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State’s top cancer programs unite to expand care

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New pairing creates UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health
Dr. Phillips Charities donates $1.5 million to launch personalized cancer care
Orlando Health and University of Florida Health today announced they have joined forces to establish one of the state’s largest, most comprehensive cancer programs.
The UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health will expand care and treatment options for patients throughout the region, at a time when statistics show the number of cancer cases in Florida is rising.
According to recent studies by the National Cancer Institute, Florida now has the second-largest cancer burden in America, and cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in the Sunshine State.
“A need of this magnitude requires an innovative strategy for meeting this growing demand for cancer treatment and care,” said Orlando Health Board Chair Dianna Morgan. “By connecting some of the nation’s most experienced cancer doctors and leading cancer researchers, we can collaborate to provide the best possible care and the most favorable treatment outcomes for cancer patients.”

Florida Hospital College Announces Plans to Expand Campus and Programs

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Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences recently announced plans to expand its campus to accommodate more students and offer new programs in the healthcare field.
“With this new building, we are going to be able to educate and train more students in a variety of medical professions,” said Dr. David Greenlaw, president of Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences.
The new 90,000-square-foot, five-story building will feature a large multi-purpose room to host educational hospital and community events, as well as a medical simulation lab with infant, child and adult simulators. The new academic center will also house four clinical labs, five chemistry and biology labs, and a variety of other classrooms with the capability to broadcast courses to diverse geographic locations using the latest web streaming technology.
“Our students truly benefit from a hands-on learning experience,” said Kathleen Wren, Ph.D., CRNA, Chair of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the Florida Hospital College. “This new building will enhance what we are already doing with our students. Our proximity to Florida Hospital Orlando already provides our students with a valuable clinical learning experience and by creating more programs that are in demand; we will be able to train more future medical professionals.”
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In addition to the new building, the college is expanding its curriculum to offer doctorates in nurse anesthesia, physical therapy and pharmacy. The college currently has a master’s program in occupational therapy and healthcare administration in additional to a variety of associate and bachelor’s degrees ranging from nursing to diagnostic medical sonography.
FHCollegeGroundbreaking.jpg – Florida Hospital leaders break ground on the newest academic building at the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences that will house new graduate programs.

Orlando Health Completes Acquisition of Health Central

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Orlando Health’s acquisition of Health Central is complete. The $181.3 million sale became effective April 1, 2012. The acquisition creates a wholly owned subsidiary named Orlando Health Central, Inc. that will continue to operate the hospital under the Health Central name.
A 13-member board of directors consisting of representatives from Orlando Health and west Orange County has been formed to govern the new entity. The board includes 11 voting members and two non-voting members. Board members are Kathy Aber, Ann Blakeslee, John Cappleman, M.D., Becky Cherney, Samuel Davis, Jr., Jamal Hakim, M.D., Steve Harr, Randy June, Carolyn Karraker, Michael Mercado, M.D., Bob Miles, John Rinehart, and Sherrie Sitarik.
“This is an exciting time for Orlando Health and the west Orange community,” said Sherrie Sitarik, president and CEO, Orlando Health. “Our acquisition of Health Central will not only make the Orlando Health family stronger, but will enhance the quality and delivery of healthcare across our community.”
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