Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. This is the highest achievable designation for centers providing care to patients suffering aneurysm, ischemic strokes and all types of intracranial/intracerebral hemorrhages.

 

To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing team members with the unique education to care for complex stroke patients.

SURGERY CENTERS ADD ROBOTIC KNEE REPLACEMENT SYSTEM

Jacksonville Surgery Center and Orange Park Surgery Center, both outpatient surgical facilities, have added the NAVIO orthopedic surgical system to help surgeons perform precise and accurate partial knee replacement surgeries. This technology for partial knee replacements uses a CT-free intra-operative planning and navigation platform to assist the surgeon in building patient-specific surgical plans. With no pre-operative CT-scan required, NAVIO patients receive the benefits of robotic assistance without additional time spent for pre-operative procedures.

To learn more about who may benefit from a NAVIO knee surgical procedure, call Katie Anderson at (904) 281-0021 or Alisa Fischer-Hurst at (904) 272-2550.

JACKSONVILLE OB/GYN PRACTICE NOW USING TELEMEDICINE SERVES

Dan McDyer, an OB/GYN physician based in Jacksonville, has partnered with EpicMD, www.epic.md, to begin the virtualization of his practice in order to provide his patients with round-the-clock access to health care whenever, and wherever, they need it most. Health-technology start-up EpicMD was designed to offer patients around-the-clock concierge-style care solutions, while simultaneously reducing costs, using telemedicine services.

PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS EFFORT RENEWED

The Jaguars Foundation has partnered with The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville and Florida Blue to kick off National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by relaunching the “Men Tackling the Big C Prostate Cancer Awareness and Education” initiative. Prostate cancer, which can be effectively treated if caught early, is more common in African-American men than in the general population, said Charles Griggs, president of The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville.

FLORIDA BLUE HONORED FOR HIRING THE DISABLED

Florida Blue, the leading health insurer in Florida, has been named 2017 Employer of the Year for businesses with fewer than 100,000 employees by the U.S. Business Leadership Network, a national non-profit. Florida Blue also earned a perfect score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index survey. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of people without disabilities.

ORANGE PARK COLLEGE PARTNERS WITH CANCER SPECIALISTS

Altierus Career College in Orange Park, formerly Everest University, has a partnership with Cancer Specialists of North Florida, the largest cancer practice in Jacksonville. Cancer Specialists’ medical assistants are trained to perform a mix of tasks including scheduling MRIs, performing CTs and obtaining patients’ vitals, and choreographing patients’ visits throughout the office. That training begins in the classroom and medical labs at college campuses like Altierus. From there, students advance to full-time 200-hour externships at medical facilities.

PAGEL NAMED LEADER OF THE YEAR

Laureen Pagel who is CEO of Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare in Northeast Florida, has received The Dr. Donald “Jerry” Feulner Award for the Leader of the Year from the Florida Alcohol & Drug Abuse Association. The award is given to an administrator who exemplifies the best in behavioral health prevention and treatment agency management, as well as contributions to the betterment of their community.