EAST Central Coast Healthcare Guide will include the official Volusia County Medical Society Members..

Dear VCMS Members and ECCHGC Advertisers:

Exciting changes have been happening at Heritage Publishing, Inc. (HPI) and I am pleased to announce the 2021-2022 East Central Coast Healthcare Guide (ECCHC) will also include the official Volusia County Medical Society (VCMS) Membership Directory.

HPI has a strong history with other Medical Societies, having partnered with these prestigious organizations since 2004. VCMS is a non-profit organization, established in 1902, comprised of nearly 300 physicians who work or live in Volusia County and represent the interest of physicians in the area.

For ease of use, ECCHCG will identify VCMS members as “active VCMS Members” and the current VCMS Membership Directory content will be incorporated into the editorial content for the 2021-2022 edition. This new information will be in addition to the cutting-edge articles, comprehensive physician information and NPI numbers that have been a part of the healthcare guide for 20 years.

HPI has been proudly producing ECCHCG and other publications since 1996.  As always, the guide is scheduled to publish in early June 2021 with our advertising sales campaign concluding on April 30, 2021.

I wanted to thank Volusia County Medical Society Officers and Executive Committee for selecting HPI as their publisher. I look forward to a long and successful relationship.

 

Cordially,

Marzoug (Mark) Al-Amad | Publisher & President
Heritage Publishing, Inc.

Baptist Health purchases VyStar Credit Union building to create new health and wellness center on Fl..

86,000-square-foot facility will complement Baptist Clay’s new full-service hospital

Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 7, 2021— Baptist Health has purchased the VyStar Credit Union property located at 2310 Village Square Parkway on Fleming Island. The facility is adjacent to the existing Baptist Clay Medical Campus, which is currently expanding to become a full-service 100-bed hospital opening in the fall of 2022.

“With VyStar’s 11 additional acres, our new hospital will encompass more than 40 acres, giving us room to expand to meet the health needs of the growing Clay County community,” said Darin Roark, hospital president for Baptist Clay. “We are grateful to VyStar for providing us with the opportunity to expand our campus.”

Baptist Clay will renovate the 86,000-square-foot VyStar complex to create Baptist HealthPlace at Fleming Island, a health, wellness and medical complex which is expected to open in the fall of 2021. HealthPlace will have a wealth of health and wellness services, including Baptist Health primary care physicians and a variety of specialists.

HealthPlace will also have a Baptist Center for Healthy Living, which will provide personalized health coaching and assistance in navigating health care solutions, such as coordinating appointments and finding the right physicians and resources to live healthier lives.

Baptist Health announced plans for its new hospital in Clay County in early 2020. The 300,000-square-foot, full-service hospital will open with 100 beds, including women’s services and enhanced cardiology services. The hospital will be designed with modern features, including placing diagnostic equipment near the ICU for patients who need it the most, and corridors designed with calming LED lighting, and centralized staff services to minimize noise.

These services are in addition to those already existing at the Baptist Clay Campus in Fleming Island, which opened in May of 2013, and includes an adult ER, a Wolfson Children’s Hospital ER, an ambulatory surgery center, specialty services, and imaging.

Baptist Health is investing $200 million to build the new hospital, which will create 700 new jobs in Clay County.

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About Baptist Health

Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; Baptist Clay Medical Campus and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital.  All Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have achieved Magnet™ status for excellence in patient care. Baptist Health is part of Coastal Community Health, a highly integrated regional hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. Baptist Health has the area’s only dedicated heart hospital; orthopedic institute; women’s services; neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services, a comprehensive stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; urgent care services; and primary and specialty care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida. The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a regional destination for multidisciplinary cancer care which is clinically integrated with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Houston. For more details, visit baptistjax.com.

New HealthPlace On Demand app makes virtual doctor visits more convenient than ever, 24/7

Baptist Health’s new app makes connecting with a doctor easy, anytime

Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 18, 2020 – As consumers grow more comfortable using telehealth technology for their medical needs, Baptist Health is introducing a new app, HealthPlace On Demand, powered by Telescope Health. The HealthPlace On Demand app connects patients 24/7 via video chat to trusted, board-certified ER and family physicians.

