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April 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 10

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Robert M. Quencer, M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology, has received the Gold Medal from the American Society of Spine Radiology. The Gold Medal — the ASSR’s highest award — is given to an individual who has made major contributions to the science of spine imaging, to spine imaging research, to the society itself and to education in radiology.

Dr. Quencer earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in biochemistry from Cornell University, and his M.D. from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. He was an intern in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, a resident in Radiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, and a fellow in Neuroradiology at Columbia-Presbyterian’s Neurological Institute of New York.
 
He joined the University of Miami faculty in 1976 as Associate Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1980.

Delray Medical Center, the first hospital in South Florida to perform the Trans Carotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) procedure to treat carotid artery disease and help prevent future strokes, is now a center of excellence for this procedure. This recognition by Silk Road Medical designates Delray Medical Center as South Florida’s only TCAR Center of Excellence.

This achievement honors both Delray Medical Center and Joseph Ricotta, M.D., Regional Medical Director of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy for Tenet Healthcare, who proudly accepted the award from Silk Road Medical. This designation notes that Delray Medical Center is among the top 1% in quality outcomes for TCAR.

Two nursing programs from Florida International University (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program holds the No. 50 position, while the Graduate Nursing (master’s) program came in at No. 56 in the rankings released by the national news publisher on March 12, 2019.

The FIU DNP was introduced in 2012, and this is the second year the program has ranked in the Top 50 of the authoritative listing. The FIU Graduate Nursing program, which has been a mainstay on the list since debuting in the 2016 Best Graduate Schools Guidebook, achieved a 10-spot jump from the previous year’s standing.

Delray Medical Center receives bariatric surgical center accreditation as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

For the second year in a row, Mount Sinai Medical Center has been chosen as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by IBM Watson Health™. Mount Sinai was recognized in the major teaching hospital category, and was the only hospital in South Florida to be named to the list. Based on results culled from an annual study of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics, this recognition positions Mount Sinai among the top-performing hospitals in the U.S.

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The facility’s laboratory medical director, Julie Bell, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

Four Lee Health adult acute care hospitals have been named among “America’s Best Hospitals™” for 2019, a distinction that places them in the top five percent of hospitals nationwide, according to Healthgrades.

Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital are four of 18 Florida hospitals including in the grouping. Being in the top five percent means patients at Lee Health hospitals are less likely to experience medical or surgical complications and have the best chances for survival during and after hospitalization.

Wellington Regional Medical Center, representatives from the Universal Health Services and Westlake city leadership held a ribbon-cutting this afternoon marking the completion of construction of the new ER at Westlake. The new ER, which will be the first emergency healthcare services available in the community of Westlake, will officially open for patients on Tuesday, April 9.

“We are excited to offer emergency healthcare services for the residents of Westlake and the surrounding communities,” said Pam Tahan, CEO, Wellington Regional Medical Center. “Emergencies can happen at any time, day or night, and it is important to have a facility available to quickly and professionally provide healthcare services for those individuals.”
 
The more than 10,000-square-foot facility includes eight exam rooms, one triage room, three rapid medical exam bays, imaging capability and onsite lab services. The ER at Westlake will be staffed by experienced emergency medicine physicians and is the first Wellington Regional Medical Center ER located off the main hospital campus. The ER will be capable of treating both major and minor medical conditions from cuts and bruises to broken bones, heart attacks and stroke.
 
For patient convenience, the new emergency room will also offer ER Reserve and provide online ER Wait Times. ER Reserve allows patients who are in need of less serious emergency care to request a time for their visit up to 12 hours in advance. This will allow patients to wait in the comfort of their home, instead of the ER. The ER Wait Time is an average wait time for patients to see a registered nurse during the triage process and is updated every 30 minutes. After patients are triaged, they are seen by qualified medical professionals in priority order, according to their medical condition and reason for visit.

The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade recently hosted its Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon at the Hilton Miami Airport. The Awards and Recognition Ceremony celebrated the invaluable work clinicians, case managers, colleagues, volunteers, board members and staff do to help Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade remain a leader in maternal, infant and child health in Miami-Dade County.

With NBC 6 Meteorologist Adam Berg as the Master of Ceremonies, Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade recognized dozens of individuals and organizations for their tireless commitment in ensuring every baby in our community has a Healthy Start in life.
 
“For the past 17 years, The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade has proudly served Miami-Dade County as a leader in maternal, infant and child health,” said Manuel Fermin, Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to our community which is growing in numbers and diversity. We enjoyed celebrating these accomplishments with our colleagues at our Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony and look forward to continuing this work for years to come.”
 
The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) and Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade jointly recognized hospitals in Miami-Dade County that have committed to healthcare quality improvement for mothers and babies with the Champion of Quality Recognition.
 
Additional award categories included the Excellence in Maternal, Infant and Child Health for hospital partners and prenatal care providers, Champion of Change Evidence-Based Maternity Care Recognition for hospitals that have made progress toward designation as a Baby-Friendly® hospital. Individuals who have dedicated 5, 10 and 15 years to improving the lives of mothers, infants and children in Miami-Dade County were also recognized. (Please see addendum for a complete list of awardees.)
 
 

The University of Miami Health System is proud to announce that it will open a world-class medical center at SoLé Mia, the 184-acre, $4 billion mixed-use development in North Miami developed by the Soffer and LeFrak families.

The medical center will offer the communities of North Miami, Aventura, and the surrounding areas academic medicine in specialties dealing with cancer treatments from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated a Cancer Center of Excellence by the state of Florida; Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, ranked the number one eye care institute in the country; ambulatory care; cardiology; neurology; otolaryngology; urology; and orthopedics as well as a host of other specialties.
 
Built on a nearly 10-acre site, the new UHealth Medical Center at SoLé Mia will have 225,000 square feet of space, with an additional 100,000 square feet available for future expansion. It will feature an adjoining parking garage, direct access from Biscayne Boulevard, open green space including a reflection garden, and views of the ocean and lagoons that will enhance the experience for patients receiving extended services in the infusion and chemotherapy unit. It is also anticipated to include a bridge to a new hotel that will be convenient for patients and families who travel to receive care.
 
The new facility will be modeled after UHealth’s award-winning Lennar Foundation Medical Center. Since its opening two years ago, the facility has been heralded as an innovative clinic for its ability to bring a positive patient experience by providing specialized care and treatment in a warm and inviting environment. Press Ganey, a national leader in health care performance improvement, recently honored the Lennar center with its Guardian of Excellence Award for patient experience.
 
At this state-of-the-art facility, many surgical procedures that previously involved a stay in the hospital are now minimally invasive and will be performed in operating rooms, allowing patients to return home the same day. Like the Lennar center, the North Miami UHealth center will be carefully designed to provide a comfortable and comforting environment not only for patients and their families, but also for doctors, nurses, and other staff.
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