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Thursday, September 20 2012

Lakeland Regional: Boldly Transforming the Delivery of Healthcare

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Although we face unprecedented challenges, it is our mission to give the communities we serve the best healthcare possible. Our strategic initiatives are in place to transform and improve lives, and I am eager to share what our teams have accomplished in the past year. Here are the highlights:

Electronic Health Records

Our caregivers, clinicians, information technology professionals and physician champions collaborated to help our organization seamlessly transfer from paper to electronic health records for every patient. Thanks to their efforts, we’re now better equipped to deliver the safest level of care and oversight, improving outcomes for all of our patients.

Growing the Health of our Community

Graduate Medical Education

Months of research and collaboration recently resulted in a revolutionary announcement by Judy Genshaft, president and CEO of the University of South Florida. By partnering with USF Health to offer medical college graduates the opportunity to complete their clinical residency training at Lakeland Regional, we will attract more physicians to practice in Polk County and fill a critical shortage of primary care providers.

By combining leading edge education and research with a strong care delivery system, we will have greater opportunity to bring the most advanced medicine to our patients in real time.

Yesterday’s announcement is just the tip of the iceberg, and we are excited to share more in the weeks ahead.

Offering Primary Healthcare

Taking a leadership role in addressing the lack of physician access in Polk County, we recently opened the Lakeland Regional Family Health Center, offering primary care to patients without a medical home. The lack of physician access results in Lakeland Regional housing the busiest single-site emergency department in the state, with approximately 150,000 annual visits. All of these patients could be better treated for preventive and chronic care by primary care physicians.

To learn more about Lakeland Regional’s strategic initiatives, including our multi-year goals and corporate priorities, take a look at our 2012 Strategic Plan.

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Jason
Nov 5, 2:24 PM

My sister has gotten the most experience at her teaching hospital. She always says she wouldn’t know what to do if she didn’t go there.

Elaine Thompson, PhD
Oct 11, 7:44 AM

Kathy, thanks as well for sharing this encouragement! We respect that teaching hospitals are often where medical knowledge continuously evolves and that new cures and treatments are discovered!

Kathy Lustila, RN
Oct 10, 11:46 AM

Thank you for sharing through this blog. It is always appreciated, talked over, and anticipated when we, as staff, can hear from you as you move us forward into a more energized position within the Central Florida healthcare market.
I’m personally very excited to be a part of this transition to teaching hospital and the yet known advantages this will bring to our community, our patients, and our staff!
Keep up the good work!
Kathy

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