South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday September 17, 2019

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September 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 3




Two recent medical studies underscore what many emergency room physicians and healthcare professionals already know about sepsis: It is a common, costly and largely unpreventable condition and a significant cause of in-hospital mortality and readmission.

For over 30 years, Catholic Hospice has served as a source of comfort and care for the South Florida community. Serving all faiths, Catholic Hospice is a not-for-profit provider dedicated to giving those with a life-limiting prognosis the supportive, quality care they deserve. Their highly trained staff members provide comfort and choices to those with serious, life-limiting illnesses.

Has your organization developed a strategy to prepare for the trends that can impact the senior living landscape in 2019?

If not, there could be major operational and financial implications. Workforce shortage and payment reform are two of the key issues which could radically shape the aging care continuum.

One of the questions that our hospice teams often receive from physicians, care facilities, hospitals and community partners who care for patients in the final stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia is, “I’ve taken care of this patient for years…why should I refer her to hospice now?”

The Memory Care Residences at MorseLife continues to take steps to reemphasize quality of life and encourage engagement with The Alzheimer’s Project (TAP), a ballroom dancing program for those with limited mobility, led by a former home care agency owner and award-winning ballroom dancer Judith Simon.

According to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, there are an estimated 42,155 people age 65-plus with probable Alzheimer’s disease in Broward County. Perhaps of greater concern is that research shows that only 16% of U.S. seniors receive regular cognitive assessments during routine health check-ups.

The Miami Dolphins announced the extension of a multi-year partnership with Baptist Health to construct a state-of-the-art training complex and sports performance clinic in Miami Gardens, FL. The $135 million newly named Baptist Health Training Complex will open in Spring 2021.

Downsizing - or rightsizing - has long been a real estate movement. Now, healthcare institutions, particularly hospitals, are following suit. In South Florida, where the healthcare industry continues to grow, where land is scarce, and where patients increasingly look for convenience and lower-cost care, hospitals are moving beyond their walls to provide patient care.

So, you just found out you’re pregnant and you’re wondering if you need to change your diet. You’d also like information on breastfeeding and you’re worried about the additional costs associated with newborns.

It should come as no surprise to those who know Matthew Garner that he would end up in the healthcare field. Growing up with two parents working in healthcare exposed Garner to the field at a young age. His mother was a Rehab Director and his father was a social worker at a number of long-term care facilities.

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