South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday March 26, 2019

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March 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 9




Chris Simoneau has joined Lee Health as Chief Foundation and Development Officer. In his new role, Simoneau will be responsible for Lee Health’s strategic direction and oversight of the Lee Health Foundation, brand development, marketing, internal and external communications and community relationships in alignment with Lee Health’s Mission, Vision, Values and strategic objectives. 

Broward Health North has named Keith Foster, M.D., MBA, CPE, and FAAPMR, as the new chief medical officer. Foster will provide leadership in coordinating medical affairs and oversight for strategic planning, program development, and recruitment and retention of physicians, as well as ensuring community access to quality healthcare. 

With Doral being the fastest growing city in Florida, healthcare is a topic that has been on the minds of the city’s 68,000 residents for a few years now. Fortunately, Kendall Regional Medical and Trauma Center is opening the first ever freestanding Emergency Room in Doral, making them the leading healthcare provider in the thriving city. The hospital celebrated their $10 million project with a VIP Ribbon Cutting that brought together the City of Doral government, Miami-Dade County Commissioners, State Representatives, City of Doral Police and Fire Rescue, Doral Homeowner Associations and many more

North Shore Medical Center hosted the Progressive Officers Club for their 19th Annual Black History Luncheon with a special salute to police officers who formerly served with the U.S. military. The guest speaker for the event was Tamara Gant from 101.5 Lite FM

Delray Medical Center was recently honored by Healthgrades, receiving the 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for the 17th straight year, since the inception of the award. The distinction places the hospital in the top 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, a leading resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.


Several St. Mary’s Medical Center nurses recently volunteered their time with Remote Area Medical (RAM), an organization dedicated to providing free medical resources to people who have limited access to healthcare. Joyce Querido, Kayla Marzullo, and Kyra Kaplan drove to Evensville, Tennessee and spent a week providing healthcare services including dental, vision and medical care.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at


By Robert C. Jones Jr.
With Florida lifting the ban on smokable medical marijuana, the nursing school’s Denise Vidot answers questions about the drug and what it’s used for.
Smokable medical marijuana in Florida has gotten the green light.
In an overwhelming vote of 101-11, the Florida House last Wednesday repealed the state’s ban on smoking medical pot, bowing to a demand from Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that lawmakers do so by March 15. The Senate passed the bill (SB 182) a week earlier.
The bill allows patients to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for smoking every 35 days. It bans the smoking of medical marijuana in public places and requires patients under 18 to have a terminal condition and get a second opinion from a pediatrician before receiving the drug.

On the heels of Governor DeSantis’ announcement that he is directing the Florida Department of Health to add Alzheimer’s disease and related types of dementia as a priority in the State Health Improvement Plan, the Alzheimer’s Association in Florida will join more than 1,000 advocates from around the country March 31 – April 2 in Washington, D.C. for the Alzheimer's Association AIM Advocacy Forum

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24th. World TB Day, which commemorates the discovery of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis TB is an annual observance designed to build awareness and educate the public about the impact of TB around the world.
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