Belmont Village Senior Living and Baptist Health South Florida to Bring Elevated Senior Living to the Heart of Coral Gables

Premier Mixed–Use Senior Living & Wellness Community in Coral Gables to Break Ground in Fall 2020

MIAMI, FL (June 3, 2020) – Belmont Village Senior Living, a nationally recognized developer, owner and operator of high quality seniors housing communities, and Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region, have received unanimous approval from the Coral Gables City Commission to build Belmont Village Coral Gables, a premier mixed-use senior living community located in the heart of Coral Gables.

“As strategic and capital partners with Baptist Health South Florida, our joint venture was created to re-imagine the integration of hospitality and healthcare in seniors housing with Coral Gables being our first in a series of communities planned for the region,” said Patricia Will, co-founder and CEO of Houston-based Belmont Village Senior Living, which owns and operates 31 senior living communities nationwide and in Mexico City. “We look forward to integrating our award-winning programs and high quality care to change the paradigm for senior living in South Florida.”

A unique collaboration between two leading organizations, Belmont Village Coral Gables will offer residents luxury senior living, wellness, and first-class elder care within an urban, amenity-rich, and socially-focused setting. Located at 4111 Salzedo Street, just steps from the Shops at Merrick Park, the mixed-used development will encompass 232 private apartments for independent living, assisted living and memory care and 18,388 square feet of ground floor retail and commercial space.

The 10-story building, designed by Corwil Architects, will also feature a ground-floor Healthy Living Center by Baptist Health, bringing Baptist Health’s focus on wellness to the Coral Gables community, as well as to residents of Belmont Village. Additional features of the development include a three-story podium garage, courtyard, and landscaped pedestrian paseo.

“Our partnership with Belmont Village is a natural fit as both organizations share the same dedication to providing high-quality, compassionate care,” said Ana Lopez-Blazquez, executive vice president and chief strategy and transformation officer, Baptist Health South Florida. “Together we have the potential to reinvent health and wellness for the senior population in our region.

Nestled in the heart of Coral Gables, directly across from the Shops at Merrick Park and within close proximity to the famed Miracle Mile and bustling Giralda Plaza, residents of Belmont Village Coral Gables will enjoy the convenience of being located near shops and entertainment venues so they can maintain the active lifestyle that they are accustomed to within the City Beautiful.

Additional amenities at the senior-focused community will include multiple dining venues, transportation services, a sports lounge, theater, arts parlor, library, beauty salon, great room, screening room, music room, town hall, well-trained staff, including a licensed nurse on-site 24/7, and Belmont’s signature leading edge enrichment and social programs, which are designed to keep residents active so they can thrive physically, socially and mentally.

Each Belmont Village community is built to purpose and licensed throughout the building to provide a blended model of care that offers flexibility for residents if needs change, and allows couples with varying health or cognitive needs to stay together. As a leader in developing university-led, research-based programs, Belmont Village offers residents a range of programs to support a Whole Brain Fitness lifestyle. This includes the Company’s award-winning, comprehensive therapeutic program, Circle of Friends®, to specifically address the needs and abilities of residents with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early stage memory loss.

Belmont Village Coral Gables is the first in a series of communities planned by Baptist Health South Florida and Houston-based Belmont Village Senior Living, and is the second facility in Florida for Belmont Village. Belmont Village Fort Lauderdale, a new luxury senior living community on Seminole Drive encompassing 204 private apartments, is scheduled to open to residents early this summer.

Construction on Belmont Village Coral Gables is being handled by Moss Construction Management and is slated to begin in the fall of 2020.

To learn more about Belmont Village Coral Gables, please visit: www.belmontvillage.com/coralgables.

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About Belmont Village Senior Living
Belmont Village Senior Living is a fully integrated developer, owner and operator of high quality seniors housing communities. The company is a premier provider of independent living, assisted living and award-winning memory care in major market areas. Currently Belmont Village has 31 operating properties, comprising approximately 4,000 units, in seven states and Mexico City. Belmont Village communities are acclaimed for their high safety standards, attractive locations and distinctive architecture; each building is custom designed to complement and enhance its surrounding community. Belmont Village provides residents with innovative programs and services that are backed by best in class research and best practices, as well as around the clock support from highly trained staff members. In 2018 and 2019, Belmont Village was certified as a Great Place to Work and is on FORTUNE Magazine’s 2018 & 2019 Top 50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services lists. For more information, please visit www.belmontvillage.com.

