South Florida Hospital News
Thursday October 17, 2019

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October 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 4




The Dade County Medical Association (DCMA) has been actively engaged in the ongoing debate in Congress over how to address out-of-network care and protect patients from the financial implications of receiving treatment from a physician that is not in their insurance carrier’s network. 

Since 2011, the Holy Cross Hospital’s Partners in Breast Health program has provided outreach education, clinical breast exams, screening mammograms and diagnostic procedures to lower income and minority women ages 40 and older who lack access to healthcare services. The program also provides services to symptomatic women who are younger than 40.

On Thursday, July 11, 2019, community leaders, healthcare professionals and those dedicated to the fight against breast cancer gathered for an exciting announcement in the advance of better outcomes for women fighting cancer across our community.

The Pediatric Oncology Unit at the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital was previously a post-cardiac adult trauma center with dull paint peeling off the walls and patients stuffed in rooms with nothing to do. These immunocompromised patients had little chance of interaction, and most were kept in isolation. 

Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin is the medical director of the Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology Program at Jupiter Medical Center. A graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Bhagwandin completed his general surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his fellowship training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. 

When someone asks, “Can you prevent cancer?” here are some of the choices and tests that can help avoid cancer or find it soon enough to make a difference. While there are many factors that we can’t control, we do have some control over lifestyle and our environment. Plus, know the warning signs of cancer.

Each year tourists from around the world flock to Broward County for its beaches, restaurants and sunny weather. They also come for the quality healthcare at Broward Health International.

Jeannie Lavoie is the clinical coordinator and manager in the case management department for Good Samaritan Medical Center. Lavoie started working at Good Sam in January of 2019 but has over 20-years of experience working in case management. 

 Carole Murphy is a case manager on staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Murphy’s responsibilities include facilitating and coordinating to help patients who are undergoing treatment at the hospital, and access to care and appropriate utilization of resources.

Kelly Johnston has been the director of case management for Delray Medical Center since November, 2018. As director, Johnston is responsible for staying abreast of changes affecting case management, and utilization review. In addition, she manages the budget, focusing on productivity and controllable expenses.

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