By Randy Gross, CEO of Broward Health Imperial Point
February 9 2021 – Healthcare heroes have demonstrated incredible strength and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, February 11, Broward Health Imperial Point will join its sister hospitals and the Broward Health Foundation in celebrating caregivers.
This special “Tribute to Healthcare Heroes” will be hosted by Emmy-award winning journalist Laurie Jennings. The free event will feature patient stories, caregiver interviews and other special guests. Four of the honorees who will be saluted at the virtual event are two sets of sisters who work at Broward Health Imperial Point. 
Nicole Powell and Nicola Powell Barnes, both 42, are part of our environmental services department. The frontline duo’s passion for patients goes beyond contributing to a clean, orderly and sanitized environment for patients and caregivers. They also encourage patients and cheer them on during their discharge.
Another set of sisters who will be spotlighted during the tribute are registered nurses Chelsea and Amy Imbrigiotta, 26 and 27, respectively. They care for patients in the Progressive Care Unit, where many COVID-19 positive patients continue to be nursed back to health.
The community’s generosity and support for Broward Health’s healthcare providers and staff during this pandemic has been inspiring. This live-streamed tribute should be equally moving. 
A “Tribute to Healthcare Heroes” is a virtual fundraiser hosted by Broward Health Foundation that will air on Thursday, February 11, at 8 p.m. on Broward Health’s Facebook and YouTube pages. To register for the free event, visit While the event is free, viewers are encouraged to make donations to the Foundation’s COVID Relief Fund on behalf of the many healthcare heroes being recognized. 
Randy Gross is CEO of Broward Health Imperial Point, a 204-bed hospital in the northeast part of Fort Lauderdale. The hospital provides high-quality, advanced care in cardiology, orthopaedics, bariatrics and more.