Orlando Health Board of Directors Appoints Two New Members







“We are delighted to have Brian and David join us as directors of the Orlando Health organization,” said Board Chairman Linda Chapin.  “As members of the Board, their experience and commitment to the community will provide valuable insight as we continue efforts to move Orlando Health forward as a leading provider of quality health care and a major contributor to the financial health of Central Florida.”

Brian Besanceney is senior vice president of Walt Disney World Public Affairs and Worldwide Government and Industry Relations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He oversees media relations, internal communications, executive communications and community relations for Walt Disney World Resort, as well as government and industry relations for the company's worldwide vacation and travel businesses.

C. David Brown, II, is chairman of the statewide law firm Broad and Cassel.  His professional career has focused on domestic and international corporate, government and real estate transactions.   

Mr. Besanceney and Mr. Brown are the newest members of the Orlando Health Board of Directors which includes Mrs. Chapin, Lennard Greenbaum, MD; Jamal Hakim, MD; Joshua High, Kathy Johnson, Marilyn M. King, Harvey Kobrin, Rex V. McPherson, II; Dianna Morgan, Mark Sand, MD; Ray Sandhagen, Conrad Santiago, Sherrie Sitarik, Orlando Health president/CEO; Sanford C. Shugart, Ph.D. and Craig Ustler.  Orlando Health’s Board has fiduciary responsibility for the success of the organization -- both the quality of care and financial viability.  Board members work toward fulfillment of the mission and goals of Orlando Health by participating, deliberating, and making decisions that are in the best interest of the organization.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Orlando Health, Mr. Besanceney is a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce International Business Committee.  Prior to joining Disney, Mr. Besanceney served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the U.S. Department of State.  Previously, he also served as assistant secretary of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as deputy White House communications director and special assistant to President George W. Bush. A graduate of The Ohio State University, he currently resides in Winter Park, Fl., with his wife and two children.

Mr. Brown serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Florida.  He is an active member of the Florida Council of 100 serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Mr. Brown also serves on the Board of Directors for CVS/Caremark and is a member of their Executive Committee.  He also serves on Rayonier's (RYN) Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Audit
Committee and the Compensation and Management Development Committee.

The Florida native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida.  He has two daughters and resides in Windermere, Fl. with his wife, Wanda.

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a $1.7 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of hospitals and care centers in the Orlando region.  The organization, which includes the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals.  They are: Orlando Regional Medical Center; Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children; Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies; Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; South Seminole Hospital; South Lake Hospital (50 percent partnership); St. Cloud Regional Medical Center (20 percent partnership) and MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando – the first affiliate of one of the nation’s premier cancer centers The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  Orlando Health’s areas of clinical excellence are heart and vascular, cancer care, neurosciences, surgery, pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatology, and obstetrics and gynecology.

Orlando Health is Central Florida’s fifth largest employer with nearly 14,000 employees and more than 2,000 affiliated physicians, all of whom support our philosophy of providing high quality care and service when it matters most.  We prove this everyday with over 100,000 inpatient admissions and more than 600,000 outpatient visits each year.   In all, Orlando Health serves 1.6 million Central Florida residents and nearly 3,000 international patients annually.  Additionally, Orlando Health provides approximately $198 million in support of community health needs.  More information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.




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HARBOR HOUSE UNVEILS NATION’S FIRST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SCREENING APP




powerful screening tools that help identify victims of domestic abuse and direct them to the help they need.

Nationally,

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.


“Domestic abuse is a chronic and potentially life-threatening condition that is both preventable and treatable,” said Carol Wick, Harbor House CEO. “We created this app because we know that screening for domestic violence and referring victims to advocacy services results in fewer violence-related injuries and saves lives.”

The R3 App, which stands for Recognize, Respond and Refer, is the first mobile domestic violence screening tool in the U.S. and the leverages the HITS process created 13 years ago by Kevin Sherin, Director of the Orange County (Fla.) Health Department.

HITS uses four screening questions to assess if a patient has been a victim of abuse:

Over the last 12 months, how often did your partner:

  • Physically hurt you?
  • Insult you or talk down to you?
  • Threaten you with physical harm?
  • Scream or curse at you?

Using the new app, health professionals will ask patients to respond to each of these questions using a 5-point scale: never (1), rarely, sometimes, fairly often, and frequently (5). Score values range from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 20. A score over 13 will alert a professional to offer help to the patient, and allow the screener to access the contact information for the nearest domestic violence shelter in America by simply entering a zip code.

Florida Hospital, who provided the funding to help develop the R3 App, will be among the first to equip its medical teams with the screening tool.

“There are a significant number of domestic abuse cases that go undetected in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms across the country, and we felt compelled to help mobilize what we know to be a highly effective screening process,” said Rich Morrison, Regional Vice President Government Relations and Public Affairs at Florida Hospital. “We truly believe this app will help save thousands, if not millions of lives.”

Wick sees opportunity for the R3 App well beyond the obvious hospital and doctor office outlets.

“I’d love to see the day when EMTs and other emergency personnel not only in America but around the world use the R3 App to offer assistance to anyone in need,” Wick added. “Our plans are to offer a Spanish version of the app in the near future, and I hope to hear from other countries about how they can deploy this tool.”

The app is available at no charge via iTunes and the Android
marketplace.

