Licensed Hospital Programs

There are six (6) licensed program designations that may be added to a hospital's license: Burn Unit, Primary Stroke Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Diagnostic Inpatient Cardiac Catheterization, Level 1 Adult Cardiovascular Services and Level 2 Adult Cardiovascular Services. To receive the initial designation, a program specific application must be completed and attached to a hospital licensure application. All required forms are available at http://ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ/Health_Facility_Regulation/Hospital_Outpatient/Hospitals/SupportingForms.shtml. Follow the application instructions for Other Change During Licensure Period. The $25 license reprint fee applies. Hospitals with Diagnostic Inpatient Cardiac Catheterization, Level 1 Adult Cardiovascular Services and Level 2 Adult Cardiovascular Services designations must resubmit the program specific application with a license renewal application.

Burn Unit Designation

All licensed hospitals that operate burn units under Section 408.0361(2), F.S., must comply with the “Guidelines for the Operation of Burn Centers” published by the American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma. These guidelines are available at: http://www.ameriburn.org/Chapter14.pdf [PDF]. Initial designations will be listed as provisional until the verification process with the American Burn Association is complete.

Primary Stroke Center & Comprehensive Strokes Center Designation

As specified in s 395.3038, Florida Statutes, the Agency has adopted administrative rules that provide criteria for designation of hospital programs as primary stroke centers or comprehensive stroke centers. This statutory section requires that the criteria be substantially similar to the criteria for stroke center certification established by the Joint Commission.

Stroke centers providing the required affidavit and documentation will be included on the listing of stroke centers maintained by the Agency.

Diagnostic, Level I and Level II Adult Cardiovascular Services Designation

The Agency adopted administrative rules that provide criteria for designation of hospital programs as Adult Inpatient Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization, Level I program authorizing the performance of adult percutaneous cardiac intervention without onsite cardiac surgery and a Level II program authorizing the performance of percutaneous cardiac intervention with onsite cardiac surgery. This statutory section requires that such programs comply with the most recent guidelines of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines for staffing, physician training and experience, operating procedures, equipment, physical plant, and patient selection criteria to ensure patient quality and safety.

Agency administrative rules in 59A-3.2085(13), (16), and (17) Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), have incorporated by reference the following guidelines:

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