South Florida Hospital News
Sunday May 28, 2017

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May 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 11




Holy Cross Hospital is proud to spotlight its 2017 DAISY award recipients: Sheila Kasel, Giancarlo Martinez and Rita Parks.

Sheila Kasel, R.N., received her award in January for saving a patient's life after noticing an irregular pattern of blood pressure drops after an angioplasty procedure. A Holy Cross Associate for nine years, Sheila currently serves in the hospital's cardiovascular intensive care unit.
Giancarlo Martinez, R.N., serves in the hospital's intermediate care unit. A Holy Cross Associate for two years, he received his award in February in recognition of his dedication, patience and compassion.
Rita Parks, R.N., has been a nurse for 52 years. She has served 47 of those years at Holy Cross in several areas, but mainly caring for infants and children. She received her award in March for the excellent care she provided to a patient recovering from a caesarean section in the hospital's post-partum unit. 

Sharon Balasco, a nurse at Florida Medical Center, is being recognized with the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses for being a team player and collaborating with fellow nurses to deliver the best care for her patients. Sharon was nominated by a family member of a patient that recently passed away. She was selected for going above and beyond the call of duty and the family member that nominated her even came back to the hospital for the award ceremony. 


Delray Medical Center honored Lourdes Black, pharmacy buyer, by inducting her into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame, Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s highest honor for employees.

Black led the development of a supply chain strategy that saved Tenet’s Miami Dade market $4 million in 2016. The project helped streamline the pharmacy supply chain, control costs and lessen the impact of drug shortages on patient care. Her process is scheduled for companywide rollout soon.
She also organizes departmental food and clothing drives to help less fortunate colleagues and community members. In addition, Black assisted a colleague by organizing, decorating and paying for her wedding. The wedding would not have been financially or physically possible without Black’s support.

As a nurse at Coral Gables Hospital, Norma Salomon has some of the most important traits a nurse should have. She shows compassion, patience and excellent communication skills. Norma is being recognized for being a team player and collaborating with her fellow nurses with the goal of delivering the best possible patient outcomes. The patients frequently compliment the excellent care that she gives. She loves what she does and is truly making an impact on people’s lives. 


North Shore Medical Center was honored with the “Outstanding Improvement in Patient Satisfaction” award during Tenet’s Hospital Strategy Conference Awards Dinner. This award recognizes hospitals that achieved the greatest percentage improvement in their total Patient Satisfaction Score, which represents a weighting of inpatient, outpatient and ED patient satisfaction. “Part of our ability to improve the patient experience at North Shore is a committed teamwork approach and that all of our employees are fully engaged in providing service excellence to our patients,” said Manny Linares, chief executive officer. First and foremost, he is known as a CEO who is hands on and “owns” the patient experience which transcends to all employees within the organization. North Shore has a Service Excellence Department that oversees the entire patient experience for every patient on a daily basis. This team works to achieve the goal of 100% satisfaction during every patient’s hospital stay.

Broward Health Coral Springs held their annual Half Marathon and 5KRace for Women’s Wellness—all in the name of breast cancer, with proceeds benefitting the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.

The event raised funds for women who cannot afford mammograms and proceeds go directly to patients’ needs. Since its inception, the fund has screened more than 2,000 women, of which 90 tested positive for cancer. These women are still alive today, thanks in part to the early screening made possible by the Lisa Boccard Fund and the additional services they received within the Broward Health system.
This year, more than $42,000 was raised and had a sold-out crowd with more than 3,000 participants, spectators, vendors, and volunteers.
The race, founded in 2006 by two Broward Health Coral Springs physicians, Dr. David Silver and Dr. Mark Shachner, began as a small 5K run on the Broward Health Coral Springs hospital campus. It has grown to include a half marathon thanks to a partnership with the City of Coral Springs.

Start your engines! St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital recently revved up its Annual Doctor’s Day with a racing theme celebration. The physicians enjoyed an appreciation luncheon, complete with the most popular foods from every track venue. Awards were given out to four doctors who were selected by the hospitals’ employees, recognizing them as top contenders for their contributions to the hospitals.

Award Winners:
Rookie of the Year –Anne Fischer, M.D., Ph.D., the "pit crew's" favorite new physician added to the team
Sportsman of the Year –Chad Sanborn, M.D., for his professionalism, positive attitude and sportsmanship among all crew members
 Driver of the Year –Ali Malek, M.D. ,for leading the Comprehensive Stroke Center team in achieving the monumental milestone of over 2,500 neurointerventions
Moment of the Year –Robert Borrego, M.D., for his critical role in partnering with Florida Atlantic University to start the first physician residency program at St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital

Patients, physicians and residents of the greater Palm Beaches will now be able to access integrative medicine techniques to help them heal and even manage the stresses of everyday life at Jupiter Medical Center’s new Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness. The new Center, made possible by a generous lead gift from Nancy and Arthur Calcagnini, complements the hospital’s mainstream medicine and health care offerings by integrating mindfulness classes and workshops in a beautiful, soothing 2,600-square-foot healing space.

One of the cornerstones of the Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness is training in Mindfulness-Based
Stress Reduction (MBSR), a form of mind-body medicine that Jupiter Medical Center is offering in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, where MBSR was founded in 1979. Patients, physicians, Medical Center team members and anyone in the community looking for a better way to manage stress can participate in a comprehensive, eight-week course that explores the principles and practices of MBSR. This training is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the mind-body connection and developing tools to improve health and well-being. The mind is known to be a significant factor in stress and stress-related disorders, and stress often causes physical symptoms that mindfulness can address. Nearly four decades of scientific research by a growing cadre of highly regarded international scientists indicates that individuals trained in mindfulness and MBSR have an enhanced ability to tap into their inner resources and improve their own health.
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