About Harbor House

Harbor House is Orange County's only state-certified domestic violence facility and seeks to eliminate domestic violence in Central Florida by providing safety, shelter, empowerment, education and justice. Harbor House provides safe shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, and emotional support, and legal advocacy for thousands of domestic violence survivors and their children each year. Harbor House also prepares survivors for re-entry into the community - connecting them to resources that will enable them to live independently, safely and peacefully. For more information, please visit www.harborhousefl.com

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 a million patient visits per year – more than any other hospital in the country, according to the American Hospital Association. The more than 2,000-bed system is comprised of eight hospitals, including the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, 30 outpatient facilities and 20 Centra Care locations throughout Central Florida. Florida Hospital provides a wide range of health services, including many nationally and internationally recognized programs in cardiology, cancer, women’s medicine, neurosciences, diabetes, orthopedics, pediatrics and advanced surgical programs. Florida Hospital is a designated statutory teaching hospital and also trains physicians from all around the world on the newest technologies. For more information, please visit www.floridahospital.com.

About Echo

Founded in late 2008 by Carlos Carbonell and Mat Gaver, Echo Interaction Group is the leading mobile application and interactive media development company in Central Florida. With expertise working across several different verticals nationwide – including gaming, banking, nonprofit, government and real estate – Echo provides top-to-bottom services for the conception, strategy, marketing, and development of mobile applications for iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. The company has achieved several accomplishments – including winning the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry's "Best App" award – and pioneered the development of the first-ever mobile applications for voter registration, as well as for the building manufacturing and residential condominium industries. Currently, Echo is deeply entrenched in brand gamification via mobile and creating applications for municipal and federal government. For more information, please visit: www.justecho.com




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The Nicholson Center Opens New Training and Education Institute






WHAT: The Nicholson Center is officially opening its new 54,000-square-foot facility where physicians from around the world will learn how to use the latest minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques to improve patient outcomes. As more patients research surgical       advancements for their own medical care, more are demanding that their physicians perform minimally invasive procedures that reduce hospital stay and increase precision. This state-of-the-art education and training institute contains the most advanced medical technology and a full conference center equipped to provide tele-mentoring and instructional surgical training for up to 500 physicians on-site and to broadcast surgical training sessions to facilities around the world. The new Nicholson Center is expected to train over 20,000 clinical learners each year.

BKGND: Since 2001, the Nicholson Center has been housed inside Florida Hospital Celebration Health. In those 10 years, more than 43,000 surgeons have been trained at this facility making it one of the largest medical education centers of its kind in the world. Training surgeons to use minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques helps physicians increase the quality of care for their patients.

I-VIEW / VISUALS: Interview, photo and video opportunities available, including:

• Watch surgeons from around the country in training to learn the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques.
• Interview a surgeon in training, an instructor, and the administrator of the Nicholson Center.
• Sit in the surgeon’s seat and operate the daVinci robot.

WHEN: Thursday, October 6, 2011 -10:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Nicholson Center - Meet in the Nicholson Center lobby
404 Celebration Place
Celebration, FL 34747

**The Nicholson Center is directly behind Florida Hospital Celebration Health**

CONTACT: Call Florida Hospital Media Relations for more information or to RSVP at 407-303-8217.
www.FloridaHospitalNews.co


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Florida Hospital Nicholson Center Collaborates With Military Grand Funds





Florida Hospital’s Nicholson Center is making strides to create that curriculum through a collaboration of robotic surgery experts from around the country. It is all part of the Nicholson Center’s $4.2 million Department of Defense (DOD) Grant that is being used to revolutionize civilian and military capabilities in surgical robotic research.

One of the three pillars to the grant is to create a standardized robotic surgery curriculum across all specialties. That process began recently with a Consensus Conference at Florida Hospital’s Nicholson Center. This two day conference consisted of 20 robotic surgeons across the specialties of gynecology, urology, gastroenterology and cardio-thoracic robotic surgery. These surgeons were selected from within their respective medical societies to join this Consensus Conference group and develop this curriculum.

“We made great strides in coming up with a standard curriculum for robotic surgery,” said Roger Smith, PhD, Florida Hospital Nicholson Center Chief Technology Officer. “We have come to an agreement on the tasks that future surgeons need to master before they are allowed to perform robotic surgery. There is more that must be decided and approved, but this was an excellent first step.”
“This was an excellent milestone for robotic surgery,” said Dr. Richard Satava, Professor of Surgery, University of Washington and representative of the Minimally Invasive Robotics Association (MIRA). “The Consensus Conference brought together some of the most respected physicians from the relevant medical societies to standardize the education received by robotic surgeons.”

Other than the robotic surgery curriculum, there are two additional pillars of the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center DOD Grant. The grant calls for the identification of the best robotic surgery simulator for the military to deploy to a combat zone and exploring advances in telesurgery. Telesurgery is the ability use a robot to perform surgery in one location while the patient is in a remote location.
Florida Hospital’s Nicholson Center was established in 2001 as a global training and education institute. Since its inception, more than 35,000 physicians have used the Center for training in the newest surgical techniques and technologies. The state-of-the-art technologies at the Center are designed to improve patient care and provide access to training.


