South Florida Hospital News
Sunday February 18, 2018

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February 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 8




Delray Medical Center achieves certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Delray Medical Center was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs are designed to help people who suffer from cardiovascular disease recover faster and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

In December 2017, Broward Health North (BHN) underwent a rigorous on-site review by Joint Commission surveyors. These experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards for BHN’s Alzheimer’s program, Primary Stroke Center and Inpatient Rehabilitation Stroke-Specific programs. After a one-week survey, no deficiencies were found in any of the programs. Broward Health North was awarded with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, as well as for the Alzheimer’s and Inpatient Rehabilitation Stroke programs. “Broward Health North is pleased to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification form The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Alice Taylor Chief Executive Officer at Broward Health North. “These certifications provide BHN with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.” 

Cleveland Clinic Florida is pleased to announce that it has been designated a Statutory Teaching Hospital by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

The Statutory Teaching Hospital designation is granted to all hospitals with at least 100 or more full-time resident physicians in seven or more graduate medical education programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the council on Postdoctoral Training of the American Osteopathic Association.
We are proud of achieving this designation which speaks to the breadth, depth and quality of our graduate medical education programs,” said Eric Weiss, M.D., Chief Academic Officer and Board Certified Colorectal Surgeon. “Cleveland Clinic Florida is at the forefront of training the next generation of physicians and is committed to improving the quality of healthcare for patients in South Florida, the U.S. and worldwide.
Cleveland Clinic Florida currently has 114 residents and fellows in 11 ACGME accredited programs. ACGME programs include cardiology, colorectal surgery, gastroenterology, geriatrics, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, plastic surgery, pulmonary disease, general surgery and anesthesiology.
Statutory Teaching hospitals benefit patients as the academic environment encourages physicians to seek innovative solutions to patients’ medical problems. Attending physicians must stay on top of the latest medical developments in order to teach medical students, residents, student nurses and allied health professionals. Studies show that patients treated at academic medical centers have better outcomes.

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and College of Education are listed in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report national rankings for “Best Online Graduate Programs.”

FAU’s College of Business climbed from the No. 100 spot in 2017 to the No. 42 spot in 2018 for the “Best Online MBA Programs,” and is ranked No. 43 for the 2018 “Best Online Business Programs – Non MBA.” FAU’s College of Nursing is ranked No. 39 for the “2018 Best Online Nursing Programs” and is the top ranked program within the Florida State University System. FAU’s College of Education is ranked No. 83 for the 2018 “Best Online Education Programs,” a significant jump from No. 193 in 2017.
“The national recognition that we have received from the 2018 U.S. News & World Report national rankings is a testament to our outstanding graduate online business, nursing and education programs offered at Florida Atlantic University,” said Daniel Gropper, Ph.D., dean of FAU's College of Business. “I am delighted to share this recognition with my colleagues in the College of Nursing and College of Education and applaud the faculty and staff in the College of Business for developing and delivering top-notch graduate online business programs.”
The 2018 Best Online Programs methodologies are based on a number of factors, including student engagement, faculty credentials and student services and technology. Only degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions that are offered predominantly online were considered.

Laura Raybin Miller, a commissioner of the South Broward Hospital District, recently earned the prestigious status of “fellow” from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Miller completed the NACD Fellowship – The Gold Standard Director Credential® – demonstrating a commitment to the highest standard of boardroom excellence. This represents not only a singular accomplishment, but also an advantage for the board and management teams to have someone with Miller’s credentials. One of the many advantages, and of greatest importance to Miller and the Board, was the implementation of the best governance practices for the District. In the last 20 years, Commissioner Laura Raybin Miller has been involved in public and community affairs in South Florida, making a positive impact in the lives of many residents through her leadership and participation in civic, and healthcare organizations. Throughout her career, she also has garnered a series of political appointments that has allowed her to make significant changes and improvements in governance, implementing best practices in the boards she has served.


BHIP is pleased to announce Lauren Alexander, Surgical RN, as its newest recipient of the DAISY award for providing extraordinary care to a patient who recently had a hysterectomy in Laura’s operating room. The patient had an allergy to acrylic and Lauren calmed her patient’s anxiety by carefully reviewing all the surgical equipment for any acrylic ingredients. When she found that there was, she informed the surgeon who changed out to another product. Later on, the same patient complained her IV treatment was leaving a burning sensation. Lauren slowed down the infusion treatment and held her patient’s hand assuring her that it was a common reaction. Upon thanking her, Lauren squeezed the patient’s hand tighter, saying “I treat all my patients as if they were my family.”

Broward Health North (BHN), Broward Health Imperial Point (BHIP) and Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC) today announced that they have earned two prestigious awards for excellence in stroke care: The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

The three Broward Health hospitals underwent a rigorous on-site review in December when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

The Pediatric Care Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home Program. The Pediatric Care Center provides outpatient pediatric services for more than 4,000 children annually, including many with special medical needs.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.
“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the Pediatric Care Center at Nicklaus Children’s has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care at the right time.”

Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC) announced that is has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its hip and knee joint replacement program. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

BHMC underwent a rigorous on-site review in December 2017. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with BHMC’s hip and knee joint replacement-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

The Cancer Institute at Good Samaritan Medical Center earns three-year re-accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) for maintaining levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered care.

For a cancer program to receive accreditation, it must meet 34 CoC quality care standards. The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of quality care.
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