When I joined Central Florida Regional Hospital in February 2019, I found a community hospital unlike any other in this region. From open-heart surgery to complex robotic spine and orthopedic procedures to Level II Trauma Care, our hospital is committed to providing our neighbors with comprehensive, highly specialized care close to home.
Our hospital completed several projects in 2019 designed to expand the care we provide to Seminole and west Volusia Counties. In my second week as the hospital’s leader, we opened Heathrow ER – a freestanding emergency department that provides comprehensive emergency care for the whole family. In addition to quality emergency services, Heathrow ER also offers outpatient diagnostic imaging and laboratory services 24/7, allowing community members to seek imaging or lab services at their convenience, any time of day, seven days a week.
2019 also brought technology and surgical options that are not only new to our facility, but also to Seminole County. Expanding on 25 years of complete cardiac care, Central Florida Regional Hospital added two new cardiac procedures this year. Our cardiac surgery team now offers Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for high-risk patients. TAVR is a sophisticated, minimally invasive procedure that allows the surgeon to replace heart valves through very small openings, rather than performing open-heart surgery. In addition, we are now offering the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure™ implant, which reduces the risk of stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib).
This year, our Spine Care Center added the Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance Platform, technology that allows our surgeons to develop a comprehensive surgical plan and visual outline of the procedure prior to and during surgery, ensuring accuracy and reducing radiation to the patient.
In addition to new services and technology, I am very proud to share with you some of the recognitions our team earned in 2019 for their important work to keep patients safe.
In 2019, Central Florida Regional Hospital received its second and third consecutive ‘A’ grades in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements in providing safer healthcare. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) recognized Central Florida Regional Hospital as one of only 19 Florida hospitals that achieved the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) Maternal and Child Health goal focused on reducing cesarean section deliveries for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. Florida’s 2018 C-section rate is 36.8 percent, one of the highest state rates in the nation. Central Florida Regional Hospital’s C-section rate in 2018 was 12 percent, well below the 23.9 percent national goal.
Finally, in 2019, our Level II Trauma Center underwent a voluntary review by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT). Central Florida Regional Hospital was verified as a Level II Trauma Center, further confirming the level of care that earned our Level II Trauma Center designation by the State of Florida in 2015. Central Florida Regional Hospital is proud to be Seminole County’s only Trauma Center, and this verification demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality care to our most critically injured patients.
Our 2019 achievements are a testament to the commitment of our dedicated and compassionate team at Central Florida Regional Hospital. After completing my first year as the leader of this great facility, it is not surprising to me that our community continues to trust us with their healthcare needs.
I am looking forward to 2020 and beyond, as Central Florida Regional Hospital continues to evolve to meet the healthcare needs of our community.