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St. Johns Care Connect: Connecting People to Resources


August 1, 2017 | View PDF

As healthcare providers continue to navigate one of the most transformative times in the industry's history, Flagler Hospital has set a vision to become a national model for community-based care. This is a collaborative vision that involves all the governmental, private and non-profit organizations that make up the special community we call home.

When it comes to improving the health and well-being of any given population, up to 60% of overall health is determined by social/environmental factors and individual behaviors - known as the social determinants of health.

Social determinants of health include factors like socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care.

Unmet social determinants of health have a significant impact on health outcomes:

• More Illness: Poor health is closely tied to inadequate housing, food insecurity, and unemployment/underemployment

• Shorter Life Expectancy: Well-educated individuals have a much longer life expectancy

• Increased Health Care Spending: Unmet social needs are associated with higher rates of emergency room use, hospital admissions, and readmissions

To address this need in our community, Flagler Hospital has joined forces with members of the St. Johns County Health Leadership Council to form St. Johns Care Connect. St. Johns Care Connect is a community alliance established to connect area residents in need with available services and address social determinants of health in a coordinated way throughout all of St. Johns County. A key part of this is Flagler Hospital's new role as the County's homeless management information system lead agency. By aligning community resources into a single access point, St. Johns Care Connect increases coordination and access of available resources.

Flagler Hospital's Director of Community Health Improvement, John Eaton, was recently invited to present the Care Connect model at the Florida Sterling Conference in Orlando. This annual conference is recognized as one of the best in the nation for practical learning in all areas of leadership and management systems.

To learn more about available community resources call 904-819-3070 or visit us on the Flagler Hospital campus in suite 108 of the Jakadofsky Building.

Flagler Hospital is a 335 bed, acute care hospital that has consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by leading ratings agencies. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida since its founding in 1889. Flagler Hospital's focus on quality has resulted in numerous national accreditations including, designation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, ANCC Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence, the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Care Centers, National accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs and accreditation of its Cancer Institute by the Commission on Cancer. To learn more about all of the hospital's services log on to


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