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.




Fishermen’s Community Hospital Names 2020 Nurse of The Year

stephanie childress headshotMarathon, FL – June 3, 2020 – Fishermen’s Community Hospital is proud to announce that Stephanie Childress, RN, CCRN, has been named the hospital’s 2020 Nurse of the Year.

Mrs. Childress demonstrates excellence in nursing by embodying Baptist Health values and going above and beyond for her patients and coworkers. She is professional, compassionate and a great asset to the hospital, say her leaders and peers. She has maintained her critical care registered nurse certification and is pursuing her emergency nurse certification.

“Mrs. Childress is a model nurse who provides safe, patient-centered care. She teaches other nurses and always makes herself available to assist in answering any questions people have with an upbeat, positive and encouraging attitude,” said Melanie O’Neill, director of Nursing Services, Multispecialty Acute Care Center of Fishermen’s Community Hospital. “This award is well-deserved in recognition of her commitment to delivering high-quality healthcare.”

When Mrs. Childress is not working in the Fishermen’s Emergency Department, you can find her working as a flight nurse with Trauma Star, working on a performance improvement project on stroke alerts to enhance protocols in the hospital’s unit or volunteering in the community.

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 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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State-of-the-Art Urgent Care Facility Open to Patients in St. Croix

ProHealth Urgent Care, an affiliate of Baptist Health International, will provide high-quality care for patients and visitors on the island.

Services include urgent care, occupational health, ultrasound and X-ray imaging, orthopedic injury and laceration care, as well as other emergency care, laboratory and pharmacy services.

 

BHI Photo 1St. Croix, USVI – May 21, 2020 – ProHealth Urgent Care LLC and Baptist Health International announce the opening of ProHealth Urgent Care in St. Croix, USVI. The 7,000-square-foot facility, which is certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is fully staffed with highly skilled doctors and nurses and will provide high-quality medical care for residents and visitors on the island.

ProHealth Urgent Care is an affiliate of Baptist Health International, part of Baptist Health South Florida, a premier healthcare organization comprising of 11 hospitals, 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians, 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning 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. This affiliation will give ProHealth access to Baptist Health’s renowned medical professionals through a state-of-the-art and secure telehealth platform that will assist in providing diagnoses and treatment plans. Prior to opening, locally hired healthcare professionals visited Baptist Health’s facilities for extensive training and observership opportunities and to benchmark best practices.

“What began as a conversation two years ago is now a reality,” said Stuart Lewis, chief executive officer of ProHealth. “Our mission is to provide convenient access to high-quality medical care and services right here on the island. We are certain that through our affiliation with Baptist Health International, we will elevate the healthcare services and standards of care available in our community.”

“We are honored to support ProHealth in this endeavor and hope to continue collaborating by lending our knowledge and experts to assist them in delivering the highest standards of care for those who live in and visit the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said Rogelio E. Ribas, corporate vice president of Baptist Health International.

BHI Photo 2ProHealth’s compassionate and highly skilled physicians, nurses and caregivers will provide such services as urgent care, X-ray and ultrasound, orthopedic injury care, laboratory services, complex laceration care, occupational healthcare, an on-site full-service pharmacy and other emergency care, including the equipment to serve as a free-standing emergency department.

As ProHealth geared up to open its doors, the coronavirus pandemic interrupted plans for an opening celebration. However, the facility opened its operations two weeks earlier than expected and was instrumental in reinforcing the healthcare infrastructure available on the island by alleviating patient congestion in the Juan F. Luis Hospital’s emergency department. As a result of its emergency preparedness efforts, ProHealth was able to secure ample personal protective equipment (PPE) and donate 2,000 N95 masks, two infrared non-contact-thermometers and hundreds of reusable/washable face coverings to the Department of Health, which were distributed to those on the front lines of the pandemic. It also has provided complimentary fit testing of N95 masks to the U.S. Virgin Islands National Guard, police department and emergency and fire services.

