Or­lando Health ex­pands tele­health of­fer­ings

Orlando Sentinel - - CENTRAL FLORIDA BUSINESS - By Naseem S. Miller [email protected]­lan­dosen­tinel .com. [email protected]­lan­dosen­tinel .com

is ex­pand­ing its tele­health ser­vices via the Or­lando Health

app, which is pow­ered by the na­tional telemedici­ne provider Te­ladoc Health. Un­til re­cently, the health sys­tem’s tele­health ser­vices were avail­able to em­ploy­ees and pe­di­atric pa­tients. But Vir­tual Visit is now open to the general pub­lic. The cost is $49 per visit.

“The ex­pan­sion of Or­lando health Vir­tual Visit rep­re­sents an­other ex­pan­sion of our ef­forts to cre­ate a ro­bust telemedici­ne in­fra­struc­ture and it demon­strates our de­sire to serve our pa­tients well, any­time and any­where,” said Greg Ohe, Or­lando Health’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent of am­bu­la­tory ser­vices, in a news re­lease.

Or­lando Health is among the grow­ing num­ber of health sys­tems that are of­fer­ing telemedici­ne ser­vices to the pub­lic for a fee. Ad­ven­tHealth’s ser­vice is called eCare and Ne­mours Children’s Hospital’s is called CareCon­nect. to­gether ster­ile sur­gi­cal wraps into 28 six-foot sleep­ing bags and 14 pil­lows for peo­ple in need and do­nated them to the Com­mu­nity Hope Cen­ter in Osce­ola County. The ini­tia­tive started in July and the idea came from an ar­ti­cle that was posted on so­cial media by a hospital in New Jersey, ac­cord­ing to an Or­lando Health news re­lease.

“The sleep­ing bags are a great ex­am­ple of up­cy­cling, as well as they pro­vide per­sons in need with some­thing warmer and more com­fort­able to sleep on than card­board or grass,” said Cory McFar­lane, a reg­is­tered nurse at the Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, in a news re­lease.

will start to ex­pand its emer­gency de­part­ment in Jan­uary, a project that’s part of an on­go­ing con­struc­tion at the hospital. The new 27,000-square­foot ER will have 32 pri­vate rooms, two trauma rooms and a new am­bu­lance en­trance. It will also fea­ture a sep­a­rate pe­di­atric wait­ing area. Emer­gency ser­vices at the hospital will con­tinue to be avail­able through­out the con­struc­tion at the ex­ist­ing ER.

has opened a new 12-bed in­pa­tient re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter on the third floor of the hospital’s new pa­tient tower. The cen­ter spe­cial­izes in stroke, brain and spinal cord in­juries, in ad­di­tion to am­pu­ta­tions and neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders. The unit also in­cludes a bariatric room pa­tients who weigh more than 750 pounds.

a Mi­amibased pri­vately-owned chain of med­i­cal prac­tices for se­niors, is open­ing new of­fices in Or­lando as part of a na­tion­wide ex­pan­sion. It is open­ing 20 med­i­cal prac­tices in Cincin­nati, Cleve­land, Mem­phis, and St. Louis in ad­di­tion to Or­lando. With the ex­pan­sion,

fol­low­ing restau­rants could not be reached for com­ment:

Bikkuri Sushi Noo­dle and Grill, 1919 E. Colo­nial Drive, Or­lando, was tem­po­rar­ily closed Dec. 3 with live roaches and then met in­spec­tion stan­dards the same day. the com­pany will have nearly 80 cen­ters in 10 states, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

“We’re en­joy­ing a record year at ChenMed,” said com­pany CEO Dr. Christo­pher Chen, in a news re­lease. “As a mis­sion-driven com­pany long fo­cused on rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing pri­mary care for at-risk se­niors, we’re self-fund­ing a record num­ber of new cen­ters in 2020.”




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have opened the “Brain Food Project,” in­clud­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and toys that to boost children’s brain de­vel­op­ment along with par­ent tips, through­out the three pa­tient wait­ing room ar­eas at the health de­part­ment. The two or­ga­ni­za­tions con­ceived the idea as a way to lever­age the idle time that par­ents and their children spend while wait­ing for their doc­tor or den­tist ap­point­ment, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. Early Learn­ing Coali­tion of Semi­nole of­fi­cials said the model can be du­pli­cated in other fa­cil­i­ties.

The Leapfrog Group an­nounced the 2019 Top Hos­pi­tals based on per­for­mance in sev­eral ar­eas, in­clud­ing pre­vent­ing in­fec­tions, re­duc­ing C-sec­tions and us­ing tech­nol­ogy to re­duce med­i­ca­tion er­rors. In Central Florida,

and Or­lando

were named among the top general hos­pi­tals;


were among the top children’s hos­pi­tals and

was one of the top teach­ing hos­pi­tals.

Saigon Fu­sion, 16700 U.S. 441, Mount Dora, was tem­po­rar­ily closed Nov. 20 with ro­dent drop­pings, ac­cord­ing to its in­spec­tion. It met stan­dards the next day.


Nurses at the sur­gi­cal unit of Or­lando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital sewed to­gether ster­ile sur­gi­cal wraps into sleep­ing bags and pil­lows for peo­ple in need.

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