South Florida Hospital News
Thursday June 27, 2019

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June 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 12




Researchers have found that loneliness can be just as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. A recent joint study from Harvard, Stanford and AARP revealed that Medicare spends approximately $134 more for each socially isolated senior than it would if the person was connected.

Utilizing data taken from CMS hospice claims, the latest Facts and Figures report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) found that while 1.43 Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in hospice care for one day or more in 2016, 27.9% were enrolled for seven days or fewer. 

Architects are constantly improving our medical community through design and service. This is no easy task in the health care field as we are continuously asked to reinvent ourselves; weathering the storms of change and trends. This is not only a matter of doing more with less, it’s incorporating flexibility and change in our buildings by understanding new technologies

The new Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department at Jupiter Medical Center recently opened. Located adjacent to the hospital’s existing emergency department, the new pediatric ED brings specialized pediatric emergency care closer to home for residents of Jupiter and the surrounding communities.

When June approaches, the thoughts of people in South Florida can't help but turn to hurricane season, and what might be pending in the coming months. But Mark Watson doesn't believe the term "hurricane" covers it all. Watson, owner of Gulfstream Petroleum Services (GPS), said, "We use 'hurricane' as a generic term, because what we're actually preparing for is a power outage."

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, EMTs and Paramedics are projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics. 

Florida sustains more direct hits from hurricanes than any other state, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. From 1851 to 2018, the Sunshine State sustained 121 hurricanes.

It’s rare for people to get to thank the emergency medical personnel who provided their lifesaving care, but that’s what happened for 73-year-old Leonard Bechtold of Jupiter Farms. He returned to Jupiter Medical Center on Friday, May 17, to meet the paramedics and the hospital’s stroke team members whose quick response and expertise were instrumental in his survival and recovery.

In preparation for hurricane season, Broward Health put its Patient Logistics Center to the test with a scenario that included a direct hit by a storm.

Emergency Management recently held a 90-minute drill with Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Imperial Point to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.

Evacuating elderly residents from a flooded nursing home and finding a generator for a sweltering assisted living facility were some of the challenges the Florida Department of Health in Broward County faced during a recent hurricane preparedness exercise.

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