The Villages Voice - August 2010

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The Villages Regional Hospital Going World Class

by Staff

THE VILLAGES HOSPITAL GOING WORLD CLASS

The recent announcement of The Villages Health System partnering with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is taking The Villages to the next level of excellence in healthcare.  Moffitt is a nationally recognized leader in cancer research and treatment.  It is one of only 43 National Cancer Institutes (NCI’s) in country among over 5000 cancer centers, and the only NCI in Florida.  While Moffitt is affiliated with numbers of hospitals, The Villages Health System is its first partnership venture. 

The mutually beneficial partnership will bring immediate gains to The Villages well beyond the reputation of the Moffitt name.  The experience of the Moffitt team with local doctors promises to deliver improved care and treatment to The Villages’ community.  Additionally, The Villages will benefit from the millions in research dollars from federal funds dedicated to NCI’s.  One of the most significant advantages gained is participation in clinical trials and protocols of an NCI that brings the future in cancer prevention, care and treatment to our present day services.

The Moffitt partnership is also recognition of the dedication to excellence by The Villages in developing and delivering the best healthcare conceivable to the community and wanting to be part of that program as a full partner. 

Great Strides in Six Years

The Villages Health System is just in its seventh year but has experienced a growth rate comparable to the unique community of The Villages that it serves.  TVHS CEO Tim Hawkins commented that we’ve come a long way from a general surgery and orthopedic/medical diagnosis and treat facility to a full service, state of the art healthcare system.  He says that compared to standard medical facility growth rates, we’ve been moving at the speed of light, while maintaining and improving quality at each step. From a 60-bed medical hospital with two surgical suites, an intensive care unit, basic radiology and general hospital care, The Villages Health System has expanded to 198 beds and now offers three times the surgical suites, filmless/wireless/portable imagery, quadrupled the pharmacy, and doubled the emergency department and staff that handles four time the patient volume in less time.  TVHS has also recently added or increased a wound healing center, a catheterization lab and then doubled it to conduct 3000 procedures, a joint replacement center that has replaced over 125 shoulders, knees and hips, neurology and neurosurgery, and rehabilitation and wellness programs.

Much More Coming

In addition to the Cancer Center, TVHS has commenced certification as a stroke center with efforts to continue growth through expansion and partnership to deliver on its mission of improving the health and quality of the individuals and community it serves.  Having already tripled the surgeons certified at TVHS, the doctors now number over 300, nurses about 700, technicians about 100 (TVHS Auxiliary volunteers also over 700).  As an indication of the confidence and reputation for excellence in general and specialty medical services, the patient volumes at TVHS have been dramatically increasing.  Patient throughput this year is up 30% over last year and 60% over two years ago.  Primary care givers are recommending the world class advantage of TVHS and Villagers are agreeing. 

TVHS CEO Tim Hawkins (seated) reviews remodeling and expansion plans with VHA President

THE VILLAGES HOSPITAL GOING WORLD CLASS

The recent announcement of The Villages Health System partnering with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is taking The Villages to the next level of excellence in healthcare.  Moffitt is a nationally recognized leader in cancer research and treatment.  It is one of only 43 National Cancer Institutes (NCI’s) in country among over 5000 cancer centers, and the only NCI in Florida.  While Moffitt is affiliated with numbers of hospitals, The Villages Health System is its first partnership venture. 

The mutually beneficial partnership will bring immediate gains to The Villages well beyond the reputation of the Moffitt name.  The experience of the Moffitt team with local doctors promises to deliver improved care and treatment to The Villages’ community.  Additionally, The Villages will benefit from the millions in research dollars from federal funds dedicated to NCI’s.  One of the most significant advantages gained is participation in clinical trials and protocols of an NCI that brings the future in cancer prevention, care and treatment to our present day services.

The Moffitt partnership is also recognition of the dedication to excellence by The Villages in developing and delivering the best healthcare conceivable to the community and wanting to be part of that program as a full partner. 

Great Strides in Six Years

The Villages Health System is just in its seventh year but has experienced a growth rate comparable to the unique community of The Villages that it serves.  TVHS CEO Tim Hawkins commented that we’ve come a long way from a general surgery and orthopedic/medical diagnosis and treat facility to a full service, state of the art healthcare system.  He says that compared to standard medical facility growth rates, we’ve been moving at the speed of light, while maintaining and improving quality at each step. From a 60-bed medical hospital with two surgical suites, an intensive care unit, basic radiology and general hospital care, The Villages Health System has expanded to 198 beds and now offers three times the surgical suites, filmless/wireless/portable imagery, quadrupled the pharmacy, and doubled the emergency department and staff that handles four time the patient volume in less time.  TVHS has also recently added or increased a wound healing center, a catheterization lab and then doubled it to conduct 3000 procedures, a joint replacement center that has replaced over 125 shoulders, knees and hips, neurology and neurosurgery, and rehabilitation and wellness programs.

Much More Coming

In addition to the Cancer Center, TVHS has commenced certification as a stroke center with efforts to continue growth through expansion and partnership to deliver on its mission of improving the health and quality of the individuals and community it serves.  Having already tripled the surgeons certified at TVHS, the doctors now number over 300, nurses about 700, technicians about 100 (TVHS Auxiliary volunteers also over 700).  As an indication of the confidence and reputation for excellence in general and specialty medical services, the patient volumes at TVHS have been dramatically increasing.  Patient throughput this year is up 30% over last year and 60% over two years ago.  Primary care givers are recommending the world class advantage of TVHS and Villagers are agreeing. 

TVHS CEO Tim Hawkins (seated) reviews remodeling and expansion plans with VHA President