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Baptist Health’s West Kendall Baptist Hospital Now Offers Acessa® ProVu System for Minimally Invasive Treatment of Fibroids

Facility is the First in South Florida to Offer the Innovative System

MIAMI, FL – November 30, 2021 – Every year, approximately 540,000 hysterectomies are performed for non-cancerous conditions, including uterine fibroids.1. Today, Baptist Health’s West Kendall Baptist Hospital announced that it now offers the Acessa ProVu® system, a safe and effective minimally invasive alternative for women with symptomatic fibroids who would otherwise require a hysterectomy, laparoscopic myomectomy, or uterine fibroid embolization. 2,3

The Acessa Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation (Lap-RFA) is the first and only system to utilize radiofrequency ablation, laparoscopic ultrasound, and guidance mapping to treat women suffering from uterine fibroids. The potential patient benefits include returning home from the hospital on the same day as the procedure, lower intraoperative blood loss compared to hysterectomy and myomectomy, and quick recovery time as patients typically return to work within 4-5 days. 2,3 The Acessa procedure’s laparoscopic ultrasound and guidance mapping also allows the surgeon to visualize and treat more fibroids. In clinical studies, the Acessa system’s laparoscopic ultrasound can locate 1.5-2x more fibroids than MRI or transvaginal ultrasound.2 This allows for patients to receive treatment for fibroids that may have previously been undetected.

“Since its inception, West Kendall Baptist Hospital has aimed to deliver stronger, smarter, and more accessible care to women. With this in mind, we are excited to add the Acessa ProVu system to our toolkit, which will provide those suffering from fibroids with more options that fit their needs and lifestyle,” Peter A. Khamvongsa, MD, West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “This is another important step in advancing our minimally invasive surgical solutions for the patients we serve here in South Florida, and I look forward to completing more procedures.”

Dr. Khamvongsa, a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon trained OBGYN at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, completed training on the Acessa procedure in August 2021, and is credited with being the first physician in South Florida to complete the procedure.

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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 the Acessa procedure

The Acessa procedure is a minimally invasive, outpatient treatment that involves two small abdominal incisions.1 It uses controlled radiofrequency energy, heat, to cause coagulative necrosis of the fibroid tissue. The treated tissue softens and shrinks over time, allowing fibroid symptoms to resolve with no suturing of the uterine tissue.2 Unlike many alternative interventions, the Acessa procedure optimizes imaging of the uterus by simultaneously displaying the laparoscopic camera view and the ultrasound view in real-time, so physicians can identify and treat nearly all locations of fibroids, including those outside the uterine cavity and within uterine walls.2 Women typically experience minimal discomfort after the procedure, quick return to normal activities in 4-5 days, and long term satisfaction and relief.1,2

Sources:

  1. Leroy Edozien, MD. Hysterectomy for Benign Conditions. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Accessed August 4, 2020, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC558440/
  2. Yelena Havryliuk, MD, Robert Setton, MD, John Carlow, EdD, MPH, Barry D. Shaktman, MD, Management of symptomatic fibroids: review and meta-analysis of the literature (2006 -2016), Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Vol. 21 (3) Jul-Sept 2017
  3. SG Chudnoff, et al. Outpatient Procedure for the Treatment and Relief of Symptomatic Uterine Myomas. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2013;121(5):1075–82.



Baptist Health’s Fishermen’s Community Hospital Welcomes First Oncology Patient

MARATHON, FL – November 23, 2021 – This week, Baptist Health’s Fishermen’s Community Hospital welcomed their first patient to its new oncology unit. With an ongoing focus on quality and patient care, the new hospital houses an oncology suite with three private patient rooms. The unit currently offers biotherapies, transfusions, laboratory services and hydration services and will soon offer chemotherapy. Patients will now also have access to Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute resources and its unique support services programs.

“We believe every patient deserves access to the best possible care in their own community,” said Siddhartha Venkatappa, M.D, associate chief medical officer at Miami Cancer Institute. “This new site will help us provide exceptional and convenient cancer care to the residents of the Middle and Lower Keys.”

