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Baptist Health South Florida Named One of the 2022 Best Workplaces in Health Care™ by Fortune and Great Place to Work®

MIAMI, FL – September 7, 2022 – Great Place to Work® and Fortune have honored Baptist Health South Florida as one of the 2022 Best Workplaces in Health Care™. This year, Baptist Health ranked #6 in the large companies category and is the top-ranked health care system in Florida.

“At Baptist Health, we want our employees to thrive in their career and all areas of their lives, which is why we offer a wide range of benefits to support them and help them be their best,” said Adriene McCoy, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Baptist Health. “Our dedicated employees are the key to the essential and high-quality care we provide for our patients and families, so we invest in helping them prioritize their well-being.”

The Best Workplaces in Health Care list is highly competitive. Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture, selected the list using rigorous analytics and confidential employee feedback of survey responses from over 161,000 current employees in the health care industry. Companies were only considered if they are a Great Place to Work-Certified™ organization.

Great Place to Work is the only company culture award in America that selects winners based on how fairly employees are treated. Companies are assessed on how well they are creating a great employee experience that cuts across race, gender, age, disability status, or any aspect of who employees are or what their role is.

“It is our honor to spotlight the Best Workplaces in Health Care,” says Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Health care heroes have been on the front lines saving lives, and these organizations dug deep to tailor their support to the rapidly changing demands from the pandemic. We applaud their commitment to inclusive, high-trust cultures.”

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 25,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

About the Best Workplaces in Health Care™

Great Place to Work selected the Best Workplaces in Health Care by gathering and analyzing confidential survey responses from more than 161,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations in the health care industry. Company rankings are derived from 60 employee experience questions within the Great Place to Work® Trust Index™ survey. Great Place to Work determines its lists using its proprietary For All™ methodology to evaluate and certify thousands of organizations in America’s largest ongoing annual workforce study, based on over 1 million survey responses and data from companies representing more than 6.1 million employees, this year alone. Read the full methodology.

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For All™. Learn more at greatplacetowork.com and on LinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Baptist Health Celebrates National Grateful Patient Day, September 7

MIAMI, FL – September 6, 2022 – Healthcare organizations across the U.S., including Baptist Health South Florida, join together each year on September 7 to honor National Grateful Patient Day.  This is the day when patients – from those who have overcome devastating illnesses to others who just want to show their appreciation – tell their stories and express their gratitude to the dedicated healthcare professionals who have made a difference in their lives.

National Grateful Patient Day began in 2017 as a result of the Grateful Patient Project, an initiative by former NFL player Rolf Benirschke, a kicker for the San Diego Chargers.  In 1980, Benirschke collapsed on a team flight and was hospitalized, where he was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis.  He would undergo two emergency surgeries in six days and spend almost six weeks in the ICU.  Remarkably, he survived and went on to play seven more seasons with the Chargers.

Several years after retiring from the NFL, Benirschke discovered he had acquired hepatitis C from the blood he had required during his surgeries. He took on this new health challenge, enrolling in three year-long clinical trials over eight years, and in 2004, was cured.  Grateful for the care he received, he dedicated his life to patient advocacy and supporting the research and innovation that leads to new therapies.

Today Baptist Health celebrates National Grateful Patient Day on September 7 — the day Benirschke returned to play in the NFL after his life-threatening illness — by rallying grateful patients from all walks of life to say “Thank You” to physicians, nurses, medical assistants, researchers and others for their life-saving and life-changing work.  Grateful patients represent the reason why we do what we do – provide outstanding, compassionate care to the communities we serve.

One such grateful patient is Teresa Frontado, a Miami-based journalist and mother of two.   In July 2021, Teresa was diagnosed with breast cancer, and upon the advice of her physician, chose Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute for her care.  From the start of her treatment, which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, she felt she made the right choice. “I’d rather go to a place where they’re going to give me the emotional support that I need on my journey,” Teresa said.  “And I am really, really happy I did.”

Teresa was thankful not only for Miami Cancer Institute’s physicians, leading-edge treatments and emotionally supportive caregivers, but also for the holistic therapies like visual arts, craft making and music. It made a difference for her family. “What my daughter saw during her visits to Miami Cancer Institute really changed her perspective,” Teresa says. “She told me, ‘Mami, I was afraid of coming today, and I’ve been very afraid because you’re sick. But I’m so happy that I came, and I’m not afraid anymore.’ That was a game-changer for me, because I don’t want my children to be afraid. My daughter said, ‘Mami, I think you’re going to be okay.’ So the kindness, the thoughtfulness – that consideration extends way beyond just the patient.”

