Published on January 16, 2014

Special Services at St. Vincent's Clay County

North Florida Doctor Magazine | January 2014


A comprehensive orthopedic program is available for patients at the new medical center, centrally located in the county. The 64-bed hospital, which opened October 1, has teamed up with Heekin Orthopedics to offer “Center of Excellence” services such as those at the St. Vincent’s Riverside location, Tracy Williams, director of operations for St. Vincent’s Clay County said. A before-surgery class called “pre-hab” is available for patients needing total hip and knee replacements. During pre-hab, patients meet with a physical therapist and case manager to learn how to prepare for their after-surgery needs. They learn how to set up their home to make mobility easier, particularly if they will need a walker, and are briefed on what types of help they will need during recovery. Once admitted to the orthopedic floor,where they will stay for an average of three days after surgery, patients work with a physical therapist twice a day during “joint camp” at the orthopedic gym. It’s called camp, because they do therapy along with other patients, Williams said. “It allows them to be more mobile, and gives them motivation to stay on track with their exercises. They really seem to like it.”

The hospital has a full service imaging program, including a Women’s Imaging Center that provides Clay County residents everything they need in one convenient location. Screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, and stereotactic biopsies are provided there. If a radiologist sees something that requires additional imaging, the patient “can come back here for it,” they don’t have to go anywhere else for a definitive answer, Williams said. Bone density testing is also available onsite. “The Women’s center has been our busiest imaging service, averaging 15 mammograms a day,” Williams said.

For critically ill patients, the hospital has partnered with an outside company to offer the most up to date advanced electronic intensive care unit monitoring. In addition to having their own physicians, all intensive care unit patients also have board certified “intensivists,” who monitor them 24 hours a day via video cameras, and with full access to their electronic medical records. All rooms are equipped with a video camera, microphone, and a red button on the wall that gives instant access to a physician via a television screen. When a family member or a nurse pushes the button, a physician appears on the screen within seconds to answer questions and address concerns. “It’s really nice for family members

who might have been at work,” and want to be brought up to date, Williams said. “It’s also nice for the nursing staff, to have a doctor right there in the room.” The intensivists are mostly based in St. Louis, Mo. but are all licensed in Florida, Williams said. “It’s a unique feature we can offer patients.”

Read the article in the January 2014 edition of North Florida Doctor magazine.

(Pages 18-20)