It's not Disney World, but for Floridians needing health care, it is a prime destination. Orlando Health is a not-for-profit organization with a network of community and specialty hospitals with nearly 1,800 beds in Central Florida. Its flagship facility, the Orlando Regional Medical Center, features a Level 1 trauma center and provides comprehensive acute care services in a range of specialties. Its specialty hospitals include the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. It also operates the renowned M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando (the first affiliate of Houston-based M. D. Anderson center). Orlando Health also has partial ownership of two community hospitals.
Founded in 1918, Orlando Health has more than 2,500 affiliated physicians who provide a full spectrum of health care services. Areas of clinical excellence include heart and vascular care, cancer care, obstetrics and gynecology, neonatology, neurosciences, surgery, and pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine. Annually, Orlando Health serves more than 1.6 million residents of central Florida and 3,000 international patients.
The health system expanded its network in 2012 by acquiring the 170-bed, Health Central Hospital and its associated facilities in Ocoee, Florida, for $181 million.
As a statutory teaching hospital system, Orlando Health also engages in medical research through an affiliation agreement with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Orlando Health offers a number of medical residency programs through the UCF affiliation, including residencies in emergency medicine, internal medicine, OB-GYN, orthopedic surgery, pathology, and pediatrics among others.
Orlando Health operates throughout Orlando and in neighboring Clermont, Longwood, Ocoee, and St. Cloud, Florida.
In 2011 Orlando Health had annual revenues of $1.9 billion. The organization provided about $239 million toward community health needs that year.
Orlando Health's strategy for growth is based on collaboration between physicians and teams, hospitals, research centers and institutions, and the clinical integration of various disciplines to share resources and skills. As an example of collaboration among disciplines, the system is currently seeking Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center which recognizes nursing excellence and quality patient care and outcomes.
As another example of its collaborative efforts, Orlando Health and Florida Hospital are involved in a pilot program to link the two systems' health records electronically so that data can be can shared between them. The program is a starting point for a regional health information exchange that will eventually connect other Central Florida health providers and the public health department with the intended outcome of improving quality of care by eliminating waste and redundant tests, and providing hospitals with quicker access to information on their patients.
Over the next few years, Orlando Health's strategy for growth will center on making physical and aesthetic improvements to its Orlando Regional Medical Center through a multi-year, $297-million renovation project. Changes being made include the addition of 50% more space to its patient rooms to make them more family friendly and allow room for equipment and care teams; the creation of more efficient workspaces; and the expansion of the center's operating room and trauma areas, with four new trauma bays and 14 new treatment rooms added. The project is expected to be completed in 2015. – less