May 23, 2024
Tampa General Hospital Honored as a Leading Industry Innovator by Modern Healthcare
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The academic health system was recognized for the creation of the Tampa Medical and Research District and its commitment to fostering a culture of innovating to improve patient outcomes.

 Tampa, FL – April 9, 2024 – Tampa General Hospital (TGH) is one of 10 organizations nationwide recognized in Modern Healthcare’s Innovators Class of 2024. This award program highlights leaders and organizations, selected by Modern Healthcare’s editorial team, who are driving innovation that improves care, achieves measurable results and advances the clinical and financial goals of the organization. 

“At Tampa General, we’re dedicated to driving innovation by leveraging the latest technologies, forging dynamic partnerships and implementing strategic initiatives that enhance patient outcomes, accessibility and affordability,” said John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General. “These innovations and technologies are being put into the hands of our team members so that they can continue to elevate the care we provide while also allowing them to work more efficiently and be happier in the workplace. I could not be more proud of this award as it underscores the work we have done to drive innovation beyond an industry buzzword or a standalone achievement, but rather a mindset to be embraced which empowers us to define the future of world-class care.” 

Most recently, Tampa General has demonstrated its culture of innovation through a historic $550 million capital commitment to deliver the most advanced technology and innovative care and creating a growing medical and research district in downtown Tampa. The Tampa Medical and Research District, modeled after renowned medical districts in the nation’s greatest cities, houses world-class clinical care, academics, research and biotechnology anchored by Tampa General and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

Covering more than 1,500 acres in and around downtown Tampa and Ybor City, the District has evolved to include more than a dozen assets, including Tampa General’s Rehabilitation Hospital and the TGH | USF Health Precision Medicine Biorepository. Soon, the District will include Tampa General’s proton therapy center, the first of its kind on Florida’s West Coast, the new TGH Behavioral Health Hospital and the 13-story Surgical, Neuroscience & Transplant Pavilion, which will serve as a platform for the growth of the academic health system’s surgical, neuroscience and transplant services.

The District is already attracting renowned clinicians and researchers, resulting in increased access to clinical expertise, cutting-edge research, education, and technology for patients and students. It is also fostering an environment with a robust infrastructure to support cross-sector collaboration and innovation. Through this ongoing initiative, Tampa General is shaping the health care landscape in Florida and setting a new standard for what innovation can and should look like within an academic and research health system industrywide.

Additionally, Tampa General has collaborated closely with GE Healthcare to develop its CareComm Command Center, which harnesses the power of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to improve care coordination, quality of care, patient safety and patient experience, as well as creating early warning systems to accelerate clinical intervention for serious infections such as sepsis. The health system has also tapped into its partnership with Palantir to synthesize data from nurse schedules, patient census, surgery schedules and more to streamline day-to-day operations and improve patient outcomes.

Beyond serving as an early adopter of game-changing technologies, Tampa General also incentivizes and champions innovation through its venture capital arm, TGH Ventures, which elevates and implements breakthrough ideas from team members through programs like IdeaMVP while also supporting early-stage startups and direct investments.

“Where a lot of organizations see another change to manage, we view innovation as an opportunity to solve problems and make health care better,” said Scott Arnold, executive vice president and chief digital and innovation officer at Tampa General. “I’m proud of the work our team has done to earn this recognition and am eager to continue advancing strategies and partnerships that meaningfully improve outcomes and the care experience.”

Modern Healthcare is a leading source of healthcare business news. Tampa General and the full Innovators Class of 2024 are profiled in the April 8 print edition of the magazine and online here.


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