South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday June 18, 2019

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June 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 12




The Annual Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Heroes Awards luncheon was recently held at Jungle Island. The event included more than 420 attendees plus many sponsors and exhibitors. The winners of the seven awards were Dr. Charles Vogel, AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award; Mario Gonzalez, First Responders Award; Reynald Jean, MD, MPH, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, Health Care Professional Award; Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Organizations/Programs; Michael Fux, Individual of Merit Award; Linda Washington-Brown, PhD, EJD, APRN-C, MSN, FAANP, Nurses Award; and Isabella Allen, Youth Volunteer Recipient. Congratulations and thank you to all the winners and finalists for all you do for healthcare in South Florida.


A new program at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is restoring the health and wellness of our Nation’s veterans.

Motivation to Move (MTM) is an exercise program designed to fit the needs of military veterans in the medical center’s Community Living Center (CLC) – the VA version of a nursing home. The MTM program was started in January of this year by Recreation Therapy Assistant Leyna Lloyd and an interdisciplinary workgroup that includes the facility nursing and physical therapy team members. Lloyd was tapped to develop the program by West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Director Donna Katen-Bahensky in an effort to prevent falls among residents living in the CLC. Lloyd, who has been working at the medical center for eight years, was more than happy to oblige.
“The veterans here in the CLC are like my extended family and I’m always looking for ways to help improve their quality of life,” she explained. “I’ve seen many of them lose their motivation over the years to stay physically active, so I developed a program that could focus on improving their physical as well as their mental health and stability.”
MTM sessions are offered weekly and help veterans focus on improving muscle strength, definition, flexibility, balance and agility; increase energy and stamina; improve mood; and decrease stress, anxiety and depression. The program has been a hit among CLC residents and has even helped some get out of their wheelchairs and onto their feet.
Holy Cross Hospital has opened the doors of its new Urgent Care and Physician Offices in Coral Spring
“We are committed to bringing our highly rated medical care closer to all of our current and future patients who live and work in the Coral Springs community and surrounding areas,” said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D. “Patients visiting our new Urgent Care and Physician Offices can expect the same high standards of excellence and compassionate care we offer at Holy Cross Hospital. With the busy lives we lead, our walk-in services and same-day appointments now provide residents of northwestern Broward County more convenient options to get the care they need.”
Open seven days a week, the clinic’s services include treatment of minor illnesses such as cold and flu, pink eye, and rashes; the administration of immunizations, vaccines and intravenous fluids; treatment of sprains, lacerations and burns; and care for common medical conditions such as high blood pressure, dizziness and nausea. Other services include annual physicals, digital x-rays, and physical therapy.
The new facility, which features 22 treatment and exam rooms and two X-ray rooms, is the fourth in a series of ambulatory care centers that Holy Cross has opened throughout South Florida. 

SR Construction Services LLC and Saltz Michelson Architects have been announced by FoundCare Inc. as the selected construction consortium for their important upcoming project located at 5867 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

The design build project consists of re-purposing an existing structure. Some of the details are to completely remodel the entire 2nd level into much needed office space and converting a portion of the 1st floor into patient care space for those in need of unmet healthcare.

Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences Boca Raton, the area’s resort-inspired Life Plan Retirement Community, announces additions to its already unparalleled luxury in the way of a $160 million expansion and redevelopment. The project, set to break ground next year, includes the addition of 111 independent living apartments, as well as updates to existing amenities.

“Currently, we have a waiting list of over 70 people, which led to the decision to expand,” said Mel Lowell, COO of the Jewish Federation, which completed the existing community in 2016. “Demand continues to be high and we’re excited to be able to meet it. The future is bright.”
The project is tentatively slated to begin with a groundbreaking sometime in the summer of 2020. Deposits are currently being accepted, and Lowell says they anticipate interest to continue to be strong.
Due to demand for larger apartments, the expansion will allow Sinai Residences to accommodate those who seek bigger living spaces. Meanwhile, smaller, one-bedroom apartments are still available. Additionally, the community’s pool will be renovated to include a poolside bar and lounge, a hot tub and beach side entry. New dining venues will also be added, along with a movie theater, wellness center and cocktail lounge.
The new 240,000-square-foot building will be located to the southeast of the existing community on 4.5 acres. While the expansion will include larger apartments, the look and feel will be similar to that of the original Sinai.
The expansion, which was approved unanimously by the Palm Beach County Zoning Commission, is expected to be completed by the fall of 2022.

