Community Budget Issue Requests - Tracking Id #507FY0001

Operational Efficiency Adjustments for Expansion of Educational & Clinical Services of the Emergency Department/Trauma Center












Robert Norton


Shands Jacksonville











Project Title:

Operational Efficiency Adjustments for Expansion of Educational & Clinical Services of the Emergency Department/Trauma Center

Date Submitted:

2/13/01 12:08:18 PM












James King














Statewide Interest:

benefits health care needs of citizens by increasing access to emergency care and treatment













Shands Jacksonville


Penny Thompson


655 W. 8th Street

Contact Phone:

(904) 244-3007



Jacksonville 32209

















Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns














Service Area:

Private Organization
















Project Description:








Shands Jacksonville is a statutory teaching hospital and has the largest emergency medicine training program in Floirdsa.  Shands Jacksonville is a Level I Trauma Center.  The emergency department at Shands Jacksonville was constructed in 1971. National standards during the last 30 years have significantly changed in order to provide a higher level, more cost efficient process in triaging and treating adults and children seeking emergency care.  Volume and patient acuity/severity of injury have both risen in this time period.  The clinical and educational programs of this major statutory teaching hospital critically need broadening and a total redesigning in order to comply with federal and state law to provide appropriate access to emergency and trauma care for the current volume of patients and patient acuity/severity.  The five components of the department-Trauma Center, Intensive Care Unit, Urgent Care, Pediatrics and Fast Track-provide the only access to health care for many citizens of Northeast Florida.  Currently the "fast track" area of the emergency department has been closed in order to utilize the beds to treat patients who are more seriously ill.  This money would be used to begin the process of remolding the existing department and to purchase the necessary equipment.  The emergency department serves as the true safety net provider by treating the vast majority of uninsured, underinsured and self pay citizens in Duval County and Northeast Florida.












Measurable Outcome Anticipated:






Improved access to emergency care and treatment by providing faster, more cost efficient care of the patients served in the emergency areas.  Reduce the number of complaints filed with the Agency for Health Care Administration.











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Was this project previously funded by the State?














Is future-year funding likely to be requested?














Was this project included in an Agency's Budget Request?




Was this project included in the Governor's Recommended Budget?













Is there a documented need for this project?






Increase in emergency room visits; state and federal law mandate emergency care & treatment











Was this project request heard before a publicly noticed meeting of a body of elected officials (municipal, county, or state)?




Hearing Body:

Duval County Legislative Delegation


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