Dr. Venkatappa, who also serves as the medical director of infusion services at Baptist Health’s Keys hospitals, added, “Before, cancer patients in the area would have to drive to Mariners Hospital or to Miami to receive treatment. Now our patients can receive the care they need close to home and their support systems. Bringing these treatments to Marathon is another milestone to improved healthcare in the area.”

William Schneider, the first patient seen in the oncology unit, says that having his treatment and services near his home is fantastic. Mr. Schneider said, “We have lived in Marathon for over 20 years and I have witnessed all the changes. Before this unit was open, I had to travel an hour north to Tavernier. Now, I save travel time each way and, more importantly, I’m so close to home!”

Having this new service at Fishermen’s Community Hospital provides services to patients that enhance and expand outpatient cancer care throughout the Middle and Lower Keys.

Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute was recognized among the top three Best Hospitals for Cancer in the South Florida region and one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer in the categories of lung cancer surgery and colon cancer surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

Fishermen’s Community Hospital has been caring for the Florida Keys community since it opened in 1962. The hospital was closed in September 2017 when Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage to much of the area. A field hospital was quickly opened to provide uninterrupted care to the community. In July 2018, Baptist Health replaced the field hospital with a modular facility. With the completion of the new hospital in July 2021, the 37,330-square-foot facility provides specialized services such as 24/7 emergency care with telestroke services to give stroke patients immediate access to Board-certified neurologists, an on-site helipad, six inpatient beds, including two intensive care beds with 24/7 monitoring, nine emergency department beds, five additional recovery beds, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and laboratory services. Oncology services is the latest of the offerings being provided at the new hospital.

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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 12 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.




Chief Nursing Officer at Mariners Hospital and Fishermen’s Community Hospital announces retirement

TAVERNIER, FL – November 22, 2021 – Cheryl Cottrell, BSN, R.N., vice president and chief nursing officer of Mariners Hospital and Fishermen’s Community Hospital, part of Baptist Health, has announced plans to retire after 45 years of service in healthcare.

Ms. Cottrell started her career as a patient care technician at Keys Community Hospital, which later became Mariners Hospital. Early in her career, she gained valuable experience in such clinical departments as infection control, utilization review, and education and discharge planning. In 1984, Ms. Cottrell was promoted to assistant director of nursing, and in 1988 she was named vice president and chief nursing officer of Mariners Hospital. She gained additional nursing leadership responsibility in 2017 when she was appointed chief nursing officer of Fishermen’s Community Hospital.

“Cheryl has served Baptist Health and the Keys community with the utmost skill, dedication and commitment. She has created a lasting legacy that will be hard to match,” said Drew Grossman, CEO of Mariners Hospital and Fishermen’s Community Hospital. “On behalf of our entire team, I thank her for her service and wish her all the best in her retirement and future endeavors.”

Ms. Cottrell earned an Associate of Science degree in nursing at Miami Dade College and in 2009 was named a Hall of Fame inductee. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Florida International University and a Master of Science degree in health services administration at Barry University. She is a Board-certified nurse executive from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Active in the Keys community, Ms. Cottrell has served nearly 30 years on the Board of Directors of the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition. She also has served as the hospital representative for both the Key Largo and Ocean Reef Chambers of Commerce. To advocate for the nursing profession, she is an active member of the South Florida Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association and Florida Nurses Association.

Ms. Cottrell enjoys spending time with her four adult children and their families, all of whom call the Florida Keys home.

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About Mariners Hospital

Mariners 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.

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.




Baptist Health’s West Kendall Baptist Hospital Reaches New Phase of Construction for Clinical Expansion Project

Facility Celebrates “Topping Out” of New Tower in Tandem with Ten Year Anniversary

MIAMI, FL – (November 18, 2021) – Baptist Health South Florida announced today that it has reached a new phase of construction for the 125,000-square-foot clinical expansion project at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Exactly ten years since the facility’s official debut and one year since the groundbreaking of the project, the “topping out” marks the completion of the building’s exterior structure and ultimately represents the rapid growth of the West Kendall community.

