Saturday, January 18, 2014 - Broward Health News Clips (Dec. 15, 2013 to Jan. 18, 2014)

How Will Health Care Facilities Change in 2014?
Broward Health’s Director of Design and Construction Richard Polemeni is asked about his predictions for the future of healthcare facilities in today’s rapidly changing environment. (South Florida Hospital News – page 1, 12/13)

Broward Health North’s Lyn Clark highlighted in South Florida Hospital News
Lyn Clark has worked as the regional manager of marketing and community relations at Broward Health North since December 2006, working to establish Broward Health North as a local resource for health education and information. Some recent innovative programs have attracted more than 1,000 attendees to the hospital. (South Florida Hospital News – page 12, 12/13)

Broward Health Partners with Florida Blue to Offer Enhanced Primary Care Options
Florida Blue has announced a finalized agreement between Broward Health and Florida Blue Medicare, Health Options, Inc., Medicare Advantage plan, to provide primary care network services for their Medicare HMO members in Broward County. (South Florida Hospital News – page 25, 12/13)

'Weekend Warrior' Injuries Hobble S. Florida's 50-Plus Crowd
There was a time such ‘Weekend Warrior’ injuries were uncommon in people in their retirement years, said Dr. Erol Yoldas, an orthopedic surgeon at Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Imperial Point in Fort Lauderdale. (Sun Sentinel, Florida Jewish Journal, The Modesto Bee, 12/13/13)

Cancer Survivors Left With Lingering Side Effects
Side effects of cancer treatment include memory loss, difficulty with speech, fatigue, pain, weakness, and problems with bladder or bowel control. Broward Health has since instituted a research protocol to measure and document patient-reported outcomes.  (Local 10 News, 12/13/13)

Finalists Selected for Second Annual Transitions HR Visionary of the Year Award
Vincent Colonna, director of compensation for Broward Health was named one of three finalists for the 2013 Transitions HR Visionary of the Year. The award, co-sponsored by Transitions Optical and the Institute for HealthCare Consumerism, aims to recognize and reward employers who are promoting healthy vision to their workforce through superior vision benefit offerings and employee education. (, 12/13/13)

IQ Formulations Announces Final Week of Annual Toy Drive for Children’s Hospital/CDTC
IQ Formulations has built a reputation for generosity through its years of ongoing community service initiatives. In addition to this holiday toy drive, IQ Formulations will be providing toys to the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale as well. (, 12/18/13)

Sarajevo Woman Travels to South Florida For Life-Changing Surgery
After wearing the scars of war on her face for two decades, an attorney from Sarajevo had life-changing surgery free of charge at Broward Health Medical Center with the help of her surgeon, Dr. Potparic, the hospital, anesthesia and other people in the community. (, CBS 4 Miami, Local 10 News, WSVN 7 News, 12/17/13, Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, 12/19/13)

Rick Scott Installs Three Hospital District Board Members
Gov. Rick Scott announced three appointments late Friday to the North Broward Hospital District board of commissioners. Added to the board, effective immediately, are Rocky Rodriguez and Darryl L. Wright and an appointment of Chairman David Di Pietro to a new district. (,,,,, 12/20/13)

Movers & Shakers
Dr. Anna Z. Hayden, 52, of Fort Lauderdale, was reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Hayden is an osteopathic physician with Broward Health. (,,,, 12/20/13)

Wish Book: Fort Lauderdale Family Takes In 7 Siblings After Parents Abandon Them
Kathy Sobczak, a case manager at Broward Health — where Mellissa McDougle goes for chemo treatment — has provided her the information about kinship families, a program in which extended relatives take on the care of children. (Miami Herald, 12/22/13)

Panthers Foundation Focuses On Childhood Cancer
For the children in the cancer ward of Chris Evert Children's Hospital, the holiday season is a time to share with hockey players of the Florida Panthers and their mascot, Stanley. (Sun Sentinel, 12/24/13)

Weightlifting at 90 in Fitness-Focused S. Fla.
Dr. Sandhya Nemade, a Broward Health Imperial Point physician specializing in geriatrics and internal medicine, is quoted for this article about South Florida's octogenarians who are trying to stay in shape. (Sun Sentinel,, 12/26/13)