Grateful for the care she received, Teresa now donates to support the Institute. “It’s a luxury, a privilege to have Miami Cancer Institute in our community,” she says. “I want more women who are going through this experience to get the care that I got.”

Baptist Health has established a Grateful Patient portal where current or past patients may tell their stories and express their appreciation for their caregivers.  They may also make a donation to the Baptist Health Foundation or the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation in honor of Grateful Patient Day, helping to support high-quality healthcare in South Florida.

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 25,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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The Sands Family Foundation and Constellation Brands Donate a Second $1 Million Gift In Support of Boca Regional’s Keeping the Promise Capital Campaign

BOCA RATON, FL – September 1, 2022 – The Sands Family Foundation and Constellation Brands have made another joint $1 million gift to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Sands’ latest generosity brings the Keeping the Promise total raised to more than $236 million toward its goal of $250 million, including 45 donors who have given seven and eight-figure gifts.

“There is no greater endorsement for our vision, mission, and strategic plans than donors who make multiple gifts to the same capital campaign,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health. “The Sands Family Foundation and Constellation Brands have quickly become steady and resolved Boca Regional family members, and we are extremely fortunate Rob Sands shares his knowledge and leadership as a trustee on our Foundation Board. We could not be more grateful for their support.”

The Sands’ generosity has been recognized by naming a Hybrid Operating Suite, a part of the Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute in the new Marilyn and Stanley Barry Center for Surgical Services.

Rob Sands is executive chair of Constellation Brands, a leading total beverage alcohol company founded in Canandaigua, New York, the family’s hometown.  He joined the company in 1986 and served as its CEO from 2007 until 2019.  In his current role, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership, working with the board of directors and the chief executive officer to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.  He is a proud graduate of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in New York and has recently been named chair of the school’s Board of Trustees.

The Sands Family Foundation has been extraordinarily philanthropic and is an active supporter in the areas of healthcare, education and the arts.  For many years, Rochester, New York and the Finger Lakes have felt the positive impact of their presence.

In Boca Raton, Mr. Sands has been an active and committed trustee on the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation Board. The Sands Family Foundation and Constellation Brands have been tournament sponsors for the annual golf outing for the past three years, and also underwrote the 2019 inaugural Glow Red Golf Tournament to benefit the Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute. Rob and his wife Pamela have chosen to focus their philanthropic pursuits in Boca Raton largely on healthcare. This is rooted in their belief that a healthy population is the backbone of a vibrant community.

“Rob and Pamela believe strongly in making a difference in their communities, and are deeply committed to the future of healthcare in Boca Raton and the region,” said Stan Barry, chairman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and co-chair of the Keeping the Promise campaign. “Members of their family have utilized the hospital over time and have demonstrated their gratitude for their care with significant generosity.  We cannot express enough thanks for their partnership with us.”

The $250 million Keeping the Promise campaign is the largest campaign in the hospital’s history. It is supporting the most ambitious period of growth and expansion for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The campus redevelopment plans include at the centerpiece, the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower where patients will be welcomed in the inviting new Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby with plans for retail, dining, meeting space, a sanctuary and other conveniences for visitors. The new tower features all new surgical suites and all private patient rooms exceeding the latest safety standards for patient care. An expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is underway with an emphasis on neurovascular/stroke, central nervous system and epilepsy/seizure disorders.

In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private in a comprehensive renovation of all patient units. The  972-car Schmidt Family Parking Facility will be connected to the main hospital once construction is complete. Also included in the plans is the new Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion, to be located across the street from the hospital with an outpatient surgery center, physician offices and additional parking. These investments are the initial steps toward an even broader vision for the campus with greater access points and even more specialties.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation

The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com.

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Anthony Miniaci, M.D., joins Baptist Health as the Deputy Chief Medical Executive of Baptist Health Orthopedic Care

PALM BEACH – August 30, 2022 – Anthony Miniaci, M.D., a world-renown orthopedic surgeon, joins Baptist Health as the deputy chief medical executive of Baptist Health Orthopedic Care. Dr. Miniaci specializes in sports medicine and shoulder and knee surgery. Dr. Miniaci is fluent in English and Italian.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Miniaci to our orthopedic care team,” said John Uribe, M.D., chief medical executive of Baptist Health Orthopedic Care. “His outstanding surgical abilities, innovative research and experienced leadership will help lead our orthopedic expansion efforts for Baptist Health.”

