“Operation Snowbird” is delivering another 350 jobs to Raleigh.

Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX), which is based in Chicago, chose the City of Oaks over the Windy City for the engineering positions.

The company says it will consolidate five engineering operations at its North Raleigh campus.

Economic development recruiters had labeled the project “Snowbird.”

The electronic medical health records services firm pay average wages of $75,800.

Allscripts will invest $2.8 million in its existing facility.

The company currently has 1,264 employees in NC.

Gov. Pat McCrory formally announced the decision at a press conference at the Allscripts offices.

“Allscripts is a premier employer that understands what Raleigh, Wake County and North Carolina have to offer,” McCrory said. “Its expansion is proof that the Triangle’s technology hub continues to grow. We’ve got the qualified talent, strong business climate, and attractive quality of life that Allscripts and its employees need to succeed.”

The firm works with 180,000 physicians spread across 50,000 practices and 1,500 hospitals as well as 10,000 post-acute care organizations and 27,000 clinicians who provide care in patients’ homes.

“Allscripts is creating solutions that are meeting the changing and future needs of healthcare by enhancing all aspects of electronic connectivity in healthcare,” said Paul Black, Allscripts’ CEO. “Our technology will enable patients to enter into the healthcare community and direct and control everything from their doctor visit to coordinating their post-hospital stay and rehabilitation. We are about improving patient care, eliminating wasteful dollars and aggregating insightful data that allows care givers to deliver the most effective treatments.”

Minutes earlier the state approved a $5.3 million Job Development Investment Grant, or JDIG.

Allscripts will receive another $600,000 in incentives. 

The company established a major foothold in the Triangle with the acquisition of Misys Healthcare three years ago.

In 2006, Allscripts acquired Cary-based A4 Medical Systems in a deal worth $272 million.

Some 1,140 work in Raleigh now plus some other part-time workers.

Allscripts and Misys merged in 2010 in a deal valued at over $1 billion.

McCrory recently announced that North Carolina had convinced MetLife to move more than 2,000 jobs to North Carolina, splitting them between Cary and Charlotte.

His announcement was timed to follow a meeting scheduled at 2:30 p.m. for the state’s Economic Investment Committee in Raleigh.

These meetings are used often times to confirm contracts for state tax incentives linked to new job creation called Job Development Investment Grants, or JDIG. These actually are rebates to employers of a portion of payroll tax withholding based on the number of jobs created and on terms negotiated with the state.