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Expanding on Our Foundation of Extraordinary Care

Memorial Hospital West: Growing with the Community for Two Decades

Since opening in 1992, Memorial Hospital West has grown from a 100-bed hospital near the edge of the Everglades to Broward County's third-largest and one of South Florida's most comprehensive healthcare facilities. Over this same period of time, southwest Broward County was among the fastest-growing areas in the nation.

Memorial Hospital West

"Growing up together provided valuable insight," says C. Kennon Hetlage, Administrator and Chief Executive Officer at Memorial Hospital West. "Today, the hospital continues to develop services around the specific needs of the community."

The recent expansion, completed in December, increases Memorial Hospital West's licensed beds to 384 – all private rooms. The 80 additional inpatient beds help expedite hospital admissions and reduce waiting times for patients in the Emergency Department – the third-busiest in the county with more than 88,000 patients last year.

In the new wing, an entire floor with 40 beds is dedicated to advanced oncology treatments for patients of the Memorial Cancer Institute. Broward County's first inpatient bone marrow transplant unit makes it possible for patients to receive this intensive, specialized treatment locally. In the past, patients often had to relocate to another region of the country for lengthy transplant procedures.

Another floor in the new wing houses medical/surgical and telemetry units with a total of 40 beds. Even the hospital's new entrance and lobby were thoughtfully designed with large windows, soft colors and a player piano to create a welcoming, healing environment.

Commitment to Community Earns Trust

"Residents have trusted us with their care for almost two decades," says Hetlage. "We're so pleased to offer these enhancements. They clearly demonstrate our unwavering commitment to improving the health of our community."

As the hospital prepares for its 20th anniversary in April, its wide-ranging programs and services paint an impressive picture. Last year alone, Memorial Hospital West admitted more than 22,000 patients with a diverse array of medical needs.

Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute's Rapid Response Heart Attack Teams and Memorial Neuroscience Center's Brain Attack Teams are saving lives around-the-clock, while Memorial's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center is among the county's busiest.

Memorial Cancer Institute, with CyberKnife® and RapidArc technology, and Memorial Breast Cancer Center are the leading programs in Broward County. Florida's first Image Recovery Center® uses innovative methods to help patients adjust to cancer treatment and recovery.

With almost 5,000 deliveries last year, the Family Birthplace at Memorial Hospital West is the largest obstetrical program south of Orlando and is third-largest in the state. Parents are reassured by the level II neonatal intensive care unit.

"As surely as healthcare continues to change, South Florida will continue to grow and evolve," says Hetlage. "Memorial Hospital West is dedicated to providing the superior patient- and family-centered care our community trusts – today and for generations to come."

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