USF to Create Health Specialty Care Center at The Villages

USF to Create Health Specialty Care Center at The Villages

The University of South Florida is creating a USF Health Specialty Care Center at The Villages, a mega retirement community in Central Florida, in a collaboration that could have a spillover effect in Polk County.

USF specialists will work with primary-care doctors who are employees of The Villages and already treat some of its 87,000 residents.

Dr. Stephen Klasko, chief executive officer of USF Health, describes the partnership as a “self sustaining model of health care” that could change how treatment occurs in Florida and nationwide.

The primary care doctors would monitor the care their patients receive from specialists, with the goal of making overall care better coordinated and more effective.

Ground breaking began in early March. The center is due to open in October.

Officials at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, already talking with USF about becoming an academic teaching hospital affiliated with the university, are watching to see how well The Villages plan works.

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