Valek & Co. Spearheads Content of Two Important Healthcare Web Sites, April 2007

Two new Web sites have much of the healthcare industry abuzz, thanks to strong content developed by Valek & Co. and, in the case of one of the sites, the work of design partner Norcom, Inc.

Published by The Joint Commission,"Improving America's Hospitals: A Report on Quality and Safety" presents how American hospitals are performing against evidence-based quality and safety measures, showing improvements made and challenges faced. Valek & Co. contributed significant editorial services to this effort, writing original text for about 25 percent of the 100-plus-page report, including the Executive Summary and Key Performance Results sections. To be published annually, the report is a significant step forward in the reporting of hospital quality and safety performance.

Norcom, Inc., designed the Web and .pdf versions of the report, with Web development services provided by American Eagle. The report was introduced to significant media interest, and the story ran in media outlets across the country. The site’s url is http://www.jointcommissionreport.org.

For the College of American Pathologists' new Web site, MyBiopsy.org, Valek & Co. wrote cancer diagnosis information on more than 20 of the more common types of cancer. Pathologists across the country are now using this information to help patients understand their cancer diagnoses and make decisions concerning treatment. Available in .html, .pdf and Word formats, the information can be attached to pathology reports at the time of diagnosis.

The cancer types were chosen with input from pathologists, and these physicians also reviewed the final drafts, says College Public Affairs Director Maureen Buckley Jones, adding "it has been great partnering with Valek & Co. on this important project because they were very thorough and detail oriented."


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