Baptist Health has partnered with Compass Surgical Partners of Raleigh, North Carolina, to launch a network of independent, full-service ambulatory surgery centers in Northeast Florida.
The first Horizon Surgery Center will open in early February at Baptist Medical Center Beach in Jacksonville Beach. The center will offer outpatient surgical specialties including orthopedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery and general surgery.
Another center will be opening at Baptist Medical Center South later this year, and additional centers are planned both inside and outside Baptist Medical Center “in the near future,” according to Baptist.
Horizon’s initial location will be in a modern hospital-owned building “to facilitate a quick start,” Baptiste said. But some later facilities will be opened through “targeted acquisitions of existing” ambulatory surgery centers.
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) provide “same-day surgical care, including diagnostic and preventive procedures,” according to the Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
“Through our collaboration with physicians, the ASC will help us bring more value to the community and provide patients with the option of high-quality surgery in a low-cost environment,” said Matthew Zuino, Baptist chief operating officer.
Baptist plays a role in the partnership through its for-profit subsidiary Pavilion Health Services. Compass has established about 250 ambulatory surgery centers in 35 states over the past 30 years, according to its website.
Another recent example is opening in 2022 through another partner, UF Health Jacksonville and Jax Spine & Pain Centers.
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The Horizon Network is just one of the recent stories highlighting Northeast Florida’s expanding healthcare industry. There’s some left:
Premium Breast Imaging
Jacksonville radiologist Dr. Kathryn Pearson has opened a new breast imaging center to provide state-of-the-art breast care, screening and diagnosis.
Boutique Breast Imaging, located at 6871 Belfort Oaks Place in the city’s South End, is led by Pearson and other experienced, fellowship-trained breast imaging radiologists. The radiologist’s expertise is key to accurately reading the images, she said.
“The quality of mammograms depends on who is reading them and how long they spend with the patient,” she said.
Due to a shortage of breast imaging radiologists, 60% of mammograms are read by general radiologists. They were “least likely to detect early-stage cancers and more likely to recommend additional unnecessary recall imaging and biopsies,” Pearson said. At the same time, health care administrators are “driving massive cost savings that degrade patient experience, quality and outcomes,” she said.
Breast imaging radiologists have additional training in addition to being board certified in radiology. People at the center will improve, speed up and personalize cancer diagnosis, she said.
Patients leave “feeling like they were truly cared for and not just queued in a revolving door and valued just because of an insurance contract,” she said. “I want to take care of women like I take care of my own family.”
Pearson also developed a non-profit cloud storage called Mammosphere where women can upload and exchange images of their breasts. The system allows doctors to see contrast from previous mammograms and make a more accurate diagnosis, she said.
Ascension Saint Vincent South
After a trial run, Ascension St. Vincent’s Southside campus has added newly developed TOPS technology for the treatment of back pain to its treatment menu.
The hospital is already one of the top five spine hospitals in Florida, according to Becker Spine Reviews. “We remain committed to providing state-of-the-art care,” said James Machado, president of St. Vincent’s South District. “This technology will undoubtedly improve the lives of those seeking treatment to relieve back pain.”
TOPS (Total Posterior Spinal System) is a “spinal implant designed to stabilize the lower spine and maintain range of motion after surgery to relieve pinched nerves,” the system was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2023 .
Ascension says it is “an alternative to traditional fusion surgery for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.” “This system allows for greater rotation, flexion and extension than traditional systems, and many patients find they have improved walking and mobility within 48 hours of surgery.”
Dr. Ali Chahlavi, a St. Vincent neurosurgeon, said TOPS “will significantly improve the lives of back pain patients and will enhance our ability to treat back pain-related conditions.”
Florida Eye Specialists
Florida Eye Specialists, which bills itself as the largest multi-specialty eye practice in Northeast Florida, now offers “groundbreaking” cataract adjustment surgery at its South Point, Mandaling and Fernandina Beach offices.
The light-delivery device used in the light-adjustable lens is the only intraocular lens or artificial cataract lens that can be adjusted after surgery, allowing patients to “test their vision and tailor their prescription to their lifestyle, just like wearing glasses or contact lenses “. To practice.
“Our team remains at the forefront of technological advancements in ophthalmology,” said Dr. Rajesh Shetty, ophthalmologist and CEO and managing partner. “Offering these new light delivery devices is part of our commitment to providing the highest standards of care.”
Cataract surgeries are performed at the clinic’s Southpoint Surgery Center. Patients then return to that location or to the Fernandina Beach or Mandarin clinics, where they and their ophthalmologists determine the best prescription. According to the practice, ophthalmologists use brief and painless light treatments to “customize the light-sensitive material of the lens” after a review and comparison process.
Florida eye specialists have performed approximately 75,000 cataract surgeries.
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Tammy Daniel, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Baptist Health, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2023 list of chief nursing officers for hospitals and health systems. She is the only one from Northeast Florida.
Daniel is a nurse practitioner who has spent nearly half of her 35-year career at Baptist Health. She joined in 2007 and held several leadership positions before being appointed to the top nursing position in 2018.
These caregivers have led their hospitals and health systems through the COVID-19 pandemic and are now “addressing staffing shortages, managing nursing budgets and creating professional pathways for the next generation of nurses,” Becker said. “These leaders bring a unique blend of clinical and leadership experience to their roles.”
Daniel’s responsibilities include “clinical practice and safety across the system’s six hospitals, with a focus on quality outcomes, strategic planning, recruitment, retention, professional development, education and patient experience standardization,” Becker said.
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