VITAS® Healthcare announces the grand opening of the VITAS Healthcare Inpatient Unit (IPU) at Good Samaritan Medical Center. VITAS staff members and executives were joined at the grand opening event on Thursday, May 9, by local dignitaries, business and community leaders.

The VITAS IPU at Good Samaritan is the second VITAS inpatient facility in Palm Beach County, featuring eight private rooms in a modern, home-like environment that includes a family room and kitchen. The 6,800-square-foot facility is located on the fifth floor of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The IPU accepts 24-hour direct admissions of high-acuity patients referred by doctors and hospitals throughout Palm Beach. The IPU will serve approximately 450 patients each year and has created numerous job opportunities in the area.
“VITAS continues to transform and improve end-of-life care in our community. This unit is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to meeting the need for quality, compassionate care in the Palm Beach area,” said VITAS of Palm Beach General Manager Diana Smith. “This IPU will focus on serving local patients who have complex symptom management needs and require highly skilled care around the clock and give greater access to our robust inpatient services in a home-like environment.”
VITAS representatives showcased specialty services available at the IPU during the grand opening, including music, massage and respiratory therapies, volunteer and bereavement services and veterans services.
“Our caregiver’s philosophy of always putting the needs of our patients first is closely aligned with VITAS’ patient-driven mission,” said CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center Tara McCoy. “We are pleased to be able to work together to provide this much-needed service to members of the community.”
The new IPU is staffed by VITAS’ interdisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains, volunteers and bereavement support staff members that attend to the medical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center recently recognized the following employees for their dedication to serving and treating patients at the hospital. 

MVP of the Quarter – Employee of the first quarter
Chris Bishop is a patient care technician who is described as honest, friendly and focuses on patient experience. One patient said of Chris, "He helped me through a rough day. His attitude is so positive that it brought my mood up."
Physician of the Quarter – Q1
Dr. Arthur Katz is a cardiothoracic surgeon who is noted by colleagues and staff alike as someone who sincerely cares about his patients and always has their best interest at heart. Dr. Katz is known as a wonderful educator and takes the time to invest in the nursing staff. He is also known as the “rock doctor” because he gives his patients heart shaped rocks.
Daisy Award – Q1
Nurse Melanie Holley is recognized as skillful, and compassionate. Melanie was nominated by a patient for having a positive attitude, being attentive and anticipating the patient’s needs. The patient claimed it is Melanie’s little acts of kindness that made her care above and beyond. The Daisy Award was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes after he died from complications of an auto-immune disease in 1999. Since then his family wanted to recognize nurses for their hard work and care towards patients. 

A national nonprofit organization focused on environmental stewardship has recently awarded the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center for their efforts to create a greener workplace.

Practice Greenhealth recognized the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center for its achievements in waste and energy use reduction with the 2019 Practice Greenhealth Partner Recognition Award. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.
“Our team works diligently to find innovative ways to maintain environmental responsibility,” said Medical Center Director Donna Katen-Bahensky. “We are proud to be recognized for our efforts to minimize our carbon footprint leaving our world cleaner and safer for future generations of Veterans and their families.” 

For the seventh year in a row, Boca Raton Regional Hospital has had the most primary-affiliated physicians of any hospital in Palm Beach County recognized as “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and surpassed all other institutions combined.

The selection process for Top Doctors listing begins with peer recognition through surveys that are given out to thousands of physicians and other healthcare leaders nationwide. They are asked to identify who they believe are highly skilled, exceptional doctors. Castle Connolly then reviews the peer-recommended list for standards, including medical education, training, board certifications, hospital appointments, administrative posts, professional achievements and malpractice and disciplinary history.
 “While Boca Regional’s entire medical staff is known for its clinical excellence and commitment to improving the lives of our patients, we salute these particular physicians on such a notable accolade,” said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) awards St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital accreditation for a period of three years for its comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation program for adults, comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation program for children and adolescents, brain injury specialty program and stroke specialty program.

“This accreditation represents the highest level that can be given to an organization, and shows our hospital’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards,” said St. Mary’s Medical Center & Palm Beach Children’s Hospital CEO, Gabrielle Finley-Hazle. “Receiving this designation speaks to our efforts to offer programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality to this community.”
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