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Belmont Village Senior Living and Baptist Health South Florida Break Ground on Highly Anticipated Coral Gables Community

Premier Mixed-Use Development Set to Deliver Elevated Health & Wellness Offerings for the Senior Community in South Florida

Miami, FL – (October 15, 2021) – Expanding its presence in South Florida, award-winning senior housing developer and operator Belmont Village Senior Living and Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, together broke ground on Belmont Village Coral Gables on Wednesday, October 13th. Located at 4111 Salzedo Street, just steps away from Merrick Park, Belmont Village will offer cognitive and fitness programming, signature 24/7 health and wellness support and direct access to a dedicated Healthy Living Center by Baptist Health.

“This unique partnership is not only a first in senior housing but represents the future of senior living – prioritizing health and wellness and creating environments where people thrive as they age,” says Patricia Will, CEO and Founder of Belmont Village Senior Living. “As we build the community from the ground-up, Belmont Village is at the forefront of how wellness programming can and should be integrated into the daily lives of seniors. It is our mission to promote total wellness throughout the aging process, and the Coral Gables community is a very exciting example of our innovative collaborations alongside like-minded partners.”

Patricia Will, CEO and Founder of Belmont Village Senior Living, Brian Keely, CEO of Baptist Health South Florida, and Vince Lago, mayor of City of Coral Gables, attended the event celebrating the start of construction for Belmont Village’s 33rd community and the brand’s first partnership with a renowned healthcare system. Slated to be complete by July 2023, the 350,000 square-foot building will feature a captivating exterior façade by Corwil Architects, with Moss Construction Management leading contracting.

Along with Belmont Village’s signature mixed-use model of independent living, assisted living, and memory care options, the Coral Gables development will also feature 18,388 square feet of ground floor retail and commercial space. In an entirely novel approach to senior living, Healthy Living by Baptist Health, a health and wellness center, will be available on the ground floor, serving as a wellness-focused space for all residents and local seniors. The premier 10-story senior living community will feature 232 apartments and offer first in class elder care within an urban, amenity-rich, and socially engaged setting.

“We are thrilled to work alongside Belmont Village to deliver a first-of-its-kind, wellness-focused senior living community in Coral Gables,” says Ana Lopez-Blazquez, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, Baptist Health South Florida. “At Baptist Health, we believe in high-quality, compassionate care. Once complete, top notch wellness support for seniors will not just be reserved for a hospital setting – it will be found right at home for all Belmont residents – ultimately changing the paradigm for senior living in South Florida.”

At Belmont Village Coral Gables, all aspects of daily life will be influenced by Belmont Village’s proprietary, evidence-based approach to programming, health, and wellness. Residents will benefit from on-site physical, speech and occupational therapy services, premiere telehealth services, short-term respite and transitional stays, Whole Brain Fitness Lifestyle, Circle of Friends® memory support, and Dedicated Memory Care Neighborhood to support cognitive strength. The carefully crafted building will provide a plethora of spaces with indoor/outdoor flexibility that promote socialization, a key aspect in successful aging. Additional amenities include five-star dining with the chef’s daily specials, an outdoor terrace, bistro and bar, group fitness room, putting green, resort-style pool, two screening rooms, an Art Atelier, beauty salon, soundproof music room, dog park, and 50-person conference room.

To learn more or join the waitlist, visit the Discovery Center located at 4201 So. Le Jeune Rd., Coral Gables, call 305-446-7171, or online at www.belmontvillage.com/coralgables.

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About Belmont Village Senior Living:

Founded in Houston in 1997, Belmont Village is an integrated developer, owner, and operator of 31 first tier independent, assisted living, and award-winning memory care communities for older adults across eight states in the U.S. and Mexico. With more than 4,000 employees, Belmont Village communities are renowned for distinctive design, high standards of life safety, quality of care, and leading-edge, award-winning programs. Belmont Village is certified as a Great Place to Work® and has been ranked since 2018 as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s 50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services. Learn more about Belmont Village at www.belmontvillage.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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.




