South Florida Hospital News
Thursday August 16, 2018

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August 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 2



South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report - WEEKLY PULSE NEWSLETTER THURSDAY AUGUST 16,  2018


The Fort Lauderdale hospital ranked high-performing in five areas of care, tied for 3rd in South Florida and 13th in the state  
Holy Cross Hospital has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report.
The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 29th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.
Holy Cross Hospital was also recognized as High-Performing in Heart Failure, Colon Cancer Surgery, COPD, Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement. 
“Our physicians, nurses and associates are committed to serving the community with medical excellence, highly personalized care, sincere compassion and understanding,” said Dr. Patrick Taylor, president and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital. “This ranking speaks to our operational excellence, effective stewardship, leadership nationally and outstanding outcomes. I am very proud of our team for this outstanding achievement.” 

Palm Healthcare Foundation has promoted Jeff Groves to director of philanthropy.  With more than ten years of experience working at nonprofit organizations and a strong record of fundraising success, Groves will direct the foundation’s development efforts to lead change for better health in Palm Beach County.  In his new role, Groves will guide individual donors, businesses, advisors, and fellow foundations to support results-driven health programs for current community needs and in the future through planned giving. 

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center has announced the release of its 2018-2025 Strategic Plan. The medical center’s vision - We earn our Veterans' trust by consistently delivering compassionate and quality care – is in line with its renewed focus on putting Veterans first.
The plan outlines six detailed priorities to be implemented over the short and long term. The medical center cultivated the plan with the help of a diverse team and feedback from Veterans, Veteran Service Organizations and other stakeholders.

With the acquisition of Curve Image Guided Surgery and the Zeiss Kinevo Microscope System, the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital Neurosurgeons Now Possess Command and Control Center for Information-Guided Surgery

St. Mary’s Medical Center and Palm Beach Children’s Hospital are proud to launch a new pediatric neurosurgery program. With the recruitment of two fellowship-trained, pediatric neurosurgeons, and the new Curve Image Guided Surgery equipment, along with the Zeiss Kinevo Microscope by Brainlab, the program offers some of the most innovative neurosurgery procedures to help detect and remove tumors and other central nervous system disorders.  

Boca Raton Regional Hospital has again been recognized as a top-ranked regional hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018–2019 annual review of its Best Hospitals. The Hospital is currently ranked 13th out of approximately 300 hospitals in Florida and 3rd in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area, making it the highest ranked hospital in Palm Beach County. Last year, Boca Regional was ranked 16th in Florida and 6th in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® Global, Inc. has named Francine (Fran) Paschall, MBA, DNP, RN, CENP, as its Chief Nurse Executive.

Paschall previously served as Chief Nursing Executive for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) East Florida Division, and prior to that as Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer for HCA’s Riverside Community Hospital in California.
If you're very overweight and haven’t been able to lose pounds with a healthy diet and exercise, weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, might be an option for you. The requirements for weight loss surgery are usually for those with a body mass index (BMI) above 40 or those with a BMI of 35 or greater with serious co-morbidities. In general, this means men who are more than 100 pounds overweight and women who are more than 80 pounds overweight. (To determine your BMI, you can use the BMI calculator on the National Institutes of Health website.) If you are somewhat less overweight, surgery still might be an option if you suffer from life-threatening pulmonary problems like diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea. 
 Please join us at 7pm. Dr. Sosa will be having his Bariatric lecture on August 16, 2018 at Palmetto General Hospital -  2001 W 68th Street – Hialeah, Florida 33016 

South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report - WEEKLY UPDATE NEWSLETTER MONDAY AUGUST 13,  2018


North Shore Medical Center’s women’s health services department joined community health care advocates, peer counselors and certified lactation consultants at the 7th Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk at Tropical Park on Saturday, August 4. The walk was hosted by the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, and the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) to educate the community on the importance of breastfeeding to ensure babies have a healthy start to life.

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