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Lamaze Childbirth Marathon (Memorial Regional Hospital)

Description Provides current information about pregnancy, labor and postpartum recovery. Includes relaxation methods, comfort measures and breathing techniques to help prepare you for labor. Information about epidurals, medications, episiotomies and cesarean births also is included to help you make informed childbirth choices. Bring your labor partner. This is a full day class, 9am-5pm.

Infant CPR and Safety (Memorial Hospital West)

This class is designed for parents, family members and others who care for infants. Follows American Heart Association's "CPR for Family and Friends." Not suitable for those who require a cerfitication for employment. Safety and accident prevention are included, as well as how to install a car seat.  Price per couple.  Memorial Hospital West Family Birthplace Conference Room - 3rd Floor

Baby and Me Baby Cakes Group

A local, informal group gathering of like-minded new parents and their babies which offers support, friendship, activities and parenting tips. With guest speakers on topics of interest as well as "family led" discussion, it is fun and informative for babies and their parents! This is a free event.

Latest News

  • Rosa Robot Surgery For Epilepsy

    Memorial Team Performs Epilepsy Surgery Using Robot Technology

    The epilepsy team with Memorial Neuroscience Institute successfully completed its first use of a minimally invasive robotic device that helps pinpoint the origin of epileptic seizures on a patient.

    The device, now in full use at Memorial Regional Hospital, is called a Robotized Surgical Assistant, or ROSA. With assistance from the robot, neurosurgeons only need to make small, precise incisions in the scalp and skull to place electrodes deep in the brain and investigate where seizures are triggered, said Christopher DeMassi, MD, FACS, Chief of the Memorial Neuroscience Institute and Chief of Neurosurgery.

    The robot also improves accuracy, safety and can significantly reduce total surgery time, said Tarek Zakaria, MD, Medical Director for the Adult Neurology Program and Epilepsy Program.

    By using the new technology, more data will be available to the epilepsy team to offer patients more advanced treatment options and help them to achieve their dreams to be seizure free, Zakaria said.

    "We are committed in adopting technology that is at the forefront of surgical treatments for epilepsy," Zakaria said. “The use of the robot will help the Memorial Neuroscience Institute to provide the cutting edge care to our patients.”

    Advanced Technologies Help Address Seizures

    When medication is not enough to control seizures, neurosurgeons like Dr. DeMassi and Daxa Patel, MD may take a surgical approach. That includes altering or removing brain tissue at the location where a patient's seizures begin. However, they can only do so if they can first zero in exactly where that origin is. This is where Rosa can assist. 

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    Recently, they performed the two-part procedure on a 24-year-old female patient, who began having epileptic seizures at age eight and had exhausted all available medications.

    The procedure, called robot-assisted stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG), was performed as part of the services offered by the Memorial Neuroscience Institute Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

    “Our goal is to always bring in the latest innovative technologies to achieve the best possible outcome for our patients,” DeMassi said. “This is just the latest advancement available to the South Florida community and keeps us at the front of epilepsy care.”

    Surgeons used ROSA and a 3-D reconstruction of the patient’s brain to guide them where to surgically implant electrodes without having to remove sections of her skull. DeMassi and Patel then used the robot's arm to make two- or three-millimeter holes in the scalp through which the electrode wires were passed.

    With the electrodes in place, Zakaria and his team were later able to see part of the patient's brain “light up” on a computer monitor as a seizure began, essentially flagging the point of origin.

    “Memorial Neuroscience Institute is proud to offer the most technologically advanced and comprehensive services for our patients and the community,” said Haroula Protopapadakis Nordem, FACHE, Associate Administrator at Memorial Regional Hospital.

    “The addition of the ROSA to our program will allow our surgeons to deliver more precise results in a less invasive manner and allow our physicians to treat patients who otherwise might not have had a feasible treatment option,” she said.

    Memorial’s epilepsy center is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 program, a designation for programs offering the highest level of comprehensive and specialized care.

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    No Confirmed Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus

    National news reports have shared information about Coronavirus and its threat for infection in Florida and other parts of the country. These reports have caused concern in our community with heightened erroneous media activity.

    At this time, Memorial Healthcare System hospitals do not have a confirmed case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

    At no time have our emergency operations been disrupted, and we continue to provide all levels of care to our community.

    Memorial has taken all appropriate and necessary precautions for the safety and well-being of our community. In compliance with our infectious disease protocols, we will remain vigilant and continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Florida Department of Health guidelines.

    For more information about 2019 Novel Coronavirus, visit the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

  • Memorial Performs 50th Adult Heart Transplant

    After living what he describes as a health “rollercoaster” nearly his entire life, Alex Lacroix’s heart finally failed in late September.

    The North Miami resident had been living with end stage heart disease for more than two years, with a previously implanted left ventricular assist device (LVAD) helping his weakened heart pump enough blood to keep him alive.

    But, ultimately, even that technology wasn’t enough.

    “I had no choice but to be hospitalized until I got myself a transplant,” said the married father. “That’s how I ended up here under the care of all the great nurses and doctors who kept me afloat until I could get this wonderful miracle.”

    “Here” was the Memorial Transplant Institute at Memorial Regional Hospital and Lacroix’s “miracle” was the 50th adult heart transplant performed at the Hollywood facility, a successful surgery that took place November 3.

    I-Wen WangAfter a post-surgical stay for observation and recovery, Lacroix was home well before Thanksgiving and will enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. 

    “It (the transplant) was something I was expecting, something I wanted, but when it finally happened, I was like a kid with a new toy. But like a kid with a new toy, you find out you don’t even know how to play with it,” said Lacroix. 

    MCVI was the first facility in Broward County to offer heart transplantation services for adults and the more than 50 lives it has now saved in the past five years represent a significant milestone in the program’s development.

    “This is just one step in what we anticipate our program will become in terms of scope and services we can provide down the road,” said Memorial Healthcare System’s chief of adult heart transplants Dr. I-wen Wang, the cardiac surgeon that performed Lacroix’s procedure.  

    Lacroix’s speedy recovery (he was home just 2½ weeks after transplant) is due, in large part, to a team of specialists that worked on his case before, during, and after surgery. That included advanced heart failure cardiologists that specialize in transplants, cardiologists, electrophysiologists, a dedicated operating room staff, imaging experts, certified nurses, critical care specialists, and a support team that features social workers, psychologists, nutritionists, and pain management specialists.

    It’s a multi-disciplinary approach to total heart care that has delivered South Floridians outcomes that compare to the best in the U.S.  

    While Dr. Wang expects Memorial’s program to reach new heights as it grows and develops, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate the accomplishment at hand.

    “Every transplant is exciting to me and brings with it its own personal and professional happiness. Each brings a unique sense of personal triumph in how we’re able to help these patients.”