Scheduled to be complete in January 2023, the highly anticipated new four-story tower houses 35 additional emergency department treatment rooms to meet the growing needs of the community. The third and fourth floors of the new building will be completely dedicated to supporting inpatient services, with 70 new inpatient rooms. Amongst other add-ons, there will also be additional space for diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, patient observation and more.

“Since opening our doors in 2011, we at West Kendall Baptist Hospital have been dedicated to improving the lives of the community by offering superior health and wellness services,” said Lourdes Boue, Chief Executive Officer of West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “After an especially trying year, this construction milestone couldn’t come at a better time. It is a true nod to our storied past and bright future.”

When the campus first opened, West Kendall Baptist Hospital was recognized as Miami-Dade County’s first non-replacement hospital in over 35 years, with the goal of helping residents live healthier, safer and more fulfilling lives. To propel the community into this next phase and signify the hospital’s future, West Kendall Baptist Hospital invited the children of the Early Learning Center to leave their mark on the foundation of the building by adding their handprints to its final beam.

Upon completion, the design of the new tower will mirror the Mediterranean style aesthetic of the existing hospital and feature the same eco-friendly features that earned the hospital LEED Gold Certification for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design – a green building certification program used worldwide.

For more information, please visit https://baptisthealth.net/locations/hospitals/west-kendall-baptist-hospital

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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’s Miami Cancer Institute Study Helps Identify Patients Considered High Risk for Complications Following Surgery for Brain Metastases

Research could result in reduced readmissions, improved care and lower costs

MIAMI, FL ― November 12, 2021― Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute researchers have defined factors that make patients more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of undergoing surgery for cancer that has spread to the brain. Better awareness of these risk factors could potentially reduce readmissions substantially, both improving patient care and outcomes and lowering healthcare costs.

The results of the study, “Factors Associated with Unplanned Readmissions and Costs Following Resection of Brain Metastases in the United States,” were published today in Nature Scientific Reports, a leading multidisciplinary science journal.

The research team at Miami Cancer Institute was led by senior author Rupesh Kotecha, M.D., chief of Radiosurgery and director of CNS Metastasis at the Institute. More than 200,000 cases of brain metastases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and approximately one in six of those who go on to have brain surgery are hospitalized again within 30 days. In addition to prolonging care and patient discomfort, the extrapolated costs associated with the additional hospital days add up to more than $269 million a year nationally. Readmission could also delay further cancer treatment.

“We looked at almost 45,000 surgeries from across the U.S., with about half of all hospitals represented in the data,” Dr. Kotecha said. “Other types of surgeries have seen reduced readmissions in recent years but unplanned readmissions for brain metastases has remained steady. Being able to better predict who has a higher chance of being readmitted could be a game-changer.”

From the study, the Institute team was able to identify the most common high-risk factors. Patients more likely to be readmitted were those with more co-morbidities (particularly those with more than three co-morbidities); longer lengths of stay (especially stays of five days or more); complications such as an infection; patients who were older and male. Having Medicaid and being admitted to a metropolitan teaching hospital also were associated with higher risk. While any cancer can spread to the brain, according to the American Cancer Society, the most common are lung, breast and melanoma.

“The key now is that we need to prevent avoidable readmissions by focusing on this high-risk population,” Dr. Kotecha said. “Depending upon the risk factors, we should consider discharging them to a rehabilitation center rather than home, having clinical staff check in with them more frequently after surgery rather than waiting for the typical follow-up appointment, or even offering other interventions rather than surgery.”

While some risk factors are modifiable, such as post-operative infection, Dr. Kotecha said, others, such as age, are not. Advances in technologies in recent years have given physicians more options when it comes to treating brain cancers, however. For those at extremely high risk, more minimally invasive procedures may be considered, as well as treatments such as radiosurgery, which is targeted radiation. The Institute also offers numerous clinical trials for this patient population with innovative strategies for brain metastasis management.

