Florida Hospital Apopka Breaks Ground on $203 Million Campus

(Spectrumbot) #1

In at an outdoor ceremony in Apopka, Florida, community members, elected officials and Florida Hospital staff and leadership broke ground and dedicated the future site of Florida Hospital Apopka, one of twenty-two campuses that make up Florida Hospital, part of Adventist Health Systems.

At the ground breaking ceremony, Florida Hospital Apopka vice president Jennifer Wandersleben revealed plans to scale up the facility, bringing a higher price tag than first projected.

“To meet the expanding health care needs of our community, Florida Hospital Apopka is planning a new campus with greater capacity and enhanced services,” said Wandersleben. “We will continue to offer ER, cardiology and imaging services, and look forward to growing our Women’s Center, outpatient rehab program and ICU.”

The new facility will add surgical services and a diagnostic cath lab to the services Florida Hospital Apopka provides.

The new hospital will incorporate local greenery into the design and landscaping, and will provide 120 private patient rooms with architecture designed to bring natural light indoors. Many patient rooms will overlook nearby 48 square mile Lake Apopka.

“Healing is much more than medicine, and other factors that influence wellness such as natural light, greenery and the serenity of a private space were priorities while designing the new Florida Hospital Apopka,” Wandersleben said.

The new facility will include a seven-story hospital and four-story medical building, and is expected to create up to 300 new jobs for nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals, according to hospital spokespersons.

“For 40 years, Florida Hospital Apopka has been providing leading-edge and compassionate care for our community,” said Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer at the groundbreaking ceremony. “I’m excited to open this new chapter in Apopka’s history as we grow and improve together.”

Jared Wright is Managing Editor of SpectrumMagazine.org.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6738

(Thomas J Zwemer) #2

yet they will all vote Republican. Tom Z

(Elmer Cupino) #3

Kudos to the Florida Hospital administrators! And congratulations to those local residents who will greatly benefit from their services. Who says our church cannot compete in healthcare?

Just one question. Where do these folks get enough money to build new hospitals?

(Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13) #4

Have you seen the healthcare administrators’ remuneration data published by Adventist Today? There doesn’t seem to be a lack of money anywhere. “Adventist mission” & “non-profit” seem to have acquired new meanings.

(Elmer Cupino) #5

Please give us the link. Thanks.

(Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13) #6

"Million-Dollar Salaries in Adventist Healthcare"
by T. Joe Willey


(Billman) #7

All is well in the realm of Adventist business!

(Steve Mga) #8

They have enough money to Hire The BEST!!
And The BEST!! have made a great impact on the health of citizens of Florida!.
When Pastor Dombrosky was in charge of the Florida Community Services, he was always at the head table when Disney passed out the Awards in Florida. At least at that time Florida had the BEST SDA Community Services program in America.
Nobody talks much about SDA Community Services that I have seen. I know persons are doing wonderful things, but no body is broadcasting the events.

(jeremy) #9

this is a really good thing…wherever i travel, i always try to secure a hotel room with a river, lake or ocean view…even if it costs more, it’s worth it…it contributes to peace of mind…

(Elaine Nelson) #10

When Adventist Heath Systems was organized, many former church employees on regular salaries became hospital administrators with a huge jump in pay. Some left to avoid what might have happened had they not been “transferred” to a much higher paying position. Previous health administration was not considered necessary.

(Elaine Nelson) #11

I’ve never been a hospital patient who could stand at a window, but was always a bed patient. Acute care hospitalization is very short today for most.

(Frank Peacham) #12

I wonder if this new Hospital will welcome to the poor and under insured for social and moral reasons?

Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said, "God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours.

(Rohan Charlton) #13

Ummmmmm no.


(Elmer Cupino) #14

By virtue of EMTALA, they cannot shun the poor, underinsured or those with no insurance unless they want the hospital shut down by the government. Let’s see if they open an ED, which is the key.

(Frank Peacham) #15

However does the Hospital or Doctor continue to bill the under insured and send the account to collections further damaging their credit scores?

(Elmer Cupino) #16

Physicians are mandated to bill at the minimum three times to show cause that they have attempted to bill every patient, without preferential treatment, or else risk being charged for “fraudulent billing.” If I can give a “freebie” to a patient, I should give “freebies” to all patient is the reasoning per CMS. Between “damaging” credit scores to patients or being mandated to return CMS monies back to the government and charged with fraudulent billing, what must physicians do? What would you do?

I’ve billed but have NEVER turned an account for collection nor gone to court for settlement. Ever.

(Elaine Nelson) #17

If there are other hospitals in the area that have an ER department, patients on Medical are usually taken there and they have an arrangement with the state for reimbursement for such indigent patients.

The states set minimum fees, I believe, for such patients, but also for Medicare. I have used Medicare for 25 years and see all the billing statements and payments to physicians and hospitals; they are extremely low. In the past, hospitals billed more for patients who had liberal insurance, but there has been a sea change with the ACA and all the answers are not known yet.

MediCal pays even less and it used to be that patients really had to “shop” to find a doctor who would accept them. Most have to take Medicare as their practice would dwindle unless they were in pediatrics or plastic surgery.

(Elmer Cupino) #18

You’re right Elaine except the patient has to be “medically stable,” which allows the accepting ER to pick and choose. The referring physician of course must be convincing to rule out “dumping.” Do you know how complicating that can be? An LGTer would have a better chance of achieving perfectness here on earth than a receiving physician would accept a “dump.”

(Elaine Nelson) #19

I have gone to the ER on several occasions when I could not contact my physician. The hospitalists were so incompetent on the last occasion when they wanted to send me home my daughter had to almost demand that they check on a minor lab report.

Admitting symptoms even got a comment from clerk who suspected stomach infection. Three days later, after having needless extensive cadio tests including catheterization, FIRST with no evidence of disease, I had perforated stomach ulcer (all my symptoms pointed to that area). Incompetence! (After protesting to hospital, cardiologists was never paid!).

Another experience following hip replacement, my daughter saws signs of beginning infection, nearly 12 hours after reporting, nothing had been done, so she brought in hypodermic needle and gave me a shot 2 seconds before M.D. walked in an finally prescribed oral antibiotics. Having a family patient advocate is wonderful!

(Joselito Coo) #20

Aside from a business standpoint (market share, justifying higher exec compensation, etc.)

what other good does it do really for us Adventists to keep extending and building more and bigger medical centers on several different campuses? in the U.S.A. in particular? in light of our global mission?