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AdventHealth brings only inpatient hospital to Winter Garden

Leaders and community members came together March 14th, 2019 to break ground on a 100-bed inpatient pavilion at AdventHealth Winter Garden — the only inpatient facility to serve the fast-growing community.

The seven-story, approximately 300,000-square-foot building will complement the existing 24-bed emergency room and medical office building on the site at 2000 Fowler Grove Blvd.

“West Orange County is an area of high growth with tremendous demand for increased access to health care services. We want to make health care convenient and simple for consumers, and that means providing care close to home,” said Carl Dupper, CEO of AdventHealth Winter Garden. “We want to partner with our neighbors and help them lead a life of wholeness — body, mind, and spirit. We believe the growing AdventHealth ecosystem in west Orange County, which includes primary care, specialists and other services, will help equip residents to lead their healthiest lives.”

Since opening in February 2016, the AdventHealth Winter Garden emergency room has seen tens of thousands of patients — illustrating the strong and growing demand for health care services in West Orange County. The ER is expected to have treated more than 100,000 patients by the end of 2019.

“AdventHealth has had a very positive impact on Winter Garden, and we look forward to the arrival of inpatient services here in our community,” said Winter Garden Mayor John Rees. “Our community is a magnet for growth in a variety of areas, and health care is a key driver of that growth.”

The expansion is expected to create 700 hospital jobs with an annual average wage of $64,480. Total employment is projected at 5,509 people, including direct, indirect and induced jobs.

The inpatient pavilion is expected to open in 2021.


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The Hidden Superpowers of Nurses

Every day, these selfless superheroes support patients by cheering on their recovery and rallying around their journey to whole health. If you’ve ever received care from a nurse, then you understand firsthand the hidden superpowers they possess.

Healing Power
Nurses are a crucial part of your health care team. They administer medicine, help make you comfortable and ensure you get the care you need. But nurses care for much more than your physical health. They help restore you to whole health.

Spending time in a hospital or managing a chronic condition is taxing on your body, mind and spirit. Nurses are there for you — every step of the way. They go above and beyond their call of duty to connect you with the resources you need to feel better, and go out of their way to spend time and connect with you.

It’s in those little moments that the magic often happens — that you feel the warmth, love and support from someone who’s in this with you. There’s no medicine that a doctor can prescribe — and no therapy to complete — that can help restore your faith and positivity the way a nurse can.

Superhuman Strength
When the going gets tough, nurses are there by your side. They tap into a superhuman physical, mental and spiritual strength to get you and your family through some of your toughest times. They can power through physical and emotionally draining times, and they share that strength with others so that, together, you become stronger and ready to take on whatever comes next.

Endurance That Defies the Odds
Nurses can call on their endurance to make it through long shifts, lengthy to-do lists, and heavy responsibilities. Even more impressive, they don’t let their patients know how tired or tapped out they are. They continue to provide the highest-quality care to each and every patient they encounter — no matter how long they’ve been on their feet or what they’ve already experienced on their shift — so you or your loved one can feel your best.

X-Ray Vision
Your nurse is often aware of your needs before you even realize them yourself. The first to know when something in your health changes (or is about to change), your nurse connects with your doctor to ensure you get the care you need when you need it. It’s a unique way nurses can see through every situation and make a difference in your health and wellness.

Infinite Empathy
A nurse’s ability to connect with patients and support them on their journey is its own superpower. Day in and day out, nurses work with children, adults, families, parents, siblings, and spouses to help them cope with a diagnosis, manage treatment and find the strength to carry on. Without a nurse by your side, the journey to whole health would likely feel impossible.

Thank You, Nurses
Nurses show these superpowers every single day but will be the first to tell you they’re just doing their job. Today, celebrate National Nurses Week by thanking a nurse for all they’ve done for you and your family, and recognize them for the superheroes they truly are.

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AdventHealth Plans Lake Nona ER

AdventHealth is expanding its care network in southeast Orlando, with plans for an emergency room in Lake Nona.

The ER will have 24 patient rooms (including two pediatric-friendly rooms to make visits less stressful for young patients); respiratory therapy; diagnostic imaging, including CT scans, X-ray and ultrasound; and a full-service laboratory.

The one-story, approximately 19,000-square-foot facility will be staffed by a comprehensive clinical team including board-certified emergency physicians and emergency nurses. The ER will employ a team of approximately 100 people.

The ER is part of a larger effort to bring emergency care close to home for residents across Central Florida, no matter where they live. Construction began in 2018 on AdventHealth ERs in Waterford Lakes and Oviedo. Both facilities are expected to open later this year.

