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Upcoming Classes & Events

Babysitting Basics (Memorial Regional Hospital)

This babysitting class teaches youth ages 11 through 15 how to care for infants and children. Class includes CPR demonstration and hands on practice. Creating and managing a babysitting business is discussed where the youth will learn how to get babysitting jobs and how to act professionally, what to do in difficult situations, the differences in children age groups, how to dress and diaper an infant, safety issues, and the basics of CPR and choking.    Memorial employees can register their child/ren using the promotion code: BSB. Fee will be waived after employment is verified. This code is only to be used by those who work for Memorial Healthcare System.   Parental Notice: This is a droff-off class where an adult must accompany the youth to the classroom for sign-in and return at the end of the class for pick up.  No youth will be allowed to leave at the end of the class unless an adult is present. If the parent is unable to pick up the youth, please leave the name and relationship of the person who will when you complete the registration. We also need an emergency phone number in case we need to contact you.   Contact: 954-265-4484 |

Mommy and Me Baby Cakes Group

A local, informal group gathering of like-minded new moms and their babies which offers support, friendship, activities and parenting tips. With guest speakers on topics of interest as well as "mom led" discussion, it is fun and informative for moms and babies! This is a free event. Location: Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Family Resource Center Topics and speakers: June:  Speech developmental milestones and stimulating language at home,                                                         Maggie Litner-Moran, CCC-SLP July:  No Group August: Homeschooling, Donielle Faith, Summer, Melody Mason, Home school Coordinator                Water Safety- Drowining Prevention- Free swim lesson coupons,                Chrisitina Martin, Health Educator September: Infant Oral Health, Dr. Sandra Brener, Pediatric Dentist                 Help Me Grow! Free onsite developmental screening and resources for all babies attending                                    Jessica Abou,( and team) Help Me Grow Community Specialist                 Help with Tongue Ties, Melissa Ramkissoon, RN, Founder of Help With Ties October: No Group November: Baby Calming Techniques, Terri Brevda, RN, Perinatal Educator                     Infant Massage, Beth Fletcher, RN., Holistic Nurse Therpaist December: Holiday Safety and Infant CPR, Debra Holtzman, Child Safety and Health Expert Questions? Contact: 954-265-4484 |

Family Birthplace Tour (Memorial Hospital West)

This orientation to the Family Birthplace at Memorial Hospital West provides information regarding what to bring, what the rooms look like, security, visiting, and hospital services. Plan to take this as early as possible. Class is Full? Call us to see if more seats are available: 954-844-7110. Contact:

Latest News

  • 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.

  • Stroke Survivors Reunited With Medical Team, Rescuers

    There are different strokes for different folks. For a handful of stroke survivors recently, they learned just how unique each of their strokes were and just how vital to survival it is to get the quickest and right stroke care.

    On May 23, the 2nd Annual Stroke Survivors & EMS Recognition Luncheon was held at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, FL. The venue provided survivors and families with an intimate gathering and venue to share their stories as well as reunite with the stroke teams, first responders and rehabilitation staff who were personally involved with their care.

    “You never know under what circumstances you are going to meet someone,” said Zeff Ross, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Regional Hospital.
    “Each of you, the survivors, have met your care teams under life-changing conditions. Today is an opportunity to reunite and re-engage in an encouraging surrounding to celebrate positive outcomes.”

    For Gisela Cata de Villiers, 75, this was a moment that she would not let pass.

    “I want to thank the people of 911, the rescuers who were there for me at a moment’s notice, and the doctors and nurses here at the hospital,” she said. “I am alive today because of them. I came from Cuba not long ago, and I was a doctor. I can tell you that this would not have turned out the same way. I would have been left to die.”

    Albert Davis, 21, came to the hospital suffering for days from headaches and numbing weakness on the left side of his body. He is part of an at-risk population that gives the phrase “Time is Brain” a vivid look. After assessing his symptoms, scans revealed that he had suffered an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) also known as a ruptured aneurism. Davis is among one of the at-risk populations for strokes of this type. An estimated two-thirds of aneurisms occur before age 40. Every year, about four out of every 100 people with an AVM will experience a hemorrhage. Each hemorrhage poses a 15 to 20 percent risk of death or stroke, 30 percent neurological morbidity, and 10 percent mortality.

