South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday October 22, 2014
October 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 4




Steve Contreras, the director of the step down unit at Delray Medical Center, earns certification as a Cardiovascular Care Coordinator (CCCC) by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Contreras attended The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s national conference in San Diego, CA to become certified. Coordinators must meet the eligibility requirements, attend the Cardiovascular Care Coordinator Certification boot camp and pass the certification exam with a total score of 80 percent or higher.




The art of healing comes to life as the Breast Center at West Boca Diagnostic Imaging Center collaborates with Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) to host an art show on October 8 from 6-8:30 p.m.

During the exhibit, guests will be able to view WITVA’s donated paintings at their leisure and have the opportunity to meet with the artists. All art on exhibition will be available for purchase, with the portion of the proceeds going to the WITVA scholarship funds. Forty-five minutes into the event, (6:45 p.m.), the organization will hold an awards presentation to pay tribute to its members.

WITVA is a non-profit organization made up of over 250 members from around South Florida. Through their HOSPITALART program, the female artists come together to both design and paint canvases to donate to hospitals. The artwork is displayed on the hospitals’ walls and is available for purchase.

In addition to fostering a comfortable atmosphere, The Breast Center at West Boca Diagnostic Imaging offers high quality diagnostic medical care. The center has some of the most advanced breast imaging procedures available, including digital mammography, MRI, ultrasound and a 64-slice CT scanner.

WITVA uses the proceeds from the sold artwork to grant scholarships to college graduate students, support high school art students with an annual competitive exhibition and purchase more supplies to create additional paintings for the HOSPITALART program. Since 1999, the group has donated over 2000 canvases to Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Miami Jewish Health Systems announced that it was awarded a grant of $22,000 from The Miami Foundation.

The grant will benefit Project Fall No More (PFNM), a program using voice-activated sensors, along with training and education, to help elders prevent falls and injuries. The sensors, attached to the chair and bed pads of residents prone to fall, detect when the elder is trying to stand and plays a personal recorded message in the voice of a loved one or caregiver to encourage the elder to stay situated until assistance arrives. This new technology replaces standard alarm sounds with a gentle and familiar voice to make the elder more comfortable and feel safer.

The project aims to increase patient dignity through use of a sensor that provides comfort and familiarity, more similar to a home-like environment than a clinical one. The project also aims to improve patient safety by avoiding alarm fatigue, sometimes leading to medical staff or caregivers to ignore the constant beeping signals that invade hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The funds will be used to purchase 200 voice-activated alarms and accompanying chair and bed pads.

Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Memorial Regional Hospital made history by performing the first ever, adult heart transplant in Broward County. The hospital received UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) approval to launch the adult heart transplant program earlier this year, becoming one of only two programs in South Florida.

The skilled cardiac transplant team is led by Dr. Enrique Gongora, Medical Director of the Adult Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at the Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute and Dr. Ioana Dumitru, Medical Director of Adult Cardiac Transplant, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy. Both work with a high-caliber team of dedicated nurses, intensivists, perfusionists, and laboratory medicine experts, who were all on cue for the life-saving transplant.

“We are very excited for our first heart transplant patient,” said Dr. Dumitru, a board-certified heart failure and transplant cardiologist. “The 51-year-old patient who received the life-saving transplant had end-stage heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy. We had been following her since this spring.”

The team is preparing for the next adult heart transplants, given they currently have another five patients waiting for this miraculous gift of life.

“Performing our first adult heart transplant is an achievement that reflects the steadfast commitment of the Memorial Healthcare System to provide this community with world class cardiovascular care,” said Dr. Gongora, a board certified cardiac surgeon. “South Florida has historically been underserved for advanced heart failure care. Having a heart failure program, that is able to provide advanced heart failure care including heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices, is imperative to serve the growing number of patients suffering with advanced heart failure.”

The adult cardiac transplant team is part of the Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute’s TotalHeart care program. In August, Memorial Regional Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its ventricular assist device (VAD) destination therapy program. Destination therapy VADs are implanted in patients with refractory heart failure who are not eligible for a heart transplant. VADs have been proven to dramatically improve the long term survival and the quality of life of end stage heart failure patients.

(l-r) BHF Board Chair Bob Birdsong; Broward Health President & CEO Frank Nask; Salah Foundation Executive Director and Honorary Campaign Chair Noreen Salah Burpee; Salah Foundation Director, BHF Board Member and Campaign Chair, George J Taylor, Esq.; and BHF President & CEO Dennis Stefanacci.

On September 18, Broward Health Foundation (BHF) revealed the Salah Foundation has committed $10 million in the form of a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant to the upcoming renovation of Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. The $10 million matching gift, one of the largest charitable contributions ever made in Broward County, is part of BHF’s new $20.6 million, two-year capital campaign – It’s All About KIDS: A Special Campaign for Broward Health – that will raise funds for the $52 million children’s hospital expansion.

