2.2 min readPublished On: March 20, 2024

Hospital Care at Home in Lake County

Orlando Health South Lake Hospital now offers Hospital Care at Home, a program that provides acute hospital-level care in adult patients’ homes, to serve patients in Lake County.

The program is available to Orlando Health patients who meet specific clinical criteria determined by emergency department and hospital staff. To be eligible, a patient’s home must be a safe environment located within the determined geographical catchment area in case emergency care is required.

Medical conditions that can be cared for safely in the home-based program include: cellulitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, urinary tract infection, heart failure, COVID-19, pneumonia, gastroenteritis​, acute pancreatitis, multiple sclerosis flare-ups, sepsis and vasculitis.

“As we continue to grow to serve the expanding population of Lake County, we are thrilled to be able to provide this service,” said Lance Sewell, president, Orlando Health South Lake Hospital. “We look forward to extending our quality, expert care to patients in the comfort of their homes.”

Portable technology connects patients to the Orlando Health Patient Care Hub for 24/7 remote monitoring and virtual care by nurses and providers. Patients receive daily in-person care from nursing team members, along with virtual provider and consultant visits. Mobile imaging, labs, dietary services and therapy are provided as ordered.

“In the past year, Hospital Care at Home has grown remarkably, providing exceptional healthcare services to Central Florida communities,” said Linda Fitzpatrick, assistant vice president, Orlando Health Hospital Care at Home. “We have expanded our program to meet the evolving needs of the patients we serve.”

The Orlando Health program was the first in Central Florida to be approved for Medicare and Medicaid patients and now accepts participating private insurances. Since its inception, more than 650 patients have been cared for in the comfort of their home.

“We have seen that patients appreciate the quality of care they receive through our home healthcare model, and it has led to better outcomes,” said Siddharaj G. Shah, MD, medical and quality director, Orlando Health Hospital Care at Home. “This expansion enables us to increase access to the benefits of this program for our patients in Osceola and Lake counties.”

The program initially launched in February 2023 at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center and Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital and then extended to Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orlando Health Emergency Room – Osceola, Orlando Health Emergency Room – Randal Park, Orlando Health Emergency Room – Lake Mary and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. It is now also available at Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital.

To learn more about the Orlando Health Hospital Care at Home program, visit orlandohealth.com/hospitalathome.

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