If the future of medical care is telemedicine, then the future is now at St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County, which opens to patients Oct. 1 in Middleburg.
As a group of reporters on a tour of the hospital stood in one of the eight rooms in the intensive care unit, Tracy Williams, the hospital’s director of operations, pressed a button.
Moments later Patricia Frasca, a critical care nurse with Advanced ICU, a company headquartered in St. Louis, appeared on a television screen and began talking to reporters. A camera located in the room could zoom in, enabling her to read the writing on ID badges.
That technology will give patients and their families in the ICU at St. Vincent’s Clay County round-the-clock access to nurses and physicians with Advanced ICU, which currently provides telemedical care to 42 intensive care units around the country.
“After we explain what we do, most patients find it fascinating and a comfort to them,” Frasca said.
St. Vincent’s Clay County is the first Florida hospital to use Advanced ICU’s services.
‘BUILT TO GROW’
The 147,500-square-foot, three-story, 64-bed hospital is set on 30 acres and was designed so that it can eventually be expanded to 250 beds, said hospital President Blain Claypool.
“We built it to grow,” he said.
The first floor includes an emergency department with 12 adult beds and four pediatric beds, six operating rooms, two gastrointestinal labs, one cath lab and one interventional radiology room, a chapel, a cafeteria and a 1,400-square-foot education center.
Claypool said he wants the cafeteria to be “the top restaurant in Clay County.”
Jason Jenson, the director of food and nutrition, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and will be working with local farmers to create a “mostly organic farm-to-table menu,” Claypool said.
The second and third floors are occupied by patient beds, with the ICU on the second floor and a rehabilitation gym on the third floor.
The main entrance leads into a central medical mall, where patients can check in with a clerk or do an electronic self check-in.
A 50,000-square-foot medical office building located next to the hospital will provide office space for physicians.
There will be about 300 people working in the hospital (chosen from more than 3,000 applicants, Claypool said) and another 400 employed in the medical office building.
“We will be in the top 1 percent of hospitals,” Claypool promised. “It’s what Clay County deserves.”
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