South Florida Hospital News
Sunday January 22, 2017

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January 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 7




Delray Medical Center is now offering a newly approved device designed to help patients diagnosed with a patent foramen ovale (PFO) – a small opening between the upper chambers of the heart. The AMPLATZER™ PFO Occluder is the first and only FDA-approved device designed to close the PFO and reduce the risk of recurrent ischemic strokes caused by dangerous clots passing between the heart chambers and up to the brain.

Normally in a developing fetus, the foramen ovale allows oxygenated blood from the placenta to bypass the lungs. This small, flap-like opening typically closes shortly after birth. When this flap remains open, or “patent,” it is referred to as a PFO. A PFO can potentially allow dangerous clots to pass from the right side of the heart to the left, travel up to the brain and cause a stroke. The AMPLATZER PFO Occluder is designed to seal the unwanted hole and reduce this risk.

With the first one-stop-shop outpatient health center of its kind in Wellington, moms can get their mammograms, while their kids get their back-to-school physicals. Bethesda Health is proud to introduce its new Bethesda Health Urgent Care/Women’s Health and Imaging Center. This new state-of-the-art medical plaza is redefining healthcare and providing quality not-for-profit health services in a caring manner, Bethesda Health’s mission in serving Palm Beach County since 1959.



A new Lee Convenient Care and Lee Physician Group (LPG) multi-specialty practices are planned to open next year on Metro Parkway, near Gulf Coast Medical Center. Lee Health Board of Directors approved a lease with Metro-Daniels (North Parcel) Investors, LLC, for 40,000 square feet of space in a new facility to be constructed and ready for occupancy in the fall of 2017.

Housing the fourth Lee Convenient Care location in Lee County, the new facility will provide urgent care services as an alternative to the emergency department for treatment of non-life threatening injury or illness with the expertise of skilled physicians in a state-of-the-art clinic.
In addition to Convenient Care, other specialist offices and cardiology testing services will be housed in the building including Cardiology, Infectious Disease and others to be determined.  

Hilton and Baptist Health South Florida recently broke ground on Hilton Miami/Dadeland, a full service, 184-room hotel, on the Baptist Hospital campus. Scheduled to open in late 2018, the hotel will feature 150 guest rooms, 34 rooms tailored to guests staying for longer periods, the largest meeting space in the area, a wellness center, farm-to-table restaurant and more.

Hilton Miami/Dadeland will complement the exceptional patient experience offered at Miami Cancer Institute, a new $430 million clinical and research center which will house South Florida’s first proton therapy center, and the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, a leader in cardiovascular care.
CallisonRTKL Inc., the architect for the hotel, has fused best practices from healthcare and hospitality design by incorporating a welcoming, compassionate and uplifting environment for guests. Recognizing the community’s multicultural nature and the hospital campus’ Mediterranean feel, the property will feature special design details, including Cuban tile, pineapple-themed wall art and textiles with abstract lines representative of the fruit’s texture to add a touch of local style. The pineapple, Baptist Health’s iconic logo, symbolizes hospitality and reflects a place of warmth and welcome.

Good Samaritan Medical Center sponsored hands-only, adult CPR demonstrations, taught by local EMS providers from the City of West Palm Beach Fire Rescue, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Town of Palm Beach Fire Rescue. This free event was designed to educate the community on how to administer CPR. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

Pictured is Tony Bajak, chief operating officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center.

On November 7 and 8, Broward Health North presented evidence based practice at the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Project. The international conference held in Orlando featured trauma experts from all over the world. This year’s conference topic was “Massive Transfusion.” Thomas Ellison, Trauma Program Manager at Broward Health North, presented “Implementation of a New Massive Transfusion Protocol, using TQIP Guidelines.” Over 1600 attendees heard how BHN implemented the “how and why” of this evidence based clinical practice. The presentation was exceptionally well received and gained praises from many level I and II trauma centers. Thomas Ellison, R.N., and Igor Nichiporenko, M.D., both stated how this was a great honor for the trauma program and demonstrates the high caliber of quality care delivered daily at BHN.

On November 5, volleyball players converged on Deerfield Beach for the 7th annual Ranse Volleyball Classic. Proceeds from the tournament will support the Ranse Jones Stroke Awareness Fund at Broward Health North.

This event is held in memory of Ranse Jones, a beach volleyball player who was only 34 years old when he passed away from a ruptured brain aneurysm. His legacy lives on through the Ranse Jones Stroke Awareness Fund and Ranse Volleyball Classic. The Fund’s mission is to provide funding for stroke education, awareness, treatment, care and support for the community.
Thank you to the sponsors, Broward Health North team, Deerfield volleyball players (Flavia, John, Marc, Doug) who manage the event and handle the website. A special thanks to the Coral Springs Pipe and Drumline who kicked off this year’s event Saturday morning with a touching tribute.

Baptist Health South Florida announced a partnership with Friends of The Underline to build a Healing Garden adjacent to U.S. 1 near South Miami Hospital’s East Tower Building. The Healing Garden will provide a peaceful area for people to relax, rest and reflect.

The Underline is a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and living art destination expected to break ground in Fall, 2017. This multi-year project will have a significant impact on Miami-Dade County. It will change the way the community moves around the city, increase property value, create jobs, attract new users to transit and add over one hundred acres of new open space. As one of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’ priorities, the project has received a $3 million commitment from the county and is a public/ private collaboration between Miami-Dade Parks, Miami-Dade Transportation and Public Works and Friends of The Underline, a 501C3 non-profit organization.

Nearly 200 attendees( breast cancer survivors or anyone touched by breast cancer) donned their creatively PINK decorated hats dazzled in jewels, sparkles, bling and even breasts - all in the name of breast cancer awareness for Broward Health Coral Springs’ (BHCS) annual Mad Hatter’s Tea. With proceeds benefiting the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund, guests even had the opportunity for a meet and greet with Lisa Boccard herself.

The event is always much anticipated for its full ensemble of a typical tea party - from the catering – to the elegantly decorated tables adorned with flowered tea cups and feminine center pieces along with Alice and Wonderland characters prancing throughout. The community event includes educational and boutique booths, music, raffles, and the much awaited hat contest.
The holidays are a time of giving, sharing and continuing traditions. At the Miami VA Healthcare System, VA employees continued one special tradition this year by “adopting” two Veterans and their families for the holidays. 
Starting several holiday seasons ago, Miami VA employees from various departments—including nursing, education, quality management, social work, human resources, the Women Veterans Clinic, and many more—have donated clothing, toys and gift cards to men and women who have served our country. VA employees started this tradition as a way to express their gratitude and spread some holiday cheer.
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