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    A Look At The North Florida Advanced Robotics Institute

    Last updated 2 days 14 hours ago

    Our North Florida Advanced Robotics Institute uses cutting edge technology and a team approach to treat multiple conditions. Dr. John Brinkman & Dr. Roland Powers discuss this in-depth on the First Coast News First Coast Living show. 

    Spotlight on EsophyX

    Last updated 6 days ago

    EsophyX TIF—or transoral incisionless fundoplication—is a procedure performed to address the anatomical cause of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. This incision-free procedure allows chronic GERD sufferers to say goodbye to concerns over the long-term effects of their condition and the medications needed to manage it.                            

    During the EsophyX procedure, which is performed endoscopically, a device is passed into the esophagus to repair the flap that is supposed to prevent stomach acid from entering the esophagus. After the procedure, 79 percent of people were able to stop taking their medications, and 70 percent reported that their GERD was completely gone two years later.

    Orange Park Medical Center is pleased to offer this cutting-edge procedure to our patients. We’re committed to providing our patients with the very latest advances in treatments, from robotic surgery to comprehensive heart care, for all of their medical needs. Get answers to your questions about our hospital services by calling (904) 297-3525 today.

    Orange Park Medical Center Celebrates 40 Years

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Orange Park Medical Center will reach an important milestone on Tuesday, November 18 –  the 40th anniversary of the hospital’s actual opening and acceptance of its first patient. Since that day in 1974, Orange Park Medical Center has grown from a small community hospital to a top healthcare provider in northeast Florida.

    When the hospital opened its doors it was called Greater Orange Park Community Hospital, a 196 bed facility built by Humana. HCA then bought the hospital years later and the name was changed to Orange Park Medical Center. During these years, the hospital continued to grow, expanding services and infrastructure, and introducing new technology.

    Orange Park Medical Center has shown continued commitment to meeting the healthcare needs of the community providing the highest level of quality care and services. Several infrastructure initiatives have taken place over the last few years including:

    Current expansion includes the Pediatric Inpatient Department slated to open in 2014 and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in early 2015.  Residents will begin Orange Park Medical Center’s GME program in July 2015.

    “To see this facility today and how it’s grown since we opened the hospital 40 years ago is truly remarkable,” said W. Raleigh Thompson, MD, one of the founding fathers of Orange Park Medical Center. “While we knew this community would have a growing need for healthcare over the decades to come, we could never have imagined the impact Orange Park would have on the community, nor the size to which it has grown. I and fellow founding fathers, Henson Stephens and Dr. Tom Harden are extremely proud of this hospital and its accomplishments.”

    Orange Park Medical Center Earns 'Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®' Recognition Four Consecutive Times from The Joint Commission

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Orange Park Medical Center has once again been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Orange Park Medical
    was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. Orange Park Medical Center is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

    The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

    This is the fourth year Orange Park Medical Center has been recognized as a Top Performer. Orange Park Medical Center was recognized in 2011-2013 for its performance on accountability measure data for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care.

    Orange Park Medical Center is one of only 147 hospitals out of more than 3,000 nationwide to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past four consecutive years.

    To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013accountability measure data, including:

    • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
    • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
    • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

    “Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Orange Park Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

    “We understand what matters most to patients at Orange Park Medical Center is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Chad Patrick, CEO of Orange Park Medical Center. “Orange Park Medical Center is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

    For more information about the Top Performer program, visit


    False vs. Real Labor: How to Spot the Difference

    Last updated 16 days ago

    The big moment has finally arrived, and it’s time to go to the maternity hospital—or is it? False labor can feel very real, but it doesn’t mean that your baby is actually on the way. Many women travel to the hospital with false labor pains, only to be sent home again. Although you should always proceed to your maternity hospital right away if you think you may be in labor, you may find the following information about the differences between false labor and real labor helpful.

    Timing of Contractions

    During labor, contractions usually increase gradually according to a pattern. With false labor, contractions are far less predictable. Keep notes about the timing of your contractions. If they are consistently getting closer together, you may be in labor. If they are striking inconsistently, then it’s likely you’re experiencing false labor. These false labor contractions are also called Braxton Hicks contractions.

    Location of Pain

    In true labor, most women report pain that starts in the upper abdomen and eventually travels down to the stomach and into the lower back. In fact, during labor, many women have more pain in their backs than anywhere else. The pain associated with false labor tends to start in the groin and lower abdomen and stays centered in that region, rather than spreading.

    Changes with Activity

    When women in labor walk around or change their activity in any way, their contractions will continue to grow and may even become stronger. During false labor, activity doesn’t impact contractions at all. They will continue to be erratic and will stop on their own regardless of what the mother does.

    If you’re experiencing labor pain, come to the maternity hospital at Orange Park Medical Center for evaluation. From our comfortable birthing suites to our Level 2 NICU, our maternity hospital is the right place for your labor and delivery. Schedule a tour of our facilities or learn more about our medical services by calling (904) 297-3525.

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