Bringing his vast research in shoulder reconstruction surgery to Baptist Health, Dr. Miniaci’s patented, industry-leading technology offers patients a less invasive shoulder surgery using hardware uniquely designed for the complex shoulder joint.

Prior to joining Baptist Health, Dr. Miniaci worked for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for nearly 20 years, serving as a surgeon at their Center for Sports Health in Cleveland, OH, and Sports Medicine Clinic in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Miniaci also served as an orthopedic professor at the University of Toronto and Case Western Reserve University.

Throughout his career, Dr. Miniaci treated high-profile Olympic and professional athletes including players from the National Hockey League, the National Football League and Major League Baseball. He served as the head team physician for the Cleveland Browns and an orthopedic consultant to the Toronto Blue Jays. As a physician for Baptist Health, he looks forward to continuing to care for athletes using his passion for thorough communication, care coordination and advanced technology.

Among many other awards and honors, Dr. Miniaci recently received the 2022 Alumni of Distinction Award, a peer-nominated honor given to distinguished alumni from his medical school alma mater, the University of Western Ontario, a large research university.

Dr. Miniaci will see patients at Baptist Health Orthopedics | Deerfield Beach located at 3313 West Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 202, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 25,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

About Baptist Health Orthopedic Care

Baptist Health Orthopedic Care offers comprehensive services for athletes and non-athletes – from physical and cognitive evaluation to rehabilitation and surgical reconstruction. Baptist Health Orthopedic Care is the sports medicine provider for the Miami Dolphins, Miami HEAT, Florida Panthers, Florida International University athletics, Florida Atlantic University, Orange Bowl, Miami Open Tennis, Miami Marathon and Half Marathon and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Baptist Health Orthopedic Care is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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Alessandro Villa Joins Miami Cancer Institute as Chief of Oral Medicine, Oral Oncology and Dentistry

MIAMI – August 24, 2022 –Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH, joins Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health, as chief of oral medicine, oral oncology and dentistry. Dr. Villa specializes in oral mucosal and salivary gland diseases, oral precancers and oral complications from cancer treatment. He is fluent in English and Italian.

“We are extremely honored to welcome Dr. Villa to Miami Cancer Institute,” said Leonard Kalman, M.D., executive deputy director and chief medical officer at Miami Cancer Institute. “As an exceptional physician, researcher and leader, he will have an enormous positive impact on our patients and team of dedicated professionals.”

Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Villa was the Chief of Oral Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, Medical Center and an associate clinical professor of oral medicine and otolaryngology at University of California San Francisco.

A renowned researcher, he focuses on oral dysplasia, oral complications from cancer therapy and prevention of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers. Dr. Villa’s been the principal investigator in several clinical trials including the use of immunotherapy to manage oral proliferative leukoplakia. His work has been published in Cancer, JCO Clinical Practice, the Journal of Cancer Education, the Journal of the American Dental Association and more.

Dr. Villa earned his DDS from the University of Milano, Italy and his PhD from the University of Sassari, Italy. He completed his oral medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Miami Cancer Institute

Miami Cancer Institute brings to South Florida access to personalized clinical treatments and comprehensive support services delivered with unparalleled compassion. No other cancer program in the region has the combination of cancer-fighting expertise and advanced technology—including the first proton therapy center in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, and one of the only radiation oncology programs in the world with each of the newest radiation therapies in one place—to diagnose and deliver precise cancer treatments that achieve the best outcomes and improve the lives of cancer patients. The Institute offers an impressive roster of established community oncologists and renowned experts, clinical researchers and genomic scientists recruited from the nation’s top cancer centers. Selected as Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer (MSK) Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute is part of a meaningful clinical collaboration that affords patients in South Florida access to innovative treatments and ensures that the standards of care developed by their multidisciplinary disease management teams match those at MSK.

Miami Cancer Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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NIH-Funded Research at Marcus Neuroscience Institute Targets Treatment for Brain Bleeding Strokes, Inflammation from Ruptured Aneurysms

BOCA RATON, FL – August 16, 2022The Marcus Neuroscience Institute, established at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, a part of Baptist Health, has announced a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) research study to assess a potential treatment for brain bleeds and inflammation from ruptured aneurysms.

About 30,000 people in the United States suffer a brain aneurysm rupture each year, equating to about one every 18 minutes. Women – primarily between the ages of 40 and 60 –are more likely to suffer a brain aneurysm rupture, which is fatal in about 40% of cases in the U.S. When a brain aneurysm ruptures, it is called a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH).  This type of stroke results in a hemorrhage in the area between the brain and the skull, and bleeding may also extend into the brain itself.