A Talk with the Urologist:  From Kidney Stones to Erectile Dysfunction
Broward Health’s Dr. Sanjeev Gupta spoke with listeners and answered questions and concerns. (940AM WINZ Miami, 12/28/13)

Upcoming Events in January About Human Trafficking
Broward Health hosted an Anti-Human Trafficking Day public event in January at the Broward Health Weston facility. (, 12/30/13)

Broward Health Accelerates MOPED to Provide Enhanced Services
Last summer, Broward Health changed the acronym of its Medical Out-Patient Eligibility Department, to Medical Options for Patient Eligibility Department. The name is more inclusive of expanded service options the department provides that make a difference in the lives of Broward County residents. (South Florida Hospital News, 1/14)

Broward Health Foundation Appoints New Director of Major Gifts
Broward Health Foundation has named Andria Nolan as the director of major gifts with responsibilities focused on Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. (South Florida Hospital News, 1/14)

Via Oncology Joins Broward Health Medical Center to Transform Cancer Care
As part of its continued effort to transform cancer care, Broward Health Medical Center will implement Via Oncology Pathways into its medical oncology program. Via Oncology Pathways is software that offers treatment plans based on data. (South Florida Hospital News, 1/14)

‘Power Shower' Offers Moms-to-be a Celebration and Important Healthcare Information
In the spirit of true collaboration, Broward Health Community Health Services joined forces with Community Access Center and other local partners to host a Power Shower, a unique group baby shower, for more than 60 expectant local moms at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center in Pompano Beach. (South Florida Hospital News, 1/14)

Broward Health's CIO Named a Premier 100 IT Leader
Dr. Doris Peek, Chief Information Officer at Broward Health, has been named a 2014 Premier 100 IT Leaders honoree by International Data Group's Computerworld. The Premier 100 program spotlights technology and business leaders for their exceptional leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. (South Florida Hospital News, 1/14)

Broward Health Medical Center Wins National Commitment to Excellence Award
Broward Health Medical Center is the national winner of Press Ganey’s Commitment to Excellence Award, under the large hospital category, for continuous improvement in clinical quality. This award recognizes a single large hospital in the country making the most improvements over two years in clinical quality and core measure scores in acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical prevention infection. (South Florida Hospital News, 1/14, Advance For Nurses, 1/1/14)

Broward Health Receives International Recognitions
The International Assistance Group has selected Broward Health as its first healthcare system partner in the United States. Broward Health joins IAG’s worldwide network of assistance companies, specialized providers, healthcare institutions, roadside services and other organizations within the assistance industry. In addition to the partnership with IAG, Broward Health International recently was named Medical Provider of the Year at the 2013 International Travel & Health Insurance Journal Awards in Vienna, Austria. (South Florida Hospital News, 1/14)

Broward Health Medical Center Recertified by NFL to Provide Joint Replacement Surgery for Retired Players
Broward Health Medical Center has been recertified as one of 12 leading medical centers across the country and the only location in Florida to provide joint replacement surgery for retired National Football League players. (South Florida Hospital News, 1/14)

Pro Football Players Lend Support to Local Charity
Some of the biggest names in professional football brought their golf talents to Fort Lauderdale in January to participate in the Pro Football Legends Classic, benefiting the local Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center. (Lifestyle Magazine, 1/14, South Florida Times, 1/16/14)

Healthcare Industry Braces for Questions, Confusion Under New ACA Coverage
As 2014 begins, so does coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which means hospitals, doctors and insurers must deal with questions and confusion from the newly insured. Broward Health invested about $100,000 in new computers to help people enroll online under the health law at 19 of its locations. (, 1/2/14)

A Pioneering Palliative Care Program “Walks Alongside” Broward Health Patients
Programs like Broward Health’s free palliative care program aim to keep patients pain- and symptom-free as they go through chemotherapy and other demanding regimens. Dr. Pamela Sutton launched the program in 1994 after working for the World Health Organization in countries where medications were lacking. (Miami Herald,, 1/13/14)

2014 HSBC Walk for the Animals
Broward Health is a sponsor of the 2014 Walk for the Animals on March 1. (, 1/16/14)