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Sibling Class (Memorial Hospital Miramar)

A variety of fun interactive activities help prepare children for the arrival of a baby in the family. Appropriate for children 3-8. Each child is to bring a infant sized doll or stuffed animal. Parents should plan to stay with the child. Fee is $20 per family. Payment for Class You can pay online with a credit card when you register for the class. We make every effort to accommodate requests to reschedule classes. Please note that classes fill up quickly and availability may be limited. If you are unable to attend a class and would like a refund, a one-week notice is required. If you have questions about the class fee, please call: 954-538-5180. Contact: 954-538-5180 Fee: $20.00 

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    Taking Targeted Therapies In Cancer To Next Level

    Memorial Regional Hospital South (MRHS) has gone live with its next steps to precision care medicine.

    At the direction of Dr. Artur Rangel, medical director of MRHS laboratory, next generation sequencing (NGS) in the Molecular Genetic Lab was recently launched giving pathologists and physicians a more precise tool to developing targeted cancer therapies using a patient’s DNA.

    Currently, when a patient is diagnosed with cancer, a biopsy is conducted to determine the type of cancer.

    The pathologist makes the first discovery to determine the stage of the cancer. Based on that finding, the physician or pathologist will order the next generation sequencing for that type of cancer.

    The test will reveal what type of mutations or abnormalities are within the cells in the cancer which provides valuable information that correlates to determining certain types of drugs that will work with treating the cancer and which cells show resistance to treatments. 

    Ultimately, utilizing this technology saves time for patients and much more by providing physicians with the information necessary to creating a more accurate diagnosis and personalized cancer treatment which promises more effective treatment and fewer side effects based on a person’s or tumor’s genetic makeup. 

    At this time, MRHS can screen the majority of solid cancer tumors found in a breast, colon, pancreas, brain, liver, prostate and lung. NGS allows large scale genomic testing and data gathering for both clinical and research purposes.

    Molecular testing at Memorial Healthcare System has been in existence for more than 10 years, while genetic testing has been available for the last two years. This next step utilizing the patients DNA brings precision care medicine to the next level.

    "The launch of our Precision Care services in oncology was the first step to build a comprehensive precision medicine laboratory," said Dr. Rangel. "Thanks to the talent and energy of the team at Memorial, we are now able to offer cutting edge genomic testing right here in our community."

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    Spreading The Word About Memorial Cancer Institute

    “Everybody brings something to their position,” says Rachel Olensky, administrative secretary for Memorial Cancer Institute. “My main passion is to get the word out about the people that work at the cancer institute, the many services we provide and the high level of patient care.”

    Rachel, who hails from Toronto, Canada, is MCI’s unbilled social media maven. From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter, she taps into high-traffic communication outlets to publicize the Institute’s programs, innovations and staff. She’s so enthusiastic, it’s not hard to imagine her standing on a hill with a megaphone, letting loose a thunderous shout-out to and about one of the largest cancer centers in Florida.

    “We do amazing things here, but it’s like a best-kept secret. It’s not good enough that we all know it. The community needs to know it,” Rachel says.

    After studying at the University of Toronto, Rachel began building a solid background in the operations of large, acute care facilities. She worked for a major teaching hospital in Toronto and concurrently completed coursework in office manager medical transcription.

    In 1996, Rachel, her husband and their two children moved to Florida, where she found positions at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Aventura Hospital before joining Memorial in September 2011. She attended courses in administration, sat on cancer committees and honed her wordsmithing skills to convey all that she’s learned (and continues to learn) about oncology.

    Five years ago, Rachel initiated a monthly newsletter for the MCI staff so that everyone would know and be proud of the work they do. Formatted to touch on each of Memorial’s Seven Pillars of Excellence (Safety, Quality, Service, People, Financial Performance, Growth and Community), the publication focuses mainly on the Institute’s community outreach activities. She includes reports on nursing, physician practice, radiation oncology, the Moffitt Malignant Hematology and Cellular Therapy program, business development, and research. Each issue also complements the cancer-related awareness calendar recognized by the American Cancer Society.

    To further in-house communication, Rachel organizes an interdepartmental breakfast every four or five months so that as many people from MCI can be in one room at the same time and hear what’s going on.

    “I think if a person is engaged in where they work and what goes on in their department or facility, it comes through to the patients and makes for better employees,” she says.

    Rachel also facilitates the events on the oncology calendar and makes sure the leadership group is on task to meet deadlines. She relies on social media to ensure that each event lands with the biggest possible impact.

    February, for instance, is National Cancer Prevention month. She’s been making short videos of patients, doctors, and nurses “where they say who they are and what they’re committing to do to either fight cancer, beat cancer or advocate.”

    The videos were posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For World Cancer Day on February 4, she worked with Publix to produce a healthy cooking demonstration live on the MHS Facebook page.

    Rachel is truly the lady behind the curtain, pressing buttons and ringing bells to draw attention to MCI’s accomplishments, great or small. Her media savvy has made instant, far-reaching connections that have only deepened relations between the South Florida community and Memorial Healthcare System.

    “Memorial Cancer Institute is there with the patient in their fight against this disease. No patient is alone on their journey. Memorial has put a lot of resources into the cancer institute to provide those services for the patient. It’s my passion to get that message out,” Rachel says.

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    A Quiet Space for Employees to Relax and 'Pine Down'

    Did you know that Memorial Hospital Pembroke has its very own Room of Requirement? Like in Harry Potter’s world, this particular room is available for most purposes to anyone who needs it (even Muggles).

    The Pine Down Room is a relaxation space where Memorial Hospital Pembroke employees can take a few moments during the workday to recharge, mentally and physically. Located on the third floor, off the main corridor, this special place is accessed via the stairwell marked with inspirational messages like, “Believe,” “Get started” and “The greatest wealth is health.”

    “We are trying to promote more of a work-life balance for our employees, so we’ve created this space where employees can come to relax, have some privacy, perhaps even get a massage and just unwind,” says Mark Doyle, CEO of Memorial Hospital Pembroke.

    The Pine Down Room continues the self-care initiative that began in 2015 with the Employee Staircase Challenge. Mark, along with Memorial Hospital Pembroke’s Department of Education, brainstormed a plan to improve employee wellness. Climbing stairs in the shadow of motivational messages proved to be the ideal fitness challenge. At the end of the year, 25 departments formed teams and vied to take the most steps within a six-week timeframe.

    Many staff members dedicated themselves to taking the stairs from there on out, but there are times when a body needs a different kind of care. Sometimes a five-minute massage or a few moments of deep breathing in a quiet setting is better than an intense cardio workout to unkink a stressful day. Opened in October 2017, the Pine Down Room exists for this very reason: to help employees “pine down” and maximize overall wellness.  

    Curtained stations provide privacy. Sound machines offer a mix of relaxing white noise options, including sounds of crickets, ocean waves, etc. Comfortable, reclining chairs are also available. It’s a place to be alone with your thoughts or to catch up with a friend, away from the chaotic sounds of the hospital.

    “A friend of mine stopped in the other day. She works in Urgent Care and came to get a massage for her back pain. I came as well and we caught up a little. It was great,” says Julie Murray, director of Business Development and Physician Relations at Memorial Hospital Pembroke.

    The Pine Down Room is open 24/7. Come in and enjoy.