South Florida Hospital News
Sunday September 27, 2020

test 2

September 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 3


According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, thesixth leading cause of death in the United States. Over the past few years, pet companions have become increasingly popular for adults with dementia. A 2017 study revealed that the interaction between aging adults and animals – whether real or robotic – can help lower blood pressure, ease anxiety, reduce feeling of loneliness and improve overall quality of life.

Broward Health North’s Memory Disorder Center, which treats about 700 patients annually, received a donation of robotic pets from the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) to help patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The companion pets are designed to bring comfort, companionship and fun to elder loved ones. They also help reduce unwanted behaviors like agitation, aggression and depression that are associated with the disease.
“With more isolation due to COVID-19 and the closure of some adult daycares forcing people to stay home, many caregivers run into unwanted behaviors from a loved one with a related disorder, which in fact would cause more caregiver burnout,” said Hazel Wiley, D.O., medical director and neurologist for the Memory Disorder Center. “These therapeutic pets can offer our patients with dementia some relief while helping support caregivers at the same time.”
Caring for patients with dementia can require round-the-clock support and result in unpredictable behavior and upsetting interactions given the nature of the condition and its progression. Infusing moments of play and companionship, whether within personalized caregiving scenarios or through the support of respite care assistance, support group, education or robotic pets, is essential to helping enhance the quality of life for older adults and their caregivers.
James Parris, 82, of Pompano Beach, is a caregiver to his wife, who has been living with dementia for five years. He is grateful for the robotic pet, as it has made things easier for him as a caregiver and improved the quality of life for him and his wife.
“The robotic pet is a cat that has improved my life as a caregiver,” said Parris. “We have a real cat, but the cat sleeps all of the time. My wife gets gloomy at times, and I turn on the robotic cat and sit it next to her. The cat vibrates and purrs, turns its head, meows and lays back on its back for a tummy rub. Immediately, her demeanor changes. She looks at the cat, talks to the cat and even sings to it. It calms my wife down. Her mood changes immediately.”

Oscar, the first tech-driven health insurance company, Holy Cross Health, and Memorial Healthcare System, announced that together they will launch a co-branded Medicare Advantage plan. Broward County residents can enroll in the new plan starting on October 15, pending regulatory approvals.

The Oscar + Holy Cross + Memorial Health Medicare Advantage plan1 is the only plan in the market to bring together Holy Cross Health and Memorial Healthcare System’s extensive physician network with Oscar's highly personalized and patient-focused member experience. Oscar’s high-touch Care Teams are familiar with the Holy Cross Health and Memorial Healthcare System ecosystems and can connect members to the right care for them, providing a better, more convenient experience:
● Affordable Care with Trusted Doctors: Members get more convenient access to Holy Cross Health’s and Memorial Healthcare System’s network of top doctors – from easy appointment scheduling, virtual visits with top specialists to post-treatment care.
● Connected Care Team: Dedicated Care Guides, including a nurse, who know the member’s medical history, help them navigate their plan, and coordinate care with in-network providers.
● Virtual Urgent Care: $0, unlimited virtual visits with a dedicated team of Oscar providers, available 24/7. Members can get a diagnosis, care instructions, and help with prescriptions from the safety of their home. 

The West Boca Medical Center Satellite Emergency Center in Coconut Creek reached a milestone as they celebrated five years of providing care to the community. Since its inception, the satellite ED has treated nearly 45,000 patients. Chief Nursing Officer for West Boca Medical Center, Ricky Ramirez, not only celebrated the day with staff, but also mentioned the importance of the community recognizing they can come to the emergency center in their time of need, and the unique opportunity West Boca Medical Center has to serve both Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Pictured (l-r) Ricky Ramirez and Patricia O’Brien, ER Director for WBMC Satellite Emergency Center in Coconut Creek.

The medical staff at Broward Health Medical Center awarded $10,000 in scholarships to local high school students who will be continuing their education in the medical field. Ten high school graduates from Dillard High School, Fort Lauderdale High School and Stranahan High School each received a $1,000 scholarship at a drive-through, no contact ceremony at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Students were awarded their scholarship check and received a gift bag with a special message of encouragement from Broward Health physicians. 

