South Florida Hospital News
Friday February 15, 2019

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February 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 8




Wellness-Focused Hotel Features Table 55 Farm-to-Table Restaurant and Rooms for Extended Stays 
Following a ribbon cutting ceremony that took place yesterday, Baptist Health South Florida and Interstate Hotels & Resorts unveiled the new Hilton Miami Dadeland, an innovative hotel in the Kendall area of Miami with a distinct focus on wellness. 
FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science Study Published in ‘Analyst’ Journal by Royal Society of Chemistry 
Accessible, connected, and computationally powerful, smartphones aren’t just for “selfies” anymore. They have emerged as powerful evaluation tools capable of diagnosing medical conditions in point-of-care settings. Smartphones also are a viable solution for health care in the developing world because they allow untrained users to collect and transmit data to medical professionals.

Memorial Regional Hospital South (MRHS) has gone live with its next steps to precision care medicine. At the direction of Dr. Artur Rangel, medical director of MRHS laboratory, next generation sequencing (NGS) in the Molecular Genetic Lab was recently launched giving pathologists and physicians a more precise tool to developing targeted cancer therapies using a patient’s DNA.

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes expert rheumatologist, Alastair Kennedy, MD, FRCP, FACP, PA. Dr. Kennedy earned his medical degree at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and has held positions in pediatrics, obstetrics, and rheumatology before making his way to Vero Beach, where he has practiced for more than 30 years. 

Baptist Health South Florida is one of the 2019 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. This is the 19th time Baptist Health has been recognized on the list. 
Baptist Health ranked #40 on the list, on which is based on survey feedback representing more than 4.3 million employees, with respondents rating their workplace culture on 60-plus elements of the workplace. These include trust in managers, compensation, fairness, camaraderie and workplace traits linked to innovation. The ranking accounted for the experiences of all employees. Once again, Baptist Health ranked #1 in diversity on the list.
Cheryl Van Hare, physician assistant, joins the Alzheimer’s Association® as the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event chair in Boca Raton. She is joined by co-chair Doreen Yaffa, founder of Yaffa and Associates – Marital and Family Law Attorney’s.
“I’ve been involved with the Boca Raton Walk to End Alzheimer’s for six years," Van Hare said. "Sadly, my mom passed away in 2012 after years of decline due to dementia— I was very involved with her care. I heard about the planning committee in 2014 to start a walk in Boca Raton— I was all in, and there’s been no looking back. I have been involved in various roles each year, and am excited to chair the event this year.”
T2 Protect AD Study at University of Miami Measures Potential Improvement in People with Mild-to-Moderate AD through Use of Troriluzole
Neurologists and researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth—the University of Miami Health System have begun screening study participants for a new, national Alzheimer’s disease (AD) clinical study to evaluate the potential benefits of an investigational medicine for people with mild-to-moderate AD.
The Phase 2 study, called T2 Protect AD, is evaluating the investigational drug troriluzole (BHV-4157), which may have the potential to protect against, slow down, and eventually improve memory and thinking problems that increase as Alzheimer’s disease progresses. Troriluzole is a drug that modulates glutamate, protecting against neuron loss. Glutamate problems in the brain can lead to brain cell dysfunction and disease, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Hospital is among the top 1 percent of U.S. hospitals for clinical outcomes 17 years in a row
Delray Medical Center achieves the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for the 17th straight year, since the inception of the award. The distinction places the hospital in the top 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, a leading resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
“It is an honor to be recognized as one of America’s 50 best hospitals, because it means we are doing our job in providing patients with the best experience possible,” said Maggie Gill, chief executive officer at Delray Medical Center. “Our outstanding physicians, nurses and staff earned this achievement on behalf of the hospital.” 

Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) has received a transformational $10 million gift from Louis B. and Anne W. Green for Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Green’s gift is one of six eight-figure gifts received by the campaign that has already raised $118 million toward its goal. In recognition for their generosity, the newly redesigned hospital lobby will be named the Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby.

Partnership with FIU Global Forensic and Justice Center will increase access to forensic nurse specialists at clinics in cities of Sweetwater, Belle Glade, and Hendry and Glades counties
Nearly 80 percent of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported, in part because of a severe shortage of licensed health care specialists known as sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), who help properly secure evidence from survivors of sexual assault, which can lead to higher prosecution rates. 
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