The next step in advancing the study on readmissions following resection of brain metastases, Dr. Kotecha said, is continued research to verify and further refine the risk stratification model developed by the Institute. Hospitals can then plan strategies to best address those at highest risk.

Find the complete study here.

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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.

 




Guilherme Dabus, M.D., joins Baptist Health’s Miami Neuroscience Institute as Co-Director of Interventional Neuroradiology

MIAMI – November 10, 2021 – Guilherme Dabus, M.D., joins Baptist Health’s Miami Neuroscience Institute as the co-director of interventional neuroradiology. Dr. Dabus specializes in interventional neuroradiology and neuroendovascular surgery.  

“Our team is delighted Dr. Dabus has joined Miami Neuroscience Institute,” said Michael McDermott, M.D., chief medical executive of Miami Neuroscience Institute. “Dr. Dabus has been part of Baptist Health South Florida for more than 10 years and has extensive clinical and research experience in neuroendovascular surgery. We know he will be a valued addition to our team.”

Prior to joining Miami Neuroscience Institute in 2021, Dr. Dabus served as an attending interventional neuroradiologist at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Neuroscience Center and interim chief of neuroscience at Baptist Hospital from 2019 to 2020.

Active in training the next generation of physicians, Dr. Dabus is the director of the Interventional Neuroradiology Fellowship Program at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Neuroscience Center. He is also a clinical professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine of Florida International University.

He has served as the local principal investigator for several clinical trials and is the National co-PI for the SUMMIT MAX trial. Dr. Dabus’ research has been published more than 120 times in peer-reviewed publications, including Stroke, the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, Neuroradiology, AJNR, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, Handbook of Clinical Neurology and Frontiers in Neurology. He has also authored several chapters for medical textbooks.

Dr. Dabus is a leader in his field and has served for the last five years on the board of directors of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, where he currently holds the position of treasurer. He was the chair of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery Annual Meeting held in 2018 in San Francisco. Dr. Dabus serves as a reviewer for numerous publications, including the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, Journal of Endovascular Therapy, Stroke, American Journal of Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology. He is also a sought-after speaker and regularly presents at national and international events.

Dr. Dabus earned his medical degree from the Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas de Santos, Brazil. He completed a radiology residency at UNICAMP Universidade Estadual de Campinas. He then completed a neuroradiology fellowship at Northwestern University, an endovascular surgical neuroradiology fellowship at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology – Washington University and an interventional neuroradiology and endovascular neurosurgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital – Harvard Medical School.

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 and Mariners Hospital Staff Train With Monroe County Fire Rescue’s Trauma Star

TAVERNIER, FL – November 8, 2021 – Monroe County Fire Rescue’s Trauma Star, the air ambulance service based in Marathon, recently flew one of its helicopters to both Fishermen’s Community Hospital and Mariners Hospital as part of an ongoing educational program intended to strengthen the knowledge of the hospitals’ caregivers so they, in turn, can provide the very best care to patients and families. During the drill, the helicopter reached Fishermen’s Community Hospital in five minutes and Mariners Hospital in roughly 15 minutes—a quick response time that can be critical when life-saving interventions are needed.

While on site, the Trauma Star team provided employees at both hospitals with a brief overview of what to expect when a patient transfer is needed. They addressed the requirements for air transfer, maximum wind speeds in which they can fly and their capabilities for treating patients in the air. The team also pointed out that only minors can be accompanied by an additional person in the helicopter. The training session enabled the hospital staff members to ask questions and learn valuable information that will help them prepare patients and families and speak knowledgeably on behalf of Trauma Star when arranging a transfer.

“The annual training is part of a collaboration we have with Monroe County Trauma Star,” said Dawn Hire, DNP, R.N., NE-BC, director of Nursing in the Emergency Department at Mariners and Fishermen’s Community Hospitals. “We also meet every other month to review patient data and cases to provide optimal care and better patient outcomes.”

