South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday January 20, 2021

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January 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 7


Residents of Miami-Dade County now have improved access to compassionate end-of-life care through VITAS Healthcare’s newly constructed inpatient hospice unit (IPU) at MedSquare in Kendall.

“Miami has been the home of VITAS since its foundation over 40 years ago, and today I’m proud to announce this expansion of patient-centered, comfort-focused services and clinical support in the community that has embraced us from the start,” said Patty Husted, executive vice president of operations for VITAS.
“At VITAS, we are defined by our continued commitment to serve our community by providing compassionate end-of-life care to local patients and their families,” said Husted. “We have deep roots in Miami as we currently serve more than 4,000 hospice patients in Dade and Broward and remain committed to making an impact by providing a suite of services that supports quality of life near the end of life."
Located within walking distance of Baptist Health’s main campus in Kendall, the VITAS IPU’s quiet, homelike environment features 16 private rooms, a shared family room and kitchen, children’s activity area and overnight accommodations for guests. Patients receive high-acuity care, as needed for their individualized care plan, including medicine and nutrition, and modalities to ease pain and other symptoms. The IPU is expected to serve 750 patients annually.
Patients can experience comfort via specialized music therapy, Paw Pals® pet visits and care specific to the needs of veterans near the end of life, including bedside salutes and virtual-reality Honor Flight experiences. Each patient room features a dedicated iPad and smart TV to connect virtually with local and out-of-town family members, live-stream photos and videos, and access relaxation apps. Family members and visitors can access the unit at any time, in adherence with current COVID-19 regulations.
“The Baptist Health South Florida family is glad to welcome our new neighbor and long-time healthcare partner,” said Patricia Rosello, chief executive officer of Baptist Hospital of Miami. “The proximity of the new VITAS IPU ensures that our hospice-eligible patients and their families can experience smooth, timely transitions to end-of-life care that offers comfort, dignity, and quality of life when it’s needed most. We’re looking forward to working more closely with an organization whose efforts and values focus on how to make patients and their families feel safe and at peace during such a difficult time.”

Improving safety for employees and patients, Baptist Health South Florida has unveiled its brand new Patient Safety Simulation Lab – on wheels. It’s the first of its kind in South Florida.

“It’s a bus, equipped with a full simulation lab, that can travel to Baptist Health facilities throughout Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties,” said Matt Arsenault, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Baptist Health. “By making the lab mobile, we’ve made crisis training more accessible to employees and physicians at all our locations spanning four counties.”
Used extensively in the aviation industry and in the military, simulation training in health care gives doctors, nurses and other caregivers the opportunity to practice a variety of realistic scenarios in a safe setting with lifelike mannequins programmed to replicate life-threatening emergencies.
“We also work with specific groups on crisis procedures that target their specialties, such as running through a complex surgical procedure or offering practice with new technology and equipment,” said Dr. Charles Augustus II, chief medical officer at Homestead Hospital, part of Baptist Health.
The U.S. ranks 65th in maternal death among industrialized nations, and the mortality rate is going up, as reported by the CDC.
“This is one of the reasons that The Joint Commission has recently included new care standards for obstetrical hemorrhage and obstetrical hypertensive crises,” said Dr. Larry Spiegelman, physician at Baptist Health. “Through the Mobile Simulation Lab, we will be able to educate medical staff members on the newest recommendations for treating these emergencies by mimicking real-life situations that occur in the healthcare setting.”

Holy Cross Health was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Holy Cross Health's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. 

“Above all, we are focused on quality and safety,” said Holy Cross President and CEO Mark Doyle. “I am so proud that Leapfrog recognizes our strong commitment in serving the community with a Grade A rating. Our team does a tremendous job, particularly this year navigating through the COVID crisis, and they should be commended for that. Our continued focus will be to sustain our ‘A’ in years to come.”
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