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    Orange Park Woman's Club Knits for Orange Park Medical Center Pediatric Patients

    Last updated 21 hours ago

    Orange Park Medical Center was recently presented with a generous assortment of hand knitted children’s items from the Orange Park Woman’s Club. Members of this non-profit organization knitted hats and blankets for children who come to
    Orange Park Medical Center for care. Members Betty Smallwood, Millicent Sirch, Margaret Toms, Sheila Brammer and Carolyn Clark presented the items to the Director of Pediatrics, Elaine Smith, Director of Women’s Services Debbie Szpila and women’s services and pediatric nurses.

    “We deeply appreciate the ladies of the Orange Park Woman’s Club who took the time to make these beautiful items for our pediatric patients,” said Elaine Smith, Director of Pediatrics at Orange Park Medical Center. “These items are sure to bring smiles to their faces.”

    The Orange Park Woman’s Club accepts yarn donations and they can be dropped off at their monthly meeting held the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. or at their Thrift Shop on Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Orange Park Woman’s Club is located at 130 Kingsley Avenue.

    Orange Park Medical Center’s Pediatric ER is currently staffed by on-site Pediatricians 24/7. Our Pediatric Specialists and kid friendly waiting room help ease children’s anxiety about being in the ER. The Pediatric Inpatient Department is opening in November and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is opening in early 2015. For more information, visit

    Get to Know the Pediatric ER at Orange Park Medical Center

    Last updated 5 days ago

    We are very proud of our new Pediatric ER currently staffed by on-site Pediatricians 24/7! Our Pediatric Specialists and kid friendly waiting room help ease children’s anxiety about being in the ER. With the Pediatric Inpatient Department opening in November and our PICU opening in early 2015, our goal is to provide the best care possible for your children.

    Orange Park Medical Center First in Florida to be Recognized with Gold Plus Quality Award with Honor Roll for Heart Failure Care

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Orange Park Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

    Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

    Orange Park Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while patients are in the hospital. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation.

    Orange Park Medical Center also received the association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll. Orange Park Medical Center is the first hospital in Florida to receive the Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll. Target: Heart Failure is an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines developed to reduce the risk of heart failure patients ending up back in the hospital. Hospitals are required to meet criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early followup care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

    “Orange Park Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-respected guidelines,” said Kelly Lindsay, Director of Cardiovascular Services.

    “We are pleased to recognize Orange Park Medical Center for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and also reduce disparity gaps in care.”

    According to the American Heart Association, about 5.1 million people suffer from heart failure. Each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 275,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

    Orange Park Medical Center Awarded Sepsis Certification from the Joint Commission

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Orange Park Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Sepsis Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Orange Park Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards. Orange Park Medical Center has been awarded this certification since 2013.

    Orange Park Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in August 2014. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Orange Park Medical Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

    "In achieving Joint Commission certification, Orange Park Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with sepsis," says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Orange Park Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill
    confidence in the community it serves.”

    Chad Patrick, CEO of Orange Park Medical Center, added "With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to continue along our path of excellence, with a focus on continual improvement of patient care and quality outcomes.”

    The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical
    practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

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