At Broward Health North, 2017 was a year of innovation and achievement. The hospital’s strong commitment to providing quality patient and family centered care in a collaborative and safe environment was recognized with many accolades and achievements. Some of the most notable achievements of 2017 include:
Emergency Room Voted Best Emergency Room
In 2017, Broward Health North completed the first full year of the newly renovated 36,000 square feet, 53 private universal treatment rooms and three dedicated trauma bay, Emergency Department. Thanks to the hard work of the Emergency Department physicians, staff and EMS personnel partners the transition to the new department was smooth leading to an improved patient experience. More than 64,000 patients came through the ER in 2017 receiving quality treatment in an aesthetically pleasing environment. The enhanced patient experience was recognized in June when City News/Boca’s Best Magazine presented Broward Health North with the Reader’s Choice Award for Best Emergency Room.
Modern Healthcare Award
Modern Healthcare, a leading outlet of healthcare business news, ranked Broward Health North as one of the top four best safety net hospitals for total hip replacements out of 200 hospitals across the country. The Joint Replacement Center at Broward Health North has attained Joint Commission Certification for hip and knee replacement since 2007 and this recognition validates the high quality care provided to patients undergoing surgery. The Joint Replacement Center was also recognized as Center of Excellence by OptumHealth – United Health Care in 2017.
Highest Level of Stroke Care Quality Achievement Award
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association honored Broward Health North with the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus for the third consecutive year. This distinction is the highest honor a hospital can receive for stroke care and acknowledges Broward Health North’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
8th Annual Ranse Classic Held
For the 8th consecutive year, Broward Health North participated in the Ranse Volleyball Classic on Deerfield Beach, which raises money for the Ranse Jones Stroke Awareness Fund, benefitting Broward Health North. The volleyball classic, held on the first weekend in November, is an annual event to honor Ranse Jones, a professional volleyball player and Broward County native, who passed away in 2010 from a ruptured brain aneurysm when he was just 34 years old. The Ranse Jones Stroke Awareness Fund’s mission is to raise money for stroke education, awareness, treatment, care and support for the community. More than $190,000 has been raised through the last seven tournaments. These funds support community stroke awareness, education and technology at Broward Health North’s Comprehensive Stroke Center as well as the creation of the Florida Stroke Symposium.
New CEO Named
Alice Taylor was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Broward Health North in 2017. Alice brings with her a wealth of leadership including for the last five years, serving as CEO at Broward Health Imperial Point. Under her leadership the hospital received the prestigious “Pathway to Excellence” designation for nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and she was honored as “Business Woman of the Year” by the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce in 2014.
Patient Safety
The focus at Broward Health North has always been the safety of our patients and community. Broward Health North’s employees took a fun approach creating videos to stress the importance of safety in 2017. The “All About the Foam,” “Call Don’t Fall” and “Stick Me with the Flu Shot” videos, which can be seen on the Broward Health Facebook and YouTube websites, became viral hits. The videos were designed to instruct patients about the safety initiatives in place at Broward Health North in an entertaining way. With all the attention the videos received, the importance of safety was conveyed to the community and many patients were heard singing the catchy tunes in the hospital this year.