August 16, 2022 – HCA Florida University Hospital, a 165-bed facility, and part of HCA Florida Healthcare, the largest healthcare system in the state, recently completed its first minimally invasive procedure to treat pulmonary embolism (PE).

Patient 67-year-old Marla Juska was experiencing shortness of breath, low oxygen levels and low blood pressure prior to the 20-minute procedure.

“This is the first time I’ve had clots removed,” said patient Marla Juska. “I can’t explain it, but I’m excited to be the first person to have this procedure at this hospital.”

HCA Florida University Hospital interventional cardiologist Dr. Adam Bierzynski performed the procedure.

“Pulmonary embolism (PE) is generally treated with blood thinners, but in this case a more aggressive treatment was needed,” said Dr. Bierzynski. “This is a minimally invasive transcatheter procedure, done through the veins of the legs and traveling up to the lungs.”

HCA Florida University Hospital opened its cath lab in February. The dedicated 540-square-foot suite features computed tomography that allows highly-trained physicians to use non-surgical, minimally invasive techniques and imaging guidance to check a patient’s heart and blood supply.

“Being a new hospital, there will be many first procedures performed, but the staff and physicians are well-trained and proficient at all new procedures and techniques,” added Dr. Bierzynski. “HCA Florida University Hospital is a new, state-of-the-art facility with no expense spared to ensure patient safety and comfort.”

About HCA Florida University Hospital

HCA Florida University Hospital is a state-of-the-art, multi-specialty hospital that partners with top clinical leaders and use enhanced technology to deliver exceptional patient experiences. The comprehensive medical facility provides a full range of healthcare services to Davie, FL, and its surrounding communities, including 24/7 emergency care with board-certified emergency physicians, maternity, orthopedics, oncology, neurosciences, diagnostic services, imaging, and a full range of robotic and minimally invasive surgical services. HCA Florida University Hospital features all-private patient rooms. It is located adjacent to the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Broward County. For more information on HCA Florida University Hospital, please visit or call 954-475-4400.

HCA Florida University Hospital is a part of HCA Florida Healthcare, the leading provider of healthcare in the state of Florida. With an employee base of 77,000, HCA Florida Healthcare’s comprehensive network includes 49 hospital campuses and more than 450 other care sites.