South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday August 20, 2014
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November 2012 - Volume 9 - Issue 5

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Forty Years of Excellence in Health Care

This October marked a milestone in our community’s history – the 40th anniversary of Broward Health Imperial Point (BHIP). After coming on board as chief executive officer in January of this year, I am delighted to lead our hospital into its next chapter as we continue to partner with highly-skilled and compassionate physicians and medical staff to deliver world class health care.
 
Although much has happened here during the last 40 years, one thing that has remained consistent is the high caliber of leadership. Duncan Moore, our original CEO, helped to plan the launch of the hospital in 1971 and establish a reputation for excellence during our initial years of operation. Since then, we have been graced with many strong leaders, including my recent predecessors Dottie Mancini (1996-2007) and Calvin Glidewell (2007-2011).
 
Today, our staff delivers the highest level of quality and compassionate care – what has come to be known as the ‘imperial treatment’ – on a daily basis. From our nurses to our nutritional staff, our surgeons to our security guards, kind and compassionate care is what makes this the hospital of choice for so many in our community. Our people are why our patients recommend us so highly.
 
When the hospital opened in October of 1972, it had two floors and an average daily patient census of 50. There were four operating rooms, a six-bed intensive care unit and a six-bed recovery area.
Today, our physicians and staff use 10 operating rooms and a surgical suite specializing in minimally invasive robotic surgery to perform thousands of surgeries annually. We also perform the highest number of retina surgeries of all hospitals in Broward County. Plus, after a $17 million expansion in 2010, the emergency department now treats nearly 35,000 patients each year.
 
Over the years, the intensive care unit has more than doubled in size and three small X-ray rooms have been transformed into a state-of-the-art radiology department, complete with the very latest in nuclear medicine technology, digital mammography, CT, MRI, X-ray and interventional radiology.
 
BHIP’s Auxiliary is as active as it was in 1972 when it was partially made up of volunteers from the Red Cross. It now includes more than 130 devoted volunteers, including teens, who perform approximately 4,000 hours of volunteer work per month.
 
A culture of quality and safety has been nurtured by hospital leadership and staff throughout the years, leading to numerous awards and recognition for quality of care and patient safety. Recently, the hospital received an ‘A’ rating in a national hospital safety survey by The Leapfrog Group.
 
Much has changed over the years at this hospital, but the superior treatment of our patients has remained a constant focus. I feel so privileged to work with such a devoted group of physicians, nurses and hospital staff. Their dedication to excellence reminds me each day why I chose a career in health care.
From all of us at Broward Health Imperial Point, we thank the South Florida medical community for 40 years of support and we look forward to many more years of healing.
 
Broward Health Imperial Point - Quick Facts
- 204 beds
- 304,000 square foot hospital on 30-acre campus at the corner of Federal Highway and Cypress Creek Rd.
- 804 employees
- 594 physicians and medical staff
- Part of one of the largest health systems in Broward County
Alice Taylor, Broward Health Imperial Point Chief Executive Officer, can be reached at (954) 776-8502 or a2taylor@browardhealth.org.
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