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August 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 2

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St. Mary’s Medical Center Administrator Don Chester and his wife Sally were recently honored by the City of West Palm Beach with the Life Saver Award for their donation of 10 pet oxygen masks to West Palm Fire Rescue. The masks are used to save pets that suffer smoke inhalation during a fire. The Chester’s are the proud owners themselves of four dogs.

Pictured (l-r) West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James, Diana Matty, West Palm Fire Rescue, Sally Chester, Don Chester, Associate Administrator St. Mary’s Medical Center

Kendall Regional Medical Center is increasing care capabilities with a $120 million investment in the community. This will include a new Trauma/ICU floor, Women and Children’s floor, two-story addition with 77 private rooms and a new parking garage.

The hospital had previously announced its expansion project, but has now broken ground on its nine-story parking garage. The garage is expected to offer hospital patients, visitors and staff 765 additional parking spaces.
 
Kendall Regional Medical Center’s parking garage and two-floor expansion is expected to be completed in April 2020. The hospital is also expected to open a Medical Office Building in Doral to accompany its Doral Emergency Room in 2021.

The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) has announced it is seeking local seniors as volunteers to pair with a proactive social companion robot for older adults, called ElliQ®.

At its recent Aging in South Florida Symposium, SoFIA announced it is partnering with ElliQ® creator Intuition Robotics, a provider of digital companion technologies backed by investors including Toyota Research Institute, AI Ventures, Samsung NEXT, and iRobot. This initiative extends the roll-out of Intuition Robotics’ Insiders Program, sourcing volunteers to pilot ElliQ® amongst its target audience.
ElliQ® encourages a connected, active and engaged lifestyle for older adults while making technology accessible and intuitive to use. Providing a friendly, intelligent and inquisitive presence, ElliQ supports users with tips and advice, responds to questions, surprises with suggestions, and becomes a solid companion through this stage of life.
 
“Researchers have found that loneliness can be as damaging to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day,” said Peter Kaldes, President and CEO of the South Florida Institute on Aging. “ElliQ® has the potential to make a real difference in maintaining the physical and mental health of older adults who are living alone. South Florida is a preview of the country’s aging demographics and we are excited to work with Intuition Robotics to facilitate this focus group.”
 
Seniors participating in the Insiders Program will have the opportunity to engage with ElliQ®, enabling such factors as installation, feature performance, and customer support to be assessed in real-life setting.
 
Candidates for the program will be older adults who are tech-forward in their outlook, live alone and who are healthy but socially isolated. Those who wish to participate in the Insider’s Program should contact SoFIA at (954) 484-7117 or info@thesofia.org for more information.
Cochlear implants are changing the lives of children like Kennedy Patlan. Born in Dallas and raised in Miami, Patlan received a cochlear implant more than 20 years ago, and became the first deaf student to receive a Posse scholarship to attend Syracuse University. “I can’t thank the clinicians and researchers enough,” said Patlan, who is now working in social cause advertising in Washington, DC. “Together, we are making great progress, one sound at a time.”
 
Patlan received a rousing ovation from more than 1,200 attendees at the 16th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children – Treating the Whole Child, held July 10-13 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Two University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leaders served as scientific co-chairs for the conference, which was organized by the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance and supported by the UHealth Ear Institute and other academic and private sector organizations.
 
“Cochlear implants are opening doors by restoring hearing in patients like Kennedy Patlan,” said co-chair Fred Telischi, M.D., chair of otolaryngology, professor of otolaryngology, neurological surgery, and biomedical engineering, and the James R. Chandler Chair in Otolaryngology. “But we have to reach them early in life – ideally before the age of one.”
 
Referring to the conference’s Spanish and Chinese language tracks, Dr. Telischi added that more cochlear implant patients will be growing up in multilingual families. “The evidence clearly supports maintaining two languages for children with hearing loss,” he said.
 
Co-chair Ivette Cejas, Ph.D., associate professor of otolaryngology and psychology, and director of Family Support Services at the UHealth Children’s Hearing Program, emphasized the multidisciplinary aspects of the conference. “We need to look beyond the technology and consider the importance of speech therapy, psychological support, education and family engagement,” she said. “I encourage every attendee to push beyond your comfort zone and take advantage of the cross-training opportunities at this symposium.”
Baptist Health South Florida announced the completion of its partnership with Boca Raton Regional Hospital. With this, Boca Raton Regional Hospital is now operating as part of Baptist Health South Florida.
 
The new partnership ensures both not-for-profit organizations will continue to meet their mutual missions and commitments to elevate healthcare within the communities they serve in an area that reaches across four South Florida counties.
 
“Our organizations share the same calling to improve the health and well-being of individuals and to deliver compassionate healthcare to our patients at the highest standards of excellence and safety. We foresee an exciting future at Boca Raton Regional Hospital that will cement its title as the preeminent healthcare provider in the community,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health.
 
