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Thursday May 24, 2018
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May 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 11

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Lee Health, a non-profit, community-owned integrated health care services organization and health care leader in southwest Florida, and Evolent Health, a company providing an integrated value-based care platform to the nation's leading health systems and physician organizations, today announced that Lee Health has been notified by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) of its intent to award a contract to a Lee Health affiliate, Best Care Assurance, LLC, to provide physical and behavioral health care services through Florida’s Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) Program. 

 The Villages, Anchor Health and AHC Hospitality broke ground on May 10th, 2018, at 10 a.m. for the Center of Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood. In attendance were local dignitaries, executives from The Villages Health, Florida Cancer Specialists physicians and staff, and guest speaker, Governor of Florida, Rick Scott. Florida Cancer Specialists’ new Brownwood office will be located at 2925 Traverse Trail, The Villages, Florida 32163. 

American Heart Association Award recognizes Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s commitment to quality stroke care

 
 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center earns the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the second straight year. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

American Heart Association Award recognizes West Boca Medical Center’s commitment to quality heart failure care

 
 
West Boca Medical Center earns the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. 

 Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Becomes First Hospital in South Florida to Perform Tricuspid Valve in Valve Procedure 

 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center advances its cardiac program as the first hospital in South Florida to offer tricuspid valve in valve implantation for tricuspid regurgitation.  

 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the names of 18 facilities designated VA Whole Health Flagship Sites, which are spread around the country within the VA health-care system and are focused on empowering and equipping Veterans to take charge of their health and well-being. 

As VA shifts from a health-care system focused primarily on treating disease to one guided by a personalized health plan that considers the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental needs of Veterans, the Whole Health System acknowledges that health care involves more than the physical human body. 
“VA’s Whole Health approach helps Veterans live their lives to the fullest,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “By developing a personal health plan that integrates many areas of their lives, Veterans can truly take charge of their well-being and improve their health all around.  I’m pleased to recognize these VA facilities that are helping our Veterans do just that.” 

 The room was filled with stroke survivors and their families, members of the stroke and rehabilitation teams that treated them, and first responders. All of these individuals came together for a celebration of life and to share their experiences and stories of survival on the heels of May being Stroke Awareness Month.  

 
The event hosted by Memorial Neuroscience Institute and Memorial Rehabilitation Institute of Memorial Healthcare System on May 14 also brought together representatives from seven EMS organizations including Hollywood, Davie, Hallandale, Miami Dade, Miramar, Broward Sheriff’s Office and Pembroke Pines. The first responder organizations were recognized for the collaborative partnerships developed with Memorial’s stroke team since 2014 that have led to quicker stroke treatment and better outcomes for patients. The new protocols include pre-notifications by EMS to the stroke team before they arrive at the hospital.

Cleveland Clinic Florida nurse Alicia Maxwell, RN, has been recognized with the DAISY Award for her exceptional and compassionate clinical nursing skills. Maxwell is the first Cleveland Clinic Florida nurse to receive the DAISY award this year.

Health Foundation of South Florida, the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, announced the promotion of Janisse Schoepp, Ph.D. to Vice President of Operations and Strategy. Dr. Schoepp, who joined the Foundation in 2004, will ensure that the Foundation is well positioned to achieve its strategic goals through enhancing operational efficiency and profitability as well as identifies and leads an impact investment strategy focused on revenue generation. 

According to Health Foundation of South Florida President & CEO Steven Marcus, E.D., “Janisse is instrumental in the Foundation’s work in improving the health and economic well-being of our local communities. He added, “She led the way to our Community Building and Economic Prosperity Initiative, which engages anchor institutions in community wealth building strategies to address social determinants of health and provides oversight for investments focused on health promotion, disease prevention and building healthy eating active communities.” 

The combined impact of the funding is expected to reach and improve health for thousands of residents.

 
Health Foundation of South Florida’s Board of Directors recently approved $458,824 for grants within its Behavioral Health and Healthy Eating Active Communities priority areas as well one for its Live Healthy Community Partnerships Initiative. The grants, which range from $43,706 to $143,118, were awarded to five nonprofit health-related organizations in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. 
 
According to Health Foundation of South Florida Chairwoman Thao M.P. Tran, M.D., M.P.H., “Supporting the essential efforts of nonprofits that are working to improve the health of South Florida communities, with a focus on vulnerable, low to moderate-income populations, is at the core of our mission.” She added, “We are proud to work with grantees who share our focus on enabling communities to be more resilient, sustainable and equitable places to live.” 
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