Photo:A center similar to one already being used at Humber River Hospital in Toronto will reduce patient wait times and speed up the discharge process.
Southwest Florida Roundup
Tampa General partnership aims coordinate patient care
Tampa General Hospital is partnering with GE Healthcare to create a 9,000-sq.- ft. patient-care coordination center that will use predictive analytics to improve and streamline the hospital’s patient-care process. For example, the system will examine data in order to reduce wait times for patients, transport patients around the hospital more efficiently and speed up the hospital-discharge process.
The center, expected to be operational by next year, will also help manage risk and balance the staff’s workload. Similar systems are in place at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Humber River Hospital in Toronto.
“We want to leverage this system to improve efficiency and shorten the time patients are in the hospital by better managing their care,” says John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General. “This technology will help to reach our goal of providing coordinated patient care after they leave the hospital.”
Business Briefs and People in the News for Southwest Florida
- Azola, a 366-unit apartment development built near I-75 and U.S. 301, has opened.
- The Housing Trust Group started construction on phase two of Freedom Gardens, an affordable-housing apartment complex. The work, which will include 94 apartments, follows 2017’s phase one, which included 96 units.
- Isles of Porto Vista, a multi-family housing development, is adding 123 units in eight, three-story buildings.
Entertainment venue Ruth Eckerd Hall is undergoing a $21-million renovation. The work will include expanding the lobby, a new dining area and other improvements.
- The beachfront complex that was home to the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, once a popular tourist draw, has become dilapidated and unsafe, according to Longboat Key inspectors. The tennis resort closed nearly nine years ago, and much of the sprawling compound is slated for demolition. The resort, which had been owned by a partnership, closed after the various owners fought over who was responsible for paying for $14.1 million in needed repairs. The final blow came in 2010 when a U.S. bankruptcy judge converted the re sort’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization to a Chapter 7 liquidation.
- Cryo-Cell International, a stem cell storage fi rm, has acquired Orlando blood bank company Cord:Use in a deal worth $14 million.
- American Airlines plans to add non-stop service from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth. American already has fl ights from Sarasota to Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C.
- Bezu, a proposed 19-story condominium tower downtown, won approval from the city’s development review commission after the developer cut the building’s proposed height from 300 feet to 180 feet. The city council must sign off on the project.
- The Florida Orchestra, which agreed to a new threeyear contract with its musicians, also announced that its 2017-18 season attracted 125,700 ticket buyers, the most in the orchestra’s history.
- WellCare Health Plans has purchased Meridian, a Michigan health-plan provider, for $2.5 billion. Meridian serves 508,000 Medicaid members in Michigan and 565,000 in Illinois.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs gave Tampa’s Enable Me a fi ve-year contract to supply motor-assisted products to help veterans recover from neuromuscular injuries and disease.
- The city is implementing a variety of changes to traffi c fl ow on its waterfront Bayshore Boulevard, including reducing the speed limit and narrowing the lanes, after a speeding driver killed a young mother and her 2-year-old daughter trying to cross the street.
- An administrative law judge recommended that Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration approve Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s proposal to build a 90-bed hospital on Laurel Road.
- Construction has started on a $52-million, 176-room hotel in Ybor’s historical district. The four-story hotel doesn’t have a name yet, but plans call for an interior courtyard with a pool, a restaurant and balconies.
Tech Data has a new CEO. Rich Hume, a former IBM executive, replaced Robert Dutkowsky, who had been CEO since 2006 and will stay on as executive chairman. Dave Goodwin, St. Petersburg’s director of planning and economic development, has retired. His responsibilities will be taken on by Alan DeLisle, the city’s development administrator, and Liz Abernethy, director of planning and construction services. The University of South Florida has a new athletic director, Michael Kelly, a former COO of the College Football Playoff. He replaces Mark Harlan, who left USF to be the athletic director at the University of Utah.
Stepping Up Its Presence
Mosaic, the Fortune 500 phosphate mining company with a huge presence in Florida, is moving its headquarters from Plymouth, Minn., where it employs 150, to Hillsborough County. The company, one of the world’s largest producers of fertilizer, employs 3,000 people in Florida and controls about 290,000 acres in Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee and DeSoto counties. Mosaic also developed the Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, which features three golf courses built on former phosphate mines.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is undergoing a $700-million expansion. The work includes a 15-story hotel and an additional 200,000 square feet of gaming space.
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