Baptist Health South Florida Earns 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired Recognition as a Certified Level 9 in Acute and Ambulatory Care

MIAMI, FL October 12, 2021 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced today that Baptist Health South Florida has earned 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition as a certified level 9 in acute and ambulatory care. The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

“Digital transformation in healthcare has accelerated to an unprecedented level since 2020, and the next few years will bring a wave of innovation that empowers healthcare consumers and will astound the industry,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “The Digital Health Most Wired program recognizes the outstanding digital leaders who have paved the way for this imminent revolution in healthcare. Their trailblazing commitment to rapid transformation has set an example for the entire industry in how to pursue a leadership vision with determination, brilliant planning and courage to overcome all challenges.”

“We are committed to innovation and continuously look to implement leading-edge technology to support the excellent care our staff provides to our patients so that they can have the best experience possible all around,” said Bo Boulenger, president and chief operating officer of Baptist Health.

“As we continue full speed ahead in our digital transformation journey, it’s an honor to be recognized for our ongoing progress and results in the technology and digital space,” said Tony Ambrozie, senior vice president and chief digital officer at Baptist Health. “Baptist Health is laser focused on enhancing the consumer digital experience and the organization’s technology capabilities in order to provide advanced and streamlined interactions with the patients and communities we serve.”

A total of 36,674 organizations were represented in the 2021 Digital Health Most Wired program, which includes four separate surveys: acute, ambulatory, long-term care and international acute. The surveys assessed the adoption, integration and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

Each participating organization received a customized benchmarking report, an overall score and scores for individual levels in eight segments: infrastructure; security; business/disaster recovery; administrative/supply chain; analytics/data management; interoperability/population health; patient engagement; and clinical quality/safety. Participants can use the report and scores to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. Participants also received certification based on their overall performance, with level 10 being the highest.

This is the fourth year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. In each successive year, CHIME has expanded the survey to capture more types of organizations that serve patients across the continuum of care. CHIME also continues to promote the program internationally to provide a global overview of digital health advancements.

As in past years, CHIME will publish an industry trends report based on Digital Health Most Wired responses from U.S. participants. The 2021 National Trends Report is scheduled to be released in October during CHIME21 in San Diego.

 

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 CHIME

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With nearly 3,400 members in 55 countries and over 150 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate, exchange best practices, address professional development needs and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.

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Robert Wicks, M.D., joins Baptist Health’s Miami Neuroscience Institute as Co-Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery

MIAMI – October 5, 2021 – Robert Wicks, M.D., joins Baptist Health’s Miami Neuroscience Institute as the co-director of cerebrovascular surgery and director of the neurosurgical anatomy laboratory. Dr. Wicks specializes in neurological surgery, interventional neuroradiology and skull base surgery.  

“Our team is pleased to have Dr. Wicks join Miami Neuroscience Institute,” said Michael McDermott, M.D., chief medical executive of Miami Neuroscience Institute. “His outstanding training in neurosurgery and research experience will make him a valuable addition to our team.”

Dr. Wicks joins Miami Neuroscience Institute from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he completed an endovascular neurosurgery fellowship.

Prior to starting his neurosurgical training, Dr. Wicks completed a research year in the Hunterian Neurosurgical Laboratory of Johns Hopkins. During that time, his research focused on the local delivery of new chemotherapies for brain tumors and the development of a handheld imaging device for the detailed imaging of brain blood vessels during aneurysm surgery. This research resulted in several academic publications and was awarded the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery Harvey Cushing Student Research Award.

His research has been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Neurosurgery, Stroke, Journal of Neural Engineering and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Dr. Wicks has also published multiple book chapters and presented at many national meetings and forums. Currently, he is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section and Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery.

