By: Elaine Thompson, PhD
Thursday, September 20 2012
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.