South Florida Hospital News
Friday December 19, 2014
December 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 6




Bethesda Health, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the Bethesda Health Physician Group office of Eric J. Pesetsky, M.D., and Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Care.
Dr. Pesetsky received his Medical Degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL. He went on the complete his Residency training at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.
With an extensive background in geriatric and palliative care in South Florida and Louisiana, Dr. Pesetsky’s expertise will be a benefit to the aging population in western Palm Beach County. In addition, for the past three years he has participated with the University of Miami’s Functional Medicine program as a managed care and palliative care consultant.
Bethesda Health, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the Bethesda Health Physician Group office of internist Berry Pierre, D.O.
Dr. Pierre received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL where he also earned a Masters Degree in Public Health. He went on the complete his Residency training at Columbia Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Pierre is a member of the American College of Physicians, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and the Palm Beach County Medical Society., the official website of Broward Health, has won the Outstanding Website WebAward in the Healthcare Provider category in the Web Marketing Association’s 18th-annual competition.
The award comes on the heels of a complete redesign of that was completed in January of 2014. The 14-month project was spearheaded by Jennifer Silverio, Broward Health’s manager of web and social media. Silverio led the strategic charge with input from Broward Health’s marketing and communications staff and Information Technology department, as well as with assistance from vendors CareTech Solutions and Writer Girls.
Miami Children’s Hospital’s (MCH) has opened 20 new exam rooms in the Emergency Department (ED) as part of an expansion project aimed at meeting the growing needs of the community. The enhancements also include state-of-the-art technology, digitization, an expanded waiting area with family group seating options and colorful entertainment zones for children of all ages.
In addition, construction is near completion on the M.B. Fernandez Trauma Center, which will expand the treatment facility for South Florida’s only freestanding pediatric trauma center. Once the project is completed in early 2015, The ED will have 72 new exam rooms and will offer specialized areas for enhanced patient flow from triage to discharge, optimizing the patient and family experience. The hospital is nationally recognized for its use of the Lean business improvement model to streamline processes to enhance care access and service.
The future of emergency care is arriving to North Broward County as West Boca Medical Center prepares to open its new free-standing Emergency Center, located in Coconut Creek, in early 2015.
The Emergency Center will provide high quality emergency care and will be equipped and staffed to handle serious conditions such as lacerations, orthopedic and sports injuries, dehydration, abdominal pain, respiratory problems, head injuries, strokes and heart attacks.
The 20,000-square-foot facility will house 11 treatment rooms in addition to triage rooms. It will also include advanced imaging equipment including a low-dose 64 slice CT scanner, two ultrasound units and two X-ray units, one portable and one stationary.
West Boca Medical Center’s Emergency Center will offer:
• 24/7 Emergency Care
• Minimal Wait Time
• A Comfortable Atmosphere
• High Level Emergency Care Equivalent to West Boca Medical Center’s Emergency Department
• Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physicians and Registered Nurses
• Access to Over 200 Specialty Physicians
Good Samaritan Medical Center unveiled its new $3 million electrophysiology lab during a recent ribbon cutting ceremony. Local city officials and guests toured the lab and learned how it will be used to treat patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders. The most significant feature of the room is the Carto 3 System, which uses electromagnetic technology to create 3D maps of a patient’s heart.
Mark Nosacka, chief executive officer of Good Samaritan Medical Center, thanked guests for their support as well as the clinical team’s hard work and dedication, adding the lab is helping the hospital become one of the most advanced providers of electrophysiology treatment in South Florida. Jeri Muoio, mayor of West Palm Beach; Dennis Grady, chairman of the hospital’s Board of Directors; and Dr. David Weisman, medical director of cardiac electrophysiology, also addressed guests.
Four-story, 96 private-room addition will offer enhanced patient comfort and care
Delray Medical Center plans to expand its hospital campus with a four-story patient tower and a new, four-level parking garage slated to open in late 2016. The project includes 96 private patient rooms, a helipad and direct elevator access to the emergency department to expedite care for incoming trauma patients. In addition, the hospital’s existing 96 semi-private rooms will be converted into single rooms.
Design work has already begun to make the addition energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing for patients, visitors and staff. Groundbreaking is scheduled in early 2015.
Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore, accommodates the needs of the aging community with the opening of a Signature Senior Care Unit and newly renovated Senior Emergency Room.
The Senior Care Unit features a multidisciplinary team that consists of board-certified geriatricians, registered nurses, therapists, pharmacists, dieticians and case managers. The unit includes an activity room and private patient rooms with slip resistant wood flooring and soft lighting. The area is designed to provide a soothing and familiar environment for patients.
Long-time South Florida pediatrician, Dr. Alan Swartz, is excited and proud to announce the opening of Kids First Pediatric Urgent Care After-Hours Walk-in Clinic – a new concept in quality child healthcare.
Inspired by the need for prompt, caring and quality care for kids at night, on weekends and holidays, Kids First offers immediate medical attention to children without the hassles, delays and higher costs of most hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers.
“Kids First was inspired by a huge need! It's difficult to get prompt and professional care on nights and weekends at doctor offices, labs, x-ray departments and pharmacies. At Kids First we aim to put you and your child at ease by providing for all of your child's medical needs with on-site services at night, on weekends and even during the holidays. As a pediatrician for over 25 years in Kendall I am very excited to be providing this service to the community. Your child’s medical urgencies don’t conform to normal business hours and neither do we” said Dr. Swartz.
Lieutenant Colonel Jason Seery, M.D., director of the U.S. Army Trauma Training Center in Miami, who used his skills as a surgeon and a team builder during deployments to Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan, recently rolled out the TeamSTEPPS program to physicians, nurses and technicians at non-profit Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
With more than 20 years of scientific research behind it, the evidence-based TeamSTEPPS system was developed by the Department of Defense’s Patient Safety Program. Physicians and other healthcare professionals who are part of effective teams are more satisfied, less likely to experience burnout and less likely to have preventable errors that adversely affect patients.
At Holy Cross Hospital several team building sessions focused on communications and action. For example, the team participated in a “huddle,” gathering quickly to make important decisions and assign tasks clearly. The “pre-brief,” a short conference before a surgery or procedure to clarify roles and explain any known concerns, was followed by the “de-brief,” a short conference post- surgery or procedure to review concerns and thank the group for work well done. The sessions were designed for the team to analyze the entire situation, not just an individual’s role, to ensure that each person is helping their colleagues have a safe experience.
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