“Our partnership with Trauma Star and Baptist Health has saved countless lives when seconds and minutes mean the most,” said Steve Hudson, Monroe County Fire Chief. “The meetings help facilitate and highlight the importance of the collaboration between our two entities in emergencies.”

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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.




Felipe De Los Rios La Rosa, M.D., joins Baptist Health’s Miami Neuroscience Institute as Stroke Program Director as part of Baptist Health Medical Group

MIAMI – November 4, 2021 – Felipe De Los Rios La Rosa, M.D., joins Baptist Health’s Miami Neuroscience Institute as stroke program director as part of Baptist Health Medical Group. Dr. De Los Rios La Rosa specializes in both adult neurology and vascular neurology, which includes stroke prevention and treatment. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

“We are pleased to announce that Dr. De Los Rios La Rosa has joined Miami Neuroscience Institute as the stroke program director,” said Michael McDermott, M.D., chief medical executive of Miami Neuroscience Institute. “He has extensive training and experience in treating stroke cases and we are confident he will continue to be an excellent leader of our stroke program.”

Dr. De Los Rios La Rosa, who has been director of the stroke program at Baptist Hospital of Miami since 2016, now leads this position as a member of Baptist Health Medical Group. Under his leadership, the program has undergone three Joint Commission re-certifications as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. It has also consistently received the top American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines National Stroke Program Awards. Prior to 2016, Dr. De Los Rios La Rosa served as the director of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases at SANNA Healthcare Network in Lima, Peru.

Dr. De Los Rios La Rosa is involved in leading-edge research through NIH StrokeNet and regional partners. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in publications, including the Journal of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases, Stroke, Neurosurgery, and the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. He has presented at numerous national and international industry events and conferences.

He has also helped start stroke programs in Latin American and the Caribbean.

Dr. De Los Rios La Rosa is a fellow of the American Heart Association and has served in academic appointments at the University of Cincinnati and Florida International University.

Dr. De Los Rios La Rosa earned his medical degree from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru. He completed an adult neurology residency and neurovascular fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

He will see patients at Miami Neuroscience Institute.

 

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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Michelle and Michael Hagerty Gift $8.5 Million to Boca Regional’s Keeping the Promise Capital Campaign

Hospital to Name the Center for Graduate Medical Education

BOCA RATON, FL – November 2, 2021 – Boca Raton residents and philanthropists Michelle and Michael Hagerty have made their third seven-figure gift to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Their latest, a $5 million contribution in support of the residency programs, brings their total giving to Keeping the Promise to $8.5 million. Their support is one of many other seven- and eight-figure donors to a campaign that has surpassed $212 million raised.

“Michelle and Michael Hagerty are deeply embedded in our mission at Boca Raton Regional Hospital,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “When donors make repeated gifts to our capital campaign, it’s clear they believe in our vision for the future. We are grateful for their role in the success of the campaign and their demonstration of faith in our campus initiative is irreplaceable.”

Boca Regional serves as the primary teaching site for Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offering residency programs in Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Neurology. The program plays a pivotal role in the hospital’s transformation to a tertiary academic medical center.  Expansion plans include more than doubling the size of the space housing the existing programs providing a new learning center, conference room, computer lab, surgical simulation center, and much needed administrative and educational space for all three programs. This new space will help Boca Regional recruit and retain top medical school graduates for world class training in Boca Raton.

“There is no substitute for quality healthcare,” said Ms. Hagerty. “When we moved down here, it became obvious to us that the hospital’s mission was inextricably linked to our passion to help bring the highest quality care to this area.  This campus-wide initiative is a spectacular step forward to realize that mission and our dreams.”

The latest gift from the family will be recognized in the naming of the Michelle and Michael Hagerty Center for Graduate Medical Education. Previously, the couple made a $2.5 million gift with recognition at the Michelle and Michael Hagerty Courtyard on the northern tip of the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower and other gifts totaling $1 million to name the Michelle and Michael Hagerty Education Center at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute.