Dr. Wicks earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then completed his neurological surgery residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, at which time he also completed a research fellowship under Dr. Anthony Atala at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Afterward, he went on to finish a cerebrovascular and skull base fellowship from Barrow Neurological Institute and an endovascular neurosurgery fellowship from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

He will see patients at 8950 North Kendall Drive, Suite 407W 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 Neuroscience Institute

Miami Neuroscience Institute offers comprehensive and compassionate treatment for neurological conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. From non-surgical treatments and minimally invasive procedures to complex brain and spine surgery, the Institute embraces a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

Miami Neuroscience 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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Fishermen’s Community Hospital earns Gold Seal of Accreditation from the American College of Radiology

Marathon, FL – October 4, 2021 – Fishermen’s Community Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The hospital earned the ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation, which represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

The accreditation is awarded to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

“We are extremely proud to earn this prestigious accreditation,” said Missy Richards, manager of Imaging Services at Fishermen’s Community Hospital. “Exams using our state-of-the-art 3D mammography unit are performed in a rapid scan time for greater patient comfort and low patient dose. The high-quality images, which are obtained using special software, lead to more accurate diagnoses and improved patient outcomes.”

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services

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About Fishermen’s Community Hospital

Fishermen’s Community Hospital 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.

 

 




Kristen Millado, M.D., joins Miami Cancer Institute as Medical Oncologist and Hematologist

MIAMI –September 30, 2021– Board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist Kristen Millado, M.D., joins Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health. Dr. Millado specializes in benign hematology and treating genitourinary cancers, including bladder, kidney, penile, prostate and testicular cancers. She is board-certified in internal medicine and board-eligible in hematology and oncology.

“Dr. Millado’s fellowship training and compassionate, multidisciplinary approach to treating genitourinary cancers and benign hematological disorders will make her an asset to Miami Cancer Institute,” said Leonard Kalman, M.D., executive deputy director and chief medical officer at Miami Cancer Institute. “We are pleased to welcome her to our team.”

Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Millado completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology and was elected chief fellow at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

She has served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for the American College of Physicians District of Columbia Chapter and as a member of hospital quality improvement and cancer committees.

Dr. Millado has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the Journal of Urology and ASCO Daily News expert commentaries. She has also presented at national conferences, including the American College of Physicians National Conference and the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Dr. Millado earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. This was followed by her medical oncology and hematology fellowship at the Rush University Medical Center.

She will see patients at the Baptist Health Wellness and Medical Complex in Plantation, located at 1228 S. Pine Island Road, Suite 410.

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 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 program 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.

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Joel Calafell, M.D., joins Baptist Health Medical Group as a General Surgeon

MIAMI – September 29, 2021 – Joel Calafell, M.D., joins Baptist Health Medical Group, part of Baptist Health, as a general surgeon. Dr. Calafell specializes in colon and rectal surgery and has extensive training in robotic surgery. He was born and raised in Miami and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Dr. Calafell joins Baptist Health South Florida from the Lehigh Valley Health Network, where he completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery.

“I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Calafell to Baptist Health Medical Group,” said Bernie Fernandez, M.D., chief executive officer of Baptist Health Medical Group. “His fellowship training in colon and rectal surgery, along with his experience in robotic surgery, will make him an asset to our patients and team.”

During his general surgery residency, Dr. Calafell was elected administrative chief resident and awarded the Golden Humanism Award (Best Resident Teacher). He was also elected president of the Student Government Association in medical school.

His research has been published in the Annals of Emergency Surgery and the European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. He also authored a chapter in the book “Seminars in CRS: Entering Practice in Colorectal Surgery.”

Dr. Calafell earned his medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, followed by a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

He will see patients at 6200 SW 72 Street, Suite 502, in Miami.

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About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health Medical Group is a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high quality medical care to patients of all ages. Baptist Health Medical Group is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region with 11 hospitals,  more than 48 multispecialty physician practices and 50 outpatient facilities, as well as Baptist Health Quality Network, Baptist Health Medical Group North, Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform, and internationally renowned centers of excellence spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has more than 23,000 employees and more than 4,000 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida 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.




Seramount Names Baptist Health South Florida as One of the 100 Best Companies for 2021

MIAMI – September 28, 2021 — Baptist Health South Florida earned a spot on this year’s 100 Best Companies list by Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media). This is the 29th time Baptist Health has made the annual list.

