South Florida Hospital News
Friday December 14, 2018

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December 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 6



Baptist Health South Florida’s Meditation Garden, an urban oasis of peace and tranquility adjacent to the bustle of U.S. 1 in South Miami, was dedicated in a special ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 13. 
Baptist Health in partnership with Friends of The Underline created the Meditation Garden near where The Underline trail runs in parallel with U.S. 1 and intersects with SW 62nd Avenue near South Miami Hospital’s East Tower.
“Baptist Health South Florida is a proud participant in the development of a 10-mile urban park space for walking and bicycling under the Metrorail,” said Brian E. Keeley, chief executive officer, Baptist Health. “The Meditation Garden we dedicate today is a pleasant, peaceful area intended to provide a serene setting for people to enjoy amid the rush of our everyday lives.”

Michelle Boggs has been appointed president of Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of Nicklaus Children's Health System. In this role, Ms. Boggs will oversee operations of the foundation, which raises funds to support the work of the nonprofit Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the region’s leading pediatric specialty hospital. 


The Holy Cross Hospital food security grants are presented annually in honor of John C. Johnson, president emeritus and former chief executive officer of Holy Cross. Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center (CDTC), Mobile School Pantry and LifeNet4Families all received grants this year.
“At Holy Cross, we believe that no man, woman or child should ever go hungry,” said Sister Rita Levasseur, the non-profit hospital's vice president of mission integration. “We are grateful that we can partner with these dedicated charities to help ensure that families, children and the elderly in our community have access to the food they need.”
Baptist Health South Florida opened its first freestanding full-service emergency center in Miami-Dade County where visitors receive the same treatment offered at a hospital for life-threatening emergencies.
Baptist Health Emergency Care, located at 14150 SW 136th St. next to Tamiami Airport, offers emergency services around the clock, seven days a week, including holidays. Common ailments treated include abdominal pain, shortness of breath, severe headache, heart attack symptoms, paralysis and other emergencies. 
“When people need medical help, minutes matter. Baptist Health Emergency Care complements our urgent care locations and cements our commitment to ensuring convenient, quality healthcare services are available to the community. Residents in the southwest section of the county will be able to access the same kind of healthcare available at our established hospital emergency departments,” said Nancy Batista-Rodriguez, chief executive officer, Baptist Outpatient Services.
Marie Waugh Appointed to North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners
The North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners unanimously named Gino Santorio President/CEO of Broward Health. Santorio assumes the role effective immediately.
“I am excited to have been selected to lead Broward Health,” stated Santorio. “Our team is motivated and looking forward to building on our successes. We are committed to our mission of providing the highest quality of care.”  
Santorio is known for his healthcare leadership expertise of empowering organizations to optimize growth and performance. Since joining Broward Health in September 2017 as executive vice president and chief operating officer, Santorio has established significant changes that have positively impacted the stability of the healthcare system. He oversaw nearly $1.2 billion in operating revenue and more than 62,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2017 and helped the system save more than $31 million in contract renegotiations, operational improvements and a reduction in labor costs. 
Natalie K. Castellanos, JD to drive smart policy engagement in this new position
Health Foundation of South Florida, the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, has named Natalie K. Castellanos, JD as Director, Policy and Public Affairs.  In this new position, she will work closely with Health Foundation’s Vice President of Operations and Strategy Dr. Janisse Schoepp in various capacities including advancing an advocacy agenda as well as informing and engaging with community stakeholders on key policy issues impacting the health of vulnerable, low- to moderate-income South Floridians. 
Students shadow medical professionals in multiple health care professions during annual career day
Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale recently held its 14th annual “Day in the Life of a Nurse” on October 5th, 2018 with students from Cardinal Gibbons and Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale. The day featured an overview of nursing, career pathways and progression, educational opportunities, hospital tours, nurse shadowing, and a skills fair. 
FAU Study First to Use High-intensity Interval Exercise on Obese Individuals to Test Effects on Cognitive Dysfunction    
It’s fast-paced, takes less time to do, and burns a lot of calories. High-intensity interval exercise is widely recognized as the most time-efficient and effective way to exercise. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from Florida Atlantic University have discovered another important health benefit of these short bursts of intense exercise with rest intervals. It could also be an effective strategy to prevent and combat cognitive dysfunction in obese individuals.
Decision Marks Important Next Step in Affiliation Process
Baptist Health South Florida and Boca Raton Regional Hospital today announced that they have reached an agreement on a formal Letter of Intent regarding a strategic partnership between the respective organizations. This development marks an important step forward in structuring an agreement that would finalize the affiliation. 
“We are most pleased to have achieved this milestone in our discussions with such a prestigious and high-quality healthcare organization,” said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “It is an exciting development for our Hospital and our community and reflects the hard work and thoughtful interactions of our Ad Hoc Partnership Steering Committee, our Board and Baptist Health leadership.”
The Parkinson’s Foundation will host its first-ever conference focused on medical marijuana and Parkinson’s disease (PD) in Denver, CO, March 6-7, 2019.
“The Parkinson’s Foundation is bringing together experts from across the globe to discuss the implications and recommendations of medical marijuana use for people with Parkinson’s,” said James Beck, PhD, chief scientific officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “Now that medical marijuana is legal in 31 states and in many other countries, people are equating access to efficacy. It is imperative that we address the clinical implications of medical marijuana use among people with PD."
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