South Florida Hospital News
Monday December 17, 2018

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December 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 6




Judge Reed O’Connor’s decision is a stunning display of judicial activism. Judicial power does not extend to settling policy disputes or exercising general supervision over the other branches of the federal government. Congress declined to repeal the ACA on more than 70 occasions. Yet, this judge has stepped in and single-handedly done has what Congress chose not to do – with a weak, unprecedented interpretation of “standing,” a failure to grapple with binding legal precedent, and an indefensible understanding of the interplay between the ACA, the Supreme Court’s decision in NFIB, and the TCJA.

The physicians at Palmetto General Hospital enjoyed a special lunch and dessert spread as a thank you for their tireless work and dedication that they have shown to their patients. Palmetto General Hospital paid tribute to its dedicated physicians on Cuban Doctors’ Day which commemorates the birthday of Carlos Finlay, a Cuban physician and scientist recognized as a pioneer in yellow fever research.

The 9th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Fashion Show raised more than $100,000 to support Kids’ Minds Matter, a new pediatric mental and behavioral health movement in Southwest Florida.
The elegant affair, held Dec. 3 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, attracted more than 500 guests and featured a gourmet luncheon, fashion show and multiple fundraising opportunities.

The DentaQuest Institute has recognized the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics’ dental program as one of its three 2018 Safety Net Solutions Centers of Excellence.  The Brumback Clinics, operated by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, provide medical, dental and behavioral health services to adults and children with or without insurance with the goal of helping patients establish a medical home. 

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. 


Board-certified radiation oncologist Joseph Panoff, M.D., has joined Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida and Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. Dr. Panoff joins a radiation oncology division, equipped with the latest in photon and proton technology, under the leadership of internationally renowned radiation oncologist Minesh Mehta, M.D., deputy director and chief of Radiation Oncology.  


New SPiN Thoracic Navigation System™ helps physicians detect and diagnose the smallest suspicious nodules earlier to guide rapid cancer treatment
Holy Cross Hospital is the first healthcare facility in Broward County to offer a new leading-edge tool in the battle against lung cancer-- the Spin Thoracic Navigation System™, which can help assist the hospital’s cancer experts in diagnosing the disease earlier than before. The new technology from Veran Medical helps guide physicians through the lungs much like a GPS navigation system, ultimately leading to a better prognosis.
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.
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