South Florida Hospital News
Sunday October 23, 2016

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October 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 4




A $3 million investment has made Northwest Medical Center (NWMC), a facility of HCA East Florida, the first hospital in South Florida to have a multitude of high-tech healthcare innovations under one roof, many of which are first in the area. 

When the first cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus popped up in the Wynwood district north of Miami’s downtown in July, University of Miami scientists were already immersed in studying the virus on numerous fronts.

Palmetto General Hospital recently received Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This designation makes it part of an elite group of providers focused on stroke care

In 2013, Angelina Jolie brought the impact of genetic testing for breast cancer to the forefront by sharing her story, “My Medical Choice,” in The New York Times. Her mother died of breast cancer at age 56. 

Once upon a time (last year actually), there was a little boy who lived down the street from us. On Halloween Peter dressed up in his Captain America cape and mask and gripping his shield ventured out for his share of Halloween loot. 

Much has been discussed regarding the increasingly recognized limitations of phase III randomized trials in defining the future of cancer management and, indeed, there are many reasons to question whether there is genuine value in such efforts. 

Almost two years ago, I wrote my first Let’s Connect! piece as the Communications Chair Board Member for the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF), local chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Significant changes are sweeping healthcare. Bundled Payments are incentivizing healthcare providers to produce better outcomes at a lower cost. Failure to coordinate their approach to a 90-day episode of care for a total joint replacement for example, 

It takes time to build a practice. You have to put a lot of time, energy, money, heart and soul into growing your patients, your staff, your office locations and your reputation. But even if you love what you do, you don’t want to work forever; and like building a practice

In August, Baptist Health South Florida, in conjunction with telehealth technology company American Well, launched Baptist Health Care On Demand, an online platform providing patients with immediate virtual access to a board-certified physician for live, on-demand video visits over the Internet via an app.

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