ProHealth Urgent Care is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The occupational health services department opens at 7:30 a.m. and will extend its hours as the need arises. To make an appointment, call 340-998-2404 or email appt@ProHealthvi.com.

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About ProHealth Urgent Care LLC
ProHealth Urgent Care is a new state-of- the-art ambulatory care facility that offers diagnosis, observation, consultation, treatment, intervention, laboratory, pharmacy, imaging and rehabilitation services on an outpatient basis. ProHealth is located mid-island, near a bus route, with free parking and easy access to major roads. Patients now have a convenient and efficient alternative when dealing with health conditions that are not life threatening but require same-day treatment. The ProHealth Urgent Care center will seek accreditation by The Joint Commission, the highest level of acknowledgment of the organization’s commitment to providing patient-centric and high-quality services.

 

About Baptist Health International
Baptist Health International is one of the largest hospital-based international programs in the United States, with more than 13,000 international patient visits at Baptist Health South Florida facilities from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County. Baptist Health International is dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality services for international physicians and their patients, including hospital admissions, outpatient medical exams, medical second opinions, physician consultations and concierge services.

 

Media Contacts:

Ann Mullings
ProHealth Urgent Care
340-998-2404
amullings@ProHealthvi.com

Joeli Prieto
Baptist Health International
786-467-5460
JoeliP@BaptistHealth.net




Baptist Health South Florida named by Working Mother as One of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women

MIAMI, FL, May 19, 2020— Baptist Health has been named one of the 2020 Best Companies for Multicultural Women by Working Mother magazine—an honor recognizing companies that create and use best practices in hiring, retaining, and promoting multicultural women in the United States. The winners will be featured in the June/July issue of Working Mother and at workingmother.com.

The Working Mother Research Institute has conducted the initiative since 2003, tracking corporations’ progress in creating cultures that encourage multicultural women to join and rise through the ranks.

Participation in this initiative, which tripled from 2018 to 2019, was up another 12 percent this year. Working Mother attributes the increase to recognition by companies that they need strong measures to close the gap between multicultural women’s readiness to be promoted and the actual pipeline to the top.

“We have the honor of providing healthcare for a diverse, multicultural community of patients and families in an inclusive work environment that values differences,” said Adriene McCoy, Baptist Health’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “Our culture of caring for people begins with supporting and developing our employees and leaders, ensuring they have the opportunity to do their best work by using their individual talents and perspectives to fulfill our collective mission.”

Baptist Health has also been on Working Mother magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies” list 27 times. The list celebrates companies that lead in the areas of female career advancement, paid parental leave, childcare assistance, benefits and flextime. Baptist Health was inducted in the Working Mother 100 Best Companies Quarter Century Club, which honors companies that have been on the list for 25 years or more.

“Corporate interest in assessing and promoting multicultural women continues to rise dramatically,” said Subha V. Barry, president of Working Mother Media. “We recognize the significant progress these 50 companies have made in closing the gap between multicultural women’s readiness to be promoted. The path isn’t easy, but they continue to pave the way toward a more equitable corporate world.”

 

Key findings of the 2020 Working Mother report include:

  • The percentage of multicultural women has increased since last year at most levels. Multicultural women were 11 percent of senior managers (compared with 10 percent last year and 8 percent five years ago).
  • Asian women show the most significant gains. For example, the percentage of Asian women managers and the percentage of Asian women in the top 20 percent highest-paid earners are both up by about a third.
  • There is encouraging news at the top with increases in promotions for black, Latinx and Asian women with profit & loss experience and in heading major divisions or country revenues of more than $1 billion. For example, the percentage of black women with P&L experience who were promoted and the percentage of Latinx women leading major divisions more than doubled since last year.
  • The improvement at the very senior positions correlates to progress in participation in best practices, including recruitment initiatives, formal sponsorship, and mentoring and leadership development. For example, the percentage of companies requiring diverse slates of interviewers for new hires is up a third.
  • More CEOs have publicly declared their support for diversity & inclusion, including the hiring and promotion of multicultural women.