The 2021 honorees represent almost four million employees in the United States. This year’s winners are focusing on inclusive benefits for families, including paid gender-neutral parental leave and how these organizations supported their employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For the past 18 months, it has been more important than ever for us to provide ongoing support and resources to our dedicated employees who have been on the front lines and behind the scenes responding to the health crisis in our communities,” said Adriene McCoy, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Baptist Health. “We prioritize our staff’s overall well-being, so that they are able to feel and do their best and provide excellent care to the patients and families who depend on us.”

“Working parents and caregivers have had to shoulder so much responsibility throughout the pandemic, and our 100 Best Companies continue to offer support through their generous programs and benefits,” says Subha V. Barry, President of Seramount. “These companies have made the needs of their employees a priority, and we celebrate their commitment to creating an inclusive workplace culture where this critical talent pool can thrive.”

This year Seramount added specific questions about how organizations helped parents and caretakers with time off, flexible hours, and other benefits during COVID-19. There is a significant difference between the responses of companies that made the list and those that didn’t, showcasing how the 100 Best Companies pivoted to help working families.

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About the Methodology

The 2021 Seramount 100 Best Companies application includes more than 400 questions related to leave policies, workforce representation, benefits, childcare, advancement programs, flexibility, and more. It surveys the availability and usage of these programs, as well as the accountability of the many managers who oversee them. The names of applicants that do not make the list are kept confidential. Company profiles and data come from submitted applications and reflect 2020 data.

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 Seramount

Seramount, now part of EAB, is a strategic professional services firm dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. Over four decades, partnering with some of the most iconic companies in the world, we’ve built a deep, data-driven understanding of the employee experience, which lays the groundwork for everything we do. Our comprehensive DE&I toolkit includes actionable research and insights, membership, strategic guidance and consulting, and inspiring events, meeting each client’s needs no matter where they are on their journey and guiding them along an ever-changing landscape. Seramount has empowered over 450 organizations to realize the business benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more at seramount.com.




Gretel Terrero, M.D., joins Miami Cancer Institute as Medical Oncologist

MIAMI – September 28, 2021– Board-certified medical oncologist Gretel Terrero, M.D., joins Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health. Dr. Terrero specializes in treating gastrointestinal cancers, including esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, hepatobiliary cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer and neuroendocrine tumors. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She is board-certified in internal medicine.

“Dr. Terrero’s fellowship training along with her immunotherapy research will benefit both our patients and team,” said Leonard Kalman, M.D., executive deputy director and chief medical officer at Miami Cancer Institute. “We look forward to her work at Miami Cancer Institute.”

Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Terrero completed a hematology and oncology fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Terrero’s research focuses on investigating new ways to introduce immunotherapy to treat gastrointestinal cancers. Her work has been presented at the gastrointestinal meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, Florida Society of Clinical Oncology and American College of Physicians.

Dr. Terrero earned her medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School’s. This was followed by a medical oncology and hematology fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

She will see patients at the Baptist Health Wellness and Medical Complex in Plantation, located at 1228 S. Pine Island Road, Suite 410.

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 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 program 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.

 

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Timothy O’Connor, M.D., joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute as Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Spine Surgery

Boca Raton – September 27, 2021 – Timothy O’Connor, M.D., joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute, part of Baptist Health, as the director of minimally invasive surgery and robotic spine surgery. Dr. O’Connor specializes in minimally invasive, robotic and complex deformity surgery.

“I’m delighted to welcome Dr. O’Connor to Marcus Neuroscience Institute,” said Frank Vrionis, M.D., Institute director at Marcus Neuroscience Institute. “His extensive training and experience in the latest innovations in minimally invasive spine surgery will be an asset to our team and patients.”

Founded at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Marcus Neuroscience Institute has expanded its services to Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West.

