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August 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 2


 August 3, 2020  - Dr. Alejandro Badia’s book Healthcare from the Trenches, published in June 2020, exposes systematic barriers that have led to skyrocketing health costs, lack of patient access and inefficient delivery of care, and comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is further exacerbating weaknesses in the US Healthcare System.

August 3 2020 - The American Medical Association (AMA) today launched the #MaskUp campaign, a robust effort to normalize mask wearing in the fight against COVID-19 and to debunk myths associated with masks as physicians combat misinformation. Along with physical distancing and regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizer, wearing a mask is the easiest way to stop the spread of COVID-19. The campaign will provide messaging and guidance to patients and assets to help physicians reinforce the need for masks.

August 3 2020 -  Michael Patete, MD, FACS, of Venice, Fla., was installed as 144th President of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) on Sunday, Aug. 2, during the all-virtual 2020 FMA Annual Meeting. Dr. Patete, a Board-certified otolaryngologist in private practice who also specializes in head and neck plastic surgery, has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years.

Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade Shines Light on the Advantages of Breastfeeding
August 3, 2020 - The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD), is a community-based non-profit organization statutorily designated and funded by the State of Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to serve as Miami-Dade County’s prenatal and infant care coalition. In honor of August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, HSCMD offers these tips for expecting and new moms on the advantages of breastfeeding. 
Achieving greater equity is at core of non-profit’s work
August 3 2020 - Community Partners of South Florida has earned the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, a service of Candid. By sharing metrics that highlight progress, Community Partners of South Florida is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios. Financials, operations, and programs are shared, including the actions the nonprofit has taken to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity.
Net income from continuing operations available to common shareholders of $88 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, in 2Q20 versus net income from continuing operations of $24 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in 2Q19

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $732 million in 2Q20 versus $669 million in 2Q19

Federal stimulus support received was critical in addressing pandemic challenges, allowing uninterrupted response across our care facilities

Experienced pronounced volatility in monthly volumes associated with COVID-19 during 2Q20, including restrictions on elective procedures, with April lows followed by substantial improvement in May and June

Executed on various actions in 2Q20 to enhance liquidity and achieve efficiencies to partially mitigate the adverse impact of the pandemic

August 3 2020 - Delray Medical Center and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center achieve high performance marks in the category of heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for the state of Florida in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-2021 Best Hospitals rankings for adult clinical specialties.

August 3, 2020 - Palmetto General Hospital is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health™. This study spotlights top-performing hospitals in the United States based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. 

American Heart Association Award recognizes Palmetto General
Hospital’s commitment to quality heart failure care
August 2, 2020 - Palmetto General Hospital earns the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognized the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center recently held its quarterly awards highlighting those who go above and beyond for patients in the hospital.  Infection Control Manager Fran O’Hara accepted the award for Employee of the Quarter.  Over the past several month’s, O’Hara has implanted strict guidelines and safety policies for infection control throughout the COVID pandemic.  Dr. Leslie Diaz earned the Physician of the Quarter.
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