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  • 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.”

  • vivian heart disease testimonial

    Vivian and Memorial, Partners for Her Heart Health

    Heart disease runs in Vivian’s family. Her mother’s doctor at Memorial had even urged Vivian to take steps to prevent heart disease.

    “Do you think I listened? No, of course not,” Vivian said.

    She was bringing in groceries when a sharp pain across her back and arm weakness forced her to drop them. So she went to see Kashmira Bhadha, MD, medical director of Women’s Heart Health at Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute.

    Dr. Bhadha and team found that Vivian has microvascular angina, which affects the small blood vessels in the heart. The diagnosis is uncommon because testing is complicated, but Memorial has the unique expertise for the procedure.

    “We have two interventional cardiologists that have a special interest in this type of testing,” Dr. Bhadha said.

    Today, Vivian and Dr. Bhadha are controlling the condition through medication.

    “It’s worth everything to have a doctor that is not only empathetic and knowledgeable, but someone who knows you,” Vivian said.

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    Datasource: Vivian's heart disease testimonial