DOLPHIN POINTE HEALTH CARE
Case StudyA unique partnership between Dolphin Pointe Health Care and the State is testing a model for containment and rehabilitation for long term care residents who test positive for COVID-19.
US HHS SECRETARY ACKNOWLEDGES SUCCES OF PROTECTING
“This is a good example of why Florida has done much better, particularly in protecting the elderly, than most other states,” Gov. DeSantis told a gathering of Dolphin Pointe health care providers. “This model is being replicated throughout Florida.”
Through a partnership with the state, Dolphin Pointe is currently home for 66 COVID-19 positive patients who formerly resided in area assisted living or other long-term care facilities. The facility, which is located near the north end of the Jacksonville University campus, provides a model for containment and rehabilitation for long-term care residents who test positive for COVID-19. The rooms are disinfected by the UVD Robot.
Secretary Azar visited to both thank the Dolphin Pointe health care providers for their efforts and listen to other ideas to address the COVID-19 crisis in a round table discussion with officials from the state, providers and administrators at Dolphin Pointe, and representatives of Jacksonville University including President Tim Cost ’81 and Provost Dr. Chris Sapienza.
“I appreciate the extraordinary measures the Dolphin Pointe staff are implementing so successfully to keep our community healthy,” President Cost said. Those measures include using UVD Robots to sanitize both private and public spaces, including the meeting room used to conduct the round table discussion, health screening of everyone entering the facility, and the universal use of N-95 protective masks.
After implementing these measures has no staff member been tested positive for the virus even though they have been caring for patients since April 14, 2020.
The 100,000-square-foot, two-story Dolphin Pointe facility began development in 2016 and is part of Dolphin Pointe Landing, a 55-acre site owned by a company led by Jacksonville University graduate Gregory Nelson. Jacksonville University recently completed its three-story, 105,000-square-foot Medical Sciences Complex adjacent to Dolphin Pointe. The University expects to eventually partner with Dolphin Pointe to provide opportunities for students in the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences to gain experience in a practical, modern healthcare setting.