South Florida Hospital News
Friday September 22, 2017

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September 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 3




Ronald L. Young, II, M.D., recently joined the Brain and Spine Center South Florida team of board-certified neurosurgery specialists. He brings more than 20 years of experience in treating brain tumors, hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injuries, cervical spine problems, spinal cord tumors, and other brain, neck and spine conditions.

Dr. Young was affiliated with Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Indiana before moving to Palm Beach County. He was listed as one of the top neurosurgeons in the Indianapolis area for eight of the last 10 years, and was twice recognized as one of the top innovators in medicine in the Indianapolis area.
He has spoken at national and international conferences, including medical educational events at University of New South Wales in Australia and the World Congress of Hydrocephalus in New Zealand.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center appoints John Bacha, D.O., as its new medical director of the bariatric program.

Dr. Bacha is a board certified general surgeon who specializes in bariatric procedures.
Dr. Bacha received his bariatric and robotic training at Wayne State University and the University of Miami. He then completed his residency through Michigan State University at Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights, Michigan. He earned his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, graduating with honors in Biology.

In recognition of its continued progress in expanding its digital footprint, Jupiter Medical Center received the “Most Wired Hospital” award for the fourth consecutive year. Presented by Hospital and Health Networks (H&HN), the award recognizes hospitals that are making the most progress in the adoption of health information technology (IT), resulting in lower readmission rates and a higher standard of patient care. Jupiter Medical Center received the award based on its showing in the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum.

The award, which measures the amount of IT integration in health care facilities across the United States, was once again presented to Jupiter Medical Center for advancement in IT infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety; and clinical integration.
Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized for being among the best healthcare providers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017-2018 Best Hospitals report. For the second time, Baptist Hospital was ranked #1 in all of South Florida, which includes Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital tied for #6, and Homestead Hospital ranked #9 in the region.
Five Baptist Health hospitals—Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital—earned a total of 26 high-performing honors in 13 types of care.

For the eighth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Cleveland Clinic Florida among the best hospitals in the region and highest in Broward County. Overall, Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked second among hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area and eighth in Florida.

For the first time, the hospital’s orthopedics program is ranked nationally, joining the top 50 programs at #31, making it the highest ranked orthopedics program in Florida. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s gastroenterology and GI surgery program once again achieved national ranking, moving up to #42 in the country.
In addition to the regional rankings, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s cancer and geriatrics programs were rated as high performing. Two procedures, hip replacement and colon cancer surgery, and two chronic conditions, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, were also rated as high performing.

Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale has been recognized in the top three of 64 hospitals for 2017-18 in the Miami metro area and has tied for 10th in the state in U.S. News and World Report's annual Best Hospital rankings.

Holy Cross Hospital also was recognized as high performing in eight common adult procedures and conditions evaluated by U.S. News & World Report: aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. 

Memorial Hospital West has been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Safe Sleep Champion” for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.

The hospital – part of the Memorial Healthcare System- is the first hospital in Broward County and one of the first hospitals in Florida to receive the title according to officials with Cribs for Kids®, the group that issued the designation. The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation.
“Sleep-related deaths result in the loss of more than 3,500 infants every year in the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., neonatologist and medical director of research at Cribs for Kids®. “We know that consistent education can have a profound effect on infant mortality, and this program is designed to encourage safe sleep education and to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role in reducing these preventable deaths.”
In addition to being Cribs for Kids® partners, Memorial Hospital West was recognized for its development of a hospital policy, staff training, parent education, modeling through a wearable blanket program and a pledge to participate in ongoing audits.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is proud to honor Linda Murphy as its latest monthly DAISY Award winner. She is a wound care nurse, but works primarily in the hospital’s ICU. The department nominated Linda, almost unanimously, for the compassion she shows not only patients, but also their families. During difficult times, she has been seen hugging family members and providing emotional support as their loved ones receive care. Linda is also respected among her peers for showing this same dedication to her co-workers, often going the extra mile when they need her as well. Other departments, such as the trauma team at St. Mary’s, have grown to respect her work ethic and the important role she plays in her patients’ healing.



Broward Health Coral Springs is pleased to announce that Avinash “Nash” Bhim, R.N. on 4 West, has been recognized as the June DAISY Nurse. He is a new graduate nurse of only 6 months! What an accomplishment for someone so early on in their profession.


Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Midtown Imaging receives a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR recognizes breast imaging centers earning accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).
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