“We are excited to announce we will be adding this ER to our expanding network of care,” said Jeff Villanueva, CEO of AdventHealth’s East Orlando market. “The Lake Nona area will be expanding quickly in the years ahead, and we want to keep pace with the needs of the community. Placing an ER in Lake Nona will give residents an easy, convenient way to access the entire AdventHealth network.”

The emergency room will be located at Lake Nona Boulevard and Narcoossee Road. A groundbreaking is planned for this summer, with the ER expected to open in spring 2020.

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AdventHealth Signals a New Beginning in Health Care

One of the nation’s largest faith-based health systems, with 47 hospital campuses in nine states, officially has a new name – AdventHealth. The name change for the organization formally known as Adventist Health System is part of a systemwide brand transformation to become a more consumer-centric, connected and identifiable national system of care, enabling consumers to easily distinguish locations and services across its vast care network, which serves more than 5 million patients annually.

An answer to the fragmentation and complexity of the industry that has made it increasingly more difficult for consumers to navigate the health care landscape over the years, all of the organization’s wholly owned hospitals and more than 1,200 care sites now carry the AdventHealth name and logo, with a brand promise to help consumers feel whole.

“This is a historic day for our organization, and I can’t be more excited about the direction we are heading,” said Terry Shaw, president/CEO for AdventHealth. “Our facilities and team members are galvanized around one name, brand, and mission, and in doing this, we will deliver on our promise of wholeness and make the health journey easier for consumers.”

AdventHealth, which is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is an expression of the church’s health care ministry. The new name conveys an expectation of things to come in health care, while also drawing a strong connection to the organization’s rich Seventh-day Adventist roots. The AdventHealth logo is a symbol of wholeness that illustrates the breadth and diversity of a connected system of care, and at its core is the cross, which is at the center of the organization’s work.

“More than 150 years after the Adventist health care ministry began, we are proud to carry on this legacy as AdventHealth to provide healing, express love and impart hope upon those we encounter on our sacred mission to deliver Christ-centered, whole-person care,” said Gary Thurber, board chairman for AdventHealth.

As part of the brand transformation, AdventHealth has launched a new, consumer-centric website, www.AdventHealth.com. Complete with a new easy-to-navigate user interface, the website features enhanced search functionality, appointment scheduling capabilities, self-service billing and payment options and helpful content for health care consumers.

Ahead of the brand initiative, the organization introduced a unique internal culture and service initiative called “The Whole Care Experience,” which aligned 60,000 team members to deliver consistently on its mission, vision, values and service standards. Publicly, a comprehensive, four-month transition campaign featured AdventHealth digital, print and television advertising.

“We have a legacy grounded in faith, and a mission powered by thousands of dedicated and compassionate team members,” said Shaw. “Historically, we have consisted of about 30 brands. Now, united as AdventHealth under one brand promise, we are striving to provide preeminent whole-person care, focused on helping consumers seamlessly navigate from one care setting to the next and committed to never discharging anyone from our care. This is how we will fulfill our mission and be a beacon of light in the communities we serve.”

Going forward, consumers can expect to see new AdventHealth signage at hospitals and other facilities. A national campaign featuring the “feel whole” message is also underway in markets across the country. In addition, several major partnerships will prominently feature the AdventHealth brand, including the AdventHealth Training Center, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ training facility; and DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth, which is highlighted by the 61stannual DAYTONA 500.

The name change is not the result of a merger or acquisition, and the health system’s mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, affiliation with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, ownership and business structure remain the same.

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Florida Hospital ranked #1 by the Orlando Business Journal for Healthiest Employers

Florida Hospital’s Creation Health Employees is the department responsible for creating a culture of health within the hospital system and inspiring employees to improve their health: mind, body, and spirit.

It offers several wellness options for employees, ranging from preventive initiatives — like walking challenges, sleep education, stress education, financial education and courses focused on interpersonal relationships and trust — to chronic condition management dealing with issues of weight and/or diabetes.

Specific core program elements focus on whole person health and include culture, prevention, behavioral interventions and chronic condition management such as:

  • An eight-hour experience based on choice, rest, environment, activity, trust, interpersonal relationships, outlook, and nutrition.
  • Web-based walking challenges throughout the year
  • A couch-to-5K training program designed for employees with sedentary lifestyles
  • Weight Watchers & Weight Watchers for Diabetes
  • A personalized weight management program by a care team of specialists and physicians
  • Complete health improvement program
  • Diabetes care program

Read more here.

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Florida Hospital Orlando, Apopka earn national award for quality

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Florida Hospital Apopka and Florida Hospital Orlando were named a 2018 Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group.

Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospitals’ “A” hospital safety grade, also from the Leapfrog Group.