Robotic surgery is one of the fastest growing surgical techniques in the United States, yet there is not board approved curriculum to certify that a physicians can perform basic robotic surgery.
Come see where physicians from around the world learn how to perform the latest minimally invasive techniques patients are demanding
Orlando Health today announced the appointment of Walt Disney World executive Brian Besanceney and Broad and Cassel Chairman, C. David Brown, II, to its Board of Directors.
A new mobile app from Harbor House of Central Florida is working to turn smartphones and i-pads in hospitals and doctors’ offices into
Chief Operating Officer Appointed For Poinciana Medical Center




Conley has served as the Associate Chief Operating Officer and Ethics and Compliance Officer at Osceola Regional Medical Center since 2009. She took an active role in daily operations, construction management, and ethics and compliance leadership. Conley has been in healthcare leadership for over eight years with previous experience in hospital strategic planning at Mission Hospitals in Asheville, North Carolina.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Joanna to this important new position. She has played a key role at Osceola Regional Medical Center. Joanna’s solid track record, impressive accomplishments and experience made her the ideal candidate and will benefit Poinciana Medical Center tremendously,” said Kathryn J. Gillette, Chief Executive Officer of Osceola Regional Medical Center.

Conley’s initial responsibilities as the Chief Operating Officer include connecting with the Poinciana community and local businesses. She will oversee the construction of Poinciana Medical Center and will work to enhance the availability of medical services in the area. HCA’s total investment in the medical center is $65 million, and once fully operational in the next 18 months, it will employ 200 people.

Board certified in healthcare management, Conley is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was awarded the North Carolina ACHE Early Careerist of the Year Award in 2007. Conley received a Master of Business Administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction in Public Health, Health Policy and Administration with Honors, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Distinction in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Conley is a graduate of Leadership Osceola County, a member of the Junior League of Greater Orlando, and serves on the board of the Downtown Kissimmee Area Council. She was also recently recognized as an Osceola Woman Magazine 40 under 40 Honoree.

About Osceola Regional Medical Center:

Osceola Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art hospital offering services which include: a 24-hour Emergency Department & Pediatric ER, 24-hour Obstetrician (OB) Coverage/Baby Suites Maternity Unit; Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Pediatrics; Accredited Chest Pain Center; Certified Primary Stroke Center; Robotics, Orthopedic and Spine Center; Wound Healing Center; Kissimmee Physical Therapy Center; complete diagnostic, imaging and testing services at the Osceola Imaging and the Breast Care Center. The hospital features a premier multi-million dollar, cardiac care tower housing The Central Florida Cardiac & Vascular Institute. The Institute offers advanced comprehensive heart care from diagnostics and treatment, including minimally invasive cardiac and vascular surgery to cardiac rehabilitation. Visit www.OsceolaRegional.com for more information.

About Poinciana Medical Center:

Poinciana Medical Center will be a two‐story, 101,000 square foot building with 24 private medical-surgical beds and a six-bed ICU. In support of both inpatient and outpatient care, the facility will provide a full range of acute care services including emergency care, diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient surgery, cardiac catheterization, laboratory, pharmacy, and a full range of support services.


Poinciana Medical Center announced that Joanna J. Conley, FACHE has been appointed as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.
Arnold Palmer Hospital Opens New Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation Center







Americans with Disabilities Act and includes a number of unique features to meet the needs of patients from birth up to 21 years of age. 

Patients at the new rehabilitation center will have access to two separate waiting rooms, including one for patients requiring low stimulation, three large gyms, a rock-climbing wall, and a wheelchair seating and positioning clinic. It is staffed by a number of specialists, including a pediatric physiatrist, six physical therapists, six occupational therapists, six speech-language pathologists, an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, and certified translators. Therapists at the new rehab center are certified in serial casting, neuro-developmental treatment, oral-motor treatment, and assistive technology.

“The design and floor plan for this new rehab center were developed with a great deal of input from our doctors and therapists,” states John Dimino, manager of pediatric rehabilitation at Arnold Palmer Hospital. “All aspects of the center were developed to meet the specific needs of the community of patients we serve.”

Patients and families interested in setting an appointment at the Arnold Palmer Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Center should call 321-841-6740.                                  

ARNOLD PALMER HOSPITAL for CHILDREN

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, is a 158-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, emergency and trauma care, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. Visit www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com  to learn more about all of our specialties.
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has opened a new outpatient rehabilitation center.

The approximately 10,000-square-foot center is located at 925 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32806. The new center complies with design standards in the
Florida Hospital for Children Receives Highest Designation for Epilepsy Care
Florida Hospital for Children named a Level 4 Epilepsy Center
by National Association of Epilepsy Centers





in the nation. The designation was awarded by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), which evaluates the appropriateness and quality of specialized epilepsy care.

“Being named a Level 4 Epilepsy Center shows the Central Florida community that Florida Hospital for Children is committed to providing the best care available to children suffering from epilepsy,” said Dr. Ki Hyeong Lee, medical director of the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Florida Hospital for Children. “It takes a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, researchers, therapists and others to create a comprehensive center that offers the best medical treatment for epilepsy.”

The Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Florida Hospital for Children is led by Dr. Lee and surgical director Dr. James Baumgartner. The center offers patients and families access to a multi-disciplinary approach and provides patients with access to a variety of treatments ranging from innovative non-surgical options, such as the ketogenic diet, to advanced surgical treatments, including operating rooms with the only intraoperative 3T MRI functionality in Central Florida.

Michele Peters saw her daughter suffer from epilepsy for more than 10 years without answers. “Mackenzie had suffered a stroke in the womb which had led to years of suffering from unexpected seizures,” said Michele. “Our family had tried a variety of medications but nothing seemed to work.”

At Florida Hospital for Children, Mackenzie underwent surgery to remove the part of her brain that had been causing her seizures using the latest technology available to help the physicians be as precise as possible and minimize the need for additional surgeries. Today, she is seizure free and able to enjoy activities that a normal fifth grader is supposed to enjoy without the constant worry of seizures.

