To serve as a national model for collaboration among independent physicians, health care providers and the communities they serve, to achieve the best possible population health at the best value.
First Coast Health Alliance (FCHA) is a for profit affiliate of Flagler Hospital. Flagler Hospital is a 335 bed, acute care hospital that has been ranked among the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation for both clinical excellence and patient safety for the past seven consecutive years. The hospital has been serving St. Johns County since its founding in 1889 and has operated a number of clinic locations outside of the hospital setting for nearly a decade.
FCHA was formed in May of 2013 to foster collaboration among independent physicians and Flagler Hospital in a way that will increase both the quality and efficiency of patient-centered care. This partnership between the hospital and some 186 local physicians was created to ensure that the provision of care in the region is managed locally by local providers. The alliance gives physicians the ability to maintain independence while also achieving the following goals:
- Improved clinical outcomes for all patients
- Adoption of evidence-based standardized care protocols
- Reduction of health care costs for patients, employers and health plans
- Enhanced coordination of care between all care providers across the continuum of care
- Assuring delivery of the right care at the right time in the right setting
- Improved reimbursement through demonstration of quality and efficiency
The organization is directed by a board of directors made up of six Flagler Hospital representatives, seven elected physicians and one community member.
Flagler Hospital and its partner physicians have been meeting the health and wellness needs of area residents for more than 120 years. With unmatched experience in primary, urgent and emergency care, as well as collective member expertise in wellness, preventive care and disease management there is no other organization better poised to meet the needs of our area and surrounding communities.
Flagler Hospital has successfully partnered with community physicians for more than 7 years to operate multispecialty clinics, which are currently operating in Palm Coast, Palatka and Northwest St. Johns County. The hospital opened a retail after-hours urgent care center in the World Golf Village community just 2 years ago, including onsite x-ray and lab draw services, which continues to experience tremendous volume growth.
For more information about Flagler Hospital, log on to www.flaglerhospital.org