Epic users group meeting

An Epic Systems representative takes the Deep Space auditorium stage in a wizard costume on Tuesday morning during the Verona health care company's annual users' group meeting.

JUDY NEWMAN, STATE JOURNAL

The roads around Epic Systems Corp. are likely to be clogged with cars and chartered buses this week as the Verona company hosts its annual users' group meeting — highlighted by a speech from founder and CEO Judy Faulkner on Tuesday morning.

Nearly 17,000 people are expected to attend the sessions — 8,000 executives of health care organizations that are Epic customers and 9,000 of the company's own staff, many of whom are usually called into service to help with traffic control, directions to events, and even entertainment.

Epic, founded in 1979, is one of the nation's largest providers of electronic health records systems with about 9,600 employees and $2.5 billion in revenue in 2016.

For her annual speech, Faulkner traditionally dons a costume related to the theme of the event; this year's theme is "World of Wizards."

Epic's fourth clutch of office buildings, completed about a year ago, is known as the Wizards Academy Campus, with architecture reminiscent of the imagery from the Harry Potter series of books and movies. It includes five office buildings and a parking ramp and cost an estimated $250 million, Adam Sayre, Verona's director of planning and development, has said.

Themes for its previous buildings include astronomy, Wild West and farms. The most recent under construction, a fifth set of buildings, has a storybook theme.

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Judy Newman is a business reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.