South Florida Hospital News
Saturday October 20, 2018

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October 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 4




As part of its commitment to offer a full continuum of cancer care, Good Samaritan Medical Center is now providing oncology emergency services that are fully integrated with the hospital’s emergency department.  Oncologic emergencies can include: 
Pulmonary Embolisms 
Treatment-Associated Infections 
Tumor Lysis Syndrome 
Surgical Problems such as bowel or kidney obstruction 
Pain and weakness due to brain tumors or spine metastases 

In recognition of World Stroke Day, the Marcus Neuroscience Institute (MNI) at Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) will be hosting a special event on Monday, October 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help spread awareness and kick off its initiative to train 5,000 members of the community on the signs and symptoms of stroke.

Allegiance Home Health and Rehab, Inc has been given top honors with a five star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality of patient care. Similar to hotel or restaurant ratings, home health agencies are given a score of 1 to 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest score and 5 being the highest ranking among peers. 

 “You have breast cancer.” These are words no woman wants to hear, but if you did, what would you do? If you react with disbelief, anger, anxiety, resignation and then acceptance, you are not alone. Many women experience these feelings, as well as shock, fear, guilt, sadness, grief and depression. Going through a wide range of emotions is perfectly normal and each person will handle them in different ways. The key to dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis is to manage these emotions, rather than letting them manage you. Here are a few tips for coping with breast cancer.

Unique Festival of Holiday Trees Lights Up the PBCMS&S Starfish Gala
Not too long ago, the Palm Beach County Medical Society Services searched for a fresh, novel idea for their Silent Auction. The association’s annual Gala raises funds to support their valued services such as Project Access, which offers sometimes lifesaving health care for low-income, uninsured Palm Beach County residents. This year’s Starfish Gala, set for November 17 at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion, will for the fourth year showcase the Festival of Holiday Trees & Lights — a unique and visually exciting array of nearly 40 decorated 4-foot lighted trees that are available by silent auction. 
Services to be consolidated from Gulf Coast Medical Center to HealthPark Medical Center
Lee Health is announcing an expansion of obstetrical services and new and renovated OB rooms at HealthPark Medical Center. The health system will now feature 107 OB beds, and all of the newly renovated rooms at HPMC will be fully private with family sleep capabilities.  This transition will create 10 additional beds across the health system and as of March 1, 2019, the obstetrical service line currently offered at Gulf Coast Medical Center will be transferred to HealthPark. 

Every day, about 20 military veterans in the United States die by suicide  — more than are lost daily in combat. Veterans account for 18 percent of all suicide deaths in America. The veteran population of approximately 2.4 million is expected to surge in the next five years with another 1 million active and reserve members of the U.S. armed forces returning to civilian life. Many of these veterans develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and struggle reintegrating into life’s daily routine. About 300,000 U.S. veterans are currently diagnosed with PTSD or major depression. 

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Cleveland Clinic Florida’s newly constructed hospital tower and expanded Emergency Services Department opened to patients on Saturday, Oct. 6. The $232 million five-story, 221,000-square-foot addition to the Weston campus expands capacity by 50 percent at the No. 1 ranked hospital in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market by US News & World Report for 2018-2019. 
“The expansion of our Emergency Services Department and the addition of 75 hospital beds was driven by demand for our services,” said Wael Barsoum, M.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “As a premier academic medical center known for providing complex care for the sickest of patients, it was vital for both the local community and the region that we expand. I’m proud of the incredible commitment of our caregivers to achieve clinical excellence through patient-centered care and thrilled that we are able to offer this innovative facility to our patients.”
A luminary stroke neurologist and researcher, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., MS, professor and chair of neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair of Neurological Disorders at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM). 
This extraordinary honor reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service in health and medicine. Dr. Sacco received the honor “for his instrumental involvement in policies promoting ideal cardiovascular health, brain health, stroke prevention, and non-communicable disease targets,” according to the Academy.

Family medicine physician Gabriel Suarez, M.D., MBA, has joined Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high-quality medical care to patients of all ages, as part of Baptist Health Primary Care. Dr. Suarez specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health issues, including simple and complex health conditions, chronic disease management, minor emergencies, urgent care and the coordination of specialty care. 


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