Michelle Hagerty is a prominent philanthropist and strong advocate for children in the South Florida community. She has been involved with various organizations locally in addition to the hospital, including Place of Hope, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and Florida Atlantic University, among others. Prior to moving to South Florida, Michelle worked in New York for her family business, White Rock Distilleries. Michelle and her husband, Michael, have two children and live in Boca Raton.

“You can tell by the breadth and scope of the Hagerty family giving that they care deeply for others,” said Stan Barry, co-chair of Keeping the Promise.  “That personal commitment is at the heart of all philanthropy, and Michelle and Michael define generosity better than most.  They are wonderful people and we are blessed to have them as part of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital family.”

The $250 million Keeping the Promise Campaign is the largest fund-raising initiative in Boca Regional’s history and is supporting its most ambitious period of growth and expansion. 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, outdoor courtyards, 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. In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private in a comprehensive renovation of all patient units including maternity, oncology, and orthopedics. An expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is well underway with emphasis on neurovascular/stroke, central nervous system tumors, spine, and epilepsy/seizure disorders.  The recently opened 972-car Schmidt Family Parking Facility will be connected to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute once the new tower construction is complete.  Also underway is the new Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion with outpatient surgery, physician offices and adjacent parking.

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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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Baptist Health South Florida First in the Nation to Partner with ‘Saved By the Scan’ Campaign to Educate Public on Lifesaving Lung Cancer Screening

MIAMIFL – November 1, 2021 – Today, Baptist Health South Florida and the American Lung Association announced their partnership to raise awareness for lung cancer screenings through a “Saved by the Scan” campaign. This partnership is the first of its kind bringing together a large healthcare organization and the American Lung Association.

According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer. The “Saved By the Scan” campaign is a public service advertising (PSA) aimed at educating Americans about the groundbreaking lung cancer screening for those at high risk for the disease. The low-dose CT scan can detect lung cancer in the early stages, before symptoms arise, when the disease is more curable.

In 2014, Mark Dylewski, M.D., chief of general thoracic surgery at Baptist Health, and Juan Batlle, M.D., chief of thoracic imaging at Baptist Health, spearheaded Baptist Health’s lung cancer screening program with the generous support of a grateful patient and lung cancer survivor, Dennis Bookshester.


“In the past, 60 to 70 percent of lung cancer patients weren’t diagnosed until the cancer was advanced,” Dr. Dylewski said. “With the implementation of screenings, we are catching more patients in the earlier stages where surgery can have a bigger impact.”

The campaign targets the millions of people in the U.S. who are at high risk for lung cancer and should talk to their doctor about getting a low-dose CT scan lung cancer screening. A person is considered high risk for lung cancer if they are between 50–80 years old, have a 20-pack year history of smoking (this means 1 pack a day for 20 years, 2 packs a day for 10 years, etc.), and are a current smoker, or have quit within the last 15 years.

“In Florida, it is estimated that 18,470 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and 10,940 will succumb to the disease in 2021. Lung cancer screening is the only way to detect the disease at an early stage when it is more curable,” said Chrissy Cohen, executive director for the Lung Association in South Florida. “Unfortunately, only 3.2% of people in Florida who qualify have had a lung cancer screening. This is why this partnership is critical to raise awareness about this lifesaving screening.”

“Many people aren’t aware that with a quick, painless and safe test, they can be screened,” said Manmeet Ahluwalia, M.D., deputy director, chief scientific officer and chief of solid tumor medical oncology at Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute. “We hope those at risk will take advantage of this test.”

The screening is available throughout Baptist Health. For eligible patients, Medicare and most private insurance companies cover the screening cost.

The South Florida “Saved by the Scan” comprehensive public awareness campaign includes a video public service announcement, digital and print advertisements, and social media. For more information about the campaign, visit BaptistHealth.net/LungScreening and BaptistSalud.net/EvaluacionDePulmon.

About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit Lung.org.

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.

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