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With the recent Parkland shooting, a local hospital that responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting wants to start a nationwide conversation about emergency preparedness. 

Orlando Health Connects Internatioal Patients

Feb 2, 2018

Orlando Health is connecting international hospital patients with their home countries.

High Rates Of C. Diff Found At 3 Florida Hospitals

C. Diff is a potentially deadly bacteria that killed 29,000 people last year – and too many people are catching the bacteria at Florida hospitals.

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Mario Perez was grazed by a bullet inside Pulse Night Club. In addition to the physical and psychological recovery from that experience, he’s had another worry: The uninsured Miami resident was told his bill from Orlando Regional Medical Center would be $20,000.

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During a conversation about health care recently with WMFE, the chief executives of two major hospitals in Central Florida said making prices more transparent to patients is important, but the task itself is hard to accomplish.

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Orlando Health is asking for help identifying a patient in the hospital for more than two weeks.

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With Florida Hospital for Women getting ready to open next month, we take a look at some of the key numbers to know. 

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Orlando Health mailed letters today to more than 5,300 patients who may have gotten bad mammograms. Women who went to the Boston Diagnostic Imaging location on Orange Avenue from May of 2013 to July of 2015 are asked to call Orlando Health.

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Profits are increasing at several Central Florida-based hospital groups, according to quarterly disclosures.

Combined, Adventist Health System, Orlando Health, South Lake Hospital and Health First have made $647-million dollars in profit so far this year.

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The Central Florida YMCA got a $1.7 million grant  from the UnitedHealth Foundation. It will fund a three-year pilot program called HealthierLifeRX.

Those enrolled will spend 12 months working with a doctor and a personalized health and lifestyle coach to achieve health care goals. State Rep. Jason Brodeur said if the program is successful, he’d like to see it replicated in Medicaid.

Seminole State College’s new Wellness Center got its first round of approvals today.

The board approved a partnership project between the college, Orlando Health, the YMCA and Walgreens. The building will cost 10-million dollars, and will open in January of 2017.

Jay Davis, a spokesman for the school, said The Keith Corporation’s proposal will be full negotiated now. Check here to look at those documents.

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During the recently-concluded legislative session, Senate President Andy Gardiner constantly warned about the threat to the state's hospitals if they were to lose more than $1 billion that now comes from the federal government.

There's a good reason Gardiner understands hospitals: he works for one.

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Orlando Health’s new CEO gave his first public remarks today at an event designating one of its hospitals as a Cancer Center of Excellence.

Strong started his new job six days ago.

“I’ll tell you that a few years ago, I lost my mom to blood cancer, multiple myeloma,” Strong said. “And this is the kind of center that I would have wanted my mom at.”

Strong also talked about the importance of new technology.

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The conservative political group Americans for Prosperity is taking aim at Senate President Andy Gardiner’s Medicaid expansion plans.

The mailers were sent to voters in the districts of 23 state senators, including Senate President Andy Gardiner. Officials from Americans for Prosperity said in a statement the current plan doesn’t do enough to curb health care costs.

The group, backed by the Koch brothers, wants to expand telemedicine, eliminate government oversight of health care and allow some health care workers to do more.

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Dr. Phillips Charity announced today it will build a senior housing and health care complex in southwest Orlando.

Orlando Health will operate a physician practice on site, including primary care and specialists oncology, cardiology, orthopedics and geriatrics. Seniors can live in 180 assisted or independent living apartments. The entire complex is expected to cost $75 million dollars.

Ken Robinson, president of Dr. Phillips Charities, says the physician practice will open next year, and the senior housing will open in 2017.

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The state’s largest insurer and a major hospital system have failed to find agreement in a contract set to expire June 1, the Orlando Sentinel reports (paywall alert).

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Orlando Health will start seeing patients January 26 at a brand new tower.

It boasts more natural light, bigger rooms and more space. But other improvements could help to reduce potentially deadly infections patients can get in hospital.

