improve patient outcomes and further its mission to provide exceptional healthcare, Shannon Health will upgrade its Rothman Index global clinical surveillance technology. Located in San Angelo, Texas, the system is the largest, locally based healthcare provider for the Concho Valley region of West Texas, geographically serving an expansive area covering approximately 10 percent of the state.

Shannon Medical Center implemented the Rothman Index in 2012 and has achieved outcomes including the lowest skilled nursing facility (SNF)-to-hospital readmission rate in the community, nearly 10 percent lower than the national average. In October 2018, the Shannon Skilled Nursing Facility won the bronze McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Award for using the Rothman Index to establish if a patient in the hospital is ready for skilled care, and eventually discharge.

Becky Fuentes, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Shannon Medical Center says, “The Rothman Index helps guide our admission and discharge decisions across the healthcare continuum. Our team also uses the Rothman Index to train new graduates in critical thinking skills.” Fuentes is speaking at PeraHealth’s TRENDS 2019 Customer Conference on September 26-27, 2019, in Baltimore.

The Rothman Index is the only proven algorithm that derives one simple score from the vast amount of data in the electronic medical record to create a picture of any patient’s condition over time – any age, any disease, any unit. It can detect patient deterioration hours or days earlier than existing scores and systems.

With the latest Rothman Index enhancements, Shannon Health will be able to:

  • Access pre-defined subsets of the house-wide population, including a palliative care filter to help trigger palliative care consults.
  • Configure patient warning lane views for daily safety huddle teams to use across multiple units, guiding patient care priorities.
  • Participate in PeraHealth’s sepsis calculator research.
  • Add new content areas, such as inpatient discharges and 24-hour ICU bouncebacks, to provide more visibility into specific patient populations.

To learn more about the power of the Rothman Index, view the on-demand webinar: “The Rothman Index as an Earlier Warning System,”  with guest speaker Michael Stadler, MD, FACS, Assoc. Professor; Assoc. Chief Medical Officer, Medical College Physicians/Froedtert Hospital.

About Shannon Health

Shannon Health is the largest, locally-based healthcare provider for the Concho Valley region of West Texas. For more than 85 years, Shannon Medical Center has grown with the community and served its healthcare needs. The facility is licensed for 400 beds and provides a variety of clinical services to meet each patient’s needs. It is the designated Level III Lead Trauma Facility for the region, have a nationally recognized intensive care unit, providing critical care to newborns as young as 28 weeks gestation, performing state-of-the-art diagnostics in its radiology department, and providing complete testing and surgical capabilities for cardiology patients, among many more services.

About PeraHealth

PeraHealth is a software company that uses the Rothman Index to transform the clinical and financial efficiency of healthcare. The Rothman Index is the only algorithm that derives one simple score from the vast amount of data in the electronic medical record to create a picture of any patient’s condition over time – any age, any disease, any unit. It is the only algorithm proven to reduce mortality in practice. Other results include reducing length of stay and readmissions. Our customers are leading hospitals and clinicians who need to identify patients at risk of rapid decline, make decisions about transfer and discharge, predict the risk of severe infection, and improve the overall efficiency and quality of care. For more information, visit and @RothmanIndex.


Jeff Vawter