“Marcus Neuroscience Institute has always set the standard for innovative neurologic and neurosurgical care locally and regionally,” said Nelson Lazo, chief executive officer at Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. “By expanding its comprehensive services to Bethesda Hospital East and West, we are widening its footprint and impact on the community to make the most cutting-edge technology and renowned team of experts even more accessible.”

Dr. O’Connor joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute from the University at Buffalo, where he completed a CAST-accredited complex spine surgery fellowship.

While completing his complex spine fellowship, he was awarded the AO Discovery and Innovation Young Investigator grant by the AO Spine Foundation for his biomechanical research in junctional tethers. He was invited to join the AO Knowledge Forum, a leading group of surgeons around the world to collaborate on solving some of the greatest challenges in modern spine surgery.

Dr. O’Connor has written peer-reviewed technical manuscripts on robotic spine systems and minimally invasive approaches. He has been invited to present at multiple national and international conferences, including the Global Spine Congress, the International Spinal Deformity Symposium and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

He received his medical degree from the University of Florida, where he graduated with honors in research and academic excellence. During medical school, he was invited to join the University of Florida Medical School admissions committee and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He received the resident of the year award and the highest neurosurgery board score award at University at Buffalo Neurosurgery during residency.

He will see patients at two convenient locations in the Boca Raton and Boynton Beach communities: 2800 S. Seacrest Blvd., Suite 160 in Boynton Beach (across from Baptist Health’s Bethesda Hospital East) and 800 Meadows Road in Boca Raton.

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 First in Nation to Offer Virtual Reality Platform for Children Who Require Brain MRI Studies

VR game lowers anxiety, reduces need for anesthesia and results in higher-quality imaging

MIAMI, FL ― September 27, 2021 ― Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, is the first in the nation to offer a virtual reality game that prepares kids for brain MRI studies, easing anxiety and improving care. The Reimagine Well MRI Stillness Game helps train children to stay still and better cope with the often stress-provoking noises and claustrophobic feeling some get during an MRI. The result is a reduction in the number of children who must be anesthetized for the study; a better, clearer image that leads to the highest-quality care; a shorter study time; and a happier patient.

“If a child moves during the MRI, it can create a fuzzy image and make it more difficult to interpret,” said Matthew Hall, M.D., lead pediatric radiation oncologist at Miami Cancer Institute. “To plan and deliver the sharp-shooting radiation treatment our patients receive, we need clear images. We’re very excited that this technology will make this possible and make our patients more comfortable.”

Brain tumor patients typically require a number of MRI studies throughout their treatment and for several years during follow up. Up to 50 percent of pediatric patients at the Institute require anesthesia due to anxiety or discomfort.

Children use the simulation program during a pre-study visit. A specially trained child life specialist helps them don the virtual reality headset and get in position on the table as if they are having the MRI. The patient is first led through a virtual tour of the MRI suite and then the game begins. As children remain still and zero their eyes on a target, they see what begins as a black and white image, turn into full and vibrant color. During three successive levels that become more challenging as they progress, children experience a rainforest, a hot air balloon festival and a coral reef environment.

“Kids receive immediate feedback. In addition to color changes, as they demonstrate that they can lay still, the loud noises of the MRI machine decrease and the more natural sounds for the image they are viewing emerge,” said Dr. Hall. “With biofeedback, they learn to drown out the noise.” Children also see their stillness score increase as they improve. The entire game takes about 20 minutes.

While there are a few cancer treatment facilities in the country using similar technology for children undergoing radiation therapy, Miami Cancer Institute, with its specialized pediatric team that works closely with young patients, doesn’t see a need for virtual reality in that area. When it comes to MRIs, however, even many adults have difficulty remaining motionless. The Institute may eventually offer this program to adults.

The Institute is also collecting data to measure the effectiveness of the simulation. It will analyze the information to see if there is a correlation between lower game scores and the need for anesthesia or a longer amount of time in the MRI machine. “We’re hoping it will become a predictive measure to help guide us so that we can better forecast which children might need more support in getting through an MRI study,” Dr. Hall said.

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 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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