South Florida Hospital News
Thursday March 30, 2017

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March 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 9




Broward Health Coral Springs is pleased to announce that Broward Health Children’s Hospital has been renamed the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health. A formal unveiling ceremony took place and signage throughout the hospital reflects the name change in our pediatric areas. The name change is in honor of the Salah Foundation’s generous $10 million, dollar-for-dollar, all-or-nothing challenge grant where the Broward Health Foundation successfully raised another $12 million from the community to match this extraordinary gift. The ambitious, capital campaign raised more than $22 million toward the $52 million renovation and expansion of our children’s hospital at Broward Health Medical Center. Other major contributors to the campaign include Mrs. Lorraine Thomas, Pediatrix Medical Group and EmCare. Pictured is Noreen Salah Burpee of the Salah Foundation.


Broward Health Coral Springs’ (BHCS) Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery Program has achieved full Joint Commission re-accreditation with zero deficiencies. As the first and only program of its kind in Florida to officially earn these marks, it is lead by Medical Director, Dr. Charles Lago along with a group of multidisciplinary clinicians specializing in colorectal surgery.

“The colorectal team at Broward Health Coral Springs exemplifies expertise in their field combined with unmatched caring and commitment to our patients,” said Drew Grossman, CEO of BHCS. “This recognition from The Joint Commission is a stamp of excellence and shows that the hospital is committed to offering our patients the highest quality care. It took a great collaborative effort to accomplish this re-accreditation and I congratulate everyone involved.”

The Michael and Dianne Bienes Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital has had its three-year/full accreditation designation renewed by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, one of two in Fort Lauderdale.

NAPBC accreditation challenges breast cancer centers to enhance the care they provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of the care they deliver against national standards. NAPBC accreditation provides value across all domains of care including access to care and service, patient satisfaction and well-being and quality of cancer care.
Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. A breast cancer center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

Delray Medical Center received the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades. The distinction places Delray Medical Center in the top 5% for clinical excellence among more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Delray Medical Center is just one of four hospitals to have earned this designation for 15 straight years.

The Lee County Medical Society recently recognized the winners of the 2017 Annual Medical Service and We Care Awards Program that honors outstanding Lee County physicians, medical staff and others in the industry.

Physician award winners:
- Citizenship and Community Service Award - Mary Kay Peterson, M.D., Director of Women’s Imaging at Radiology Regional Center.
- Scientific Achievement Award - Michael Katin, M.D., Radiation Oncology Physician at 21st Century Oncology.
- Health Education Award - Judith Hartner, M.D., Retired Director of the Florida Department of Health in Lee County.
- Leadership & Professionalism Award - Stephen Hannan, M.D., Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Physician at Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Specialists of SW Florida.
- Rising Physician Award - Mark Bloomston, M.D., Surgical Oncologist at 21st Century Oncology.
- Lifetime Achievement Award - Richard Chazal, M.D., Invasive Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lee Physician Group/Lee Health.
- In Memory of an Outstanding Physician Award - Jack Bartlett, M.D., Founder of Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida.
Non-physician award winners:
- Ann Wilke, retired Executive Director of Lee County Medical Society – Non-Physician Award of Appreciation (nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other medical staff).
- Elaine Hawkins, CRM, President & CEO of Private Client Insurance Services - Distinguished Layperson’s Service Award (medical support staff, medical administration and medical education).
We Care of Lee County Award:
- Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida, specializing in comprehensive orthopedics.

Florida Atlantic University recently received designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the United States Department of Education. With its new HSI status – only awarded to colleges and universities with enrollment of full-time Hispanic undergraduate students of at least 25 percent – FAU will be able to compete for federal grants under the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

General Electric/GE has designated Holy Cross Hospital as a National Center of Excellence (COE) for hip and knee replacement surgery.

Eligible program members can elect to receive enhanced coverage for hip or knee replacement at a COE provider. Patients choosing Holy Cross will be supported by a patient navigator that will work to ensure a pleasant experience and will assist with transition of care arrangements for both local and traveling patients.

Good Samaritan Medical Center earns full chest pain center re-accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). The hospital first received accreditation in 2013.

The accredited chest pain center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

Baptist Health Primary Care expands with two new offices – one in Pinecrest and the other in Doral.

The Pinecrest location is part of a brand-new Baptist Health South Florida building located at 13101 South Dixie Highway, Suite 400. Residents in Pinecrest are now able to make an appointment with primary care physicians Nathalie Regalado, M.D., Melissa Franco D.O., and Hanif Williams, M.D.
The Doral location is located at 9915 NW 41 Street, Suite 230. Doral residents are now able to make an appointment with primary care physician Gabriel Solti Grasz, M.D.
In addition, endocrinology specialist, Pascual De Santis, M.D., will be available to patients in both offices.
The convenient new locations provide all healthcare needs to the Pinecrest and Doral communities. Each Baptist Health Primary Care office is focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health issues, including chronic disease management for diabetes, heart disease and hypertension; simple and complex health matters; minor emergencies; geriatric care; weight loss; health-risk assessments; women’s health and healthy lifestyle choices.
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