South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday November 14, 2018

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November 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 5




The North Broward Hospital District (NBHD) Board of Commissioners, which oversees Broward Health, elected its officers at the October board meeting. Andrew M. Klein was re-elected Chairman, Christopher Ure was re-elected Vice Chair and Ray Berry was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer. Additional board members serving the NBHD are Stephen A. Wellins, Nancy Gregoire and newly appointed commissioner Stacy Angier.

Coral Gables Hospital proudly honors pulmonologist Dr. Jaime Avecillas, as the hospital’s Physician of the Second Quarter for 2018. Dr. Avecillas was nominated because his colleagues describe him as highly engaged and he is beloved by both staff and patients

The leadership team at Coral Gables Hospital transported themselves to another time by dressing up as characters from the hit TV show, Game of Thrones, to celebrate Halloween

North Shore Medical Center joined with the Village of Miami Shores for Green Day and offered health screenings for all in the community.  Green Day is an annual event with over 150 vendors. Families came out and enjoyed live music, shopping and all things green and good for the environment. 

With the health insurance marketplace open enrollment beginning on November 1, 2018 and running through December 15, 2018, Palmetto General Hospital community education and outreach program aims to raise awareness and understanding of the Marketplace, as well as the insurance options available for those currently without insurance or looking to change plans.

Broward Health North was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Broward Health North’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.


Orthopedic trauma surgeon Howard Bar-Eli, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high-quality medical care to patients of all ages, as part of Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Bar-Eli specializes in orthopedic surgery following trauma, such as an injury sustained in a fall or an accident.


South Florida has a powerful new tool when it comes to treating patients and saving lives during potentially deadly storms and other wide scale emergencies. World renowned doctors from Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer - the Middle East’s largest and most comprehensive hospital – just taught a weeklong intensive training program at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) for first responders to improve readiness and response during disasters. 


Broward Health Community Health Services today hosted its annual Healthcare for the Homeless Thanksgiving Luncheon. Dozens of Broward Health staff and Health leadership provided a delicious meal and some holiday cheer for less-fortunate members of the community. 

“This event is an opportunity for us to give back and be able to expand beyond our daily health services to make sure that the community receives all they need,” said Tiana Blount, associate vice president, ambulatory operations, Broward Health Community Health Services. “This is something we can do to give our patients a little bit of a hug along the way.”
Lee Health announced today the health system has been working with Tampa General Hospital to redefine kidney transplant care in our community while expanding the scope of services available to patients. 
On Dec. 3, the Tampa General Hospital Advanced Organ Disease and Transplantation Institute at Lee Health will open in the clinic space at Gulf Coast Medical Center currently occupied by Lee Health’s Kidney Transplant Institute. Lee Health’s program will permanently discontinue services on Dec. 2. 
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