“I cannot thank the team at Florida Hospital for Children enough,” said Michele. “I hope that other families see this designation of a Level 4 Epilepsy Center as a sign of hope and comfort that there is an epilepsy center right here in our community that can provide the best care possible. Mackenzie is now completely seizure free and back to doing her favorite activities: swimming, riding her horse and climbing trees. She is a normal kid again.”

According to NAEC, a fourth-level center should provide the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostics monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment. Fourth-level centers also offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery, including intracranial electrodes, and provide a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.

For more information on The Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Florida Hospital for Children, please call 407-303-KIDS.

For media inquiries only, please contact Florida Hospital Media Relations at 407-303-8217. 
www.FloridaHospitalNews.com



















Dr. Ki Hyeong Lee, medical director
of the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy
Center at Florida Hospital for Children.
In less than one year since its inception, the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Florida Hospital for Children has been awarded the designation of a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, which is the highest designation for epilepsy centers
Baker Barrios Architects Donation Keeps Artist Program Alive at
MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando





program, which helps patients use their artistic creativity to meet the challenges of their cancer journey. Thanks to a community partnership and generous donation from Baker Barrios Architects, the Artists-in-Residence Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando will continue to make an impact on our cancer patients.  The Artists-in-Residence Program, in partnership with United Arts of Central Florida, involves artists working one-on-one with cancer patients on a variety of art projects, from painting to photography and beyond.

“We have seen this program blossom and grow here at MD Anderson Orlando and we hear over and over again from patients that they never imagined that art would help them heal and fight their cancer, but it does,” said Mark Roh, MD, President, MD Anderson Orlando.  “Thanks to this donation from Baker Barrios Architects, and the support of United Arts, our Artists-in-Residence program can continue to have this powerful impact on our patients who are fighting the toughest fight of their lives.”

MD Anderson Orlando’s Artists-in-Residence program includes three artists who work weekly with patients. In their first year in operation artists held more than 950 art “lessons” with cancer patients.
“MD Anderson Orlando is known for providing the highest level of quality, compassionate care and we are honored to support their Artists-in-Residence program,” said Tim Baker, Founding Principal of Baker Barrios Architects. “We share the vision of building stronger, healthier communities through sustainable programs and we take great pride in supporting the creative process as a survivorship tool.”   






























Orlando Health and MD Anderson Orlando welcome Baker Barrios Architects and United Arts of Central Florida for a tour of the Artists-in-Residence program. From left John Thiesen, Karl Hodges, Jeanne Miller-Clark, Juliana Steele, Monte Olinger, Lisa Gibson, Shanon Larimer, Tyler Kirby, Tim Baker, Carlos Barrios and Andrea Canny.


Started in 2011 in partnership with the United Arts of Central Florida and originally funded by a grant from the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project, the Artists-in-Residence Program brings artists to the patient’s bedside or, in many cases, chemotherapy chair. Now, with the generosity of Baker Barrios Architects, artists will continue to work side-by-side with patients, helping patients manage and cope with their cancer reality through therapeutic hands-on art projects. 
When cancer patients walk through the doors at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando they embark on life changing experiences as they fight their disease. For many, that experience includes the Artists-in-Residence
Arnold Palmer Hospital Named One of America’s Best
Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report







was the only hospital in Central Florida to be included in the rankings.

           “It is a tremendous honor to be named one of the best children’s hospitals alongside other great institutions around the country,” stated John Bozard, president, Arnold Palmer Medical Center. “This accomplishment allows us to stand out from the crowd when families are looking for the very best care for their children.”

           For families of sick children, Best Children’s Hospitals provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance over the opinions of physicians.

           This year, U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists—150 in each specialty—were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty made up the remaining 25 percent.


ARNOLD PALMER HOSPITAL for CHILDREN

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, is a 158-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, emergency and trauma care, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. Visit www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com  to learn more about all of our specialties.
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has been ranked among America’s best children’s hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Arnold Palmer Hospital ranked 27th in orthopedics, 33rd in gastroenterology, and 47th in cardiology and heart surgery. It
Profil Institute Partners with Florida Hospital to Establish
East Coast Center for Clinical Metabolic Research



announced a joint venture to establish a state-of-the-art early phase clinical services center for metabolic disease research, including diabetes, obesity and cardiometabolic diseases. The Profil Institute at Florida Hospital will initially be located at the new Florida Hospital-Sanford-Burnham Translational Research Institute (TRI) facility in Orlando and is expected to begin operations in late 2012.  The institute will join the TRI as part of Florida Hospital’s Health Village development zone and will bring approximately 75 new jobs to the region over the next 5 years.

“Profil Institute fulfills an important need by providing the critical services of early phase clinical trials.  It is their sciencific expertise and disease-focused approach in metabolic diseases that make Profil Institute an ideal collaborative partner,” said Dr. Steven R. Smith, a key opinion leader in obesity and metabolism research and Scientific Director at TRI.

"Florida Hospital and its Translational Research Institute are positioned to make incredible advancements in metabolic research as a marriage between one of the nation’s largest clinical care providers and a leading academic institute,” said Profil Institute CEO Dr. Marcus Hompesch.  “Profil Institute is pleased to be a strategic partner with Florida Hospital in this powerful collaborative effort that is sure to result in positive therapeutic outcomes for diabetes, obesity and related diseases.”

The joint venture combines Florida Hospital’s patient network on the East Coast and TRI’s translational research focus with Profil Institute’s Center of Excellence reputation and capabilities in early phase clinical metabolic drug development.  Profil Institute at Florida Hospital will expand Profil Institute’s capacity to now offer disease focused early phase clinical research services out of two locations, the company’s core facility located in Chula Vista, California, and the newly established Profil Institute at Florida Hospital in Orlando.

Profil Institute’s broader geographical reach and the institute’s ability to cover the entire spectrum of metabolic early phase clinical research services from drug development planning to study protocol design and execution to report writing and peer-reviewed publications, further positions Profil Institute as a strategic alliance partner for their bio-pharmaceutical clients. Profil Institute’s capabilities and Center of Excellence approach will continue to produce meaningful early phase data to increase the efficiency of later phase clinical trials and will continue to play a significant role in helping to qualify or dis-qualify metabolic drug leads as early as possible in the clinical development process.

About Florida Hospital

With eight hospitals and 21 urgent care locations, Florida Hospital is one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country, caring for more than a million patient visits per year – more than any other hospital in the country, according to the American Hospital Association.  The more than 2,000-bed system, has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the country.

With advanced research and industry partnerships, Florida Hospital seeks to extend and improve the quality of lives through the translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. For more information, please visit www.floridahospital.com. 

About TRI

The Florida Hospital-Sanford-Burnham Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes (TRI) is the product of an innovative affiliation between Florida Hospital and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. By linking one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the country with a nationally renowned basic science leader, the TRI bridges the gap between the research bench and the patient’s bedside. The mission of the TRI is to extend and improve the quality of lives through the translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. For additional information, please visit www.TRI-MD.org. 

About Profil® Institute for Clinical Research, Inc.

Profil Institute is world-renowned as a Center of Excellence for diabetes and obesity early phase clinical research.  The company’s advances in early phase drug research and its specific focus on diabetes, obesity and cardiometabolic diseases as it relates to the diabetic patient population have led Profil Institute to be the most highly regarded clinical research institute for early phase diabetes drug trials.  

Profil Institute has been involved with every clinically promising drug class and device development in diabetes and in more than 175 clinical studies since the company’s inception in 2004. Contributing to Profil Institute’s success is that the company is recognized as the leader in automated glucose clamps, considered the “Gold Standard” for the evaluation of anti-diabetic drugs and devices.  The company’s key scientists hail from academic centers including the WHO Collaborating Center of Diabetes at the Heinrich-Heine University of Düsseldorf, Columbia University, University of Michigan and Harvard University. For more information visit www.profilinstitute.com.  
Profil® Institute for Clinical Research, Inc., a company focused on early phase clinical trials for diabetes and obesity, and Florida Hospital, one of nation’s largest clinical care providers, recently
MD Anderson Orlando First in Florida to Offer Cancer Patients
Radiation Treatment with the TomoHD™ System






Unlike traditional radiation therapy devices, the TomoHD System combines fully integrated CT imaging and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) on a CT scanner platform. Each daily treatment includes a 3D image of the patient’s anatomy to ensure highly accurate radiation delivery. This provides clinicians unprecedented confidence that tumors will receive their intended dosage from one day to the next.

A major difference with the TomoHD System is the way that radiation is delivered to the treatment area. The radiation beam is divided into thousands of tiny “beamlets” all aiming at the tumor during multiple 360 degree rotations around the patient. The treatment dose conforms to the tumor and avoids critical organs, which can mean improved outcomes, fewer side effects and a higher quality of life for the patient. 

MD Anderson Orlando has a history of being on the cutting edge of TomoTherapy radiation treatment. In 2003, the hospital became the second site in the world to receive the first generation TomoTherapy System (the Hi-Art® System) which helped the center advance the field of radiation therapy delivery worldwide. Since 2003, more than three million treatments have been delivered to nearly 200,000 patients around the world.

“We have continually been a leader in delivering the most accurate and individualized TomoTherapy treatments and we are thrilled to have this state-of-the-art technology available to our patients,” said Mark Roh, MD, President, MD Anderson Orlando. “Our new TomoHD System will not only provide the highest quality of radiation treatment to our patients battling complex cancers it will also be a tool for our oncologists to educate clinicians on best practice TomoTherapy treatment techniques for patients worldwide.”

“We congratulate MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando on the installation of their TomoHD System,” said Omar Dawood, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president of global medical affairs for Accuray. “The TomoHD System will provide them with the ability to target tumors with extreme accuracy and allow them to create highly individualized treatments for each patient. Their choice to offer this leading-edge technology to their patients affirms the importance of the TomoHD System in supporting their place as a leader in the radiation oncology community with a continued commitment to patient care.” 

How the TomoHD™  Treatment System works:   

1. Before each treatment, the patient, lying on the couch, moves through the TomoHD™ machine for a CT scan, called a CTrue image. Images taken verify the shape, size and location of the tumor.

2. The CTrue image is compared to the original planning CT image (which may have been taken days before). If necessary, adjustments to the plan and patient set-up are made immediately.

3. The patient then moves through the TomoHD Treatment System again where radiation is delivered in tens of thousands of beamlets in a helical pattern (360°) around the tumor.

4.  Depending on the complexity of the case, each complete treatment procedure takes 10 to 30 minutes.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando

MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, part of Orlando Health, is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked MD Anderson Cancer Center as the top cancer treatment center in the U.S. and has ranked it as one of the top two cancer centers for the past 13 years. Orlando Health, a 1,882-bed community-owned, Florida not-for-profit organization established in 1918, annually serves nearly 2 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients. More information is available at www.mdacco.com.     





















