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January 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 7


Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common and frequent, irregular sinus heart rhythm ailment diagnosed today. In some cases, the standard treatment option for AFib is cardiac ablation. However, cardiac ablation can fail. Today, there is an alternative available for these types of failed ablation cases. The Cox-Maze Procedure is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure for long-standing and persistent atrial fibrillation. Treatment for atrial fibrillation is paramount due to the fact this type of “fast” heart rhythm can increase the risk of a stroke in individuals at a seven-time higher rate than those without the disorder.

January 19, 2020  - Cleveland Clinic Martin Health welcomes board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Michael MacKechnie, MD. Dr. MacKechnie specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine surgery and performs many minimally invasive procedures to help people stay active.

January 19 2021 - Aleksander Barkov will do more than just ‘light the lamp’ with each NHL goal he scores this season, he’ll also help kids being treated at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (JDCH). For the second consecutive season, the Florida Panthers captain will donate $1,600 for each goal he scores to the children’s hospital’s nonprofit foundation and provide a suite for games at the BB&T Center for use by those connected to the pediatric facility.

January 19 2021 - We are delighted to announce that Madeleine Thakur is now president of The Children’s Movement of Florida. She will continue to work closely with both of us and with our strong statewide board to insist on a strong start for all Florida children.

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Responds to ‘Virtual’ Healthcare Boom during COVID-19 Pandemic 
January 19, 2021 – With the arrival of the pandemic, more healthcare professionals nationwide turned to telehealth or telemedicine to remain engaged with their patients. Telehealth connects patients to vital healthcare services through videoconferencing, remote monitoring, electronic consults and wireless communications. These “virtual” visits have significantly increased in popularity due in large part to the many benefits they provide – most notably – reducing everyone’s exposure to COVID-19.
January 19, 2021 – Holy Cross Health has named Stonish Pierce, FACHE as Chief Operating Officer, effective January 25, 2021.  
“Stonish joins the Holy Cross Health leadership team with more than 22 years of experience in the healthcare industry,” said Mark Doyle, President and CEO of Holy Cross Health. “His people-centered approach and collaborative leadership style in improving healthcare delivery will be an asset to us. He shares our mission, vision and values as we continue to be a compassionate and transforming healing presence within our communities and improve the health of each person we serve.” 
January 19 2021 - Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes board-certified family medicine physician Mary O’Meara, MD. 
Dr. O’Meara is now accepting new patients at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital’s Health & Wellness Center, located at 3450 11th Court in Vero Beach. To schedule an appointment, call 772.794.3364.

January 19 2021 - The Health Council of South Florida (HCSF) and the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade (DOH-MD) would like to remind the public about the EHE Community Engagement funding opportunity that was recently released on January 4, 2021.

January 18 2021 - After ten months of wrestling with the global COVID-19 pandemic and seeing infections continue to rage in the U.S., there is finally reason for optimism as distribution of vaccines begins. While the initial supply prioritizes vaccination of patient-facing healthcare workers and seniors, the national goal is to vaccinate everyone as supplies increase in the weeks and months ahead.

January 18, 2021 – Lee Health Foundation has announced its 2021 board of trustees, with J. Pason Gaddis returning as chairperson.
Trustees help guide philanthropic initiatives for Lee Health Foundation, which is celebrating 25 years of supporting lifesaving health and wellness programs in Southwest Florida. Since 1995, the Foundation, its supporters and trustees have made it possible for Lee Health to serve a growing community with comprehensive medical services close to home. Thanks to the generosity of the Southwest Florida community and dedication of the trustees, the Lee Health Foundation’s fiscal impact for 2020 included more than 4,000 generous donors raising more than $27.5 million.
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