How Relias Learning is the Solution for Small Operating Budgets
Interview with Jim Schultz, CEO at Edgerton Hospital and Health Services
Edgerton Hospital and Health Services is located in Edgerton, WI. It houses 18 beds and 200 employees, 130 of which are full-time, 22 part-time, and 48 per diem. Services the hospital offers include LVAD rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging, emergency care, urgent care, pulmonary rehabilitation, a sleep disorders center, infusion therapy, and short-term rehab.
A Cost-Effective System
Edgerton began using Relias Learning* in 2013. “As a rural, critical access hospital, we have a smaller operating budget than a large, for-profit health system,” says CEO Jim Schultz. “However, to remain competitive and provide quality care, we still need to meet the same staff certification, continuing education and compliance requirements. That’s one of the reasons we chose Relias’ e-learning system.”
Customizable and Convenient
When looking for an e-learning product, Edgerton wanted enough flexibility to add their own hospital-specific education modules as well as manage staff and facility events. With Relias, they now have 105 custom-developed programs.
With Relias, staff are able to complete courses on their own time, at their own pace and from any location. Edgerton struggled with having a significant amount of consulting and per diem staff who don’t reside in Wisconsin full time, making in-person required education events difficult. Now they can access the Relias system remotely, and are able to stay compliant with their education requirements without traveling.
The hospital has found that the Relias learning management system (LMS) streamlines tracking and reporting, saving both precious time and energy. Edgerton staff leaders reported a reduction in time spent assigning, tracking, and generating completion reports for staff education by about 30% with the Relias LMS. Additionally, the hospital’s leaders have found the system to be easy to use and backed by an excellent client support system, noting that the Relias customer support system is always available with answers to help troubleshoot.