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Best Companies Workforce Composition
The 2020 Best Companies for Multicultural Women employ about 2 million people at 29,000 work sites in every state across the following 13 industries: automotive, consumer products, financial services, hospitality, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, nonprofit/not-for-profit, pharmaceuticals, professional services/management/accounting, retail and apparel, science/technology/engineering/aerospace/medical devices, and telecommunications.

Methodology
The Working Mother Best Companies for Multicultural Women application is available to companies that have at least 500 US employees. The winners were selected based on their answers to an extensive questionnaire covering representation; hiring; attrition and promotion rates; recruitment, retention and advancement programs; and company culture. The Working Mother Research Institute created a scoring algorithm based on the previous year’s benchmark results to determine the winners.

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 Working Mother Media
Working Mother Media (WMM), a division of Bonnier Corp., publishes Working Mother magazine and its companion website, workingmother.com. The Working Mother Research Institute, the National Association for Female Executives, Diversity Best Practices and Culture@Work are also units within WMM. WMM’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change, and Working Mother magazine is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.




Baptist Health Unveils New Safety Measures as Elective Surgeries and Procedures Resume

New Steps Geared Towards Protecting Patients and Employees

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MIAMI – May 14, 2020 – Baptist Health South Florida has announced new comprehensive safety guidelines as it welcomes back more patients and ramps up operations to fully restore in-person health services system wide. As Baptist Health resumes elective surgeries and procedures, enhanced safety precautions have been introduced to prevent the spread of infection and to ensure every facility including emergency rooms, urgent care centers and physician offices can safely care for patients who need healthcare.

In an effort to promote safety, cleanliness and social distancing, here are some of the changes patients, employees and visitors can now expect at Baptist Health facilities:

  • Enhanced Cleaning of High-touch Areas
  • Universal Mask Use
  • Contactless Registration
  • Point-Of-Entry Screening
  • Wait Where You Feel Comfortable, including in some cases, in your car
  • Hand-sanitizing Stations
  • Touch-free sliding doors
  • COVID-19 Patients Treated in Separate Area
  • Front Desk Plexiglass partitions
  • Social Distance Floor Markings
  • Chairs Spaced Out
  • Magazines Removed from Tables
  • Coffee and Snack Service Suspended

“As one of the leading healthcare providers in the region, our patients and employees have come to expect the highest standards in health and safety from us,” said Bo Boulenger, Executive Vice

President and Chief Operating Officer at Baptist Health South Florida. “Now more than ever, our patients rely on our care and we are ready to care for them, especially those who may have delayed treatment during the pandemic. Through these steps, we are confident we can protect our patients and employees as we safely care for our community.”

These safety measures are based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the American Hospital Association, the Florida Governor’s Office and the White House’s Opening Up America Again guidelines.

For more information on Baptist Health’s safety plan, visit our Patient and Visitor Safety page at https://baptisthealth-coronavirus.com/patients-and-visitors.

 

Media Contact:
Victoria Verdeja, Baptist Health
305-904-1038
VictoriaV@BaptistHealth.net

 

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.

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Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon Dr. Roy Cardoso joins Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute

Dr. Cardoso headshotMIAMI – May 11, 2020 – Orthopedic surgeon Roy Cardoso, M.D., FACS, has joined Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Cardoso specializes in conditions of the hand and upper extremity. His clinical interests include surgery of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. He is particularly interested in complex elbow reconstruction and peripheral nerve injury, including the brachial plexus. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Cardoso was an assistant professor of hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Miami for three years. There, he helped train residents and fellows. He has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including brachial plexus, wrist and elbow injuries. Dr. Cardoso has also participated in many volunteer medical trips overseas.

“I’d like to welcome Dr. Cardoso to Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute,” said John Uribe, M.D., Chief Medical Executive of the Institute. “His expertise in hand and upper extremity surgery, particularly complicated procedures like elbow reconstruction, will make him an excellent asset to our patients and orthopedic surgery team.”

