South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday September 19, 2018

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September 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 3




North Broward Hospital District, d/b/a Broward Health, has been awarded the Health Center Quality Leader certificate of achievement by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in recognition of exemplary service and commitment to quality healthcare.

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County recognized five of its founders and five veteran staff members at its 30th Anniversary Legacy Awards reception on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the West Palm Beach Hilton. The honorees have dedicated years of service in supporting this unique public health care system.

Miami Cancer Institute, a next-generation cancer treatment destination and Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, proudly announced today that Albert H. Nahmad has been named chair of the Institute’s Board of Directors. He succeeds S. Lawrence “Larry” Kahn III, the Institute’s visionary, founding Board chair and founder of Coral Gables-based Lowell Homes, who recently passed away following a long battle with lymphoma. Mr. Nahmad shares Mr. Kahn’s passion for philanthropy and a desire to continue to help elevate Miami Cancer Institute as a cancer treatment destination both here in Miami and in neighboring regions.

Broward Health Community Health Services will receive $337,400 as part of a $60 million grant awarded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to community health centers located in hurricane-ravaged states and U.S. territories.
The grant will enable Broward Health to hurricane-proof two Broward Health Community Health Services centers affected by hurricane Irma, the Cora E. Braynon Family Health Center and the Bernard P. Alicki Health Center, both in Fort Lauderdale.
Wellington Regional Medical Center (WRMC) recently became the first hospital in Florida to utilize the Medtronic superDimension™ system with Fluoroscopic Navigation technology.  The upgraded technology enables the physician to better visualize the targeted area and find lung tumors sooner.
“The superDimension™ navigation system allows me to use a minimally invasive approach to access difficult to reach areas of the lung, which can aid in the diagnosis of lung disease,” said Mark Meyer, MD, thoracic surgeon at WRMC.  “Fluoroscopic navigation is a significant advancement in the SuperD system that enhances the visualization of the targeted area, thereby maximizing accuracy and tissue diagnosis.” 
Cleveland Clinic Florida, one of the leading institutes for heart, liver and kidney transplantation in South Florida, has been recognized as a Blue Distinction® Center for Transplants for Adult Liver as part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community. 

The Team Tommy Foundation Board of Directors attended the Myositis Association’s Annual Patient Conference in Louisville, Kentucky earlier this month in an effort to learn more about the rare auto-immune disease that took the Foundation’s namesake, Tommy Worthington in July 2012.  Since Tommy’s death due to Dermatomyositis, a form of Myositis disease the all-volunteer Board have raised funds for patients with Myositis diseases and their caregivers to attend this single, expert laden event each year. 

Jeffrey S. Sturman, a longtime healthcare information technology professional, has joined Memorial Healthcare System as a senior vice president and chief information officer. 
Sturman brings nearly 25 years consulting, management, and healthcare operations experience to his new role. His information technology expertise is the result of previous opportunities working with integrated delivery systems/academic medical centers, physician practice management groups, and managed care/insurance organizations.  
Florida Medical Center proudly honors DAISY Award winner, Danielle Palmer. 
As a nurse at Florida Medical Center, Danielle Palmer, RN is recognized for striving to make a difference one patient at a time. This nomination is a testament to her hard work. 
Wellington Regional Medical Center (WRMC) recently held a “Call of the Quarter” celebration to reunite Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) Engine/Rescue 20 crew with Thelma Bibbo, a patient the crew rescued and transported to WRMC’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.  The hospital staff and attendees also celebrated Thelma’s 91st birthday.
On May 21, 2018, John Bibbo, the patient’s son, called 9-1-1 to report that his mother had experienced a decrease in blood pressure and fainting spells while eating at a restaurant.  PBCFR responded to the then 90-year-old Thelma and alerted WRMC of a “stroke alert,” meaning they were bringing a potential stroke patient to the emergency room.  This collaboration ensured that Thelma received the most efficient, quality care and resulted in a full recovery.
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