South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday November 24, 2020
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November 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 5
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November 20, 2020 – This week, a virtual groundbreaking event officially kicked off a clinical expansion project at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida. At the heart of the project, scheduled to be completed in early 2023, is a four-story, 126,000-square-foot new tower that will house 35 additional emergency department treatment rooms, 70 new observation/inpatient beds and growth areas for imaging services and more.

November 19, 2020 - Lee Health is in urgent need of convalescent plasma donations to help refill supply levels. Under an emergency use authorization (EUA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made investigational convalescent plasma available for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19.

November 19 2020 - On October 13th, 2020, the Treasure Coast Mental Health Community came together to put on a spectacular film and educational panel discussion. The free CEU panel discussion included some of the film producers and editors, as well as mental health professionals from a few of the supporting agencies in the Treasure Coast area.

November 19 2020 - When they set out to study local levels of death from liver diseases in the U.S., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Emory researchers found significant differences in death rates even within the same state, according to a recently published study in Gastroenterology.  And more than 60% of the variability in death from cirrhosis, liver cancer and other liver diseases could be explained by race/ethnicity, poverty, uninsured rates, distance to the closest transplant center, as well as local rates of obesity, diabetes and alcohol use.

November 3, 2020 - The Medical Staff at Holy Cross Health has donated $100,000 to support the colleague assistance program through the Sister Catherine McAuley Fund.

November 19 2020 - Leading U.S. medical and health organizations today called on the American people to celebrate safely this holiday season by scaling back traditional gatherings to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 to friends and loved ones.

Health systems assessing opportunities for service line affiliations, strategic initiatives
 
November 19, 2020 - Lee Health and Cleveland Clinic announced they will enter into an agreement to share best practices that will optimize patient-centered care for residents of Southwest Florida. 
 
Cleveland Clinic and Lee Health have established a strategic alliance to enhance and improve care in Southwest Florida. Collectively, the two organizations will explore opportunities for service line affiliations and strategic initiatives that can improve quality and efficiency of care through clinical and operational enhancements.
 
November 19 2020 - For the seventh consecutive year, Holy Cross Health has awarded a grant to an innovative program to reduce food insecurity in South Florida.  
 
Holy Cross Health awarded a $10,000 John Johnson Food Security Grant to Broward College Foundation to provide healthy food to students through a mobile food distribution program during fall, spring and summer 2020-2021 and to begin establishing a choice pantry called Seahawk Marketplace at the Davie central campus.
 

November 17 2020 - It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that Dr. Román Peña passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020. Dr. Peña, a pediatric intensivist and hospitalist, was a valued member of the Kidz Medical Services staff since 2008. Most recently, he was an attending at Lakeside Medical Center; he previously had worked at other Palm Beach County hospitals including St. Mary's Medical Center and Bethesda Hospital East. 

November 17, 2020 - Responding to the call for medical supplies in the local community, Las Madrinas Medical Centers, a MedCare Company, donated 25,000 pairs of medical-grade gloves to the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust for distribution to front line workers and outreach teams. Las Madrinas has eight medical offices serving the needs of local Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and ACA patients throughout Miami-Dade County.

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