The Future

2016 is the year of expansion and growth for Florida Hospital Flagler. In February we started on a 10 month construction of building an additional 32 new rooms that will be focused on our Progressive Care Unit.

Hospital Expansion

+32 ROOMS

“In February, the hospital started a 10 month project to build an additional 32 rooms that will be focused on Progressive Care.”

PALM COAST, Fla., February 19, 2016 – Florida Hospital Flagler broke ground on a $15 million construction project on Feb. 15 to add 32 new beds on the second and third floors over the hospital’s emergency department.

Flagler County has seen tremendous growth since Florida Hospital Flagler opened in September 2002. According to a March 2015 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the county’s population recently surpassed 100,000. Additionally, Florida Hospital Flagler’s average daily census has increased more than 25 percent from 2010 to 2014.

“Our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ compels us to honor God with the care we provide,” Mattison said. “To have the number of beds you need, as well as the equipment, staff, and training, all of these things are so important as we focus on honoring God. Candidly, this expansion is going to help us better honor God with the care we provide our community.”

As part of the construction, the community will see changes to the traffic patterns, parking and public entrance to Florida Hospital Flagler’s emergency department. The current emergency department public entrance will be blocked off and a new, temporary entrance will be designated for patients north of the current entrance. A tunnel will provide a short walkway to the temporary emergency department public entrance. Complimentary valet services will be provided during peak hours at the emergency department location.

The ambulance entrance to the emergency department will not be impacted at any point during the construction.

The architect is Orlando-based Hunton Brady and the contractor is Batson Cook from the Jacksonville area.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and will allow Florida Hospital Flagler to continue providing quality care for the growing community.

As part of the construction, the community will see changes to the traffic patterns, parking and public entrance to Florida Hospital Flagler’s emergency department. The current emergency department public entrance will be blocked off and a new, temporary entrance will be designated for patients north of the current entrance. A tunnel will provide a short walkway to the temporary emergency department public entrance. Complimentary valet services will be provided during peak hours at the emergency department location.

The ambulance entrance to the emergency department will not be impacted at any point during the construction.

The architect is Orlando-based Hunton Brady and the contractor is Batson Cook from the Jacksonville area.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and will allow Florida Hospital Flagler to continue providing quality care for the growing community.

Comfort & Care

SLEEPER SOFA

$3,500 – The cost of “one” sleeper sofa. Our first Capital Campaign. We invite you to be a part of our growth by supporting this initiative.

True Beam Radiation Machine

Cancer Center

“True Beam – safe, efficient cutting-edge radiology”  – 4.5 million Investment coming this fall.

PALM COAST, Fla., January 20, 2016 – Florida Hospital Flagler has announced plans for a $4.5 million construction project to expand its Cancer Center by 2,000 square feet and add a second linear accelerator for radiation oncology treatments.

“When complete, we will have two dedicated treatment vaults for radiation treatments, expanding our ability to treat cancer patients in a quick, extremely safe and efficient manner to accommodate our growing population demands,” said Ken Mattison, Florida Hospital Flagler chief executive officer.

The expansion will add a second treatment machine called a True Beam™ Radiotherapy System by Varian. Florida Hospital Flagler will be the only facility in Flagler, Volusia and St. Johns counties with the True Beam technology.

“True Beam offers the latest technology to treat cancer anywhere in the body with advanced accuracy and speed. This includes cancer in the brain, lung, breast, prostate, head and neck,” said Florida Hospital Flagler radiation oncologist Dr. Luis Carrascosa. “This new technology has sophisticated imaging capabilities that will enable us to deliver the most cutting-edge stereotactic treatment techniques with extremely high precision and shorter course treatment schedules”.

Construction will begin spring 2016 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

What is TrueBeam?

TrueBeam™ is an advanced image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) system used to treat cancer with speed and accuracy while avoiding healthy tissues and organs. TrueBeam was designed for complex cases of cancer of the lung, breast, stomach and brain. It also can be used for cancers of the liver and prostate, along with other cancers treated with radiation therapy.

TrueBeam combines respiratory gating, real-time tracking, imaging and treatment in a streamlined system. With this integration, our doctors can offer advanced treatment options, such as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), Calypso® beacon tracking, RapidArc® and Gated RapidArc®.

TrueBeam is a versatile technology that can provide you with the treatment suited for your specific cancer and individual needs.