From left Dr. Robert Staton, PhD, Medical Physicist and Michael Brown, RTT,
Chief Radiation Therapist with the first TomoHD™ System now in operation at
MD Anderson  Orlando. 
Cancer patients now have access to the world’s most advanced radiation treatment system right here in Central Florida. MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando has installed the first TomoHD™ System in Florida.
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences Announces New Name




                                         





well for the past 20 years but with students from all over the country seeking degrees here, we felt it was time to change our name to represent the growth we have seen.”

The college’s expanded curriculum will offer doctorates in nurse anesthesia, physical therapy and pharmacy. Currently, a master’s program in occupational therapy, health care administration and anesthesia in addition to a variety of associate and bachelor’s degrees ranging from nursing to diagnostic medical sonography are offered.

The college also recently announced a new 90,000-square-foot, five-story academic building, that will house many of the new graduate level programs. The building will feature a large multi-purpose room to host educational, hospital and community events, as well as a medical simulation lab with infant, child and adult simulators. The new academic center will also house four clinical labs, five chemistry and biology labs, and a variety of other classrooms with the capability to broadcast courses to diverse geographic locations using the latest web streaming technology.

“The name Adventist University of Health Sciences is a name that the institution can continue to grow with so regardless of what additional programs are offered, it fits within the university setting,” said Dr. Greenlaw.

The College works closely with Florida Hospital and its parent company, Adventist Health System, to give students the clinical experience that only a major medical center can provide.  The campus is located adjacent to Florida Hospital Orlando. Founded in 1992, the college currently enrolls 2,700 students in its associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. 
Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences recently announced its name change to Adventist University of Health Sciences. This change represents the physical and academic expansion occurring on its campus in Orlando, Fla.

“With the addition of graduate level programs, including several doctorate programs, we felt it was time to make the change to university status,” said Dr. David Greenlaw, president of Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences.  “Our name has served us
Community Open House for New Center for Women’s Health








Visitors will see 10 spacious birthing suites, 20 post-partum beds, an expanded nursery and two dedicated operating rooms. The da Vinci surgical robot will be present, ready for “test drives” during the Open House. Visitors can try out the advanced technology using a simulation program.

Healthcare providers will be on hand to meet community members and Dr. Mark Alkass, OB/GYN specialist, will present the topic, “Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery: The Future is Here” at 11 a.m. This informative session will explain some of the advances and benefits of today’s minimally invasive gynecologic surgical methods.

In the expanded nursery, visitors will enjoy seeing the nature-scene mural covering the room’s walls. Large trees and woodland creatures bring added warmth to the nursery, which is being painted by 26-year-old Lake Wales artist Brittany Stanley. Ms. Stanley holds a graphic design degree and has donated her time to design and paint the artwork.   
The Center for Women’s Health, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center’s 31,000-square-foot expansion into the fifth floor, is ready for patients, and guests. On Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. – noon, the community is invited to visit the new Center, tour the floor, meet the providers and enjoy refreshments and door prizes at the official Open House. The hospital is located at 40100 Highway 27 in Haines City.   
Osceola Regional Medical Center Earns “A” Safety Rating






According to the Leapfrog Group approximately 400 people daily die because of hospital errors – the equivalent of a jet crashing every day and killing all aboard. In response to this silent epidemic, more than 2,600 US hospitals will now receive an A, B, C, D or F hospital safety score based on patient safety via a first-of-its-kind initiative. A blue ribbon panel of the nation’s top patient safety experts provides guidance to The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, to develop the Hospital Safety Score. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.

“The Leapfrog Group’s goal is to give patients the vital information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “We hope people will use this score to talk with their doctor, make informed decisions about where to seek care, and take the right precautions during a hospital stay.” For the first time the Hospital Safety Score highlights the country’s best hospitals and warns against the worst to save lives and bring attention to the nation’s silent safety epidemic. The Hospital Safety Score website – www.HospitalSafetyScore.org – allows visitors to search hospital scores for free and also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

“A” scores were awarded to hospitals regardless of their ownership status of profit, not for profit or governmental. Not all hospitals earned an “A”, and the Leapfrog Group says that there were some surprises with outstanding reputations for quality appearing with safety scores of “B,” “C,” or below. The Hospital Safety Score exclusively measures safety – meaning errors, accidents, and infections.

Osceola Regional Medical Center scored exceptionally well in the following categories:

Steps to avoid harm

Reduce pressure ulcers

Managing serious errors

Osceola Regional Medical Center demonstrated that it fully meets the Leapfrog Group’s standards and in all other areas showed “Willingness to Report Progress,” “Making Progress” or “Substantial Progress” to fully meet Leapfrog’s standards.

In the category of safe practice measures, Osceola Regional Medical Center scored high in the following categories:

Leadership structures and systems – perfect score

Culture measurement feedback and intervention – perfect score

Teamwork, training and skill building – perfect score

Identification and mitigation of risks and hazards – near perfect score

Nursing workforce – 80% out of 100%

Medication reconciliation – near perfect score

Hand hygiene – perfect score

Care of ventilated patients – perfect score

Under surgical improvement project measures the areas where hospitals can reduce the risk of infection and surgery by providing experienced-based care to patients, Osceola Regional Medical Center scored either 100% or 99% in all five categories:

Patients received antibiotics within one hour prior to surgical incision

Patients received the right antibiotic

Antibiotics were discontinued after 24 hours


Urinary catheter was removed on post-operative day


Surgery patients received appropriate treatment to prevent blood clots at the right time

Osceola Regional Medical Center also achieved perfect scores or near perfect scores in the category of hospital acquired condition measures:

Foreign object returned after surgery – perfect score

Air embolism – perfect score

Pressure ulcer – perfect score

Falls and trauma – near perfect score

CLABSI – near perfect score

Not all hospitals make the full list of 26 measures publicly available in which case the Hospital Safety Score was calculated only for the available measures. The Blue Ribbon Expert Panel required at least 14 measures for a hospital in order to calculate a hospital’s safety score.

