Two Great Medical Centers and Top Doctors on Call 24/7
Excellent service, Fluffy pillows. Zippy gowns and socks. Flat-screen TV. What more do you want?
Of course. You want top-notch medical facilities, and the best diagnostic and treatment equipment, and expert staff and nurses and labs, and experienced doctors on call 24/7, just in case.
In Daytona Beach and Volusia County you’ve got it all: two top medical centers that can provide the care you expect for yourself, your family, your friends.
“People can be certain they will receive good health care here,” says Jeff Feasel, Halifax Health president and CEO. He oversees a community health care system with 678 licensed beds and more than 500 physicians on its medical staff, representing 46 medical specialties.
Feasel is enthusiastic about the hospital’s recent purchase of the GE Revolution CT Scanner, the only one in Central Florida, “which enhances our ability and speed to image, diagnose and prescribe treatment when seconds count,” he says. It sets Halifax Health apart in Central Florida, he says, as do services such as inpatient behavioral health, trauma surgery and the capabilities of the emergency room, one of the largest ERs in the Southeastern U.S.
“We were recently named the top hospital in the country for delivering babies at 39 weeks or more, which is safer for mothers and their babies. We were also named the top hospital in the state, and second in the nation, for the lowest readmission rates for hip and knee procedures.” Another high mark: recognition by The Joint Commission for quality of service.
Founded by the state legislature, Halifax District Hospital opened its doors with 125 beds in 1928, became a convalescent facility during World War II and a community hospital once again in 1947. Later renamed Halifax Health, as a public, non-profit hospital, it provides more uncompensated care than all other hospitals in Volusia County combined, Feasel says, and last year received more than 2,000 requests from other hospitals to transfer their patients to Halifax for care.
“We are owned by the people of the community and are the community’s greatest asset. Every dime we make is reinvested into the health of our citizens, and we are extremely proud and honored to be here for our community.”
It’s All Good for Patients: A Competitive Health Care Landscape
“Anyone who is coming into this community to live, work and play is going to have their medical needs well taken care of,” says Ed Noseworthy, CEO, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center.
“In addition to community care, Florida Hospital provides higher level tertiary and quaternary care, such as heart, lung and kidney transplants,” he says. “If we cannot do it here, we have a premier center in Orlando. A lot of hospitals do not have the infrastructure to provide that. With a sister hospital, we can get you there, get it done and bring you back.”
A member of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital has five hospital emergency departments and five Centra Care urgent care locations in Volusia County offering patients a network of 220 employed providers and more than 1,000 medical staff physicians of all specialties.
A list of awards and accolades includes the 2012 Governor’s Sterling Award, the highest award an organization in Florida can receive for performance excellence, says Noseworthy. In addition, Florida Hospital has received an “A” rating on patient safety from The Leapfrog Group; was recognized by The Joint Commission as a top performer on key quality measures; and won the Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Hospital” published by the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
“We have two strong hospitals in this community that provide high level care,” says Noseworthy, “both striving to be their best. We need to be more open and global about the excellence this community provides.”
Another health care organization with deep roots in the community is Florida Health Care Plans, headquartered in Holly Hill. FHCP is the oldest HMO in east central Florida and one of the oldest in the U.S. with more than 42 years in business and 92,000-plus members. The company offers educational wellness programs and participates actively in programs with the Council on Aging, PACE Center for Girls, United Way, Volusia County Education Foundation and the Volusia Literary Council.
Florida State University College of Medicine adds to the county’s health care profile by providing third- and fourth-year clinical training through affiliations with local physicians, ambulatory care facilities and hospitals. At FSU’s Regional Medical School Campus-Daytona Beach, clerkship directors coordinate student rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatry, geriatrics and emergency medicine.