South Florida Hospital News
Thursday April 2, 2020

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April 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 10




Dashboard reports updated data on bed availability by county and hospital
April 2 2020 - The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) published a data dashboard of current hospital bed availability to provide the public with greater visibility on hospital capacity and census. This vital statewide resource is comprised of real-time, self-reported bed availability by all Florida hospitals. The dashboard provides the Governor, the Department of Health, health care providers, and emergency management operators with critical, real-time information to better inform state and local planning and response to the need for more hospital beds as we confront COVID-19 in Florida.
Current division president Michael Joyce to retire after 33-year career with the health system 
April 1, 2020 - HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, today announced that it has appointed Richard Hammett as president of HCA Healthcare’s Tallahassee-based North Florida Division, effective June 1, 2020. Hammett will assume leadership from Michael Joyce, a 33-year veteran of the organization, who will retire on the same date. 
AMRPA members ensure patient and staff safety and continued optimal care
April 1, 2020 - In this time of increasing uncertainty and unprecedented challenges, the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA) spoke with its members this week to get a closer look at how inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) are adapting their internal operations to continue providing optimal care while ensuring the health and safety of staff and patients.
AMRPA talked with Doug Baer, CEO of Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital in Florida, and Dr. Bruce Gans, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey, part of the Select Medical family of rehabilitation hospitals, to provide a comprehensive understanding of the efforts being taken by IRFs.

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) experts and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) have created a COVID-19 symptom checker to identify hot spots where the novel coronavirus is spreading in the Southeast, with an emphasis on underserved communities and underrepresented populations.

Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey and get yourself mapped!

By: Howard Wolkowitz
My heart and soul go out to our community health care heroes who are now putting their own health and wellness at risk for us. Thank you for your commitment to keep us well and alive.
In an unprecedented move, life insurance companies are still committed to protecting families during this pandemic crisis. They have actually made it easier to obtain valuable life insurance now.
Many companies are offering an express track for currently healthy people.  The highlights include a simple online questionnaire and phone interview. If you are under age 60 and healthy, you can be approved in 3-5 days, without an in-person screening, and without lab work.
Experts remind people in recovery to practice self-care and stay connected with technology
April 1 2020 - It is often said that addiction is a disease of isolation, and since COVID-19 precautions  have suspended many 12-step program meetings throughout the country and social distancing recommendations have been put in place, Origins Behavioral Healthcare is offering tips for those in recovery to stay connected and practice self-care.
April 1, 2020 - Nicklaus Children’s Health System (NCHS) and Baptist Health South Florida have signed a letter of agreement to collaborate in the weeks ahead with the shared goal of optimizing response to an anticipated regional surge of adult COVID-19-related hospital admissions. 
Under the agreement, effective today, Baptist Hospital and Baptist Children’s Hospital will transfer all children requiring inpatient admission to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in order to prepare for the predicted influx of COVID-19-associated adult hospitalizations. This makes hospital beds, staff and equipment available for adult patient care at Baptist Hospital.
This afternoon, some Broward Health caregivers were treated to a performance by our musical therapist Erica Gard in the lobby of Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. The interlude, to “Lean on Me,” is a reminder that we’re all in this together. Our medical professionals continue to demonstrate their passion for caring for our patients and the community during the COVID-19 health crisis. 
March 31, 2020 – Florida Blue, the state’s leading health insurer, announced today it will waive cost-sharing through June 1 for its members who must undergo treatment for COVID-19, including in-patient hospital admissions. 
The announcement impacts all Florida Blue members with Affordable Care Act, Medicare Advantage (excluding Part D drug plans) and other individual plans, as well as all fully insured employer group health plans. Florida Blue is also working with its self-funded ERISA employers to assist them in meeting the needs of their employees during the health crisis.

March 31 2020 - Storks and Signs Unlimited Critter Invasion wanted to put smile on the faces of our health care workers. They put signs all over the property in front of the emergency room at Florida Medical Center. 

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