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Handling of Nursing Challenges Earns AdventHealth a Spot on Modern Healthcare’s Innovators List

AdventHealth recognized by Modern Healthcare as Innovator

The AdventHealth East Florida Division was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the Innovators for 2024 for its efforts in addressing nursing challenges.

“We know the challenges nurses face as a whole were intensified by COVID-19 and improving the overall nursing experience is a top priority for our entire organization,” said Audrey Gregory, executive vice president and CEO of the AdventHealth East Florida Division. “With this in mind, our team invested in implementing several innovative programs to support current nurses, while also recruiting and better preparing new nurses. It is an honor to have these efforts recognized through Modern Healthcare’s Innovators list.”

The East Florida Division – which includes hospitals in Daytona Beach, DeLand, Orange City, New Smyrna Beach, Palm Coast and Tavares – was the first in the AdventHealth system to pioneer a virtual nursing program, deploying remote nurses to support bedside teams, thereby reducing workload and improving care.

Additionally, the division opened the largest simulation center within AdventHealth’s Central Florida network for hands-on training, preparing current and future clinicians for real-world scenarios. With five meticulously designed classroom labs that replicate patient rooms, the simulation center serves as a training ground for clinicians from AdventHealth facilities in the region, as well as nursing students from higher education institutions, including the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University.

To nurture the next generation of nurses, the division also established a $900,000 permanent endowment fund at Daytona State College (DSC) in 2023. Through this fund, DSC hired two coordinators to bolster the academic performance of students in the nursing program, improving graduation rates and NCLEX pass rates.

The AdventHealth East Florida Division also led research on improving the nursing experience. Clinical leaders published first-of-its-kind research on nursing burnout in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, promoting mental well-being among clinicians and highlighting practical solutions.

These combined efforts contributed to the East Florida Division reducing the number of external agency nurses by an impressive 83% and substantially decreasing nursing turnover in 2023.

“The role of innovation has always been paramount in health care, and our 2024 honorees as top Innovators are driving real change in the industry,” said Mary Ellen Podmolik, editor in chief of Modern Healthcare. “The wide variety of projects underway by these executives and organizations demonstrates a dedication to tackling the ‘what ifs’ that can improve the delivery of healthcare and improve communities and the patient experience.”

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