    His experience took place months ago but his positive outcome was immediate. That was months ago. Today, he traveled from his new job in Gainesville, Florida, to thank his team.

    “I never expected to have something like this happen to me. There are no words that can describe my appreciation,” he said. “I am grateful to be able to move on.”

    The program, held during EMS Week and Stroke Awareness Month, also served as a celebratory milestone for the recent Florida Legislative win to improve stroke care.
    Also attending was Jeff Scala, Florida Legislative Assistant to Senator Lauren Book (D-District 32) to usher the celebration of the recently passed Florida Senate bill CS/CS/SB 1460: Stroke Care Centers.

    Senator Book is the bill’s primary sponsor in the Florida Senate who worked with lobbyists and neurointerventionalists from around the state including Dr. Brijesh Mehta to bring attention to the need for changes in stroke care. The bill is awaiting Governor Ronald DeSantis’s signature and will take effect July 1, 2019.
    “The Senate Bill 1460 as it pertains to Stroke Care is designed to modernize the Florida Stroke Care Act to ensure that Florida patients have access to the latest innovations in stroke care,” said Scala.

    The bill has three main components. It updated the requirements for hospitals designated as stroke centers, as well as included references to the term and use of thrombectomy, known as  the interventional procedure of removing a blood clot (thrombus) from a blood vessel. Finally, it also requires Emergency Medical Services Directors to develop and implement transporting and rerouting protocols for people suffering from strokes.

    “We know that minutes, if not seconds, count and making sure that patients get to the right place as quickly as possible will lead to better health outcomes and increase quality of life,” said Scala. “Senator Book is honored to champion this issue and work along with doctors here at Memorial Regional Hospital.”

    The event hosted by Memorial Neuroscience Institute and Memorial Rehabilitation Institute of Memorial Healthcare System also brought together representatives from seven EMS organizations including Hollywood, Davie, Hallandale, Miami Dade, Miramar, Broward Sheriff’s Office and Pembroke Pines. The first responder organizations were recognized for the collaborative partnerships developed with Memorial’s stroke team since 2014 that have led to quicker stroke treatment and better outcomes for patients and Senate Bill 1460.

    “It takes a village to effectively treat stroke and we are proud of the Memorial teamwork that has impacted countless lives through innovative protocols and EMS partnerships,” said Brijesh Mehta, MD, Neuorinterventional Surgeon and Medical Director of Stroke and Neurocritical Care at Memorial Healthcare System. “Today is about celebrating the outcomes of our stroke survivors by highlighting the care and dedication of the paramedics, hospital stroke team, and Rehab Institute.”

  • Jenny's stroke journey

    Teamwork and Timing Were the Keys to Jenny’s Stroke Recovery

    It was odd that Jenny hadn’t woken up yet.

    Jenny, a pediatrics nurse, was lying down for a nap after working the night shift. Her husband, George, was at work for the day, and like usual, he texted Jenny around 4 pm to wake her up. There was no response.

    When there was still no answer by 6:30 pm, he texted their daughter, Olivia, to go check on Jenny. His phone rang.

    “Dad, there’s something wrong with Mom.”

    Jenny was slurring her words, drooling heavily and unable to get out of bed. George told Olivia to call 911 immediately. Jenny had no idea what was happening. “I thought I was talking the whole time. I never thought I was slurring my words,” she said.

    EMTs arrived within two minutes, recognized the signs of stroke and alerted nearby Memorial Hospital West. By 7 pm, Jenny was on her way to the Comprehensive Stroke Center.

    “When Jenny arrived, we were ready,” said Andrey Lima, MD, neurointerventional surgeon.

    Jenny was immediately taken for a CT scan, which revealed a large clot was blocking an artery near her brain. Dr. Lima performed a minimally invasive procedure to remove the clot. It took about 20 minutes.

    “More amazing is what happened afterward,” Dr. Lima said to Jenny, whose memory of events is spotty.

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    “You were able to see. You were able to move your left side. You started talking to us.”

    Jenny went home 48 hours later, with no signs of lingering stroke effects. Jenny’s story is truly remarkable, and she and her family credit the fast teamwork of her healthcare providers, from the EMTs to the Memorial stroke care team, for her recovery.

    “Because Jenny got to us in a timely fashion, we were able to help,” Dr. Lima said. “Had she gotten here much later, maybe it would have been too late.”