In May, Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced the appointment of Lincoln S. Mendez as its new chief executive officer to succeed Jerry Fedele when he retires in August. Mendez formerly was CEO at Baptist Health’s South Miami Hospital in Miami-Dade County.
 
In 2017, Baptist Health merged with Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West in Boynton Beach. With the addition of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, it brings the number of Baptist Health hospitals to 11.
 
In December, Baptist Health and Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced they had signed a letter of intent to form a partnership. Boca Raton Regional Hospital first announced its intent to seek a strategic partner in 2017. Boca Regional narrowed its list of suitors, including some of the nation’s foremost healthcare systems, to five in the spring of 2018 and selected Baptist Health as its preferred partner.
 
“Establishing our partnership with Baptist Health represents an important milestone in the history of Boca Regional,” said Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “It is one that continues the positive momentum and trajectory of Boca Regional as the premier healthcare provider in South Florida.”

The Treasure Coast Opioid Taskforce is conducting a campaign to promote Overdose Awareness Day on August 15, from noon to 2 pm, at New Horizons of the Treasure Coast conference room, 4500 W. Midway Road, Fort Pierce.

Held in August every year, the aim of Overdose Awareness Day is to raise awareness, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury because of drug overdose, and stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy.
 
Convened by the Australian charity, Penington Institute, International Overdose Awareness Day is held on August 31 and provides an opportunity to hold rallies, memorial services, candlelight vigils, as well as education and training campaigns in towns and cities across the world.
 
“If people want to help raise awareness and fight the stigma surrounding overdose they can attend our event at New Horizons on August 15, where we will provide educational materials and refreshments,” says Dr. Agnieszka Marshall, a psychologist at Tykes and Teens and an opioid taskforce member.
 
“People on the Treasure Coast can also wear a purple ribbon to support International Overdose Awareness Day which will be provided at the August 15th event. They can also show their support and use the hashtags #OverdoseAware and #EndOverdose on social media to boost awareness.”
 
Overdose Awareness Day is also an opportunity to consider whether current overdose and substance use strategies are working.
 
“Have a conversation with your friends and family and spread the message that overdose is a problem affecting every community, including the Treasure Coast. No community is immune to overdose, it is time to change the way we look at drug-related deaths in our community.” says Deborah Dreher, Chief Clinical Officer for New Horizons.
 
“We need to treat drug-related harm as a health issue and invest in proven practices that can save lives; no community including the Treasure Coast should be left behind.”
 

Deirdre Thompson, an Echocardiogram Tech in the cardiopulmonary program, was named Employee of the Quarter. Deidre is known as a true professional who is extremely attentive to any patient being treated at the hospital.

Dr. Richard Faro was honored with Physician of the Quarter. As one of the longest tenured surgeons at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Dr. Faro is also credited with performing the first open heart surgery at the hospital over 35 years ago. He is known not only as an accomplished surgeon but always willing to go above and beyond to help and teach other physicians and medical staff members.
 
Anya Kaulesar, R.N., was named DAISY Award Winner of the Quarter. Anya is considered a compassionate and caring nurse by her peers and wants to create a nurturing relationship with her patients. She is always looking to learn and become better than she was the day the before.
 
 
 
 

Fort Lauderdale resident Carola Hooper has been named Holy Cross Hospital's 2018-2019 Volunteer of the Year. Hooper first started volunteering at Holy Cross in December 2002 and has served more than 3,452 hours since for the non-profit hospital.

As a surgical information desk volunteer, Hooper serves as a liaison between families waiting for their loved ones in surgery and the nurses working in the hospital’s recovery room.
 
“Carola lives our core values every day with her selfless service and loyalty,” said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick Taylor, M.D. “Kind and supportive, she is a trusted, helping hand for our nurses and a true source of comfort for families in their time of need.”
 
In addition to volunteering, Hooper has been a Realtor in Fort Lauderdale for more than 25 years and serves as sales manager of the Hooper Realty firm. Originally from Lima, Peru, she established herself as a leader in representing South American clients in Coral Ridge and along the Galt Ocean Mile in the 1970s and 80s.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center announces the certification of its cardiovascular-pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.

“Our patients deserve access to safe, high quality care and they place a high value on certifications about how we rank against our peers to evaluate their choices for their healthcare,” said Teresa Urqhuart, chief executive officer for Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. “Our dedication to quality is evident in this latest designation, and it is a testament to the commitment our entire team has to the health and well-being of our community.” 

Southwest Florida patients in need of emergency care can rest easy knowing that two Lee Health emergency departments have been recognized among the nation's elite in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

The emergency departments at Cape Coral Hospital and Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida have each earned the prestigious Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lantern Award.
 
"We are beyond honored to be recognized by the Emergency Nurses Association for the high level of care we provide to our patients in our emergency departments,” said Scott Kashman, chief officer, hospital operations at Lee Health. “Often, ED patients are among the most vulnerable in our community, and we strive to provide every patient with a safe and compassionate experience when they come through our doors. This award is a testament to our incredible doctors, nurses and staff who create a caring environment for our patients."
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