The announcement was made by Salah Foundation Executive Director Noreen Salah Burpee at a special program at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. “This challenge grant is about the power of one gift – each and every gift regardless of size – and I am confident that this will empower others in our community to meet the challenge and help to build for our future patients and their families a truly one-of-a-kind healthcare facility,”
says Burpee.

The growing needs of the community demanded a plan to renovate and expand the 125-bed acute care children’s hospital at Broward Health Medical Center. Renovations will include the creation of private neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (NICU and PICU), as well as 22 private oncology/hematology suites. The Salah Foundation gift and the capital campaign will help that goal be realized.


According to VITAS Healthcare, VITAS is planning to build an inpatient hospice unit in Delray Beach - its first company-owned and designed unit in the country, since all its other units are leased and renovated. The 14,000-square-foot free-standing hospice unit will feature eight private patient rooms, a satellite office and a community center where VITAS will host events for the community such as bereavement support groups, volunteer training and development, special events and more.
VITAS is opening this unit as part of its commitment to meet a growing demand of end-of-life care services within that community.

Barry University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences was awarded $1,205,091 for graduate nursing students from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The purpose of the loan program is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty and help facilitate nursing education to address America’s nursing workforce shortage.

A nurse accepted into the Nurse Faculty Loan Program can expect an 85 percent forgiveness policy, meaning only 15 percent of the loan would be paid back, if they begin teaching as a full-time faculty member at any college or university, including Barry, after graduation for up to four years.

Since 2009, the HRSA grant has allowed more than 200 nurses to return to school for their master’s and doctoral degrees who would otherwise not have been able to. This year 30 nurses will be afforded the same opportunity to earn their doctoral degree in nursing.


Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center acquires the new Artis zeego® multi-axis angiography system from Siemens Healthcare for its new hybrid operating suite. This robotic-assisted technology has near unprecedented positioning that allows for 3D visualization of larger sections of a patient’s anatomy. Physicians are able to obtain additional information for increased diagnostic confidence, while offering the potential to reduce procedural radiation dosages.

The angiography system, located in the hospital’s new $5 million hybrid suite, provides unmatched positioning flexibility to assist physicians in performing some of the most advanced clinical procedures and techniques. The suite is designed so that physicians can work more precisely and efficiently to complete complex operations including but not limited to, valve replacements, open heart surgeries, and vascular and spinal procedures.

Keiser University is proud to announce they have been selected by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to be one of 100 schools to participate in a pilot White Coat Ceremony for schools of nursing in the fall of 2014.

The first White Coat Ceremony was held in 1993 to welcome medical students into the field. This tradition has been extended to new nursing students to demonstrate that compassionate care must be a hallmark of their professional and clinical practice. This pilot ceremony is for new nursing students and typically features the recitation of an oath, cloaking of students in a white coat, receipt of a commemorative pin, and a reception for students and guests to celebrate this journey.

“We at Keiser University are honored to be one of the few schools chosen to participate in this initiative and are eager for our nursing students to have this level of recognition,” said Vicki Coombs, RN PhD, FAHA, Chief Nursing Administrator. “The quality of care available to patients will rise when new nurses commit to providing patient-centered care throughout their educational journey and as they begin their professional career.”

Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) celebrated a significant milestone in the construction of its planned Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, a 212,000 square-foot facility that will enhance the care environment at the main hospital campus. The event marked the first “crunch” demolition of a vacant structure to make way for the six-story pavilion. Once completed, the new space will include the latest medical technologies and additional family-friendly amenities to support patients and families receiving care.

The Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion is being designed with guidance from patients, families and caregivers to ensure that their needs are at the center of the enhancements. The Lean business improvement model was utilized to promote productivity and efficiency throughout the space. MCH is nationally recognized for its use of Lean methodologies in its business practices.

Highlights of the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion will include:
• Expanded critical care capacity with new, state-of-the- art individual neonatal, pediatric, and cardiac intensive care, neurology and hematology/oncology floors
• Individual rooms in the critical care and inpatient units
• A 10-bed obstetrical unit for babies who have been pre-diagnosed with a congenital condition and require immediate intervention upon birth
• Family-centered amenities including dining, concierge services, a business center and more
• An expanded bone marrow transplant unit which has been partially supported by Fundación Teleton

The hospital broke ground in December 2011 and has already completed an enhancement and expansion and of the Radiology Department with additional leading-edge, imaging equipment. The Miguel "Mike" B. Fernandez Family Pediatric Trauma Center, a new state-of-the-art treatment facility for South Florida’s only freestanding pediatric trauma center, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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