When Holy Cross commemorated its 50th anniversary on December 8, 2005, the hospital planned to extend the celebration through December 8, 2006 – and what a year of celebration it was!

Community Education

The Michael & Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center, in conjunction with Syncure, started the year off with the annual Cancer Update. The event attracted participants from all over South Florida, as well as renowned cancer specialists. Attendees learned about the latest advances in cancer care while getting an up-close look at the comprehensive oncology services offered at Holy Cross.

As part of the year-long observance of the hospital’s 50th anniversary, The Jim Moran Heart & Vascular Center continued its popular Heart & Soul lecture series, which united Holy Cross cardiac specialists and some of our area’s finest chefs and restaurants.

(l-r) CEO John Johnson; CNO Nora Triola; Nurse Manager Sheron Blair; and Sister Georgetta Haley at the Blessing and Dedication of the new Coronary Care Unit at Holy Cross.

Likewise, the highly successful Senior Idol competition invited the community to join in the anniversary celebration and resulted in Donn Ladd of Tamarac being named Broward County’s first Senior Idol. The talent competition was Holy Cross’ adaptation of Fox’s American Idol and not only showcased local talent, but Holy Cross’ commitment to the senior population.

The Hospital’s Spiritual Care Department, always a prominent presence, also hosted a Chapel concert series, giving the community yet another reason to turn to Holy Cross to enhance their overall well-being in all stages of life – much as the newly established Harry and Beatrice Feldman Center for Optimal Health pledges to nurture mental, physical, social and spiritual needs.

Expansion & New Technology

Holy Cross began construction on the multi-million dollar Michael & Dianne Bienes Diagnostic Imaging Center, set to open in the first quarter of 2007. Equipped with a 1.0 Tesla MRI Unit, Gemini PET/CT Scanner, 64-slice CT and capabilities to house a 128-slice CT, the Center promises to offer South Florida the finest in diagnostic imaging.

Several hospital units underwent renovations that resulted in contemporary yet cozy patient surroundings and spacious nurse’s stations, including the Cardiovascular Intermediate Care Unit and the Coronary Care Unit. Along with the upgrades came increased critical care beds.

In addition to providing the best patient care, Holy Cross is dedicated to conducting innovative research. To that end, the Holy Cross Research Center was founded. Furthermore, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and visionary philanthropists Jim and Jan Moran announced a $26 million challenge to assist Holy Cross in the development of the Jim Moran Heart & Vascular Research Institute. The robust research program will support prevention, diagnosis, recovery and rehabilitation as well as restorative treatment for patients without options.

Another tremendous anniversary present to the hospital came in the form of a $500,000 initial gift from Fred and Audrey Millsaps designated to establish the Center for Nursing Excellence at Holy Cross. The Center is dedicated to the education and development of the nursing staff and the pursuit of excellence in the nursing profession and in patient care.

Martin Roche, M.D., shows Gov. Jeb Bush how to use the new MAKO surgical robot.

Holy Cross also pursued excellence in robotics, acquiring the world’s first MAKO surgical robot for orthopedic surgery. Martin Roche, MD, performed the first MAKO surgery at Holy Cross, which also was the first hospital in South Florida to acquire the da Vinci S® surgical system. The da Vinci S® has great implications for urological and gynecological cancer surgeries and certain cardiac surgeries.


This year was another award-winning year for Holy Cross. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations awarded Holy Cross Hospital with elite Primary Stroke Center status. Thanks to the exemplary leadership of Thomas Hammond, MD, Mary Naccarato and Taren Ruggiero, the Hospital is now one of record that is properly outfitted to help reverse or minimize the life-altering effects of stroke.

FMQAI, formerly Florida Medical Quality Assurance, Inc., reported that Holy Cross Hospital was in the top 10 percent for Appropriate Care Measures (ACM) in Florida for 1st quarter 2006 (number 4 out of 179 hospitals that reported data in the state this quarter). The ACM score is a new way to look at the quality of care provided in Inpatient Prospective Payment System hospitals. It is a measure of how often the hospital “gets it right” and focuses on providing the right care for every person every time.

Earlier in the year, HealthGrades – the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company – bestowed upon Holy Cross for the fourth consecutive year, the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence – the only Broward County hospital to reach this milestone. And the National Research Corporation named Holy Cross a winner of the 2006/07 Consumer Choice Award. The award identifies hospitals that healthcare consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in 186 markets throughout the U.S.

Holy Cross thanks the Associates, Physicians and Volunteers who work so hard day in and day out to deliver quality, compassionate award-winning care to our community – and we thank the community for putting its faith in us.