Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - August 17 to August 23, 2010

Broward Health in the News

Here’s a brief listing of Broward Health news stories…


Targeting Surgical Snags

Ninety-two hospitals have joined the Florida Surgical Care Initiative (FSCI), an innovative statewide program that aims to reduce surgical complications and improve quality of care in participating facilities.  One of those hospitals is Broward Health North Broward Medical Center which already has in-house initiatives targeting conditions like surgical-site infection and UTIs.  Quoted was Beverly Beyerlein-Davis, MBA, RN, North Broward’s regional quality manager/patient safety officer.  (Advance for Nurses, August 17, 2010)


A Leg Up

As total knee arthroplasty becomes increasingly common, physical therapists are compelled to determine the best practices for rehabilitation.  Orlando Ruiz, DPT, MBA, head of physical therapy for North Broward Medical Center, experimented with a new rehab technique that uses skateboards.  The technique has proven to be highly successful with his patients.  (, August 17, 2010)


What’s Going Around

Dr. Francis Amador, pediatric emergency medicine at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, is treating many children who have rotavirus.  Rotavirus is a form of gastroenteritis and one of the most common causes of diarrhea among infants and young children.  Dr. Amador stressed the importance of keeping children well hydrated during the virus.  (WPLG Ch. 10, August 17, 2010)


Broward Million Father March on First Day of School

Members of several local community groups have partnered with Broward County Public Schools again for the Broward Million Father March take a child to the first day of school campaign.  Among the involved community organizations is Broward Health.  (, August 17 & South Florida Times, August 20, 2010)


The Complex Calculations of Cancer Care

The cost of diagnosing and treating cancer is soaring, but defining over-utilization and calculating ROI can be a challenge.  Anurag Agarwal, M.D., chief of radiation oncology at Broward Health was quoted.  (, August 17, 2010)


Jasmin Shirley Appointed to Broward Regional Health Planning Council

The Broward County Commission appointed Jasmin Shirley, vice president of Community Health Services for Broward Health, to the Broward Regional Health Plannicng Council (BRHPC).  Her term on the council runs from June 15, 2010 to June 15, 2010.  (Westside Gazette, August 19-25, Florida Hospital Association (FHA), August 20, & The Miami Herald, August 23, 2010)


Health & Financial Wellness Fair

The City of Pompano Beach Health and Financial Wellness Fair at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center was attended Margie Garland, regional manager marketing and physician relations, and Martha Taylor, RN, director of the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Imperial Point Medical Center.  (The Observer, August 19, 2010)


Donation Benefits Room Makeover at CECH

Hospitalized teens can make friends, play games or surf the internet in a new patient lounge at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital.  Thanks to a $15,000 donation from the Alicia Rose “Victorious” Foundation the teen lounge opened to help teens get together while getting better.  (East Side Forum, August 19, 2010)


Broward Health Physician’s Gulf Oil Spill Song in USA Today Final

R. Mack Harrell, M.D., endocrinologist at Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center, is one of five finalists in USA Today’s contest to find the song that best captures the feelings of loss, despair and hope in the wake of the Gulf oil spill devastation.  (Sun Sentinel, August 20, 2010)


Healthy Eating – A Challenge to Parents

Broward General Medical Center’s Executive Chef Charles Julian said it is a real challenge to parents in getting kids to eat a healthy lunch at school. Kids can throw it away and buy pizza instead.  (WPLG Ch. 10, 20100


Imperial Point Medical Center Recognized for Going Above & Beyond

Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center (IPMC) is one of 100 hospitals in the nation, and the only hospital in Florida, to earn the Hospital of Choice Award by The American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHCP) for summer 2010.  The Hospital of Choice Awards were designed by the AAHCP to recognize hospitals that go beyond their walls in pursuit of excellence and quality care – hospitals that have developed a collaborative relationship with physicians and healthcare organizations in the community.  (Florida Hospital Association (FHA), August 20, 2010)


Liver Transplant Program at Broward General Medical Center

Broward General Medical Center won state approval to take over its own liver transplant program which it had started in 2004 in partnership with Miami’s Jackson Memorial.   Jackson Memorial had withdrawn because of mounting financial problems.  (Sun Sentinel, August 21 & Modern Healthcare &, August 24, 2010)


Former Broward General Pediatrician Looks Back on Life

Isabel Diaz, 93 years old and former pediatrician at Broward General Medical School, talked about her life in Cuba following the Castro regime and her family coming to Florida. (The Miami Herald, August 22, 2010)


Monday Morning House Call

Dr. Michael Zahalsky, urologist, Broward Health North Broward Medical Center, talked about various urological disorders and answered questions sent to him by online viewers.  (WPLG Ch. 10, August 23, 2010)