Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - Broward Health News Clips (June 1-30, 2014)

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

Man-Up to Your Health
Broward Health’s Dr. Jose Donatien writes about the importance of men’s health. (Coral Springs City News, Coral Springs Spectator, Our Town News, 6/14)

Top Performers at Broward Health North
Broward Health North recognized Top Performers at a medical staff meeting in June. Top Performers are physicians who exceed national benchmarks in patient satisfaction or are nominated by their peers as contributing to high patient satisfaction scores. (South Florida Hospital News, 6/14)

Caren J. Bock Named Regional Manager, Children's Services, Broward Health Coral Springs
Caren comes most recently from the within the hospital’s Clinical Education Department where she worked as a Clinical Education Specialist for the past 2 years. (South Florida Hospital News, 6/14)

Link Construction Group Completes Broward Health CCU
South Florida-based Link Construction Group has completed the renovation of the existing CCU 9th Floor Wing at Broward Health North. The renovation performed by the healthcare team at Link created (7) Critical Care Units, (1) Isolation Room, Nurse Station, Nurses’ Lounge, Med. Station, Nourishment, Environmental Services, Soiled Holding, Nurse Office, Staff Work, & Mechanical Room. (South Florida Hospital News, 6/14)

Broward Health North Brings Together National Stroke Experts
In early May, Broward Health North brought together more than 190 healthcare professionals from around the country for its 2nd Annual Florida Stroke Symposium, held at the Embassy Suites in Deerfield Beach. (South Florida Hospital News, 6/14)

High School Student and Former Patient Donates 36 Walkers to Broward Health North
Alex Murray, a 17-year-old local student and former trauma patient at Broward Health North, has donated 36 walkers to the hospital’s orthopedic unit. Murray and her friend Molly Secrest, 17, wanted to give back to the hospital. As part of a service project for their leadership class, the duo raised money to buy 36 walkers, one for each room. (South Florida Hospital News, 6/14)

Prom Promise
Broward Health North and Broward Health Medical Center joined forces with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue to present a Prom Promise event to the students at Cardinal Gibbons High School on May 14. The event emphasized the dangers of distracted driving – drinking & driving and texting and driving – that is at its highest peak during the prom season. (South Florida Hospital News, 6/14)

From Neighbor to Neighbor: What’s New at Broward Health Imperial Point?
Dr. John Roberts writes about the new and impressive advancements that provide Broward Health Imperial Point patients with a higher level of care including the new Center for Digestive Health. (The Landings & Bay Colony – page 19, 6/14)

Riverwalk Summer Social Cruise aboard the Liberty Belle Riverboat
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale will be hosting another Summer Social Cruise aboard the mega yacht Liberty Belle.  All proceeds benefit 6 local charities including Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center. (Go Riverwalk, 6/14)

2014 Local 10 Hurricane House Call Special
The Local 10 Weather team with the help of community sponsors helped single mom and Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center patient, Jackie Lebron, get her house prepared for the upcoming hurricane season. (Local 10 News, 6/2/14)

Florida Woman Recovering After Being Bitten By Shark While Swimming
A Florida woman is expected to make a full recovery after suffering an apparent shark bite in the Intracoastal Waterway off Fort Lauderdale in June. "It was probably the largest shark bite that I have seen," plastic surgeon Dr. Zoran Potparic of Broward Health Medical Center told WSVN. (WSVN 7 News, Bradenton Herald, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, 28 additional news and internet news outlets, 6/2-3/14)

Coral Springs to Focus on Drowning-Prevention Programs
Coral Springs has also set up a Coral Springs Pediatric Drowning Prevention Task Force; the initiative is a collaborative effort of the city's fire department, Broward Health Coral Springs, the city and the American Red Cross. (Sun Sentinel, 6/4/14)

Second Annual Baby Fair
South Florida Parenting's second annual Baby Fair is designed as a one-stop shopping resource for new parents and parents-to-be. Among the day’s festivities is the Broward Health Put Your Feet Up Lounge, with complimentary foot and chair massages. (Sun Sentinel, 6/4/14)

Sound Physicians Announces Patient Experience Award Winners
Sound Physicians, a leading hospitalist group focused on driving improvements in quality, satisfaction and financial performance of inpatient healthcare delivery, announced their Patient Experience award winners at its eighth annual National Leadership Conference in Denver, CO. Among the winners was Broward Health Coral Springs hospitalist Helbert Ruiz, MD, who won the PX Pioneer Award. (,,,, 6/6/14)

Turtle Power Event Bolsters Support for Toddler
It was all about “Turtle Power” at the Broward Health Medical Center’s Chris Evert Children’s Hospital Sunday. Family, friends and strangers came together to show their support for a young boy who nearly drowned in his family’s pool. (CBS 4 Miami, WSVN 7, NBC 6, 6/8/14)

