St. Joseph's Hospital-North broke ground on Van Dyke Road in Lutz last year, providing residents of Carrollwood, Lutz and Northdale another option for visiting the emergency room or making routine appointments.
Patch recently talked to Kathleen Myers, director of operations for the hospital, about what the hospital offers the community.
Patch: What are some of the innovative programs that the hospital offers?
Myers: We offer everything from a fast track emergency room program for those with low acuity health care needs to obstetrics to cardiac catheterizations to interventional radiology procedures. Our hospital offers all of the health care services to meet the needs of this growing community.
The opening of our cath lab has enabled the hospital to offer additional procedures including a cardiac catheterization procedure that utilizes the radial (wrist) artery. Aside from heart-related procedures, the imaging lab provides uterine fibroid patients with a minimally invasive option for treatment of tumors of the uterus.
The new Sleep Disorders Center is equipped with the most advanced diagnostic sleep testing available. With a prescription, patients can participate in an overnight sleep study (polysomnogram) in a comfortable, private patient room, closely monitored by polysomnographic technologists. A detailed sleep evaluation is compiled and sent to your doctor with a recommended treatment plan.
Patch: How does this location differ from the other St. Joseph's location?
Myers: St. Joseph’s Hospital-North provides the same compassionate care that the community has come to expect from St. Joseph’s Hospital but in a new spa-like setting with architecture designed to help people heal.
Also, the hospital is a certified “green” building, having earned LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility is made of materials that support energy conservation and clean air, creating a healthy environment for the community it serves.
Patch: What should people in north Tampa and Lutz know about the hospital and its services?
Myers: Since opening its doors on February 15, 2010, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North has employed more than 500 team members and cared for more than 70,000 patients. In the summer of 2010, the obstetrics unit opened and has since welcomed more than 300 babies into this world. In December 2010, BayCare Outpatient Imaging opened on the hospital campus, offering a convenient location for imaging and laboratory services.
Recently, the St. Joseph’s Hospital-North’s ambulatory surgery department received Avatar’s Five Star Loyalty & Endorsement Award. The designation, based on patient satisfaction, recognizes St. Joseph’s Hospital-North for delivering a high-quality patient experience.
Patch: How can people get involved if they want to volunteer or donate to the hospital?
Myers: Folks who would like to volunteer at SJHN can visit us at StJosephsNorth.com to fill out the volunteer application. We also are seeking volunteers for our sister hospitals, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s and St. Joseph’s Women’s, which are just 12 miles south of St. Joseph’s Hospital-North.
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