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(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that she has secured $200,000 to help eight Phoenix House centers in western New Hampshire acquire and install a new electronic data system for patient records. The funding, which was approved by the Senate as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill, has been signed into law by President Obama.

"Electronic medical records allow health care providers to better treat their patients in an efficient, cost-effective way," said Shaheen. "This new electronic medical record system will help Phoenix House improve patient outcomes, share data between their centers, and continue to improve their already outstanding services."

"Phoenix House gratefully acknowledges Senator Jeanne Shaheen's leadership role and her support of our comprehensive substance abuse treatment programs in Dublin, Franklin, and Keene, New Hampshire," said Patrick B. McEneaney, Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Phoenix Houses of New England.  "The electronic medical record system funded in part by this appropriation will allow Phoenix House to develop a fully integrated electronic client management system meeting the standards of the 21st century, and dedicated to dramatically improving client treatment and care."

Phoenix House is a non-profit organization that operates eight alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention facilities in western New Hampshire. This funding will allow Phoenix House to acquire and install a new electronic clinical management system, enabling them to better treat and assist clients by thoroughly assessing a client's needs, customizing treatment, updating clinical records, and electronically sharing data within the Phoenix House New Hampshire treatment network and with government and community partners.