Archives for October 2018

UF Health TraumaOne Receives Top National Recognition

UF Health TraumaOne, the only adult and pediatric Level I trauma center in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, has received official verification from the American College of Surgeons, a distinction given only to trauma centers that meet the most stringent criteria.

Trauma center verification is an evaluation process by the American College of Surgeons, or ACS, to evaluate and improve trauma care. The ACS verifies the presence of the resources listed in its guidelines, Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient. These include commitment, readiness, resources, policies, patient care and performance improvement. ACS verification was given to UF Health Jacksonville following a two-day visit in June and is valid for three years.

“Our level of commitment and expertise is something we have focused on since we opened the state’s first trauma center 35 years ago, but this recognition is truly special,” said Leon L. Haley Jr., M.D., MHSA, CEO of UF Health Jacksonville and dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville. “It shows that we have the best people and resources available to save as many lives as possible. I could not be prouder of this organization.”

Trauma centers in the United States are identified through two processes, either designation or verification. Designation is a process outlined and developed at a state or local level, which in Florida is handled through the Department of Health. UF Health Jacksonville houses one of just 10 Level I trauma centers in the state.

“The equation is quite simple. Trauma centers help save lives. Nationally verified Level I trauma centers are at the top of the list, and UF Health Jacksonville has proven itself to be among the very best,” said Andrew Kerwin, M.D., chief of acute care surgery at UF Health Jacksonville. “UF Health TraumaOne has been a leader in trauma care for nearly 35 years. Becoming an ACS-verified Level I trauma center ranks us among the very best in the country.”

UF Health Jacksonville, which opened its trauma center in 1983, is just the eighth verified trauma center in Florida and joins approximately 500 verified trauma centers nationwide. The closest verified Level I trauma centers in Florida are in Tampa and South Florida.

“We went through this detailed, rigorous process because we believe it will continue to help us grow as a health care leader in this region,” said Julia P. Paul, M.S.N., NP-C, UF Health Jacksonville’s trauma program manager, who spearheaded the effort for verification. “Our team put the same passion into this project as they do every day in our trauma center, and this exclusive national organization recognized that.”

The ACS Verification, Review and Consultation Program helps hospitals evaluate and improve trauma care. It provides an objective, external review of a trauma center’s resources and performance. A team of trauma experts completes an on-site review of the hospital and assesses relevant features of the program.

ACS’s long history of activities directed toward the improvement of trauma care was enhanced substantially in 1987 with the creation of the consultation/verification program.

Content courtesy of Floridatrend.com
Picture courtesy of UF Health TraumaOne

Florida Hospital Transforming Healthcare

Florida Hospital announced in August it will soon be AdventHealth, part of a new consumer-centric, national brand based in Central Florida.

As part of the brand announcement, the organization unveiled new initiatives that will transform health care, including the creation of the region’s first comprehensive genomic health center.

Florida Hospital was built on a strong foundation, but it’s time we turn from the past and take a leap into the future,” said Florida Hospital President and CEO Daryl Tol. “We’re creating a health care system that’s easier to navigate, simpler to understand, more convenient, and — most importantly — focused on keeping people healthy.”

All of Adventist Health System’s wholly owned hospitals and hundreds of care sites across the country, including the entire Florida Hospital network, will adopt the AdventHealth name effective Jan. 2. In Central Florida, this includes dozens of hospitals, Centra Care urgent centers, and Florida Hospital Medical Group practices.

As part of the transition, Tol announced several new initiatives:

Creation of the Center for Genomic Health: From disease prevention to diagnosis to treatment, genomics is the future of medicine. With genomic profiles, physicians and researchers are able to determine with unprecedented accuracy if someone is at risk for cancer, heart disease and other conditions. The foundational work for the new Center for Genomic Health will begin in 2019, and soon AdventHealth Orlando will provide comprehensive genomics testing, analysis, interpretation and genetic counseling services.

Spiritual Wholeness Screening Outside the Hospital:  More than 80 percent of Florida Hospital’s patients are seen at physician practices, in labs, Centra Cares or other outpatient settings, and don’t have access to spiritual services routinely provided in hospitals. To deepen the commitment to treating the whole person — body, mind and spirit — AdventHealth is launching a wholeness screening program in outpatient offices. Physicians are being trained how to address four core questions with their patients, such as, “Do you have a source of joy in your life?” and “Do you have someone who loves and cares for you?” If a spiritual, social or emotional need is identified, specially trained team members will respond accordingly and provide follow-up care and support.

Making health one click away: AdventHealth will roll out new platforms for consumers to access their medical records, make appointments, easily pay bills, and have a virtual doctor’s visit. Tools such as Apple Health Records are underway, and other virtual platforms will make health care as simple as calling for a ride or ordering a pair of shoes. To celebrate the new brand rollout in 2019, AdventHealth will make eCare free to all consumers during the month of January. Florida Hospital eCare allows patients to see a doctor or nurse practitioner via their smartphone or tablet, accessing care without ever having to leave home.

“‘Advent’ signals the arrival of something of great significance. For us, it’s a new way of caring for our community,” Tol said. “We are steadfast in our innovation and research, building world-class clinical teams who deliver compassionate care, and bringing hope and healing to all our neighbors. We’ve talked a lot about the concept of ‘someday.’ Someday is today.”

Content courtesy of Florida Hospital

Florida Hospital Launching New Cardio-Oncology Initiative

Breast cancer patients may be at increased risk of heart diseases, and now, Florida Hospital is launching a cardio-oncology initiative designed to prevent or minimize the adverse effects of chemotherapy and radiation on these patients.

The initiative, made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations, combines state-of-the-art cardiac software, a care coordinator and a multidisciplinary approach to treating breast cancer patients.

Physicians can monitor a patient’s heart function before irreversible damage occurs, and if there’s a sign of cardiac decline, the multidisciplinary team will be able to adjust cancer treatment or prescribe medications to protect the patient’s heart.

“When we care for patients, we can’t look at just the cancer or just the heart disease. We need to treat the whole person, and this new initiative strengthens our wholistic approach to healing,” said Dr. Patricia Guerrero, a cardiologist with Florida Heart Group and medical director of Florida Hospital’s women and cardiovascular disease program. “We are appreciative for the continued support the Hearst Foundations has offered to our cardiovascular program and are confident this will have a significant impact on our patients’ health.”

Guerrero treated Brown in 2016, six years after she was declared cancer free. Brown thought her allergies caused shortness of breath, but Guerrero found heart disease was to blame.

Research shows up to 28 percent of women receiving chemotherapy will develop a weakening of the heart, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2017.

Florida Hospital has outstanding clinical programs, and we are pleased to support initiatives that further enhance their services and provide Central Floridians vital care,” said Ligia Cravo, senior program officer at the Hearst Foundations.

The new initiative launched at Florida Hospital Orlando and Florida Hospital Altamonte and is expected to expand to the Apopka and Celebration campuses in the upcoming months.

The Hearst Foundations’ grant also includes ongoing support of Florida Hospital’s Heart Care Center — a program that seeks to improve the cardiovascular health of underserved and uninsured heart patients in Central Florida.

Content courtesy of Florida Hospital

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