Targeted MRI/Ultrasound Fusion biopsies are one of the latest technologies available in the detection and management of prostate cancer. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is proud to offer this new standard of care.

Historically, finding the exact location of cancer in a prostate gland has been a challenge. Conventional TRUS prostate biopsy techniques are referred to as “blind” biopsies since physicians typically cannot easily view the specific location of any abnormal tissue. Now, using the Artemis 3D imaging and navigation system, physicians are able to better identify and more accurately biopsy suspicious prostate cancer areas.
The MRI/Ultrasound Fusion (or MR/US Fusion) targeted biopsy procedure starts by using pre-exam MRI prostate images. These images are then fused with real-time ultrasound images to create a detailed 3D high-definition map of the prostate. This allows the physician to accurately target any visible lesions during the biopsy.
Patients recommended for this procedure are men who, typically, have elevated and/or rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels or those with a clinical concern for prostate cancer.

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes board-certified internal medicine physician Richard J. Wyderski, M.D., MMM, FACP.

Dr. Wyderski earned his doctorate of medicine from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his Master of Medical Management degree from University of Southern California. He completed his residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Prior to joining Indian River Hospital, Dr. Wyderski was the Medical Director of the Acute Care for Elders Unit at Wake Forest Baptist Davie Medical Center in North Carolina.
Dr. Wyderski has taught and mentored US and international residents and students throughout his career, including as a member of the Affiliate Faculty for the Wake Forest School of Medicine Office of Global Health.He has also volunteered and has served as an officer for a number of community and professional organizations including the Dayton and Winston-Salem Units of the NAACP, Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio, Ohio and North Carolina Medical Societies, and founded the Domestic Abuse and Violence Institute of Dayton.

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes board-certified cardiac surgeon Mariano Brizzio, M.D. Dr. Brizzio earned his doctorate of medicine from Universidad de Buenos Aires and his doctorate of philosophy from Universidad del Salvador in Argentina. He completed residencies in general surgery and cardiac and vascular surgery at Complejo Medico Churruca-Visca and Instituto Sacre-Coeur, respectively. He completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

Prior to joining Indian River Hospital, Dr. Brizzio has served as an attending cardiac surgeon at The Valley-Columbia Heart Center in New Jersey and Clinical Assistant professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine in New York. He is an Associate Fellow in the American College of Cardiology and a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, among other organizations.

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes neurosurgeon Juan Uribe Villa, M.D.

Dr. Uribe is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. His professional interests include functional and stereotactic neurosurgery, deep brain stimulation and gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery.
Dr. Uribe developed the Deep Brain Stimulation Program and the Neurosurgery Functional and Stereotactic Service at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. While there, he also served as the neurosurgical liaison to the trauma committee.
Dr. Uribe earned his doctorate of medicine from Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and his functional and stereotactic neurosurgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.

Jupiter Medical Center welcomes Arthur Katz, M.D., as the medical director of cardiac surgery at the Robson Heart & Vascular Institute and Timothy and Jayne Donahue Cardiac Surgery Program at Jupiter Medical Center.

Dr. Katz graduated with honors from New York Medical College and completed his residency in general surgery at NYU Medical Center. Following his residency, he remained at NYU Medical Center for a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Katz is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Prior to joining Jupiter Medical Center, Dr. Katz worked as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Gary Shifrin, M.D., FACC, has joined Mount Sinai Heart New York in Palm Beach to provide general and preventative cardiovascular care to patients in West Palm Beach. Dr. Shifrin is a board-certified clinical cardiologist who has been caring for the people of Palm Beach County since 1988.

Prior to joining Mount Sinai Heart NY Palm Beach, he worked at Cleveland Clinic Florida and helped establish their Wellington office. Dr. Shifrin was an Affiliated Assistant Clinical Professor of the Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. Dr. Shifrin is a member of the Council of Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Chapter.
In addition, he served as a Counselor for the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Shifrin received his undergraduate and Master of Science degrees from Northwestern University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his medical degree at State University of New York, Health Sciences Center, in Brooklyn. He then completed his internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He received his Fellowship training in Cardiovascular Disease at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
<< 11 thru 20 out of 41 >>
Share |