“Virtual doctor visits increased during COVID-19, and we see that trend continuing,” said Brett McClung, FACHE, President and CEO of Baptist Health. “Consumers want to see a doctor on their terms, when they need one. We want to meet their health and healthcare needs in ways that are most convenient to them. HealthPlace On Demand allows patients to see a doctor wherever they are.”

Medical care is provided by the same trusted physicians who provide care in Baptist Health Emergency Centers. Adults and children can be evaluated by a doctor online through the new app, and if needed, a prescription can be sent to the patient’s pharmacy. The cost of a HealthPlace On Demand visit is a flat fee of $69.

Through the HealthPlace On Demand app, local physicians treat many common conditions, such as:

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Colds and flu
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Pink eye
  • Rashes, skin infections, bug bites
  • Respiratory infections
  • Sore/Strep throat
  • Sprains and strains
  • Urinary problems/UTIs

One of the reasons Baptist Health has introduced HealthPlace On Demand is so patients won’t delay care, which usually causes conditions to worsen and sometimes become chronic.

“No one plans for an illness or injury — we’ve all experienced the sudden onset of a cold or sinus infection. This new app provides a reliable and convenient option to get medical care immediately,” said Matthew Rill, MD, cofounder and COO of Telescope Health. “The physicians who provide care through HealthPlace On Demand work with Baptist Health caregivers to ensure coordination and seamless care.”

HealthPlace On Demand is now available at BaptistHealthPlace.com or by downloading the app from Google Play or Apple App Store. Creating an account is free and the app is HIPAA compliant.

Learn more at BaptistHealthPlace.com. 

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About Baptist Health
Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; Baptist Clay Medical Campus and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital.  All Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have achieved Magnet™ status for excellence in patient care. Baptist Health is part of Coastal Community Health, a highly integrated regional hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. Baptist Health has the area’s only dedicated heart hospital; orthopedic institute; women’s services; neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services, a comprehensive stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; urgent care services; and primary and specialty care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida. The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a regional destination for multidisciplinary cancer care which is clinically integrated with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Houston. For more details, visit baptistjax.com.

 Please note: For serious life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or go the closest emergency room.

Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide 2020 is Here!

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Jacksonville & Northeast Florida Healthcare Guide™ (JHCG), presented in partnership with the Duval County Medical Society (DCMS) as well as affiliated medical societies for Clay and Nassau counties.

As always, this publication contains up-to-date information for directory listings, legislative news, new technology, along with local hospital news and updates. This edition of JHCG delves into the Telehealth rise as result with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. We cover topics including the scope of practice expansions in Florida, the booming healthcare industry in Northeast Florida and dive into some history of Jacksonville’s first hospital.

Additionally, this guide contains our Green Pages™ section, a comprehensive, easy-to-read directory. The Green Pages include listings of physicians by specialty, area hospitals, ancillary and other healthcare providers and services, and color-coded identifiers to mark Medical Society members. The listings include National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers, if available, for further convenience. New feature was added to identify providers that offer telehealth service with telehealth icon. 

Our goal is to present the most current information in our publication. However, if your listing needs to be corrected for next year, please let us know. Changes can be submitted on our website at https://heritagepublishinginc.com/update-listing.

Distribution for the healthcare guide will commence on October 5th, 2020 and will be handled by Cosmic Distribution Services (CDS) and will be ongoing for a period of 90 days until all five counties are covered and copies are delivered.  Please be on the lookout for your mailed copies and deliveries. 

If you would like to request additional copies, please contact us at 904-296-1304. You may also email your order directly to accounting@heritagepublishinginc.com.

Due to COVID-19 and accessibility of our delivery team, there may be some delay in delivering the book. If you would like to pick up your copies, please come by our office during normal business hours. My staff and I will be more than happy to provide you with your requested copies of the JHCG.

Finally, I encourage you to support our valued advertisers. Without their participation, this publication would not be possible. We greatly appreciate their partnership.

Cordially,

Marzoug (Mark) Al-Amad | Publisher & President
Heritage Publishing, Inc.

