Lourdes Health System launches an online store


CAMDEN — The Lourdes Health System recently launched a new online store stocked with a full range of medical and wellness products for patients, announced Alexander J. Hatala, president and CEO of the Lourdes Health System and Catholic Health East New Jersey.

The virtual store, which can be accessed through the health system’s “For Patients” section of its Web site, www.lourdesnet.org/healthconnection, carries a wide variety of products such as home health aides, post-surgical and rehabilitation products, fitness videos and accessories, pre- and post-natal care products, health books, wellness items and even uniforms for employees. The prices are competitive with local retailers.

The online initiative, which was developed by the Lourdes’ parent organization Catholic Health East (CHE), in partnership with Paquin Healthcare Companies, is one of the first launching this summer. Other CHE hospitals will launch online stores in 11 distinct markets throughout the remainder of 2009.

“Through this new initiative, we are committed to extending our ministry of healing beyond the traditional medical encounter,” said Hatala. “We believe our patients will benefit, not only from our comprehensive care management process at discharge, but also from the array of health recovery products that can be acquired on-line, on our health facility’s website in a convenient and timely manner.”

In addition to purchasing items, customers have the option for enrolling in a personalized e-newsletter and becoming a member of a rewards program, earning discount coupons for future orders.

Other services on the Lourdes Health System Web site include an e-greeting card and online gift shop service for patients at Lourdes and CarePages, a site that allows patients to update family and friends about their medical condition.


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