South Florida Hospital News
Sunday April 11, 2021

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November 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 5

I don’t often eat fast food, but occasionally the schedule calls for it. In recent years, many drive-thru restaurants have added a second window in an effort to improve customer service. The first one is to pay and the second one is to get your food. On a recent visit, I pulled up to the first window to pay. For whatever reason the car in front of me did not get their food right away. 

In just its second year of existence, over 7,000 prospective medical students applied to fill 50 available slots next fall at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University (NSU MD).

Wow, how time flies. The University of Miami’s Health Executive MBA program has just celebrated its 40th anniversary, thereby making it one of the oldest business school based Health Management and Policy programs in the country. We have now graduated well over a thousand students. It is worth noting that the program is now ranked as the number one program in the state of Florida per U.S. News and World Report, and further, is now ranked the number one Health Care Executive MBA program in the United States. 

Dr. Mariceli Comellas last year moved from New York to Miami to accept a position at Florida International University as assistant professor in Health Services Administration. Three months ago, she was also named assistant chair for the Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA), and since that time her mission has been to expand the program.

In the span of roughly five years, Memorial Healthcare System’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program is expected to go from seeking initial accreditation to pursue a residency program to training the next generation of doctors in 11 specialties. We’re expanding as an academic medical center, and it comes at the perfect time for South Florida’s growing and aging population.

The Dade County Medical Association (DCMA) is extremely proud to have secured reaccreditation for our Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program as granted by the Florida Medical Association. Our program undergoes rigorous review every four years to ensure adherence to our mission and the standards developed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 5.6 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's disease, and more than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. With these statistics increasing each year and without movement in education on the matter, patients and caregivers are unaware of the programs and services that exist to alleviate some of the unfortunate burdens attributed to caring for a patient with this type of serious illness.

For 20 years, Dr. Pedro J. Diaz has specialized in taking care of hospice patients in their homes throughout Dade and Monroe counties. His VITAS colleagues describe him as “always eager and enthusiastic to lend a helping hand whenever needed.”

A joint study by the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the National Palliative Care Research Center (America’s Care of Serious Illness: 2019 State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals) offers an instructive snapshot of where we are today. Of the 89 palliative care programs offered at 138 Florida hospitals in the study

Catholic Hospice celebrates hospice month with servitude remembrance and gratitude. We are thankful to our patients and their loved ones who entrust us, to deliver the highest level of care during this very delicate time in their life. We are also appreciative to all our team members who carry out our mission and vision while delivering the highest level of quality compassionate care. 

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