VA Black Hills Health Care System
We’re pleased to announce that the VA Black Hills Health Care System (VABHHCS) was recently ranked at the top for hospitals (private and public) as measured across the nation for their ability and effectiveness to communicate with their patients via social media.
While some of us may not use social media, it is the fastest growing communication venue and provides our Veterans with immediate access to information.
By May 2011, eighty-five VA Medical Centers had entered the world of social media by creating and maintaining a Facebook fan page, VABHHCS among the earliest to do so. These pages offer medical centers the opportunity to interact with, inform, and instruct local Veterans on a wide variety of healthcare topics using what has become the most popular social networking site in the U.S.
Ubicare, a company specializing in customizable health content for hospitals, created an “engagement quotient” which is their attempt at quantifying how well hospitals on Facebook are engaging with their fans. In May, the company published rankings of 987 hospitals across the nation, including both public and private hospitals. Thirteen of the top 60 hospitals were VA Medical Centers – including VA Black Hills!
Visit the VABHHCS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VABlackHills.
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