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    Memorial Primary Care Launches COVID-19 Long Haulers Clinic for its Patients

    Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) announced the opening of the Memorial Primary Care Long Haulers Clinic to treat those who are suffering from long term effects caused by acute COVID-19, also known as Post Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC). According to a recent study conducted by JAMA, approximately 30% of reported persistent symptoms six months after COVID-19 infection.

    According to Melida Akiti, vice president, Ambulatory Program and Community Services, the Long Haulers Clinic was created to fill a need in the community.

    “We are seeing people in our community suffering and the Memorial multidisciplinary team has come together to make sure that these lasting side effects are addressed, so they are able to resume life in a post-pandemic era,” said Akiti. “As a healthcare system, we are continuously finding ways to invest resources to help impact the lives of those in our local community.”

    Since the clinic opened in May, 75 patients have enrolled in the program. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

    • shortness of breath,
    • PTSD,
    • blood clots,
    • headaches,
    • brain fog
    • and heart issues.

    “We know that symptoms are not always uncovered through diagnostic testing or imaging, and some people are suffering and feeling unheard,” said Jennifer Goldman, DO, board certified family physician and chief of Memorial Primary Care. “Our goal is to create a patient-centric process that is guided by our primary care team and offers access to the specialty groups, tied together with a patient care navigator to ensure their cases are moving forward in hopes of a positive outcome and return to normalcy.”

    The multidisciplinary team of medical experts will initially treat current patients of Memorial Primary Care group with plans to expand to the greater community in Summer 2021. The multidisciplinary team is made up of the following practice areas:

    Patients with lasting effects from acute COVID-19 virus are encouraged to make an appointment with their Memorial Primary Care physician through MyChart or call 954-276-5552.

  • US News 2021-2022 Best Children's Hospital badges

    Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Named Among Best in Orthopedics and Cardiology and Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report

    Once again, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has been named among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the nation for Orthopedics and Cardiology and Heart Surgery, in the 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is ranked #5 in Florida and as Florida’s Best Children’s Hospital for Orthopedics, based on patient outcomes, clinical capabilities and utilization of best practices for the care of children.

    “It is an honor for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to be recognized among the top children’s hospitals in the nation, once again. We are thrilled,” said Caitlin Stella, MPH, chief executive officer, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and administrator for Pediatric Services, Memorial Healthcare System. “This has been an extraordinary year in so many ways and our achievements in Orthopedics and Cardiology and Heart Surgery are a true reflection of our team’s unwavering commitment to providing the safest and highest quality care for children. We continue to adapt and grow our services based on the needs of families and children in our community, and further our commitment to excellence in an environment that embraces patient- and family-centered care. When kids want to stay in the hospital, I would say that is a good review.”

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Orthopedic Center has the largest group of fellowship trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons in the state of Florida, and one of the most well regarded in the country, providing world class care and expertise for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and sports-related injures affecting children, adolescents and young adults.

    Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Pediatric Heart Institute is one of only three programs in Florida offering comprehensive heart care, including congenital heart disease and heart transplantation. Over the past decade, its cardiac transplant program has become one of the most active pediatric heart transplant programs in the state and offers services to children with serious heart conditions from fetal evaluations throughout childhood and into adulthood. The team’s expertise spans across multiple disciplines, including congenital heart care, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, critical care and mechanical circulatory support. Additionally, during the pandemic, the Heart Institute spearheaded a multi-disciplinary team to treat children experiencing MIS-C, an inflammatory illness associated with COVID-19.

    “When choosing a hospital for a sick child, many parents want specialized expertise, convenience and caring medical professionals,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News. “The Best Children's Hospitals rankings have always highlighted hospitals that excel in specialized care. As the pandemic continues to affect travel, finding high-quality care close to home has never been more important.”

    U.S. News introduced the ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The ratings, according to the publication, are a comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals and rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists.

    The 2019-20 rankings started with 4,653 hospitals, which represent virtually all U.S. community inpatient facilities. The rankings methodology considers clinical outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, efficiency and coordination of care delivery and compliance with best practices.

  • All Four Memorial Healthcare System Adult Hospitals with ICUs Receive an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade System

    Memorial Healthcare System is proud to announce Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Miramar and Memorial Hospital Pembroke were awarded an “A” from the Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Memorial’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

    The Safety Grade is based on in the hospitals’ prevention of medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

    Memorial Hospital Miramar is the only South Florida facility recognized as a straight “A” hospital in the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. One of only 27 hospitals in the United States to be awarded an “A” every grading cycle since 2012. Previously, in December 2020, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital was the only South Florida pediatric hospital named as a Top Children’s Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group.

    “This recognition truly belongs to our staff, those who work behind the scenes and on the front line to ensure patient safety and offer high-quality care, even while combatting a pandemic,” said Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE, president and CEO, Memorial Healthcare System. “The fact that all four adult hospitals with ICUs received ‘A’ ratings, further exemplifies Memorial’s commitment to providing optimal care throughout our system for the betterment of our patients and community.”

    Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

    “An “A” safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Memorial shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”