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Upcoming Classes & Events

Breastfeeding Class (Memorial Hospital West)

Provides current information and tips to help make the early days of breastfeeding a positive experience for new mothers and their infants. Dads and grandparents are welcome and encouraged to come. Breastfeeding class should be taken before the baby arrives. Contact: 954-844-7110 expectations@mhs.net 

Baby Care Class (Memorial Regional Hospital)

This class will help you learn how to take care of your baby. Current information for expectant parents will be presented and topics will include: Basic baby care Crib safety Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) prevention Signs of illness Car seat safety Bonding pointers Characteristics of newborns Expectations during newborn hospital stay are discussed. This class includes hands-on practice in: Bathing Dressing Diapering Feeding Burping Holding a newborn Memorial employees can register using the promotion code: MHS. Fee will be waived after employment is verified. This code is only to be used by those who work for Memorial Healthcare System. Current Memorial nursing students from approved schools can register using the promotion code: STU. Fee will be waived after Memorial student status is approved. All students must wear a current Memorial student ID badge to class. Contact: 954-265-4484 | family@mhs.net

Infant CPR and Safety in Spanish (Memorial Hospital Miramar)

Esta clase es para todos: padres, parientes y amigos que vayan a cuidar del bebé. Sigue las normas de la Asociación Americana del Corazón de “CPR para Familiares y Amigos.” No es adecuada para quienes buscan un certificado de CPR por razones laborales. Dirección: Medical Office Building of Memorial Hospital Miramar Mediterranean Palm Room/1st floor by elevators 1951 SW 172nd Ave Miramar, FL 33029 Reembolso o cambios de clase: Hacemos todo lo posible para acomodar solicitudes para cambiar una clase de fecha. Por favor tenga en cuenta que las clases se llenan rápidamente y la disponibilidad puede ser limitada. Si no puede asistir a una clase y desea un reembolso, requerimos una semana antes de aviso. Si tiene preguntas contáctenos a: 954-538-5180 | mhmchildbirthed@mhs.net

Latest News

  • Broward-Based Healthcare Providers To Explore Solid Organ Transplant Partnership

    In what would be a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the North Broward and South Broward Hospital Districts have agreed to explore the possibility of cooperating on organ transplant services. The potential partnership would involve the existing liver transplant program at North Broward’s Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale and the kidney transplant program at South Broward’s Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

    Gino Santorio, FACHE, and Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE, leaders of Broward Health and Memorial Healthcare System respectively, recently signed an exploratory cooperation letter of intent to formally begin the due diligence process.

    Sharing expertise and resources enables the healthcare systems to expand transplant services and address marketplace dynamics. The ultimate goal is to enhance the quality of care, increase access, decrease cost, and improve the patient experience.

    “We’re both in the business of improving the health of the South Florida community and we’re interested to see if there might be ways to do that more efficiently,” said Memorial Healthcare System President and CEO Fernandez. “Our specialists have been advocates of multiple solid organ transplant locations between our organizations and the timing is right to consider that possibility.” 

    Broward Health has been performing liver transplants in adults since 2004. Memorial Healthcare System performs both pediatric and adult kidney transplants, one of only two programs in South Florida to offer both services, as well as heart transplants for children and adults. Should a partnership come to fruition, it is feasible liver and kidney transplants would be performed at both hospital locations, with medical teams having privileges at each facility.

    “This opportunity will expand patient access to top medical experts in transplant services, while also increasing efficiencies for both health systems,” said Broward Health President and CEO Santorio. “We are excited to explore this partnership with Memorial, knowing that ultimately the greatest beneficiary of this unique collaboration – and possibly others – will be our patients and community.”

    The evaluation period specified in the letter of intent expires May 31, 2020, unless the parties agree to move forward prior to that.

  • Taking Hospital Transparency To The Next Level

    Whether a consumer has insurance or is self-paying for medical services, the most asked question is, “What will my out-of-pocket cost be?”

