Cooperation and Collaboration between Florida Hospitals
Solantic, a chain of walk-in clinics, and Baptist Health of Northeast Florida co-branded an urgent care network in Jacksonville. [Photo: Eileen Escarda]
• Earlier this year, All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg became part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, making it the first hospital outside of the Baltimore/Washington region to become part of the prestigious institution. The merger provides All Children's with expanded teaching and research opportunities and gives Johns Hopkins a foothold in Florida and markets in the Caribbean and Central and South America.
• Last year, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida teamed up with Solantic, a walk-in urgent-care clinic company co-founded by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, to create a co-branded urgent care network in the Jacksonville area.
Physicians at Cleveland Clinic will serve as medical director for 12 MinuteClinics in select CVS stores in Broward and Palm Beach counties. [Photo: Minute Clinic]
In June, Take Care Health Systems, a Walgreens subsidiary that operates Take Care Clinics at 350 Walgreens drugstores across the nation, formed a relationship with Jacksonville-based Memorial Health. Memorial Health-affiliated physicians will provide information about Take Care Clinics to their patients and families if their own office is closed or they are unable to schedule an appointment for a patient as quickly as the patient would like. Likewise, providers at Take Care Clinics will educate patients about Memorial Health services and other local healthcare resources.
In Brevard County, Wuesthoff Health System operates the Clinic at Walmart at two Walmart locations, one in Cocoa and one on Merritt Island, with plans for more.
• Scientists at the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute in Port St. Lucie are collaborating with nearby Martin Memorial Hospital to conduct research aimed at developing vaccines and therapies for infectious disease, cancer and immune disease. One of the studies involved collecting blood samples of consenting Martin Memorial patients who had the flu. Researchers used the samples to examine how the body's immune calls react to exposure to a viral infection such as the flu, either by immunization or by being infected with the flu itself.