“We are honored to be recognized for our dedication to clinical excellence,” said Daryl Tol, president, and CEO of Florida Hospital and Adventist Health System’s Central Florida Division. “We applaud our team members for their hard work and commitment to delivering quality, compassionate care enabling us to extend the healing ministry of Christ.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Florida Hospital Apopka and Florida Hospital Orlando received a 2018 Top Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:

• 13 Top Children’s Hospitals
• 35 Top General Hospitals
• 17 Top Rural Hospitals
• 53 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Florida Hospital has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Central Florida requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff, and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve the highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Florida Hospital
Opened in 1908, Florida Hospital is a faith-based institution focused on providing whole person care. It is one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country, caring for more than two million patient visits per year — more than any other hospital in the country, according to the American Hospital Association. Florida Hospital stretches across the state with 26 hospitals, more than 4,600 patient beds, and more than 32,000 employees. It includes the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, dozens of outpatient facilities and Centra Care urgent care locations throughout Central Florida.

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Florida Hospital Celebration Health achieves Magnet® recognition

Florida Hospital Celebration Health attained Magnet recognition as a testament to its dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice.

Receiving Magnet recognition is a great achievement for Florida Hospital Celebration Health, as it now belongs to the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Only 6.65 percent of   U.S. health care organizations —  419 out of over 6,300 U.S. hospitals — have achieved Magnet recognition.

“Magnet recognition is a tremendous honor and reflects our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to this community,” said Doug Harcombe, administrator of Florida Hospital Celebration Health. “To earn Magnet recognition is a great accomplishment and an incredible source of pride for our nurses. Our achievement of this credential underscores the foundation of excellence and values that drive our entire staff to strive harder each day to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judge’s health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

To achieve initial Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit, and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

Health care organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.

An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its initial recognition.

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Florida Hospital breaks ground on emergency department to serve Waterford Lakes area

Florida Hospital leaders broke ground today on an emergency department that will expand the health care system’s network to better serve residents of Waterford Lakes and surrounding communities in east Orange County.

The emergency department will have 24 patient rooms (including two pediatric-friendly rooms to make ER visits less stressful for young patients); respiratory therapy; diagnostic imaging, including CT scans, X-ray and ultrasound; and a full-service laboratory.

The facility will be staffed by a comprehensive clinical team including board-certified emergency physicians and emergency nurses.

“We are pleased to add this ER to our expanding network of care across Central Florida,” said Jeff Villanueva, CEO of Florida Hospital East Orlando. “The UCF area is growing fast, and we are growing along with the community. Our mission is to make our patients feel whole — by treating the mind, body, and spirit — in a setting that’s close to home.”

The approximately 19,000-square-foot facility, which is slated to open in summer 2019, will be known as AdventHealth Waterford Lakes ER.

The emergency department will be located at the intersection of Colonial Drive and Lake Pickett Road.

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Florida Hospital Kissimmee plans surgical expansion, celebrates 25 years serving health needs of Osceola

Florida Hospital Kissimmee will soon break ground on a new expansion, which will bring a modern surgical suite and expanded services to Osceola County.

The 27,000-square-foot surgical suite will start with four operating rooms, with the capacity to add more to accommodate future growth. The operating rooms will feature state-of-the-art lighting, camera, and recording capabilities.  Robotic services are planned as well.

“This expansion is part of a journey of growth over the last several years to meet the area’s health-care needs,” said Florida Hospital Kissimmee CEO, Sheila Rankin. “It demonstrates our commitment to bring wholeness to the Kissimmee community, today and for years to come.”

The project coincides with the hospital celebrating its 25th anniversary as part of the Florida Hospital system, and it caps a series of recent upgrades. In 2014, the hospital opened an expanded Emergency Room, followed by an 80-bed patient tower in 2015 and a cath lab in 2016.  The most recent of these updates is a new, on-site retail pharmacy, scheduled to open in December 2018.

“We are always working to provide more services locally, resulting in our patients getting care closer to home, in their community,” Rankin said. “We are proud of our 25-year legacy of bringing whole-person health to the people of Osceola County, and this expansion positions us to continue that care well into the future.”
Official groundbreaking on the project will occur this month, with completion expected in September 2019. ESa is the architect, and Brasfield & Gorrie is the general contractor.

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Florida Hospital Orlando’s ECMO program named a Center of Excellence Gold by ELSO

Florida Hospital Orlando’s ECMO program was recently named a Center of Excellence Gold by ELSO – Extracorporeal Life Support Organization. Our program is one of only two adult ECMO programs in the state of Florida recognized by ELSO as a Center of Excellence Gold and is in the top 10% for ECMO volumes in the entire country. We share the award with our Pediatric ECMO program.