Additionally, Dr. Cardoso is involved in both clinical and basic science research. He has co-authored a number of medical articles and book chapters. In 2001, he was recognized with the Interim Year Research Training Award by the National Institutes of Health. In 2011, he was chosen as a Young Leader by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Cardoso approaches patient care by treating his patients as he would his family, with compassion and empathy. He is committed to listening to and addressing each person’s questions and concerns. His focus is to restore as much function as possible to the hand and arm. Dr. Cardoso is passionate about helping patients regain their quality of life and return to the activities they love.

Dr. Cardoso earned his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of California Davis in Sacramento. He completed his fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and surgery of the hand.

Dr. Cardoso is affiliated with Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He will see patients at two office locations: 1150 Campo Sano Avenue, first floor, in Coral Gables and 4741 South University Drive, Suite 140, in Davie.

About Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute
Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute offers comprehensive services for athletes and non-athletes – from physical and cognitive evaluation to rehabilitation and surgical reconstruction. The Institute is the sports medicine provider for the Miami Dolphins, Miami HEAT, Florida Panthers, Florida International University athletics, Orange Bowl, Miami Open Tennis, Miami Marathon and Half Marathon and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 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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Baptist Health Partners with Mayo Clinic to Launch Clinical Trial Expanding Convalescent Plasma Therapy for COVID-19 Patients

Plasma Therapy Sheds New Hope for Recovery from COVID-19

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MIAMI – May 5, 2020 – Mayo Clinic, one of the largest nonprofit academic health systems in the U.S., and Baptist Health South Florida, announced today they will be joining forces on a clinical trial focused on increasing convalescent plasma (CP) therapy for COVID-19 patients.

Before this partnership, Baptist Health had taken a leading role as one of the first health institutions in Florida to use this therapy and working to approve and treat more than 60 critically-ill patients across its health system with CP. Now, as part of the Mayo Clinic trial, a streamlined U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process will allow Baptist Health to monitor and treat more COVID-19 patients, possibly including non-critical ones, before they need a ventilator or Intensive Care Unit (ICU) attention.

This large multi-center clinical trial also increases the potential for the data collected to show clinical benefits, as measurable benefits can best be seen when large amounts of patients are treated.

Studies have shown that CP therapy can boost the ability of people to fight the virus through the powerful antibodies built up in the plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients.

“As one of the first healthcare providers in Florida to treat COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma therapy, we are committed to finding innovative ways to help those infected,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health. Mendez is leading Baptist Health’s system-wide task force on plasma therapy. “By partnering with Mayo Clinic, we have the tools to possibly treat non-critical patients with plasma in earlier stages of the virus as well, preventing those with more moderate cases from having to be admitted into the ICU, which can save more lives and reduce the burden on our healthcare staff.”

“With limited options available to treat COVID-19, we pushed to pursue treatments like convalescent plasma therapy and are encouraged by its potential to save lives,” said Dr. Samer Fahmy, MD, FACP, Vice President of Quality and Informatics at Boca Regional Hospital. “Joining a world-renowned health organization like Mayo Clinic allows us to benefit from a more efficient, streamlined FDA approval process which can help us screen and treat not just advanced cases, but earlier stage cases as well, helping more patients recover with fewer hurdles.”

The FDA encourages those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate CP in their blood to give infected people a better chance of recovery. According to the FDA, donors must meet certain requirements and donated blood must also be tested for safety before use. If you have recovered from COVID-19 and are interested in donating plasma, call 1-833-MYBAPTIST.

 

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.

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Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute welcomes Director of Advanced Heart Failure Sandra Chaparro, M.D.

Dr. Chaparro Head Shot

MIAMI ― April 23, 2020 ― Cardiologist Sandra Chaparro, M.D., has been named director of Advanced Heart Failure at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida and the region’s largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility. Dr. Chaparro specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including heart failure and transplantation. As director of the program, she will manage strategies to improve quality of care and outcomes for patients with heart failure. She is Board certified in internal medicine with certification in cardiovascular disease, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.