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MPP Infusion Centers® Announces Great News for Florida Blue Subscribers

MPP Infusion Centers®, a Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory infusion services provider, announced today that all MPP Florida locations, effective August 1st, are fully contracted with Florida Blue.  MPP Infusion Centers® located in Jacksonville, Orlando, Kissimmee and Port St. Lucie can provide services to Florida Blue subscribers on an In-Network basis for all PPO, HMO and Medicare Advantage plans. 

Utilization of specialty infusion biologic medications prescribed to treat chronic, complex diseases including osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, gout, asthma, and other autoimmune disorders is on the rise.  Central to MPP’s mission to meet the growing demand for infusion drug therapy is to provide a high quality, unparalleled patient experience in the most cost-effective location.  MPP President and Founder Ellen Davis says, “our infusion centers intentionally focus on offering a very different atmosphere from a hospital or cancer center by providing access to safe, convenient, comfortable treatment separate from acutely ill patients; an important distinction for patients managing chronic diseases in an out-patient environment requiring very little non-essential interaction with others.”

“Partnering with Florida Blue, in our Florida markets, allows us to provide expanded access to care for thousands of Florida residents that trust Florida Blue for health insurance benefits,” stated Mrs. Davis. “We could not be happier to bring our customized infusion services to these communities and look forward to expanding into additional regions with Florida Blue.”

MPP Infusion Centers® was founded over 10 years ago by Ellen Davis, a long-time infusion patient, who had very few treatment options when beginning therapy. MPP Infusion Centers®, currently provides industry-leading care in Florida, Colorado and Texas, with additional states in their development pipeline.     

To learn more about MPP Infusion Centers, please visit the website at www.mppinfusion.com or call one of our patient care navigators at 720-902-4111. 

Local County Medical Societies Unify Under Single Organization

ORLANDO – The Orange County Medical Society, Inc. (OCMS) and Seminole County Medical Society (SCMS) are pleased to announce their unification creating a singular physician organization in Central Florida, the Physicians Society of Central Florida (PSCF) that will represent the interests of physicians practicing in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.
“This will be remembered as an historic moment for organized medicine in the region with the coming together of these two organizations that have such a long and proud history. It is bold move but also an obvious evolution as we strive to meet the needs of our physician members throughout this growing region”, noted Ryan Hall, M.D., President of the Seminole County Medical Society.

Dr. Darin Wolfe, President of the Orange County Medical Society added, “The goals of this merger are to provide physicians with a unified vision and strategic advantage as we address the needs of our members and the future of our profession. The merger will provide us with unprecedented focus on regional politics, regional health care needs, practice management tools and resources, and a singular focus on steadfastly supporting the interests of physicians throughout this community.”

The Orange County Medical Society was founded in 1906 while the Seminole County Medical Society was founded in 1927. The Osceola County Medical Society has been inactive in recent years.

Dr. Darin Wolfe has been elected as the initial President of the Physicians Society of Central Florida. The Board of Directors for the new organization will be comprised of existing physician leaders from Orange and Seminole County as well as Deborah German, M.D., Dean of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, and Joan Meek, M.D., M.S., Dean of the Florida State University College of Medicine. The Board of Directors also includes regional representatives and local Medical Students and Residents.

Both leaders stressed that while the name of the associations are going to change, the mission of the new organization will remain to promote access to quality medicine, a competitive marketplace to promote quality and lower costs, and to advance the practice of medicine in our community. The organizations will merge their charitable efforts under the Physicians Society of Central Florida Foundation and will expand their Political Action Committee to include a focus on candidates for office throughout the region.

About the Physicians Society of Central Florida (PSCF)
The PSCF was founded in 2019 as collaboration between the Orange and Seminole County Medical Societies. The PSCF represents over 900 allopathic and osteopathic physicians, residents, and medical students in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County. Our mission is to advocate for the highest quality of health care, while ensuring freedom of choice, and access to affordable medical care.

Physicians Society of Central Florida
522 S. Hunt Club Blvd #412, Apopka, FL 32703
Phone: 844-234-7800
pscfl.org

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