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Wednesday September 19, 2018
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September 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 3

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Leading Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Into the Future

Memorial Healthcare System uses the term “Stronger Together” to describe the partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center at the Malignant Hematology & Cellular Therapy program the two jointly run at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines.

When I relocated from Los Angeles to become CEO at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, I saw the I-95 billboard with that phrase and realized it’s exactly how I’d characterize the relationship I’m looking to advance between ‘Joe D.’ and the communities we serve. It encapsulates how I believe pediatric facilities have their greatest impact, leading and advocating through partnerships for the health and well-being of children.
 
Our True North
The partnerships we already have and will continue to seek come in many forms – with families, like-minded organizations, schools, and nonprofits, to name just a few. All must, however, have one true north, one that always keeps the best interests of children in focus. Maintaining this true north is what Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, with its commitment to patient and family-centered care, has done to earn a stellar local and national reputation and it’s the core value that will serve as our guide as we evolve as a resource that is equal parts accessible and elite. An institution that features clinical excellence, teaching, and research, while also being loved by children and families in South Florida.
 
By expanding our reach and impact, we’ll fulfill our mission to provide the highest-quality healthcare to audiences in the communities where we all live and work. It’s what I consider a very large part of my job and how I plan to continue the significant impact JDCH is already having in South Florida.
 
Growing to Deliver More
As the demand for our services grows, so too will the facilities we operate. This includes our hospital in Hollywood, where we’ll be adding four floors to the existing building, and in Palm Beach County, where our pediatric specialty care center will open early next year in Wellington. Children and families that previously had to travel to see the specialists they require will now have easier access to the expertise and experience of our team and services. We’re also focused on utilizing telehealth, technology, and other creative concepts to remove barriers children and families seeking high-quality, pediatric care may face.
 
Experience Is the Best Teacher
The sky’s the limit for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and I’m excited to be on board as we grow. In California, where I was most recently chief administrative officer at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Women’s Health, we built similar community partnerships to meet the growing demand for services. We also identified partners in research and other areas to maximize capabilities and potential impact.
 
Perspective gained through those experiences and others I’ve had during a diverse professional career will aid me in South Florida. I’ve learned that healthcare is a dynamic industry and creative approaches and solid partnerships are the path forward. I’ve been tremendously impressed that many of our clinical leaders share the same vision. They remind me of leaders of start-up companies that joined Memorial Healthcare System with a common focus and created something magnificent. I’ll continue to foster that environment, always with what is best for children and families in mind.
 
Love is at the center of all we do (including the children’s hospital’s logo) and that includes love for our patients and families, careers, where we live, and the opportunity to make a difference. That’s what has brought me here and I’m excited about the many great things to come. Of course, love isn’t a one-way street, so I look forward to connecting with any and all that share children’s health as their true north.
 
After all, we’re stronger together.

Caitlin Stella, MPH is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (www.jdch.com), a facility within the Memorial Healthcare System. Connect with her at cstella@mhs.net

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