“With approximately one in four deaths in the U.S. attributed to heart disease, it’s imperative that we offer patients with heart failure innovative treatments that improve quality of life and, ultimately, outcomes. Dr. Chaparro’s experience and compassion for patients will make it possible for us to do just that,” said Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., Deputy Medical Director and Chief of Cardiology, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.

Dr. Chaparro earned her medical degree at Universidad El Bosque School of Medicine, Bogota, Colombia, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. She also completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Missouri, as well as a fellowship in the Section of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. She has an extensive background in academia, research and clinical practice.

Most recently, Dr. Chaparro was associate professor in the Section of Heart Failure and Transplantation at the University of Miami Hospital and Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she was also director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship Program, the Heart Failure Clinic and the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program.

Dr. Chaparro’s broad research experience includes serving as principle investigator and participating in numerous clinical studies on medications, devices and therapies for heart failure and coronary artery disease. She has given many invited presentations at cardiology symposiums and is on the editorial panels of several medical journals. She also has had numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and is a member of national scientific committees of the American Heart Association, the Heart Failure Society of America, and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Furthermore, she is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Helping to educate the next generation of physicians, Dr. Chaparro has taken an active role in teaching, advising and mentoring fellows and residents.

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

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning 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 our 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 in the Florida Keys Raises First Tilt-up Walls

Rear of BuildingMARATHON, FL – April 20, 2020 – Construction of the new Fishermen’s Community Hospital has hit a huge milestone. This week, crews began erecting the tilt-walls, which will form the exterior of the main hospital building and equipment enclosures located around the site.

Tilt-wall construction combines the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with precision and efficiency. Currently, approximately 60 walls weighing roughly 60,000 pounds each are being hoisted into place by a crane. Depending on the size of the wall, each panel will take about 1 to 2 hours to raise. Once in the upright position, they will be attached to the foundation and secured with temporary bracing. Placement of the hospital’s tilt-walls is scheduled to be completed by the end of April.

First panel going up“Seeing the walls of the new hospital go up is a significant indication of this community’s success and is a monumental occasion,” said Rick Freeburg, CEO of Fishermen’s Community Hospital. “It is going to be an extraordinary new hospital, thanks to so many who have supported this effort.”

The current modular facility, which was constructed after Hurricane Irma destroyed the original hospital, will continue to provide a broad range of healthcare services to the Middle Keys until the new hospital is completed.

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.

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FDA Approves Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, to Perform New, In-house Test for COVID-19 in its Molecular Diagnostic Lab

The organization is the First in Florida, and one of 12 sites in U.S. to receive this emergency authorization to perform newly developed testing

 

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Two lab technicians suit up to begin the process of testing samples for COVID-19 on the campus of Miami Cancer InstituteMIAMI, FL– April 17, 2020 – This week, the Food & Drug Administration granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Baptist Hospital of Miami Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Miami Cancer Institute, to perform a new COVID-19 swab tests in-house. The test was developed at Miami Cancer Institute, which is part of Baptist Health.

Identification of COVID-19 patients is critical in order to either self-isolate at home or admit the patient to a specific area of the hospital. This in-house testing allows Miami Cancer Institute to perform a number of tests twice a day and receive results within 24 hours. The lab is able to perform 40 – 80 tests per day with capacity for more in the near future.

“Having this test allows us to expand our in-house testing capability, allowing us to make treatment decisions more quickly and quarantine patients appropriately,” said Edwin Gould, M.D., chief of pathology, Miami Cancer Institute. “We were fortunate to have all the highly sophisticated equipment and expertise needed already in-house– making the switch possible in a short timeframe.”

As an added layer of safety, the testing process begins in a leased GermFree trailer, which resides behind the Miami Cancer Institute facility and contains ventilated air space and laminar flow hoods. The remainder of testing is performed in the building’s laboratory. The GermFree trailer, which was used as a pharmacy during Miami Cancer Institute’s construction, includes equipment like microbiology hoods that allow for molecular testing of COVID-19.

Miami Cancer Institute is one of 12 hospital laboratories across the country to receive this authorization. Others include Stanford Health Care, Northwestern Medicine, Yale New Haven Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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.

 

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

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