Exploring cases of SAH and identifying potential treatments to prevent further brain inflammation and bleeding are key topics of research being led by Khalid A. Hanafy, M.D., Ph.D., neurointensivist at Marcus Neuroscience Institute and professor of neurology at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine.

“Many of the advancements for these patients so far are focused on the immediate treatment of aneurysms and the prevention of another rupture,” said Dr. Hanafy. “However, the brain can still suffer a massive state of inflammation and bleeding over the weeks following the initial treatment of the aneurysm; we really have no treatments for any of that.”

Dr. Hanafy is the principal investigator of cutting-edge studies, including two currently funded by the NIH which have made recent progress toward developing advanced and personalized care for SAH patients and improving their survival rates and health outcomes, including the prevention of permanent cognitive impairments. This groundbreaking work in neuroinflammation is also supported by the American Heart Association, American Academy of Neurology, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In his most recent research development, Dr. Hanafy’s team isolated the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) that does most of the damage following a ruptured aneurysm or SAH. TLR4 is a gene-encoded protein which is part of the natural immunity in humans.  There is increasing evidence of the involvement of TLRs in neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Hanafy has several published articles on neuroinflammation, including these results that are published in the Neurocritical Care Journal.

“We are working on further developing cutting-edge research intended to identify new drugs derived from the mouse stroke model for our patient population,” explains Dr. Hanafy”. In doing so, we will be sure these new drugs are personalized and unique to each patient.”

For more context on this new research, visit here.

About Marcus Neuroscience Institute

Marcus Neuroscience Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, is an innovative nexus for neurologic and neurosurgical care. From non-surgical treatments and minimally invasive procedures to complex brain and spine surgery, the Institute embraces a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Marcus Neuroscience Institute’s highly skilled staff is comprised of neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain management physicians and neuro-oncologists. With locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Deerfield Beach, Marcus Neuroscience Institute is making breakthrough neurological care more accessible for patients seeking comprehensive treatment for conditions affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system.

The heart of the Institute is located at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The 57,000-square-foot facility houses a 20-bed Neuro Intensive Care and Step-Down Unit, four dedicated operating rooms — including one equipped with intraoperative MRI and two with intraoperative CT capability — and a biplane angiography suite, a crucial component in the diagnosis and care of neurological conditions.

Marcus Neuroscience Institute is training the next generation of neurologists and neuroscientists in conjunction with Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and its residency program. The Institute earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for Spinal Surgery Certification from The Joint Commission, which reflects commitment to the highest standards of excellence and safety in patient care, and the Institute is a DNV Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is the nation’s highest level of stroke accreditation.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com.

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Miami Cancer Institute Launches Global Bladder Cancer Consortium, Led by Chief of Urologic Oncology Surgery

MIAMI, FL – August 9, 2022 — Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, has spearheaded the creation of the Global Bladder Cancer Consortium (GBCC), an international collaboration between the world’s top experts in bladder cancer, led by Murugesan Manoharan, M.D., leader of the GBCC and chief of urologic oncologic surgery at Miami Cancer Institute. Among the GBCC’s priorities are creating a large and diverse patient database, launching clinical trials at multiple sites throughout the world and sharing information ― all initiatives that will impact patient outcomes and improve care for those with bladder cancer.

“We are very excited about the Consortium,” said Dr. Manoharan. “Any one of us, doing research at our own cancer centers, is doing so knowing it will benefit care in our own community or region. Together, with a large and diverse group of patients and by sharing information, we hope to speed advances around the globe.”

In addition to Miami Cancer Institute, other members of the GBCC are based at Dalhousie University School of Medicine in Canada; Auckland Hospital/Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand; North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand; Okayama University, Okayama, Japan; Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, United Kingdom; Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, India; and Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai, India. There are plans to expand the Consortium to include other scientist-researchers from around the globe. The organizations are all high-volume bladder cancer centers and leading research institutions that offer the most innovative care.

In recent years, improving diversity in clinical trials has been a priority at Miami Cancer Institute. “A diverse patient database gives us much more accurate and reliable data. Differences in age, gender, race and ethnicity can all contribute to a timely diagnosis and a patient’s response to medications and other treatment,” Dr. Manoharan said. “We also want to advance health equity and one of the ways to do this is to look at under-represented groups and increase their opportunity to participate in clinical trials.”