    Now, thanks to the evolution of Memorial Healthcare System’s healthcare price website, the answer is just a few keystrokes away.

    Memorial’s online transparency tool is fully interactive and allows those researching specific procedures to enter individual insurance information and receive a quote in seconds that factors in deductibles, copays, and other policy details. There is also an option to research cost for those who don’t have or don’t want to use insurance. Additionally, the Healthcare Made Clear pages include:
    •    what is and isn’t included in the estimate
    •    financing options
    •    locations where the procedure is performed
    •    what the procedure entails from a medical perspective
    •    why Memorial may be the right choice

    Additionally, there are separate sections that provide comprehensive data about patient satisfaction, quality/safety, and how many times the procedure has been performed by Memorial doctors.

    “The healthcare industry has taken a quantum leap forward, as we believe it should, in being transparent with consumers regarding pricing, safety, and quality information,” Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs at Premier, a healthcare improvement company that has more than 4,000 hospitals and 165,000 provider organizations as clients. “The next step that must be taken is to ensure that data is easily accessible and understandable, something Memorial Healthcare System has done with their online tools.

    From what I’ve seen, they are leading the way in providing audiences an incredibly simple, yet comprehensive, web-based experience. More than just data, they are presenting all the information a potential patient needs to make informed care and financial decisions.”

    “We believe we have the most advanced online tool available to consumers looking for answers that empower the decision-making process,” said Matthew Muhart, Memorial Healthcare System’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. “We were early advocates of pricing and quality/safety transparency and are dedicated to providing information that is easy to access, use, and customizable to individual situations.”

    Memorial (www.mhs.net) began its “Right to Know” campaign in 2014 and has been steadily building on original efforts as part of its mission to provide the highest quality patient and family-centered care.

    From the start, the South Florida-based healthcare system has posted independently verified quality/safety data, self-pay rates, and extensive information about common procedures, hospitals, and service lines. “Others have met industry requirements by posting static documents, requiring prospective patients to call during business hours, or submit forms. Our focus has always been to be a resource, not an impediment, to the informed consumer. It’s one of the ways we move health forward,” said Muhart.

    Muhart cites a recent report (“Humanizing Brand Experience”) by Monigle as evidence Memorial’s systemwide approach is working. The Denver-based healthcare consulting firm ranked the healthcare system’s brand #1 in the U.S., ahead of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, based on consumer surveys. 

    As a testament to Memorial's price transparency efforts, the signing of an executive order by President Trump on Monday to require hospitals to publish prices that reflect the actual costs of services reflects our ongoing commitment to providing patients and their families with as much information about their healthcare costs upfront.

  • Chevon heart failure patient

    Staying Strong at Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute

    Dizziness and shortness of breath sent Chevon to Memorial Hospital West for help.

    Diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, Chevon was first given a LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator and then an implanted defibrillator. His condition deteriorated, though.

    “It was rough. I thought I was going to lose my husband,” said Paola, his wife.

    Chevon needed a heart transplant, but first, he needed to get stronger.

    “He was really in severe heart failure,” said Ioana Dumitru, MD, medical director of adult cardiac transplant, heart failure and cardiomyopathy.

    Dr. Dumitru and I-wen Wang, MD, cardiac surgeon and chief of adult heart transplant, determined that implanting a left ventricular assist device would improve Chevon’s condition and prevent him from dying while he waited for a heart transplant.

    It was a week before his youngest daughter’s first birthday. The cardiac team worked with Chevon to give him time to celebrate this milestone with family and then have the surgery as quickly as possible.

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    Datasource: Chevon's heart failure story 
     

    Today, Chevon has made a remarkable recovery. This new technology stops Chevon’s progressive decline so he can get stronger and prepare for a heart transplant in the future. While he waits for a new heart, Chevon is again able to enjoy life with his wife and children, but “if they call me, I’m ready,” he said.