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February 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 8


While COVID-19 is known for causing respiratory issues, it also can affect other parts of the body, including the cardiovascular system. Even after symptoms go away, those who have had the virus may experience long-term effects, though the full extent of the damage has yet to be known.

The indelible pandemic imprint on our sense of normalcy during 2020 has not skipped the fields of higher education and health care.
During the initial stages of COVID-19, most elective surgeries were postponed and many patients remained fearful and even delayed seeking vital medical/surgical care when safe to do so.

There is one road back to a normal, pre-COVID American economy and society. We must vaccinate a large majority of Americans as soon as possible. Thirty million of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been distributed, but as of a couple of weeks ago, only 10 million have made it into our arms. Far fewer have received the mandatory second shot.

According to Dr. Lourdes Prieto, "The beauty of what happens in the world of congenital cardiology is that as our patients grow into adulthood – and that is happening more and more because we are getting better at what we do – we, the pediatric cardiologists, can follow them, because we understand the cardiac problems they have even as they age."

In the age of COVID, Carol asked me how I felt about a virtual party for my February birthday. I, of course, immediately became suspicious. Whereas some people might think she was planning this big Zoom shindig that’s just not her style. With Carol, what you see is what you get.

While no one expects to become disabled, whether through illness or injury, it happens all too often, which is why it’s important for wage earners to carry disability insurance. This is especially true for medical professionals, who stand to lose a substantial amount of income as the result of a disability.

Throughout these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have gone above and beyond day in and day out.
James McCrae, R.N., nurse manager of the Critical Care Unit at Broward Health North, never considered himself a hero, but his colleagues would disagree. 

Another doctor visit, another lesson in patient care. As I pulled into the parking lot for my semi-annual check-up, I was greeted with a sign stating: FOR YOUR SAFETY, WE HAVE DISCONTINUED OUR COMPLIMENTARY VALET SERVICE. Because of the complete lack of parking in this part of town and being a little spoiled from my past experiences there, I felt momentarily disappointed

Healthcare Partnerships Will Proliferate Through Pandemic and Beyond
The healthcare industry had been in a constant state of disruption for more than a decade. Then the pandemic changed everything again.

When Francis Afram-Gyening became the new CEO of Camillus Health Concern in 2017, he had a lot of big goals in mind. And not only has he succeeded in growing the Miami agency, which delivers healthcare to people experiencing homelessness, but he has been able to ensure financial stability while expanding services—even during the COVID-19 crisis.

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