The word “advent,” as defined in the dictionary, means the “arrival of a notable person, thing or event.” Florida Hospital’s coming transformation to AdventHealth, a new national, consumer-centric brand based in Central Florida, is set to be no different.
“Florida Hospital was built on a strong foundation, but it’s time we turn from the past and take a leap into the future,” said Florida Hospital president and CEO Daryl Tol. “We’re creating a health care system that’s easier to navigate, simpler to understand, more convenient, and – most importantly – focused on keeping people healthy.”
The Adventist Health System is made up of hundreds of care sites and hospitals across the United States, including all of the Florida Hospital network. New initiatives for the coming transition include the creation of the region’s first comprehensive genomic health center, which is set to help provide health and wellness care to people across the region. This includes disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and the use of geometric profiles to help physicians determine the different types of illnesses to which individuals may be more prone. The new Center for Genomic Health will begin its work starting in 2019, as AdventHealth Orlando will soon be able to provide comprehensive genomics testing, analysis, interpretation and genetic counseling services.
In addition to the Genomic Health initiatives, AdventHealth is helping to launch a wholeness screening program in outpatient offices, which will help identify spiritual and emotional needs in patients and address them accordingly so those who are at risk can get the help that they need. Different questions will be asked by physicians as part of this process, such as, “Do you have a source of joy in your life?” and “Do you have someone who loves and cares for you?” From here, a plan can be developed to supply the individual with follow-up care and support.
Consumers will also be able to access their medical records in full detail, have virtual doctor’s visits, pay their bills, and make appointments using AdventHealth’s new eCare platform, which will be free in January 2019 to all customers to celebrate its launch. Tools like Apple Health Records are already being utilized in making health and wellness more accessible to everyone. This platform will help patients be able to see a doctor or nurse practitioner on their smartphone or tablet in the comfort of their own home if their situation makes them unable to go into the office in person.
“We are steadfast in our innovation and research, building world-class clinical teams who deliver compassionate care and bringing hope and healing to all our neighbors. We’ve talked a lot about the concept of ‘someday.’ Someday is today,” said Tol.
AdventHealth promises, “One network for every age and stage.” To learn more, visit AdventHealth.com.