Also see: Dolphins Players Support Toddler Who Nearly Drowned (WSVN 7, 6/11/14), Shula Burger to Raise Funds to Help Boy Who Nearly Drowned (WSVN 7, 6/26/14)

Career Watch: Getting the bottom line into your resume - Ask a Premier 100 IT Leader
Broward Health CIO Doris Peek answers questions on recovering from a failure, whether too much education is a disadvantage in IT and more. (, 6/9/14)

Cocktail Collection In Miami Participates In #SpreadOrangeLove Campaign To Benefit ALS
Join the #SpreadOrangeLove charity campaign sponsored by Damrak Gin. For each cocktail made with Damrak Gin, the venue will donate 50 cents to a charity of its choice, such as Susan G. Komen, The Smart Ride and Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center. (, 6/9/14)

Annual Healthcare Conference to Focus on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases
Organizers of the fifth annual Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference have chosen chronic non-communicable diseases to be the focus of this year’s event to be held at The Ritz-Carlton in November 2014. Broward health International is a premium sponsor of this event. (Cayman, 6/9/14)

Everglades Brush Fire Affects South Florida’s Air Quality
As smoke from a June fire in the Everglades filled the air over many parts of South Florida, Broward Health’s Dr. Nabil El Sanadi spoke to CBS4 about how those with normal lung function could experience trouble in these conditions. (CBS 4 Miami, WSVN 7, 6/9/14)

Gov. Rick Scott Announces Nine State Appointments
Broward Health’s Elyse Claprood, is program coordinator of the regional perinatal intensive care center for Broward Health. She fills a vacant seat on the Children’s Services Council of Broward County for a term ending January 31, 2015. (,, 6/12/14)

Life after Death: Couple's Story Sparks Change
Broward Health North is working with SunServe to design sensitivity training for hospital employees, starting with those in the emergency room. In the past year, SunServe has been training nurses and health care workers in how to best treat LGBT patients, as well as analyze a facility's practice for bias, such as using only "single, married and divorced" on records. (Sun Sentinel, Florida Jewish Journal, Orlando Sentinel, 6/15/14)

It's Hurricane Season. Is Your Emergency Kit Ready?
Broward Health was an exhibitor at the free Hurricane Expo in Fort Lauderdale. (Sun Sentinel, 6/17/14)

NAACP is vibrant, strong and continues to fight for justice
The Florida State Conference of the NAACP continues to highlight the Affordable Health Care Act, shining a light on the disparities existing in our health care system and promoting free health screenings through a partnership with Walgreens and Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale. (South Florida Times, Westside Gazette, 6/21/14)

100 Black Men, Broward Schools, and Nova Southeastern University Unveil Mentoring Management System
The 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale hosted My Brother’s Keeper: Mentoring the 100 Way Across A Lifetime which included a day of activities for the entire family including Free Health Screenings. Dr. Chico Arenas, Broward Health Community Health Division, was one of a number of those on hand representing Broward Health at the CEP. He helped coordinate the Health & Wellness component of the CEP. (Westside Gazette, 6/19/14)

Ball Raises Big Money to Help Out Hospitals
Patient programs and services are getting a welcome infusion at all Broward Health hospitals. The second annual Salah Foundation Broward Health Ball, staged at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, drew about 600 guests and raised more than $850,000. (Sun Sentinel, 6/11/14 6/22/14)

Broward Health North to Get $70 Million Expansion
Broward Health North is breaking ground on a $70 million renovation that will add more operating rooms and a state-of-the art Emergency Department to handle a growing number of trauma patients. It's the first major renovation to the 409-bed Deerfield Beach hospital since the 1980s, said CEO Pauline Grant. "We have outgrown our space," she said. (Sun Sentinel, South Florida Business Journal,,, South Florida Hospital News, 6/24/14)

Broward Health Urgent Care is Offering Free Sports Physicals And $15 Concussion Testing
Broward Health Urgent Care is offering free sports physicals and a $15 baseline concussion test to children 10 and older during July and August. The ImPACT test takes about 15-30 minutes and is performed at Broward Health Urgent Care centers located in Coral Springs, Plantation and Weston. Visit to learn more or schedule an appointment. (Sun Sentinel, South Florida Parenting, 6/26/14)

Blue Star Connection Helps Heal With Music
John Catt’s Blue Star Connection is a locally-based nonprofit organization that connects young cancer patients and other youngsters to blues music. Mary Brieschke, MT-BC, is a music therapist at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She met Catt in February of this year, and by mid-March, her music therapy department started receiving shipments of ukuleles, drums, and keyboards. (, 6/26/14)