Lakeland Regional Health Joins Orlando Health

Lakeland Regional Health (LRH) and Orlando Health (OH) completed an affiliation to create an integrated regional health care system on October 1, 2017.

Contacts:

Jennifer Audette
Manager, Editorial Services
Lakeland Regional Health
Office: 863.687.1122/Cell: 863.398.5934 jennifer.audette@myLRH.org

Kena Lewis, APR
Director, Media Relations/Public Affairs Orlando Health
Office: 321.841.8184/Cell: 407.403.1661 kena.lewis@orlandohealth.com

Lakeland, FL & Orlando, FL (October 2, 2017) – Lakeland Regional Health (LRH) and Orlando Health (OH) completed an affiliation to create an integrated regional health care system on October 1, 2017. This regional system better positions both organizations to advance clinical programs, improve access, and enhance the clinical quality of services provided.

Other affiliations currently in place with both organizations will continue. Both Foundations will remain under the control of their respective health care systems, performing community specific philanthropic activities. Funds raised by each Foundation will be used exclusively to benefit and support the system’s projects and the communities served.

Orlando Health is a private, not-for-profit health care system that has been caring for the Central Florida community since 1918. Orlando Health consists of eight acute care hospitals (2,295 beds) and was recently granted a certificate of need to build a 9th hospital in the Horizon West community in west Orange County. The organization has more than 2,000 affiliated physicians, 500 employed physicians, and 18,000 employees. In addition, Orlando Health is a teaching hospital that trains over 250 physician residents in 7 different clinical programs and 17 fellowship programs.

LRH is a private, not-for-profit health care system that has been caring for its community since 1916. LRH consists of Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, which is Florida’s fifth largest hospital with 849 beds, including the 32-bed Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine, as well as the Hollis Cancer Center and other care locations providing outpatient healthcare services. LRH has over 500 physician members of its medical staff, employs 135 physicians, and has over 5,200 employees.

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based $2.6 billion network of physician practices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers throughout Central Florida. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. More than 2,000 physicians have privileges at Orlando Health, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 18,000 employees who serve nearly 2 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $204 million in support of community health needs. More information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.

About Lakeland Regional Health

As a catalyst for community health, not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health is reaching beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. LRH holds Most Wired status from American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 849-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates a Level II Trauma Center, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine and the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department. For more information about Lakeland Regional Health, visit http://myLRH.org.

New Affiliation FAQs

Q1: What is the relationship between Lakeland Regional Health and Orlando Health?

A1: The two organizations formed an affiliation that will create an exceptional regional health care system that benefits from shared knowledge and expertise, enhanced service line offerings and coordinated care. 

Q2: Why did the organizations want to affiliate?

A2: This regional system better positions both organizations to expand clinical programs, improve access, and enhance the clinical quality of services provided. It also fosters the development of an academic graduate medical education program at LRH, manages population health across the region, and promotes joint formation of strategic goals and objectives.

Q3: Who is Orlando Health?

A3: Like LRH, Orlando Health is a private, not-for-profit health care system that has been caring for the Central Florida community since 1918. Orlando Health consists of eight acute care hospitals (2,295 beds) and was recently granted a certificate of need to build a 9th hospital in the Horizon West community in west Orange County. The organization has more than 2,000 affiliated physicians, 500 employed physicians, and 18,000 employees. In addition, Orlando Health is a teaching hospital that trains over 250 physician residents in 7 different clinical programs and 17 fellowship programs.

Q4: Who is Lakeland Regional Health?

A4: LRH is a private, not-for-profit health care system that has been caring for its community since 1916. LRH consists of Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, which is Florida’s fifth largest hospital with 849 beds, including the 32-bed Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine, as well as the Hollis Cancer Center and other care locations providing outpatient health care services. LRH has over 500 physician members of its medical staff, employs 135 physicians, and has over 5,200 employees.

Q5: Was LRH sold? Did Orlando Health buy LRH?

A5: No, this affiliation does not result in a change in asset ownership or local control for either organization. The assets of the LRH Medical Center continue to be owned by the City of Lakeland and operated by LRH. 

Q6: Will this impact the relationship between the City of Lakeland and LRH?

A6: No, the assets of the LRH Medical Center continue to be owned by the City of Lakeland and remain subject to the Lease & Transfer Agreement. In addition, nothing in the affiliation affects the lease payments to the City by LRH.

Q7: Will the members of each organization’s Board of Directors remain the same?

A7: Yes, with minor changes. LRH continues to be governed by a Board of Directors made up of leaders living in the Lakeland community with the addition of one director representing Orlando Health. Two directors from the LRH Board are appointed to Orlando Health’s Board of Directors.

Q8: Does this change the executive management team at LRH?

A8: The position of LRH President and Chief Executive Officer continues to be held by Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE. She continues to report to the LRH Board of Directors, and now also reports to the CEO of Orlando Health. The President and CEO of LRH continues to have management oversight of the LRH executive team.

Q9: Does the affiliation impact donations to the LRH Foundation or the Orlando Health Foundation?

A9: Both Foundations remain under the control of their respective Foundation Boards and funds raised by each Foundation are used exclusively to benefit and support each system’s local projects and communities.

Q10: Will there be a reduction of clinical services?

A10: This affiliation better positions both organizations to expand clinical programs. Both organizations remain committed to the health care needs of their respective communities.

Q11: Will there be a reduction or consolidation of employees?

A11: There are no planned reductions or consolidations of employees at either organization.

Q12: How will the brands and logos of each organization be presented?

A12: LRH keeps its current name and logo with an added visual representation of Orlando Health membership. There is no change to either organization’s mission or vision and both continue their commitments to care for the underserved through their current charity care policies and programs. 

Q13: Will this impact LRH’s goal of becoming a teaching hospital?

A13: This affiliation fosters the development of an academic graduate medical education program at LRH. By affiliating with Orlando Health, LRH is able to access the rich knowledge and expertise of an organization that has a long history teaching tomorrow’s physicians. Orlando Health accepted its first intern in 1926 and became a statutory teaching hospital in 1951.

Q14: Does this impact any current clinical partners with either organization?

A14: Affiliations currently in place with both organizations continue. Both organizations also have the ability to pursue future clinical affiliations that benefit their respective communities.

Q15: Did the employer change for employees at either organization?

A15: No, team members at both organizations remain an employee of their respective organizations with the same salaries and benefits. There are no changes in employment practices.

Q16: Does this change Medical Staff privileges at any LRH or OH hospitals?

A16: No, the Medical Staffs remain independent. Privileging continues to be overseen by the organizations’ respective Medical Staffs and governed by the organizations’ Boards of Directors.

Q17: Are there any changes in medical directorship or Medical Staff leadership positions at either organization?

A17: No, Medical Staff positions remain independent and there is no change in medical directorship positions.

Q18: Do patients have to change physicians?

A18: No, this affiliation has no impact on patient-physician relationships. Patients continue to receive care from the physicians they know and trust.

October 02, 2017, in Corporate News