Unique Public-Private Partnership Ensures High-Quality Healthcare for More Than 7,300 Central Florida Schoolteachers, Staff and Administrators
Mary Deatrick, DPR
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2019) – A new era for Osceola County teachers, school staff and administrators has launched as part of an innovative public-private partnership with RosenCare™ to offer top-quality healthcare services to more than 7,300 district employees.
Owned and operated by Orlando hotelier Harris Rosen, president and chief operating officer of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, RosenCare assumed management of the School District of Osceola County’s Center for Employee Health on Oct. 1. The district, located in the heart of Central Florida, provides academic instruction and support to more than 72,000 K-12 students at 60 schools.
Located on Simpson Road in Kissimmee, the Center for Employee Health serves school employees and dependents enrolled in its healthcare plan, offering members primary care services, physical therapy, medical nutrition therapy, occupational health, on-site prescription dispensing and on-site x-rays and EKGs.
RosenCare was born out of Harris Rosen’s experience with rising healthcare costs at his independently-owned hotel company, which currently features a portfolio of eight award-winning Orlando properties. The plan focuses on five tenets: access, quality, service, cost and innovation.
Since its inception in 1991, the private healthcare plan has saved Rosen Hotels & Resorts more than $400 million. Through his namesake foundation, Rosen has applied those savings towards a variety of philanthropic initiatives throughout Central Florida, including college scholarships for graduating high school seniors and preschool programs in underserved areas of Orlando that give young students a strong start to their education.
RosenCare team members now oversee the Kissimmee center’s operation and will develop strategies for success, while Healics, an industry leader in preventive health and wellness programs, manages daily operations.
“I’m especially excited about this opportunity because it aligns with my interest in supporting education and children,” Harris Rosen said. “Teachers and school staff are critical to ensure kids get the best possible start in life, so if we can take the worry about healthcare off their minds, they’re better equipped to focus on building strong students.”
When it approached RosenCare to administer employee healthcare, the school district had two goals: improving outcomes of care for plan participants and identifying ways to reduce costs for district members’ overall healthcare, including out-of-pocket costs.
“After listening to feedback from our employees, the Osceola school board believes RosenCare is the proper community partner to service district employees and their families,” said Dr. Debra P. Pace, School District of Osceola County superintendent. “In the upcoming months, covered dependents will see a change in the focus of the Center from an acute care clinic to an all-inclusive medical home.”
In addition to RosenCare’s new role, independent insurance agency ProvInsure has been awarded the district’s broker services contract. ProvInsure’s employee benefits consulting division works with organizations to improve their overall employee benefits, emphasizing the development of high-quality medical plans that eliminate barriers to care while using myriad cost-containment strategies to improve population health outcomes.
RosenCare has been recognized nationally as a superior model for providing quality healthcare at a significantly reduced cost to employers and their employees, with coverage in national media outlets such as Forbes and CNN. Upon review by its peers, RosenCare received three prestigious World Health Care Congress Awards in 2018-one silver and two diamond awards-the highest honors for Harris Rosen’s lifetime achievement in healthcare.
For more information about RosenCare, visit RosenCare.com.