How it works

TrueBeam rotates around your body to deliver radiation therapy from nearly any angle. The system provides real-time imaging, which allows your doctor to direct higher doses of radiation with greater accuracy. At the same time, TrueBeam’s respiratory gating technology gives your doctor the ability to synchronize radiation beams with your breathing. For example, doctors can treat a moving lung tumor as if it were standing still. Respiratory gating also protects nearby organs and healthy tissues from unnecessary radiation.

Speed and precision are the hallmarks of the TrueBeam system:

  • It can deliver treatments up to 75 percent faster than other advanced radiation machines.
  • “Intelligent” automation results in up to a five-fold reduction in the steps needed for imaging, positioning and treating patients.
  • A standard intensity-modulated treatment would typically take 10 minutes. With TrueBeam, it can be done in less than two minutes.
  • Complex radiosurgery typically takes 40 minutes to an hour. It can be completed in 5-20 minutes using TrueBeam.
  • RapidArc® technology in TrueBeam can mean treatment times as short as 1 minute.
  • The system performs accuracy checks every 10 milliseconds throughout an entire treatment.
  • The precision of a TrueBeam system is measured in increments of less than 1 millimeter.
  • More than 100,000 data points are monitored continually during treatment to ensure safety.

TrueBeam can make the experience of receiving radiation therapy more comfortable. Most treatments take just a few minutes a day, which means less time on the treatment couch and reduced motion during treatment.

TrueBeam is quiet during operation. It has communication technology that enables interaction between you and the clinicians operating the equipment. TrueBeam also has two closed-circuit television systems so your treating clinicians can see and hear you at all times.

New MRI

Coming Soon to Florida Hospital Flagler, a brand new state-of-the-art MR Magnet

New MRI

The new magnet is a Siemens Magnetom Aera 1.5T. It is a 70cm open bore magnet offering more room for the patient, which will make the patient’s experience more pleasant and enjoyable. We will be able to accommodate a large variety of patient sizes, shapes and conditions. The Siemens Magnetom Aera is also super short at 145cm long. This will allow many studies to be completed with their head outside the bore, reducing the fear and anxiety of the claustrophobic patient. Another feature of the magnet comes with is 4G TIM technology. This technology improves on flexibility, accuracy and speed, reducing scan time by 20% and increasing tech productivity by up to 50%. Image quality is greatly improved and enhanced with the 4G technology providing our patients and physicians with excellent imaging and high quality exams. Our patients experience will be enhanced by a new technology – our MR magnet will have what is called “Quiet Suite”. Quiet Suit is a software package that is on our magnet that will reduce the noise level during the scan by 70% creating a much quieter and more comfortable scan.

Florida Hospital Community Care / Flagler Cares:

Flagler Cares

Flagler Cares is a coalition among various community entities coming together to administer a program of health and wellness for the underserved and needy in our community. Along with Florida Hospital Flagler, including the doctors, staff and our new Foundation Community Health program, among other participants included are the Free Clinic, Flagler County Health Department, Flagler County Commission, the Sheriff’s Office, the Flagler School District, Centra Care and Azela Health. This coalition will provide a network of education and clinical support to those who suffer with chronic illnesses without the ability to manage the care on their own. Florida Hospital has done extensive analysis on who attends the emergency room, and how frequently. From this information they can highlight people who would benefit from a care team to work towards proactive solutions to manage their particular health issue, and stop the reactive path that often times does not provide long term success for these patients. From there, each patient will have his/her own personal health care advocate assigned. As health returns, future visits to the Emergency Department are greatly reduced. Healthy is happy and with your help, we intend to continue to provide the best available healthcare to every citizen of Flagler County.

Diabetes Initiative

Diabetes Initiative

Diabetes is an often used word without a lot of glamourous press. It does not get much attention unless you have been diagnosed. However, one in four people with diabetes have not been diagnosed. What are your odds? There are two things very significant about diabetes: it can lead to very serious complications and secondly, Type II can be cured. Type I needs more research. This Gala will be the springboard for diabetes awareness and education in Flagler County. Come November, there will be a full scale diabetes initiative rolled out around the National Diabetes Day. We ae planning a full week of activities to raise awareness for people who have been diagnosed and as importantly, those who have the disease and are not aware of it and have not been diagnosed. These people deserve support, education, and resources to help build a network that will help them the moment they are diagnosed with Pre-diabetes through any of the multiple forms Diabetes takes.

YOU CAN HELP

Here is how you can help us extend the healing ministry of Christ in our community: