South Florida Hospital News
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July 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 1




Holy Cross Hospital named Fort Lauderdale resident Nestor Megano as its Associate of the Year. Megano serves as a cardiovascular perfusionist at the non-profit hospital.

Megano was born in the Philippines, where he received his bachelor degree in medical technology, and worked as a perfusionist at the Philippine Heart Center for Asia. In 1980, he moved to the United States to practice perfusion at the Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. In 1982, Megano moved to Fort Lauderdale to work for Holy Cross Hospital, where he has served for the past 34 years.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is proud to honor its latest monthly DAISY Award winner, Colette Guthrie, an RN in the hospital’s surgical department. Colette is recognized by her peers for her kindness and compassion to patients, families and fellow staff members She is also known as a leader in her department, where she goes the extra mile to ensure patients receive the highest quality of care. 




Officials at Catholic Health Services announced that The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Stroke Rehabilitation Certification has been awarded to St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospitals. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

St. Catherine’s Rehabilitation Hospitals have undergone rigorous on-site review where Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with Stroke Rehabilitation-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed. 

BridgeHealth, a leading provider of high-quality, lower-cost, bundled surgical case rate benefit plans, has designated Holy Cross Hospital, along with the Holy Cross Orthopedic Institute, a National Center of Excellence (COE) for hip and knee replacement surgery.

Eligible employees and dependents of employers nationwide who are BridgeHealth clients can travel to Holy Cross for hip and knee replacements. Patients and employers pay a pre-negotiated rate that should result in measurable savings to the employer and the patient. Patients choosing Holy Cross will be supported by BridgeHealth Care Coordinators who will handle administrative tasks—including travel and accommodations—provide guidance and enhance the patient surgical experience.

Steve Streed, MS, CIC, FAPIC, System Director of Epidemiology and Infection Control for Lee Health, received the Carole DeMille Achievement Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). This award—which is the highest honor bestowed by APIC—recognizes Streed’s contributions and commitment to education in infection control.

Streed’s career in infection prevention and epidemiology spans 40 years, and he has served as Lee Health’s system director for more than 10 years. He has been an active member of the APIC since the late-1970s. In 1983, he was among the first group of infection preventionists to be certified in infection control and epidemiology (IPC). Committed to education in the growing field of IPC, Streed co-founded and taught some of the earliest hospital epidemiology and certification preparation courses. Through his association in the APIC, Streed has served in numerous leadership capacities, including on the APIC Board of Directors and on the editorial board for the American Journal of Infection Prevention.

Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) was awarded Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The Center received this distinction for following a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care and patients’ experience of care as well as reduce costs.

CDTC has been offering hope and support to women, infants, children and youth with special healthcare needs in Broward County for more than three decades. The Center has several programs that provide comprehensive medical care, care coordination, dental services, health education, nutrition, and early intervention services to more than 11,000 patients each year.
The establishment of a comprehensive, “one stop” resource for care to the entire family has allowed CDTC to help transform the lives of special needs patients so they may live healthy and productive lives. The care and support of their CDTC team impacts not just the children’s health but the lives of every member of their families.

Now residents of northern Palm Beach County have increased access to Jupiter Medical Center’s high quality care, closer to home. The Medical Center opened its third Urgent Care Center at 3250 PGA Boulevard, just across from The Gardens Mall. The location is also home to a new center for physical rehabilitation, offering patients unparalleled convenience for their health and wellness needs.

The goal of Jupiter Medical Center’s Urgent Care Centers is to better serve the community with the right medical care at the lowest cost – where and when it is needed most. The hospital’s two centers in Jupiter and the newest location in Palm Beach Gardens provide immediate and affordable walk-in care for adults and children, after hours, on weekends and even holidays. 

iHealth Labs introduced the new “Clear” Smart Blood Pressure Monitor, an intuitive smart device that empowers users to combat hypertension with simple but smart solutions. The iHealth Clear features a large 4.7” LED display for easy and accurate blood pressure readings at home. Users can see systolic pressure, diastolic pressure and heart rate in real time. The iHealth Clear is Bluetooth wireless, FDA approved and BHS certified for accuracy.

Blood pressure and pulse measurements can be checked instantly, and an automated voice tells users the results in English. It provides the user with easy-to-understand, color-coded results: such as green representing an optimal reading to red signaling stage three hypertension. The monitor also compares the user's past reading, letting users know if it is higher or lower than the user's previous results. iHealth Clear can store up to 2000 offline readings of memory storage for any BP monitor. In addition to displaying the results on the physical display, the iHealth Clear uses a WiFi connection to store data to the secure iHealth cloud.
The iHealth Clear Smart Blood Pressure Monitor connects via Bluetooth and is designed to work with the free iHealth app, which automatically keeps a history of a person’s vital health data and allows the option to share that information with a doctor, caregiver or family member. The user can monitor blood pressure and pulse trends with intuitive charts and share data with a doctor in PDF or spreadsheet format right from a smartphone, tablet or computer. The Clear works with both Apple and Android smart phones and tablets.
“About 75 million American adults have high blood pressure, which is one in every three American adults,” said Wade Shu, iHealth’s Vice President of Product Development. “Understanding blood pressure data and taking accurate blood pressure readings are of vital importance to so many people worldwide and iHealth wants to make sure those daily tasks are easier than ever. Our vision is to design new products that allow people to spend more time with their families and less time at the doctor’s office.”

On June 22, VITAS® Healthcare and Kno2™, a company that optimizes patient document exchange, announced their collaboration to streamline the electronic patient referral process. This two-way hospice referral system is designed to interface with hospital and health system EMR technology, increasing efficiency, reducing hospice response time and eliminating the use of paper which ultimately cuts the ever-increasing costs of care delivery.

VITAS, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, will integrate Kno2’s interoperability platform into its proprietary electronic health record (EHR) system to support centralized and secure sharing of patient data to speed up the referral process. Provided at no cost, the new technology fully satisfies many key CMS requirements and has a zero transcription error rate.
“Our goal is to innovate and accelerate how care is transitioned from hospitals to hospice care,” said Patrick Hale, chief information officer of VITAS. “The partnership with Kno2 will enable our hospice team to work quickly and more efficiently, giving them more time to provide comfort and increasing quality of life for VITAS patients and their families.”
Hospitals typically send referrals to several hospice organizations simultaneously, through diverse methods, to provide patients and their families with a variety of choices that best meet their needs. Through this partnership, VITAS receives all referrals electronically through Kno2’s integrated platform, and is able to dispatch an admission coordinator to the patient’s bedside within minutes, even during nights, weekends and holidays, delivering much-needed comfort and relief to hospice patients and their families.
Yale New Haven Hospital has leveraged VITAS’ integrated solution to expedite patient transitions to end-of-life care. Hospice-appropriate patients are identified within the hospital’s EHR and referred directly to VITAS. Admission coordinators are notified via their mobile device and respond immediately.

The SOMATOM Definition Flash from Siemens Healthineers arrives at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center providing patients with a new advanced radiologic offering. The Definition Flash is one of the most important developments in diagnostic imaging. The dual source, 2 x 128-slice CT is better at freezing motion than a single source CT, allowing a patient’s heart along with the arteries and anatomy to be better captured in a single beat, even at higher heart rates.

The SOMATOM® Definition Flash from Siemens Healthineers creates new opportunities for patient-friendly imaging at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. The SOMATOM Definition Flash is one of the fastest computed tomography (or CT) scanners available. For most adults, it can image the entire chest in less than a second and it can scan the whole body in less than 5 seconds. For children, many scans can be completed in less than one second. With such fast imaging times, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center can generally perform these studies using less radiation than conventional CT scanners – meaning a safer imaging procedure.
The SOMATOM Definition Flash also employs Siemens FAST CARE technology, which allows technologists at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center to conduct high quality imaging that minimizes radiation dose levels, while spending more time with patients. In addition, the Flash offers a new technique for reducing artifacts from metal, allowing better imaging of patients with implants.
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