Looking ahead, leaders at UF Health are preparing teams to transition staff, services and patients to the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and the UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital in December 2017. Patients with complex health conditions will receive inpatient and outpatient specialty care from specialized teams co-located in the new facility. “It’s going to be phenomenal to have hospitals where patients can have all of their disease-specific needs met,” Jimenez said.
On Jan. 1 we began a relationship with Sacred Heart Health System to provide inpatient pediatric subspecialty coverage for The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. We will also be providing outpatient pediatric nephrology support at Sacred Heart’s pediatric specialties practice. We plan to add support for other pediatric specialties as well. These relationships allow us to improve the lives of even more patients and expand our reach to Northwest Florida and South Alabama.
In 2017, we will open new offices in Ocala and Summerfield for cardiology and orthopaedic care. Cardiology will be offered at UF Health Cardiology at Ocala Heath Brook and UF Health Cardiology at Villages. Both locations will offer general cardiology services, and the Ocala practice features a catheterization lab. Orthopaedics will be offered at UF Health Orthopaedics at Villages, offering comprehensive orthopaedic care, including sports medicine; joints, foot, ankle, hand and upper extremity care; and radiology services.
As NICU III patients have moved into the newly renovated space in UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, NICU II patients will follow close behind. In spring 2017, the final phase of the NICU transformation is expected to be complete — increasing from 12,632 to 20,844 square feet.
The UF Health Cancer Center has been selected as one of 12 initial clinical trial sites to participate in Precision Promise — the first large-scale medicine trial designed to bring promising therapies to patients with pancreatic cancer. The trials will start in the spring.
Our UF Health Shands Nursing and Patient Services teams are applying for our fourth Magnet designation (third redesignation) in October 2017. Magnet designation is the nursing profession’s most prestigious honor for exceeding standards in quality patient care and nursing excellence. Magnet hospitals are known to attract and retain top talent; improve patient care, safety and satisfaction; foster a collaborative culture; and advance nursing standards and practice.
And we have great news from our Finance colleagues: A new user-friendly patient billing tool that will debut in Spring 2017. Our patients will find the UF Health Shands and UF Health Physicians billing process easier with a single itemized invoice and online bill pay that is straightforward and consistent across services.
As you can see, we have much to be proud of and look forward to as we celebrate our accomplishments and anticipate more success and growth across the organization.
“Thank you for everything you’re doing,” Jimenez added. “Everyone’s teamwork and dedication makes all this possible. We are moving medicine forward together for our patients and communities.”