Data compiled by the GBCC and maintained by Miami Cancer Institute will be de-identified, meaning that a patient’s identity will not be shared. If physician scientists want to look at outcomes based on gender, ethnicity or some other demographic, it will be possible to break down the data accordingly, Dr. Manoharan said.

The establishment of the GBCC is possible thanks to a $5 million donation to Baptist Health Foundation from the Abbhi Family Foundation. A large portion of the gift went to the startup of the Abbhi Family Bladder Cancer Clinic at Miami Cancer Institute. It also led to the creation of the Abbhi Family Endowed Chair in Urologic Oncology, to support Dr. Manoharan’s work.

“If everyone in the GBCC agrees on a trial and applies in our own country, there is a better chance that research will be done in more than one location, increasing our numbers, our diversity and the collection of valuable information,” he said. “There is also the ability to have more collaborative training, where we learn from each other. If a new technology isn’t available yet in one country, it may be being used in another. We can train where the earliest work is being done and bring it to our countries when approved.”

For more information on Miami Cancer Institute’s bladder cancer program, click here.

About Baptist Health Foundation

The mission of Baptist Health Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and build extraordinary donor relationships in support of excellence, innovation, community wellness and global leadership in healthcare at Baptist Health South Florida. Through philanthropy, the Foundation supports and expands Baptist Health’s ability to provide outstanding patient care and bring the latest treatments to patients and families affected by a serious illness. Donor contributions also allow the Foundation to assist Baptist Health facilities in keeping pace with technology and equipment advances, perform cutting-edge research and offer continuing education opportunities to medical staff. Learn more at BaptistHealth.net/Foundation.

About Miami Cancer Institute

Miami Cancer Institute brings to South Florida access to personalized clinical treatments and comprehensive support services delivered with unparalleled compassion. No other cancer program in the region has the combination of cancer-fighting expertise and advanced technology—including the first proton therapy center in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, and one of the only radiation oncology programs in the world with each of the newest radiation therapies in one place—to diagnose and deliver precise cancer treatments that achieve the best outcomes and improve the lives of cancer patients. The Institute offers an impressive roster of established community oncologists and renowned experts, clinical researchers and genomic scientists recruited from the nation’s top cancer centers. Selected as Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer (MSK) Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute is part of a meaningful clinical collaboration that affords patients in South Florida access to innovative treatments and ensures that the standards of care developed by their multidisciplinary disease management teams match those at MSK.

Miami Cancer Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 24,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Becomes First Hospital in South Florida to Use New Philips VeriSight Pro for 3D Cardiac Imaging

Innovative 3D catheter technology allows interventionalists to navigate cardiac procedures with ease

MIAMI, FL – August 8, 2022 Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute announces it’s the first in South Florida to use the new VeriSight Pro, a real-time 3D intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter from Philips. The technology offers superior 2D and 3D live imaging guidance for a wide range of cardiac procedures in structural heart disease and electrophysiology, allowing interventionalists to navigate procedures with ease, providing superior care, and optimizing cath-lab performance with the aim to deliver the highest quality outcomes for the hospital’s cardiac patients. Dr. Ramon Quesada and Dr. Bernardo Lopez-Sanabria are the first two interventional cardiologists to use this technology for Baptist Health.

“As physicians, we are always exploring new ways to care for our patients and provide them with the best treatment options for their long-term future”, said Dr. Quesada, Medical Director of Structural Heart, Complex Coronary Intervention at the Institute. “The VeriSight Pro technology is a game changer, ultimately allowing us to provide patients who need this procedure with a smoother and safer recovery process.”

Some of the benefits of the Philips’ ICE catheter VeriSight Pro include:

  • Exceptional 3D image quality allows physicians to customize care for more patients
  • FDA 510k-cleared real-time 3D intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter has the potential to improve standard of care for structural heart disease and electrophysiology procedures
  • Reduced need for general anesthesia accelerates workflows, increases efficiency, and broadens treatment options
  • Interventionalists can digitally change the scan angle to capture views without manually repositioning the ultrasound tip, a unique feature of this ICE catheter.
  • Can provide a 90 by 90 degree 3D field of view as well as allow physicians to view two scan planes simultaneously

“VeriSight Pro allows our physicians to capture the very best possible live images and enables our team to deliver quality outcomes for our cardiac patients, so they can get back to their daily routines,” said Dr. Lopez-Sanabria, interventional cardiologist with the Institute. “I am honored to be a part of the team to be the first in South Florida to use this new technology and bring it to our community.”

Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region. For more information, please visit: Cardiac Services | Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute | Baptist Health South Florida.

About Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region. The Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 25,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. In addition to cardiovascular care, Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. It also includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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Estate and Trust of Frances W. Ferrara Makes $2.5 Million Gift to Boca Raton Regional Hospital

BOCA RATON, FL – August 4, 2022 – On February 11, 2022, the closest friends and family of Frances (Fran) Ferrara gathered at the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute (LCI) to honor her legacy and philanthropic spirit. Leaders from Boca Raton Regional Hospital were present to accept the incredibly generous gift of $2.5 million from Fran’s estate.

In life, Fran was a passionate and vibrant supporter of the hospital. After being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2015, she spent a great deal of time at Boca Regional. Fran often said, “I had never been nurtured in my life. As a result of my cancer, I found a place where, for the first time ever, I felt cared about and loved. From the minute I walked into the hospital for treatment, the doctors, nurses, staff, and administration welcomed and comforted me. Everyone showed compassion in a way I had not ever before experienced.”

Fran was a fixture at our Go Pink Luncheons and Annual Balls. “Anytime you would see her at one of our events she always had a smile on her face. Her positivity was absolutely contagious. The entire team that cared for Fran at Boca Regional is grateful that they were able to bring comfort and enhancement to her life.  She was a treasure to our donor family,” states Mark Larkin, President of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.

Fran’s legacy gift will be used to support both the greatest need of the Lynn Cancer Institute as well as programs at The Thomas E. Oxley Center for Cancer Survivorship & Wellness at LCI. “All of the programs I have participated in at LCI have made a significant difference in my life. From the legacy class to workshops in nutrition and meditation as well as a variety of lectures and programs, I met people, learned a great deal, and enjoyed myself. The programs have enriched my life and have fulfilled my health, mental, and spiritual needs. I want others to have the same opportunities to enjoy them and feel included in their time of need,” Fran had explained on why this was important to her.

Fran’s legacy gift isn’t her first to Boca Regional. Her previous gift was given to the Lynn Cancer Institute to provide wellness classes and activities for patients in treatment, and with this gift, Fran named an exam room in memory of her beloved friend,  Flossy Keesely. Flossy was a dear friend of Fran’s and had often spoken to Fran about the donations she had made to a hospital. Fran was inspired, and when Flossy passed away, Fran honored her memory with a gift to name the room at LCI.

“My gift is meant to encourage fellow patients and survivors in their journey at the Lynn Cancer Institute. I believe that the encouragement offered through dance, nutrition classes, support group activities, and lectures empowers wellness,” said Fran.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation

The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com.

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Steven Hoff, M.D., Joins Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute as a Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeon

MIAMI, FL – August 3, 2022 – Board-certified cardiac and thoracic surgeon Steven Hoff, M.D., joins Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health. Dr. Hoff specializes in adult cardiac surgery.

“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Hoff to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute,” said Joseph McGinn, M.D., chief of cardiac surgery and deputy director of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. “Dr. Hoff is a national leader in the fields of less-invasive cardiac surgery and heart rhythm surgery, with multiple research trials, presentations and manuscripts in these areas. We know he will be an asset to our patients and team.”

Prior to joining Baptist Health in 2022, Dr. Hoff was a member of the Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute, the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Central Florida School of Medicine. Previously, he served as associate professor of cardiac surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he also served as surgical director of the Vanderbilt Center for Atrial Fibrillation, director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation program and co-director of the cardiac surgery residency training program.

Dr. Hoff’s research has been published in peer-reviewed publications, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. He has published on topics that include less invasive and hybrid therapies for coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation, as well as minimally invasive mitral valve surgery.

After earning his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Hoff then completed his general surgery residency, cardiac and thoracic surgery residency, and cardiac surgery research fellowship at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, and the Heart Rhythm Society. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.

The cardiac surgeons at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute diagnose and treat heart conditions by performing a variety of complex procedures. These include surgical treatment of heart failure, weakened or malfunctioning heart valves and congenital heart defects in adults. The surgeons also perform transcatheter aortic valve replacements and implant ventricular assist devices.

He will see patients at 8950 North Kendall Dr., Suite 506W, in Miami.

About Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

About Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region. The team of multilingual, multidisciplinary specialists pioneered the development of minimally invasive techniques used to treat aneurysms, blockages in veins and arteries and holes in the heart. The Institute leverages the power of Baptist Health’s combined resources of experts, pioneering research, compassionate caregivers and leading-edge treatments and technology.

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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