AdventHealth Opens $20M Mission Control Facility
A new unit at the AdventHealth Orlando campus will bring some innovative tools for the hospital system to care for patients across its footprint.
The nonprofit health care provider on Aug. 28 opened its approximately $20 million, 12,000-square-foot Mission Control Center, which it created in partnership with GE Healthcare Partners. The fourth-floor unit will allow the hospital to manage factors such as emergency vehicle dispatch, patient care management and sorting patients between units with the help of artificial intelligence to make decisions.
“AdventHealth is at the leading edge in deploying this technology to help provide the best, most efficient care possible for our patients,” Daryl Tol, president and CEO of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division, said in a prepared statement. “While the command center is invisible to patients, our team of experts will be there around the clock to make sure patients receive the care they need, quickly and safely.”
The 24-hour center will be run by 50 staff members from several fields, including Emergency Medical Services and flight dispatch, nurses and transit specialists. In total, the unit will oversee 2,900-plus patient beds at nine AdventHealth hospitals in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
AdventHealth is not the only hospital in the state to adapt a Mission Control to try to improve patient care. Tampa General Hospital last week opened an 8,000-square-foot center in partnership with GE Healthcare Partners in room that previously housed servers for the hospital, sister paper Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.
That facility, dubbed CareComm, first opened last December in a temporary space and has helped the hospital and its patients realize $10 million in savings. The facility also decreased readmissions by 5% and cut hospital admission costs from $9,000 to $8,500 on average per patient.
Founded in 1908, the $3.36 billion nonprofit AdventHealth system provided $196 million in uncompensated health care in its Central Florida division in 2018. Its holdings include 11 local hospitals in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Winter Park, Celebration, Winter Garden, Longwood, Kissimmee and Apopka; urgent care centers, imaging and diagnostic centers, laboratories, and sports medicine and rehabilitation centers.