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  • Maggie Hansen

    Maggie Hansen, SVP/Chief Nurse Executive, at Memorial Healthcare System, Appointed by Governor to Florida Board of Nursing

    Memorial Healthcare System Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Maggie Hansen, MHSc, RN, has been appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida Board of Nursing. Hansen is one of nine current board members and will serve a four-year term in the Nurse Executive Seat.

    The nursing board works to ensure the fitness and competence of nurses who provide healthcare services to patients in the state. They focus primarily on licensing practitioners who meet established standards, enforcing regulations, keeping the public informed, and protecting the Nurse Practice Act, which prohibits nurses who fall below minimum competency or present a danger to the public from practicing in Florida.

    “The appointment by Governor DeSantis will provide the opportunity to safeguard the profession to which I’ve dedicated my life,” said Hansen. “COVID-19 has reinforced the critical nature of the work nurses perform and these professionals must always be prepared for the challenges they’ll face so that Floridians can always be safe under their care.”

    Hansen has been with Memorial since 1983, previously serving as chief nursing officer at three of the healthcare system’s six hospitals before being named its first chief nurse executive in 2016. Under her leadership, and among many other accomplishments, Hansen established a nurse residency program to provide novice clinicians the training they need to develop the competencies necessary to provide the highest level of care. She also established Memorial’s Animal Assisted Therapy program to enhance healthiness for patients, and launched Memorial’s award winning Nursing Strategic Plan with highly favorable results.

  • Elizabeth Justen and Steven Harvey

    Elizabeth Justen and Steven Harvey Appointed to South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners

    Elizabeth Justen and Steven Harvey were appointed this month by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the Board of Commissioners of the South Broward Hospital District, which oversees all actions of the Memorial Healthcare System. Justen and Harvey are serving alongside Chairman Douglas A. Harrison, Vice Chair Dr. Luis E. Orta, and Commissioners Jose Basulto, Brad Friedman and Laura Raybin Miller. Justen is also serving as secretary/treasurer on the board. Both of these appointments are for a four-year term.

    Justen, a Hollywood resident, is the assistant executive director of the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County, a nonprofit organization which funds community programs and initiatives. She is also the key account manager at OFB Marketing and a principal at The Marketing Experience.

    “Thank you to the Memorial Healthcare System for the warm welcome. I am honored to be appointed by Governor DeSantis to serve alongside my fellow Commissioners. It is my privilege to be associated with this excellent South Florida landmark,” Justen said. “I look forward to helping Memorial Healthcare System and the community.”

    Harvey, of Cooper City, is the assistant dean of operations and administration at Nova Southeastern University, where he previously earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration.

    “It is my honor and privilege to serve on the South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners,” Harvey said. “As a resident of the district for nearly 50 years and a diabetic, I look forward to giving back to a healthcare system that has provided high-quality care to me and my loved ones.”

  • Danielle Cardiac Patient

    Expertise for Danielle’s Irregular Heartbeat

    For a scary five minutes, Danielle felt dizzy and sweaty as her heart rate raced above 200 beats a minute on her smartwatch. “It felt like someone was sitting on my chest,” she said.

    I just thought I was out of shape, she adds. But when her symptoms, including shortness of breath, continued she turned to Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute.

    Using data from her watch and additional tests, John Cogan, MD, medical director, Adult Cardiac Electrophysiology, diagnosed Danielle’s arrhythmia as supraventricular tachycardia and performed a cardiac ablation to repair it.

    “It’s an electrical short circuit of the heart.” Dr. Cogan said. “The heart gets stuck in a loop going superfast. We find it, burn it and get rid of it.”

    “It was a great experience from start to finish,” Danielle said. “Now, I know I’ll be here to take care of my son.”

    Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute electrophysiologists are among the most experienced experts in the region, safely treating hundreds of heart rhythm conditions each year.

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