South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday October 23, 2018

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October 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 4




Patrick McNamara, president and CEO of Palm Health Foundation was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Nonprofits First at the 2018 Hats Off Nonprofit Awards on October 2, 2018.  The award honors a nonprofit leader whose distinguished achievements have resulted in significant progress toward improving a community issue.  McNamara was also recognized for demonstrating excellence in leadership and management, and inspiring others to achieve meaningful, measurable, and sustainable results.

Minor illnesses and injuries are being treated at the new Baptist Health Urgent Care Express at 5673 Coral Ridge Drive in the West Coral Springs area.
The walk-in clinic is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with no appointment necessary. Prices of services are provided before treatment. Care is administered by registered nurse practitioners, physician assistants and a team of clinical support staff well qualified to treat most minor illnesses and injuries.
“Our team of medical professionals in Coral Springs provides high-quality care to people of all ages. We encourage anyone with general symptoms or minor injuries to walk in for a quick and easy diagnosis,” said Nancy Batista-Rodriguez, CEO, Baptist Outpatient Services.

Palmetto General Hospital proudly honors neurosurgeon, Dr. Jose Valero, as the hospital’s Physician of the Month for the month of September. Dr. Valero was nominated because his colleagues describe him as extremely professional, they say he is an expert in his field

To my great surprise I had a heart attack at home during boxing training with my trainer. I thought I was having gas pains. My wife had the presence of mind to look at me and told me, you’re going to the hospital. If it wasn’t for her I probably would have never went to the hospital. We went out to the car and she took another look at me and decided we needed to call 911. The emergency personnel came and were debating whether it was a heart attack or a case of anxiety. By the time I got to the hospital, the doctor who was on call made the determination it was a heart attack. 
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. 
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