Vascular surgeon Jon Wesley said the goal is zero infections. He points to all-private rooms with sinks for hand-washing that can help.

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The incoming CEO of Orlando Health will take over an eight-hospital system that’s once again profitable when he starts his new job.

But there are still challenges facing the CEO of Florida’s second-largest hospital system.

David Strong got his start in health care mopping surgery floors in high school.

He’s now president of Rex Healthcare in North Carolina, which was recently named a top-100 hospital by Thompson-Reuters. He also created a fund to spur investments in health care innovation.

Strong says his first job at Orlando Health will be to listen.

Orlando Health has chosen a new president and CEO.

David Strong will take over as CEO of the $2.1 billion health care system in April.

Orlando Health Board Chairman Dianna Morgan said they choose Strong out of a dozen candidates because of his focus on patient satisfaction and his reputation with doctors.

“Really creating an environment where it makes it very easy to practice,” Morgan said. “Those are really the things we heard over and over again.”

Orlando Health’s board of directors is about to offer the job of CEO to someone new.

Regardless of who it is, analysts say one thing is for sure: that chief executive will likely earn more than $1 million in salary and benefits to run the state’s second-largest hospital system of eight hospitals and more than 1,700 beds.

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Some Central Florida hospitals are ramping up plans to get patients signed up for insurance - when they come to the emergency room.

Both Florida Hospital in Orlando and Orlando Health are expanding a program that puts federal health care marketplace navigators in the hospital during the open enrollment season under way.

Trained counselors are already in place at five Orlando Health locations, said Tom Yoesle, the chief operating officer of revenue management for Orlando Health.

Orlando Health Buys MRI Group For Undisclosed Sum

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Orlando Health and a group of doctors have teamed up to buy an MRI and imaging company.

The deal, which closed last week, follows a trend of hospitals reaching out to treat patients closer to home.

Orlando Health and Medical Center Radiology Group  bought Boston Diagnostic Imaging, which has five locations in Central Florida.

Michael Carroll, a hospital analyst with Tribrook Healthcare Consultants, said Orlando Health’s profits are on the rise, and the hospital is starting to spend.

Former Orlando Health patients may have to help repay the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after a federal audit discovered the hospital overbilled Medicare by $1.45 million, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

It’s third quarter earnings season, and among the health systems reporting profits are Orlando Health Inc. and Jackson Health System. Orlando Health, which owns and operates eight Central Florida hospitals, made $44.4 million in its third quarter profits, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

Orlando Health announced Wednesday that it is no longer seeking a partner for merger or acquisition because its own finances are healthy and there is no longer a need, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  While the not-for-profit health-care system had received several proposals, its board decided Monday to remain independent, a decision that goes against the nationwide trend of hospital mergers.  The board also decided to begin a national search for a new

Some patients are being surprised by recommendations from their doctors to seek alternative treatments such as meditation, massage and yoga, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

While mainstream practitioners have balked for years at alternative medicine, the trend appears to be slowly changing as more practitioners incorporate alternatives for their patients.

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Following a year of falling profits, employee discontent, and the biggest layoff in company history, Orlando Health is reviewing partnership proposals from other health systems, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The National Labor Relations Board has found merit in four complaints filed by a nurses’ union against five Orlando Health hospitals, the Orlando Business Journal reports. The National Nurses Organizing Committee complained in November that the hospitals were interfering with attempts to form a union in several ways.

When Orlando Health announced Monday that it was switching its cancer-center affiliation from MD Anderson to University of Florida, there were two big questions: Who ditched whom? And Will UF try to muscle in on Moffitt Cancer Center's statewide network?

Orlando Health Physician Partners and Florida Blue have launched an accountable care organization that will include 500 doctors and eight hospitals in Central Florida. An ACO is a new type of Medicare financial arrangement that rewards the doctor-and-hospital network for keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital, rather than rewarding them for filling beds. 

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