Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Tern Acute Care Begins Critical Care Expansion

Thursday, May 31, 2018 Hospital News
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Groundbreaking ceremony held to mark beginning of the $20 million-dollar project.

TAMPA, Fla., May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, 9441 Health Center

Drive, Land O' Lakes, FL, is expanding to fit the growing needs for patient care. Hospital leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Land O'Lakes location, to mark the $20 million-dollar expansion of the new critical care wing.

The 22,000-square foot expansion includes 30 new critical care level beds designed to serve patients requiring additional weeks of specialized hospital care. Once completed, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care will increase to 75 beds.

"Our programs and services cater to patients with medically complex care needs," said Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care Chief Operating Officer, Debi Martoccio. "The expansion of our critical care wing allows us to deliver expert care to even more people in the community who are moving toward the next stage of their recovery."

Currently, the facility, which opened its doors in 2009, cares for an average of 600 patients a year from throughout the state. In addition to more beds, this expansion will include state-of-the art technology such as advanced cardiac monitoring, smart IV pumps, and the BeSmart Safe Mobility and Reposition Transfer program that reduces employee and patient injuries and aids in supporting patient mobility.

Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care is the latest of several growth and expansion projects for the Florida Hospital West Florida Division within Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties. Most recently, the Florida Hospital West Florida Division announced plans to build a free-standing ED in Lakeland; reached an agreement to purchase Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, making it the second largest hospital in the West Florida Division; announced plans for Florida Hospital Tampa's $300 million-dollar Tampa Tower, announced a $30 million-dollar plan to expand and renovate the Florida Hospital North Pinellas Emergency Room, and cut the ribbon on Florida Hospital Dade City.

"This is a year of growth and expansion," said Mike Schultz, President and CEO, Florida Hospital, West Florida Division, "and the project at Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care is another example of how we continue to reach more people in our communities, and bring them the most advanced medical health care where they need it, when they need it most. We look forward to serving more people with our unique brand of inspired, compassionate care."

The Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute expansion is expected to be complete in fall of 2019.

About Florida Hospital, West Florida Division of Adventist Health System The West Florida Division of Adventist Health System is currently comprised of nine acute-care hospitals including Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Hospital Dade City, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Lake Placid, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center Sebring, Florida Hospital North Pinellas, Florida Hospital Tampa, Florida Hospital Wauchula, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, as well as two freestanding offsite Emergency Rooms including Florida Hospital Central Pasco ER and Florida Hospital Palm Harbor ER. Additionally, it has one post-acute care facility, Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care, over 45 multi-specialty Florida Hospital Physician Group practices, 15 Florida Hospital Express Care at Walgreens clinics and 6 Florida Hospital Centra Care Urgent Care Centers.

About Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Hospital Florida Hospital at Connerton Long Term Acute Care Hospital was built in 2008 and opened its doors in 2009. The primary objective of this specialty hospital is to provide care to medically complex patients. By extending a patient's hospital stay, our goal is to allow the patients a longer time to heal in a hospital setting. We are a 50-bed all private room facility providing services to patients and their families from a regional area encompassing a 50-mile radius from central Pasco County. We admit patients from a five county area and from approximately 25+ acute care hospitals. Our emphasis is on caring for the patient as a whole; mind, body and spirit. We aim to care for the family as part of the healing dynamic. Our facility became part of Adventist Health System in 2010. As part of a spiritual healthcare system, we have been able to advance our endeavor to minister to our patient population. Part of our daily routine includes prayer group and chaplain visits. A tranquil meditation room and a private home-like family room are provided for our patients and staff. The need for a long term acute care facility has been realized for this region. In 2015, we attained and maintained a 98% occupancy. As a result of this, we are exploring expanding our bed capacity. We are committed to our patients and families. We have seen great patient success stories as a result of our care. We will continue to work through our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ to continue to provide excellent service and outcomes for our patients.        

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SOURCE Florida Hospital West Florida Division

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