South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday May 26, 2020

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May 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 11




May 21, 2020 - AvMed, one of Florida’s oldest and largest not-for-profit health plans, is taking proactive action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to increase access to care and removing potential cost barriers for its members. This includes extending COVID-19 benefits and coverage, beyond testing and medication requirements, for another 60 days.

May 21, 2020 Holy Cross Hospital is grateful to Jan Moran and the Jim Moran Foundation for their generous philanthropic commitment to the Catherine McAuley Fund. 
On behalf of Jan Moran, The Jim Moran Foundation has approved an emergency response grant in the amount of $100,000.00 for the Catherine McAuley Fund. The intent of this grant is to provide direct and sufficient assistance to Holy Cross Hospital's employees and contractors for food, childcare, utilities and housing as a result of loss of income and employment from the effects of COVID-19. This grant is also to provide the most immediate intervention for those who are being impacted by this unprecedented health crisis. 

May 20 2020 - Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) is proud to offer free walk-up COVID-19 testing, by appointment, on May 30, 2020 and June 6, 2020 from 11am to 2pm at the Fredrick Douglas Community Center Gym, 111 Olivia Street, Key West, FL 33040. CHI has pledged to care for the people of Key West as it continues to lay the groundwork for a new health center located in Key West’s Bahama Village.

May 13, 2020 – Keter North America Inc. today announced it has begun production of high-quality, reusable face shields at its plants in Anderson, Indiana and Milton, Ontario, Canada. Both facilities have the capacity to produce about 50,000 face shields a week.   

The shields will be donated to hundreds of long-term care facilities, hospitals and fire stations across United States and Ontario to help address the urgent need for PPE to protect frontline workers who care for patients, especially seniors.

May 20, 2020 - Peter Powers, FACHE, has been named Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Regional Hospital, the flagship hospital of Memorial Healthcare System. Powers succeeds Zeff Ross, FACHE, Executive Vice President of Memorial Healthcare System and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Regional Hospital, who retired in December 2019, after serving in numerous leadership roles within Memorial Healthcare System since 1991.

May 19, 2020 - VITAS Healthcare announced today it is launching a nationwide grief helpline on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care is opening up access to its nationwide network of bereavement and psychosocial experts to support anyone in the country suffering from grief after the death of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

May 19 2020 - As Florida experienced a steady increase in COVID-19 cases, hospital systems across the state were faced with finding innovative ways to protect their patients and hospital staff. When Miami-Dade County emerged as Florida’s coronavirus hotspot, the Information Technology Department at Jackson Health System – the state’s largest public health system – decided to leverage a platform they already had in place: Cerner Patient Observer.

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute establishes protocols to protect patients with minimal disruption
Cancer Patients Report High Satisfaction with Care During COVID-19 Pandemic 
Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute establishes protocols to protect patients with minimal disruption
May 19, 2020  - Despite the many challenges of the current health care crisis, patients of  Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) report high satisfaction with the oncology provider’s response and efforts to provide care safely, and with little or no disruption.  In a survey of over 3,000 patients, conducted earlier this month by an outside organization following their most recent visits, 96% said they were very satisfied with the responsiveness they have received from FCS throughout the pandemic. Cancer patients can be one of the most vulnerable populations, due to compromised immune systems from chemotherapy and other underlying health issues.
May 19 2020 - Today,Gino Santorio President and CEO of Broward Health released a video describing the enhanced safety measures Broward Health has implemented.
In the video, Gino Santorio says:
If you're like most people, you may have put your health on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. But your health is always a priority, and Broward Health is here to provide the care you need. As our community begins re-opening, I want to assure you that if you or your loved one needs care, Broward Health is committed to keeping you safe.
Being healthy starts with taking a proactive approach to your health, and we’re looking forward to providing safe, compassionate care to you and your entire family.
A Call to Help Make a Difference
Pembroke Pines, FL, May 18, 2020 – The Leadership Innovation Foundation Team (LIFT) is delighted to announce the development of the Remote Healthcare Administration Internship (RHAI) which is an innovative program that provides an immersive healthcare administrative internship experience in a virtual setting. The RHAI is an eight (8) week dynamic and virtual program that will serve to fill the gap experienced by many current and prospective interns who are unable to participate in a summer internship program as a result of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic by simulating the experience of a typical internship online to the extent possible. The RHAI program is seeking funding support.
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