Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray Join Vecna to Celebrate Veterans Affairs Contract and New Jobs

Cambridge company awarded $120 million contract that will lead to improved healthcare for veterans and 100 new jobs

CAMBRIDGE – Building on the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to supporting our veterans and creating jobs, Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined more than 50 employees and executives from Vecna Technologies at the company’s Cambridge facility to celebrate the awarding of a $120 million contract, which will ultimately lead to 100 new jobs over the next two years. The company, which received the contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will improve healthcare for veterans and reduce hospital costs at VA facilities.

We have made support for our veterans and job creation top priorities,” said Governor Patrick. “By putting people to work and improving services for the men and women who have sacrificed for our Commonwealth and our country, we are achieving those two important goals here today.”

“We value the sacrifice that our brave service men and women have made for the Commonwealth and for the nation,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “We thank the Obama Administration for supporting this innovative program that will lead to job creation here in Massachusetts, as well as improved services for our veterans at VA hospitals across the nation.”

The contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs calls for Vecna Medical to implement VA Point of Service (VPS) kiosks in VA hospitals and healthcare centers nationwide. The company will install approximately 15,000 VPS kiosks throughout the U.S. and its territories over a five-year period. The kiosks, with a powerful, secure and user-friendly operating system, reduce the need for staff to perform certain transactions, allowing for better privacy in collecting critical patient information and enabling support in multiple languages. The contract is expected to make up to 80 percent of Vecna’s business and will allow the company to expand their Cambridge facility from 65 employees to 165 over the next two years.

Founded in 1999, Vecna Technologies is a market leader in infection prevention software, patient self-service kiosks and robotics. The company, in addition to delivering its products and expertise to “Save Time, Save Money and Save Lives”, gives its employees the opportunity to spend up to 10% of their work time volunteering in their communities. Vecna employees have contributed to countless community service projects, including providing technical infrastructure for healthcare delivery to underserved populations. In addition to serving the Department of Veterans Affairs, the company’s medical division serves the U.S. Department of Defense, Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“Vecna is thrilled to welcome the Governor to our facilities in recognition of these recent achievements. Vecna is honored to continue our long-standing relationship with the Veterans Administration through our deployment of patient self-service technologies, such as QC Kiosk and now QC Bot 2.0,” said Deborah Theobald, CEO of Vecna Technologies. “The launch of QC Bot, Vecna’s hospital logistics solution, shows Vecna’s continued commitment to innovation and delivering new technologies to improve healthcare. We would like to thank Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray, as well as Senators Kerry and Brown and Congressman Capuano, for their ongoing support of small business and technology in Massachusetts. In collaboration with these local and State leaders, Vecna will continue to create new jobs in Massachusetts and to develop the key innovations necessary for reducing the cost of healthcare nationwide.”

“This contract is a victory for Massachusetts veterans services and our innovation economy,” said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki. “We are putting new technology and our talented workforce to good use helping the brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our state and our nation.”

“For many veterans, accessing benefits and care can be difficult,” said Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee. “I applaud the efforts of Vecna Technologies for working with the VA hospitals to provide increased access and ease for veterans utilizing VA services.”

Today’s visit is also a part of Lt. Governor Murray’s 3rd Annual Veterans Tour, which he launched last Friday. The Veterans Tour provides an opportunity to raise awareness of available resources and benefits for veterans and their families and also acknowledge veterans for their service. The Patrick-Murray Administration has continued to make supporting veterans, across the entire Commonwealth, a top priority. Massachusetts does more for its servicemen and women than most other states in the nation by providing such benefits as public assistance for indigent veterans, tuition waivers at state colleges and universities, and continuing the Women Veterans’ Network, a program that acts as a central resource for women veterans in Massachusetts. The Patrick-Murray Administration also oversaw the creation of the Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE) Program, a first-in-the-nation, suicide prevention initiative that focuses on community advocacy, outreach, mental health awareness and referrals to the appropriate services. To learn more about the 3rd Annual Veterans Tour, visit www.mass.gov/governor/vetstour.

The Patrick-Murray Administration has also made creating jobs through investments in innovation, education, and infrastructure a central focus. Today’s celebration demonstrates the strength of the economy’s ongoing recovery as well as growth in the technology sector. The Commonwealth is home to more than 3,000 technology companies that employ 170,000 workers, making it one of the largest employers in Massachusetts. The Patrick-Murray Administration’s support for information technology – which includes the creation of the IT Collaborative, establishing a framework between industry, academia and government to advance policy and an action agenda to improve the IT Sector’s Competiveness – will promote job creation, economic development and continued growth in 21st century technology throughout Massachusetts.