Who is the Leapfrog Group?

The Leapfrog Group (www.LeapfrogGroup.org) is a national not-for-profit organization that was founded over a decade ago by the nation’s leading employers and private healthcare purchasers. The organization strives to make giant “leaps” forward in the safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare in the United States by promoting transparency and value-based hospital incentives. To that end, Leapfrog has focused on measuring and publicly reporting on hospital performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The survey is a trusted transparent and evidence-based national tool that more than 1,100 hospitals voluntarily participate in free of charge. For more information on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey visit http://LeapfrogHospitalSurvey.org.

To learn about the scoring methodology go to Score Health at www.LeapfrogGroup.org.

About Osceola Regional Medical Center

Osceola Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art hospital offering services which include: a 24-hour Emergency Department & Pediatric ER, 24-hour Obstetrician (OB) Coverage/Baby Suites Maternity Unit; Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Pediatrics; Accredited Chest Pain Center; Certified Primary Stroke Center; Robotics, Orthopedic and S pine Center; Wound Healing Center; Kissimmee Physical Therapy Center; complete diagnostic, imaging and testing services at the Osceola Imaging and the Breast Care Center. The hospital features a premier multi-million dollar, cardiac care tower housing The Central Florida Cardiac & Vascular Institute. The Institute offers advanced comprehensive heart care from diagnostics and treatment, including minimally invasive cardiac and vascular surgery to cardiac rehabilitation.   Visit www.OsceolaRegional.com for more information.
Recently, the Leapfrog Group made public their Safe Hospital Scores. The scores are derived from Leapfrog’s key questions and publicly reported data. Osceola Regional Medical Center received an “A “ratings for safety, the highest rating awarded by the group.
Florida Hospital Orlando Opens Medical Device Innovation Lab and Second Location of the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center
The new facilities allow Florida Hospital physicians to innovate medical devices




these surgeons, Florida Hospital Orlando is opening a prototype lab as part of the Institute for Surgical Advancement to help busy physicians develop medical instruments that they need.  As an additional part of this development process, a second location of Florida Hospital’s renowned surgical training facility, the Nicholson Center, at Health Village is also opening. 

The prototype lab at the Institute for Surgical Advancement (ISA) will be a space for physicians to bring their ideas for development of medical equipment they could use in the operating room.  With a surgeon’s primary focus of treating patients and performing surgery, surgeons have very little time to research, develop and innovate new products and tools they feel could advance their ability to care for patients.  The ISA prototype lab team serves as an assistant in making those medical device concepts a reality.

The Nicholson Center at Health Village will also be a part of this medical product development, providing a safe training environment for the first performance tests of the devices developed in the ISA prototype lab.    If the devices and concepts are successful, the InnovatOR suite at Florida Hospital Orlando is an actual operating room where the prototype can be further tested.    The ISA prototype lab and the Nicholson Center at Health Village will complement the existing collaborative environment in the InnovatOR suite where clinical staff are already developing, commercializing and training with new products and techniques to improve patient outcome and clinical efficiency. 

“The opening of the new ISA prototype laboratory and the additional training space perfectly complement the highly successful Nicholson Center at Celebration Health and the recently opened InnovatOR suite at Florida Hospital Orlando,” said Dr. Steve Eubanks, director Florida Hospital Academic Surgery.  “The infrastructure provided through these facilities demonstrates an incredible commitment by Florida Hospital leadership to develop a better future for healthcare as we provide the best care possible for our patients today.”

In addition to the prototype testing, the Nicholson Center at Health Village will continue to perform its original mission, as a place for physicians to train on the latest surgical techniques.  For more than a decade, The Nicholson Center at its Florida Hospital Celebration Health location has brought together physicians, clinical industry leaders and researchers to advance technology in the latest minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques. The Nicholson Center trains more than 10,000 clinical learners from around the world each year to use the most advanced clinical techniques.

“The Nicholson Center has established itself as a leader in physician training on the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques,” said Vickie White, Florida Hospital Nicholson Center Administrator.  “The addition of this location and the prototype lab illustrates our commitment to making sure we have the facilities for the best and brightest in surgical development to come together to improve patient care and outcomes.”

The Nicholson Center at Health Village is a 2,900 square foot hands on training laboratory with 10 skills stations and two station specialty skills labs for physician learners.  Lecture facilities are available within Florida Hospital Orlando including a 160 seat auditorium and 300 seat conference center.  There are also opportunities for physicians to observe live surgical cases through a vast telecommunications network joining multiple Florida Hospital operating rooms.

