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Popular South Florida Radio Personality Applauds Memorial for Care of Two Young Sons

"As a parent, you'll go to any lengths to give your children the best medical care possible," says Kenny Walker of his two sons, 4-year-old Garrett and 2 1/2-year-old Brody.

November 2003 — Every weekday morning, Y-100 radio personality Kenny Walker makes thousands of loyal South Florida listeners laugh. Something that is not a laughing matter, however, is when his children are sick. According to Kenny and his wife, Dorie, the care their sons receive at Memorial Healthcare System is "unbelievable."

Quality Care at Memorial

The Walker's are an active family of four. Kenny is a well-known radio personality, while Dorie is the Director of the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders. They are the parents of two sons: 4-year-old Garrett and 2 1/2-year-old Brody. Always on the go, Kenny and Dorie involve their children in as much of their busy lives as possible. Garrett is a fan of the Miami Dolphins and is extremely outgoing. Brody tends to be quieter, but looks up to his big brother. Both boys love to visit their dad at the Y-100 station, where they get to check out all the interesting knobs and levers.

During their young lives, both Walker boys have received care at Memorial Healthcare System, including
Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood and Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines. Brody was born with severe acid reflux disease, a condition that Kenneth Cohen, MD, pediatrician at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, diagnosed. Dr. Cohen became the family's regular pediatrician. "Dr. Cohen is a great guy. He has almost become part of our family," says Kenny. And when Garrett required throat surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital was selected for the surgery. "There is such a level of sincerity with the doctors and nurses at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital," says Kenny. "You can really feel how much they care for kids."

The Walkers count on Memorial Healthcare System for their children's healthcare needs. Pictured are (l. to r.) 4-year-old Garrett, parents Dorie and Kenny, and 2 1/2-year-old Brody.

On another occasion, when both boys were admitted to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital at the same time, the Walkers took advantage of the free Conine Clubhouse across the street. "The Conine Clubhouse was a godsend," says Kenny. "Being able to stay overnight in a room took so much stress off of us." With their busy schedules, the Walkers were able to spend less time commuting to the hospital and more time where they were needed — being with their children. "When your children can see that you're relaxed, it helps them relax, too," says Kenny.

Another time, Garrett and Brody were treated at Memorial Hospital West for rotavirus, a viral infection in young children that causes fever, nausea and severe diarrhea. Kenny says the degree of sensitivity the hospital staff showed his children was amazing."My kids literally didn't want to leave the hospital," he says. "Who would think a hospital stay could be that enjoyable?"

Care They Can Count On

Like with any family, the Walkers have experienced their share of illnesses and health concerns with their children. But for these active South Florida residents, the choice for medical care is easy. "As a parent, you'll go to any lengths to give your children the best medical care possible," says Kenny. "At Memorial, they take the anxiety of admitting your child and turn it upside down. You're happy to put your children in their care."