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Health Notes: Wolfson Children's Hospital ranked in top 50 in two specialities

Florida Times-Union - 7/4/2018

July 04--U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wolfson Children's Hospital among the top 50 hospitals in two specialties in its 2018-19 Best Children's Hospitals rankings: 47th in pediatric neurology & neurosurgery and 48th in pediatric cancer. Services provided at Wolfson Children's Hospital are provided by pediatric specialists with Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville, and theUniversity of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville.

U.S. News began ranking children's hospitals in 2007 on their ability to help children, particularly those with rare or complex medical conditions such as cancer; congenital heart disease; diabetes and metabolic disorders; brain, spine and nervous system conditions; and diseases of the digestive tract.

One-third of each hospital's score relates to survival, infections, surgical complications and other medical outcomes. Hospital reputation, based on an annual survey of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each of the 10 specialties, makes up 16.7 percent, or one-sixth, of a hospital's score. The remaining 50 percent evaluates a hospital's commitment to safety, excellence and respect for patients.

PARK WEST ER EARNS ACUTE STROKE READY HOSPITAL CERTIFICATION

Orange Park Medical Center has announced its free-standing emergency room, Park West ER, 6477 103rd St., has earned the Acute Stroke Ready Hospital certification from The Joint Commission. The certification recognizes hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a primary or comprehensive stroke center. Orange Park Medical Center and Park West ER underwent onsite review in May to assess compliance with the Joint Commission's certification requirements.

Orange Park Medical Center treated nearly 400 stroke patients last year including 38 transferred from Park West ER. Nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke each year. Orange Park Medical Center is the only comprehensive stroke center in Clay County.

COMMUNITY HOSPICE NOW OFFERS PASTORAL EDUCATION

Through full accreditation from the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Community Hospice & Palliative Care is now an official, independent Level I and Level II Clinical Pastoral Education program. This accreditation will remain in effect until 2028. The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education is the premier U.S. Department of Education-recognized organization providing the highest quality training for spiritual care professionals of any faith and setting.

Respect and value for the individual is one of the core principles that inspire Community Hospice & Palliative Care's service to patients and families. The organization honors spiritual beliefs that provide meaning and comfort to those facing the end of life. Students will receive training and education that best positions them to provide effective spiritual care.

Offered by the Department of Spiritual Care and through the Charles M. Neviaser Educational Institute of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, pastoral care education has been provided to a class of six students since June 4. Several applicants have already been accepted for an extended unit, which begins in October. Since 2012, as part of the accreditation process, Community Hospice & Palliative Care has been providing clinical pastoral education as a satellite of Baptist Health'sJacksonville-based program.

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