           For more information, contact Florida Hospital Media Relations at 407-303-8217.
“Necessity is the mother of invention.”  It’s a well known saying, but rings true for high level surgeons who are often looking for the perfect tool to help them provide quality care to patients.  For
Regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling:




today’s ruling affects that.  Our outstanding quality results as measured by national standards combined with our high level of efficiency prepare us for tomorrow’s marketplace.  Our focus will remain on our patients and our ability to provide for their needs.  As for the ruling, it does remove some legal uncertainty that has been a headwind for the industry, but we also know this discussion will continue, politically, through the Fall.  We stand ready to work with Congress on any meaningful changes they choose to consider.
Health Management’s hospitals, including Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center and Bartow Regional Medical Center, provide compassionate, high quality care for our patients, and nothing in
Commemorative Baseball Game Has Special Meaning for Former MD Anderson Orlando President (and Boone baseball player) Clarence “Buck” Brown, MD





President and CEO of MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando.  Dr. Brown had been at the helm as the leader of MD Anderson – Orlando since the facility opened its doors to the public 21 years ago becoming the first outreach program of the world famous MD Anderson in Houston. What many don’t know about Dr. Brown: he was a Boone baseball player and turned down Major League Baseball contracts with the ChicagoWhite Sox and Kansas City Athletics (now the Oakland A’s) to pursue a career in medicine.  To recognize Dr. Brown, his storied career AND his love of baseball, his colleagues are holding a baseball game in his honor.

WHEN:

Friday, June 29

6:00pm


WHERE:
 
Boone High School, Braves Baseball Stadium

1000 E. Kaley Street, Orlando
 

·     6:15pm – opening ceremony, 6:30pm – game begins

·     Three inning game with activities between innings

·     Oncologists and nurses playing against one another

·     “Blackout” in stands to honor Dr. Brown

WHAT: 

After more than 36 years of service to the Central Florida medical community, Clarence H. “Buck” Brown III, MD, retired this spring as
Researchers at MD Anderson Orlando
Find Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Reduce Esophageal Tumors






The study, led by Pius Maliakal, PhD and Riyaz Basha, PhD, researchers at MD Anderson Orlando’s Cancer Research Institute, found that Tolfenamic acid prevented tumor growth and lessened the size of esophageal tumors in a rat model. Tolfenamic acid has been found to decrease certain proteins that are critical for cancer cell growth and the progression of esophageal tumors. 

MD Anderson Orlando researchers are at the forefront of Tolfenamic acid research. It was this same research team that found that Tolfenamic acid inhibits tumor growth in pancreatic cancer. MD Anderson Orlando is poised to begin a new Phase I Clinical Trial for pancreatic cancer patients using Tolfenamic acid in a few months.

Further research will be required before Tolfenamic acid can be used as a safe and effective drug for esophageal cancer prevention. At present, this drug is an approved anti-inflammatory agent in Europe, South America and Asia, but is not yet approved for use in the United States. 














                      Pius Maliakal, PhD                              Riyaz Basha, PhD

MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando

MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, part of Orlando Health, is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked MD Anderson Cancer Center as the top cancer treatment center in the U.S. and has ranked it as one of the top two cancer centers for the past 13 years. Orlando Health, a 1,882-bed community-owned, Florida not-for-profit organization established in 1918, annually serves nearly 2 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients. More information is available at www.mdacco.com.   
A new study by researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando finds that Tolfenamic acid (TA), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), commonly used to relieve pain, inflammation and migraines has now been found to reduce esophageal tumors.
Commemorative Baseball Game Celebrated Former MD Anderson Orlando
President (and Boone baseball player) Clarence “Buck” Brown, MD


 




Hundreds turned out for the three inning baseball game at Boone High School’s Braves Baseball Stadium as the two teams (the Buc’s Bombers and the Buc-Caneers) made up of oncologists and employees had a great time in honor of a great leader.

The baseball game had special meaning, not only was Dr. Brown himself a Boone baseball player, but he turned down Major League Baseball contracts with the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Athletics (now the Oakland A’s) to pursue a career in medicine.  












MD Anderson Orlando employees and their families turn out for the commemorative baseball game to celebrate former President Dr. Clarence “Buck” Brown.



















Dr. Clarence “Buck” Brown, his family and the Chick-fil-A cow
gathered for the commemorative baseball game in his honor.               Dr. Clarence “Buck” Brown turned                                                                                                                down two Major League Baseball
                                                                                                     contracts to pursue his career in                                                                                                                  medicine.
After more than 36 years of service to the Central Florida medical community, Clarence H. “Buck” Brown III, MD, retired this spring as President and CEO of MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando.  To recognize Dr. Brown, his storied career and his love of baseball, his colleagues held a baseball game in his honor.
U.S. News Nationally Ranks Seven Florida Hospital Programs
Florida Hospital Also Ranks No. 1 in Orlando Metro Area










Cardiology & Heart Surgery – # 23
Diabetes & Endocrinology – #42
Gastroenterology – #16
Gynecology –  #11
Nephrology – #25
Pulmonology – #29
Urology – #43 

This year’s Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.

“Florida Hospital is extremely honored to be included on this prestigious list of world-class hospitals in the nation,” said Lars Houmann, president and CEO of Florida Hospital. “This further exemplifies our commitment to providing quality health care and fulfilling our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ to our patients.”

The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.” 

The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August. 

The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals. 

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 a million patient visits per year – more than any other hospital in the country, according to the American Hospital Association.  The more than 2,000-bed system is comprised of eight hospitals, including the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, 30 outpatient facilities and 21 Centra Care locations throughout Central Florida.
Florida Hospital has been ranked one of the best hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.  Florida Hospital has also been named the No. 1 hospital in the Orlando Metro Area as well as the No. 2 hospital in the state of Florida.  For more than ten years, Florida Hospital has been recognized on U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Hospitals rankings, but this year the hospital was honored to be recognized in seven specialties. Nationally, Florida Hospital’s programs ranked as follows:
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