Nordic has a series of maxims that we live by. The final maxim on the list is "Grow. Teach." The idea is that being a part of Nordic means doing everything you can to continually improve at your craft. Consulting is definitely a craft. Your growth doesn't stop there, though. We expect our teams to take what they learn and share it - not only with other Nordic consultants, but also with the teams at our client sites.
An increasing number of health systems are involved in mergers and acquisitions as well as extending Epic to smaller, independent partners. As a result, extending Epic is a high priority for IT departments and an area where Nordic continues to see growth. With this in mind, we've launched the Nordic Strategic Affiliate Management training program. Nordic already has over 150 consultants with experience extending Epic to owned and independent groups. This internal training program helps to grow our Affiliate Solutions project managers and develop additional project managers to serve the needs of our clients.
Last year, ThedaCare, a longstanding trusted partner, faced an extraordinary challenge. After affiliating with Community Health Network and Wild Rose, ThedaCare needed to quickly bring these two critical access hospitals and 18 ambulatory clinics live on Epic. With a Meaningful Use deadline looming, ThedaCare had only five months to accomplish this goal, so they joined forces with Nordic to complete the implementation in the short time frame.