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Upcoming Classes & Events

Weight-Loss Surgery Seminar (Memorial Hospital West - Dr. Matei)

Is your weight keeping you from the life you want to live? Attend a free seminar to find out if weight-loss surgery is right for you. The Memorial Weight-Loss Surgery Program takes a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss, featuring bariatric and gastric bypass surgeries. These and other options include a structured follow-up plan and ongoing guidance and support by dedicated experts.

Family Birthplace Tour (Memorial Regional Hospital)

This orientation to the Family Birthplace at Memorial Regional Hospital provides information regarding what to bring, what the rooms look like, security, visiting and hospital services. Plan to attend early in the pregnancy and review the following presentation before you attend.

Breastfeeding Support Group (Memorial Regional Hospital)

This group encourages and supports breastfeeding through peer support and an experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultant®. Free. No registration or fee required. Location: Family Resource Center Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital 1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive Hollywood, FL 33021 Contact: 954-265-4484 For Memorial Regional Hospital's Lactation Department call: 954-265-4078

Latest News

  • Kidney Cancer Survivor Elia

    Elia: 'Today I'm Cancer-Free'

    Elia's family took her to the emergency room with a bad tummy ache. Her doctors at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital determined Elia had a Wilms tumor in her right kidney.

    It had spread dangerously close to her heart too.

    "Her tumor was too big and vast to remove," said Hanif Iftikhar, MD, director of pediatric hematology oncology.

    So Elia's care team started her on chemotherapy to shrink the tumor.

    "Once it shrunk down, I was able to safely remove the tumor in addition to the kidney," said pediatric surgeon Jill Whitehouse, MD.

    Elia spent months in additional treatment. Today, she's cancer-free.

    "At first I felt scared, but there are friends all around here. They made me feel good," Elia said.

    Her family is grateful for how the entire Joe DiMaggio team embraced them.

    "They were just there to support us in good times and bad times," said Melanie, Elia's mom.

    Dad Chris said: "That was essential — to have the trust, that team dynamic and how everyone felt like they were there for you."

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    Datasource: Elia's kidney cancer story  
  • Kyle Grooms

    Memorial ‘Family’ Helps Comedian Survive Brain Tumor

    “It’s actually starting to heal. There’s a scar there. And yeah, young Frankenstein. I’m alive! I’m alive!” jokes south Florida comedian Kyle Grooms, who had surgery at Memorial Neuroscience Institute to remove a benign brain tumor.

    “I’ve been doing standup comedy for 23 years, and thank God for Memorial because I can do it for much longer now,” he said.

    After having a seizure, Kyle was rushed to Memorial with tremors and weakness on his right side. A CAT scan showed a hemorrhage in his brain. Worried that his career and quality of life might be in jeopardy, Kyle trusted his Memorial neurosurgeon Clinton Burkett, MD, who told him surgery was the only option.

    Dr. Burkett performed a successful left frontal craniotomy. Kyle made a full recovery, and he remains impressed with his positive care experience at Memorial.

    “If you have to have a hospital experience, it should be like with family, and I felt like these people were extended family,” Kyle said.

    Smart Snippet: Video
    Datasource: Kyle's brain tumor story 
  • Hospital Board Adopts Lowest Millage Rate Ever

    The Board of Commissioners of the South Broward Hospital District, which oversees the operations for Memorial Healthcare System, voted on a new millage rate during its September board meeting.

    The Board voted to adopt a millage rate of 0.1260.

    This is the ninth year in a row that the Board has voted to lower the overall millage rate for the District with 0.1260 resulting in the lowest rate in the history of the South Broward Hospital District. The 0.1260 millage rate represents a 10.92 percent decrease from last year’s rate of 0.1414. The resulting gross tax revenues are estimated to reach $7.8 million.

    “The South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners has had a long-standing philosophy of driving down the tax burden on the community, while continuing to deliver outstanding care to our patients and improving the overall health of the population we serve,” said Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, President and CEO, Memorial Healthcare System.

    After accounting for early payment discounts and a certain percentage of uncollectible taxes, the anticipated tax payments this year of $7.5 million will provide the District enough revenue to cover its governmental obligations, which include paying Broward County’s Medicaid Match program and community redevelopment agencies in several municipalities in south Broward County, as well as tax collector commissions and property appraiser fees.

    The newly adopted millage rate will leave no net tax revenue to fund uncompensated care. The District will use operating income to cover all uncompensated care costs for the entire Memorial Healthcare System, including its six hospitals and its eight Memorial Primary Care clinics. In fiscal year 2020, uncompensated care is projected to exceed $1.1 billion.

    This historic reduction comes at a time when Memorial Healthcare System continues to move health forward, seeking ways to better improve the overall health of the population it serves. In addition, it continues to train the doctors and nurses of the future, having welcomed its first class of physician residents through its Graduate Medical Education Program, and its first class of nurse residents.

    In fall of 2018, Memorial’s hospitals scored across-the-board A grades in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, the national healthcare nonprofit organization that rates nearly 2,500 hospitals across the country in safety. And in December, Leapfrog named Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Hospital Miramar among its 2018 Top Hospitals.

    On the technological front, Memorial enhanced its online scheduling capabilities and installed convenient on-site kiosks, added new tools to Memorial MyChart, and continues its successful “Your Right to Know” initiative – providing consumers with an Amazon-like experience in obtaining medical procedure pricing information.

    Memorial also remains one of only a handful of public hospitals in the nation to achieve AA, Aa3 financial ratings by Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively.