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Friday, February 13, 2009 - North Broward Medical Center Celebrates Cultural Unity Month

Deerfield Beach, FL – During the month of February, companies across the country will celebrate Black History Month. However, at Broward Health North Broward Medical Center, a much larger celebration is underway. In addition to Black History, the hospital is extending its recognition to every culture by naming February “Cultural Unity Month.”

“We are very proud of our diverse family here at North Broward Medical Center,” said Pauline Grant, CEO.  “We wanted to take this opportunity to honor the many different cultures represented in our staff, patients and visitors.”

The month-long celebration was recently kicked off with a special event featuring music, refreshments and a keynote address by Allan E. Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD and professor of social work at Florida Atlantic University. Staff activities will include a luncheon focusing on how communication and culture impact each other, a unity themed door decoration contest between departments and a seminar on communicating in a diverse workplace. Both visitors and staff will enjoy special dishes unique to different cultures each day in the cafeteria as well as artwork from hospital staff and local elementary school students displayed in the lobby. Other activities include a unity song performed by students from Norcrest Elementary School, a performance by the Pompano Beach High School Step Dancing Team and an employee fashion show.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.