South Florida Hospital News
Thursday December 8, 2016

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December 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 6




The World Stem Cell Summit & RegMed Capital Conference has invited five faculty members from the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Cell Therapy Institute to present on their research related to advancing new approaches to cancer immunotherapy and regenerative medicine at the organization’s 12th annual meeting. 

The summit is being held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach on Dec. 6-9, 2016. It is the largest interdisciplinary stem cell meeting in the world, featuring more than 250 prominent scientists, business leaders, investors, philanthropists, regulators, policy-makers, economic development officers, patient advocates and experts in law and ethics, presenting the latest scientific discoveries, commercial and innovation opportunities, legal and regulatory solutions, and best practices. The event is expected to attract more than 1,200 attendees from 40 nations.
Presentations from the NSU Cell Therapy Institute will include:
● H. Thomas Temple, M.D., NSU senior vice president, translational research & economic development
Dr. Temple will discuss recent advances in bone and cartilage regeneration achieved by novel stem cell therapies and new approaches to treating sarcoma cancers.
● Richard Jove, Ph.D., director, NSU Cell Therapy Institute and co-chair, World Stem Cell Summit
Dr. Jove will provide an overview of the various collaborative research projects at NSU including cancer immunotherapy and stem cell programs targeting vision restoration and heart disease.
● Evren Alici, M.D., Ph.D., NSU visiting research professor from Karolinska Institutet
Dr. Alici will present novel approaches to cancer immunotherapy with a focus on targeted T-cells and natural-killer cells.
● Outi Hovatta, M.D, Ph.D., NSU visiting research professor from Karolinska Institutet
Dr. Hovatta will address recent progress in the development of stem cells for disease models and therapies.
● Karl-Henrik Grinnemo, M.D., Ph.D., NSU visiting research professor from Karolinska Institutet
Dr. Grinnemo will provide new insights into the differentiation of vital heart cells from stem cells for treatment of cardiovascular disease.

In recognition of Coral Springs Fire Rescue Unit 71’s lifesaving response to a near-drowning incident involving a 6-year-old child, West Boca Medical Center honored the unit with the Call of the Quarter Award at the hospital’s Emergency Center at Coconut Creek. CEO Mitch Feldman also awarded the pediatric patient, Alexander Gentilcore, with a superhero cape and his father, Ryan, with a “Superhero Dad” plaque for performing CPR before EMS arrived. In addition, the EMS team gave Alexander a tour of the same fire rescue truck that transported him to the pediatric emergency room at West Boca Medical Center.

The hospital presents the Call of the Quarter Award to local EMS providers who demonstrate outstanding service to the community and commitment to exceptional patient care.

Cardiac surgery care at Broward Health Medical Center is among the top 10% in the nation as measured by volume-weighted performance, according to this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades.

This is the second consecutive year that Broward Health Medical Center has received the Cardiac Surgery Specialty Excellence Award (2016-2017).

Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel announced it has been named among the 2017 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. The annual rankings recognize the top law firms in the country for professional excellence.

Ranked firms are presented in tiers and listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Broad and Cassel received rankings for six practice areas nationally and first-tier rankings for 12 practice areas in four of its offices across the state in the metropolitan rankings.

The Wellness Center at Broward Health Medical Center has been recognized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and exercise more.

Gold-level employers provide the following benefits:
• Offer employees physical activity options in the workplace
• Increase healthy eating options at the worksite
• Promote a wellness culture in the workplace
• Implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture
• Demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness

Broward Health Imperial Point (BHIP) is proud to announce Lydia Simu, environmental service technician, as its recipient of Broward Health Imperial Point’s ‘Shining Star’ award for the second quarter. Lydia, who joined BHIP in November 2012 was hired because the manager who interviewed her at the time remarked that he noticed a sparkle in her eyes and knew she would be a special hire. Lydia’s kind manner and professionalism have won her praise from both staff and patients alike. Lydia is no stranger to recognition as she has earned dozens of shining star nominations including 13 stars in the month of October alone.


Jupiter Medical Center Foundation announced that it raised $41.8 million in 2016, which represents a 60% increase in funds raised over fiscal year 2015 and a full 120% increase over funds raised in fiscal year 2014.

This exceptional achievement would not have been possible without the generous and forward thinking investments of donors who recognize that their donations to support Jupiter Medical Center make a real impact on the quality of care available to the community. “With this kind of philanthropic support, our community can, and will, continue to receive world class healthcare. Our mission at Jupiter Medical Center Foundation is to equip Jupiter Medical Center with the resources needed to provide world-class health services to the region,” said Liv E. Vesely, the president of the Foundation.
Ms. Vesely, with the assistance of her team, launched an ambitious $300 million campaign in February 2016. The funds raised during this fiscal year represent a major stepping stone on the Foundation’s path to achieve its campaign goal and will help the Foundation to achieve its mission of empowering and supporting Jupiter Medical Center to deliver the highest quality health care to the community.
Funds raised will help to create expanded points of access for care, as well as support pioneering education and outreach programs and tools and services to ensure the availability of world-class health care. Ongoing fundraising success will allow Jupiter Medical Center to continue to foster innovation in patient-centered care and attract some of the country’s most highly-skilled medical professionals by having the resources to acquire and implement leading-edge technology, treatment and protocols.
Finally, funds raised through the campaign will support the construction of new high-tech treatment and research facilities, including a Comprehensive Cancer Institute, a Surgery Center with state-of-the-art operating rooms and a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Institute will serve as an innovative center of excellence for cancer care and will be recognized as the flagship research and treatment center for the region, offering the most advanced diagnostic services and outpatient treatment. The Institute’s unique patient-centered approach will focus on coordinating every aspect of the patient’s care, beginning the moment they walk through the door. While the Institute will be at the forefront of providing unparalleled diagnosis, treatment and management of all types of cancer, it will also maintain a specific focus on breast, lung and gynecological cancers.
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