We are celebrating Child Life Month. The Child Life Department at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is staffed by certified and compassionate child life specialists whose goals are to promote optimum development, maintain normal living patterns and minimize psychological trauma for children during their stay at the hospital. Our child life specialists work closely with the child's healthcare team to provide a full continuum of quality and compassionate care for our pediatric patients. Video inspired by the music of Pharrell Williams, who visited Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in 2008 & 2009. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JDCHospital
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The staff at Memorial Rehabilitation Institute took on the #RunningManChallenge.
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Helping patients and their families through trying situations is part of the everyday extraordinary care provided at Memorial Neuroscience Institute. Madiley Broz, PSYD, Neuropsychologist, recalls one young boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury so severe, she was unsure if they were going to see much cognitive recovery. The multidisciplinary team at Memorial Neuroscience Institute used familiar music and pictures as neuro cognitive stimulation, and soon the patient was walking and talking. Today he functions normally and independently. It’s the type of reward Dr. Broz calls “indescribable.” See more of Dr. Broz’s story at MemorialNeuroscience.com.
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For about ten years, Mazie Ford has been crocheting caps for babies at Memorial Regional Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. She will be turning 110-years-old in June
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Baby Samoi went home after having spent 114 days at the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital's Wasie Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Her mom is Maisha Gayle West a cardiac tech at Memorial Regional Hospital. Her dad is Tavares West an equipment technician also at Memorial Regional Hospital. The two met as Transportation workers at the hospital.
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Having a baby is one of life´s most exciting and memorable moments, but can also be quite overwhelming for mothers-to-be and their families. At the Family Birthplace at Memorial Regional Hospital, we pay attention to details that can help keep you healthy and happy during pregnancy. Our goal is to help make your birthing experience safe, comfortable and stress-free for you, your baby and the most important people in your life.
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Lonna came to Memorial Hospital West with a headache and some chest pain. Doctors with the Memorial Neuroscience Institute quickly noticed she was having an aneurysm. Dr. Mehta explains the risk factors and some of the innovative treatments being conducted at the Memorial Neuroscience Institute. For more information visit: http://www.memorialneuroscience.com
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Can you really go home the same day, after a hip replacement? For some patients, that’s one of the benefits of Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery at Memorial, says Dr. Daniel Chan. · Learn more: http://www.mhs.net/services/ortho-trauma/anterior-hip-replacement-surgery.cfm · Schedule an appointment: http://www.mhs.net/physicians/physician-detail/Daniel-Chan-Md/
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Andrea Nugent, patient at Memorial Breast Cancer Center, speaks about living with stage-four breast cancer.
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Early detection is the best weapon against breast cancer. A stereotactic breast biopsy usually takes only about a hour, and is just one of the minimally invasive procedures available at Memorial Healthcare System, where advanced breast imaging services are delivered with compassionate care. For more information about personalized, innovative women's imaging services, visit http://www.mhs.net/services/women-breast-imaging-services/index.cfm.
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Early detection is the best weapon against breast cancer. A minimally invasive breast biopsy guided by ultrasound usually takes less than an hour, but could save your life. Here is what to expect at Memorial Healthcare System, where advanced breast imaging services are delivered with compassionate care. For more information about personalized, innovative women's imaging services, visit http://www.mhs.net/services/women-breast-imaging-services/index.cfm.
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Joshua Moore Md general surgeon at Memorial Healthcare System where he specializes in treating patients with a variety of surgical conditions, including appendicitis, hernias, gallbladder disease, as well as other disorders of the abdomen, GI tract, skin, and soft tissue. To learn more about Dr. Moore, visit: http://bit.ly/joshuamooreMD
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At the Family Birthplace at Memorial Hospital Miramar, having a baby is a celebration to be shared by your entire family, so we pay attention to details that can help keep your birthing experience safe, comfortable and stress-free for you, your baby and the most important people in your life. The comfort and security of our private mother/baby suites, create an environment where mom can receive optimal privacy and well-deserved rest, while family and visitors may stay bedside round the clock. The compassion and expertise of our physicians and nursing staff is matched by the confidence of knowing that If something unexpected happens during your pregnancy, labor, delivery or post delivery, the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) right down the hall is staffed with board-certified neonatologists and neonatal specialists and designed with all private rooms and advanced technology. Find out more at http://www.memorialmiramar.com/services/familybirthplace.
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Dr. Marika Fraser, MD, is a member of Memorial's Division of Otolaryngology with a specialty in head and neck surgery. Dr. Fraser grew up in Jamaica where she learned the importance of empathy and given back and fell in love with a career in medicine. To learn more about Dr. Fraser, visit her profile page at: http://bit.ly/MFraserMD
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Christopher DeMassi, MD, Neurosurgeon, and Tarek Zakaria, MD, Neurologist, explain how the multidisciplinary team at Memorial Neuroscience Institute uses the latest technology to treat epileptic seizures. NeuroPace, a small battery-powered device implanted in the skull, records electrical activity in the brain and sends electrical impulses to the brain to prevent seizures. The first center in South Florida to perform NeuroPace surgery, MNI became one of just a few centers in the nation to provide this everyday extraordinary treatment. Learn more about how the NeuroPace device works for patients with epilepsy at MemorialNeuroscience.com/Epilepsy.
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Ariyan suffered from relentless, excruciating lower back pain for 15 years until she turned to Memorial Neuroscience Institute and Greg Zorman, MD, Chief, Adult Neurosciences. Dr. Zorman diagnosed her degenerative lumbar disc disease and performed an anterior interbody lumbar fusion surgery. Ariyan can enjoy bicycling again and is grateful to have her life back. Learn more about Everyday Extraordinary back and neck pain care from Memorial and schedule your appointment at MHS.net/BackPain.
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Sleeve Gastrectomy is demonstrated by Dr. Brett Cohen of the Memorial Weight-Loss Program. The sleeve gastrectomy is a weight-loss procedure that is particularly well suited to patients who have high surgical risk because of extreme obesity or associated medical conditions. It typically requires about a one-night hospital stay. The procedure involves removing about 75 percent of the stomach, leaving behind a "banana shaped" sleeve of stomach. This remaining portion of stomach restricts the amount of food that a patient can eat and leads to significant weight loss. There is no cutting or rerouting of the small intestines. The part of the stomach that is removed normally secretes a hormone that is responsible for appetite and hunger. Without it, people don't feel the need to eat as often as they did before, which contributes to their weight loss. For more information, visit www.mhs.net/weightloss This video shows selected portions of surgery that did not have complications. The practice of medicine is not an exact science and serious, even life threatening complications may occur. No guarantee or assurance can be made about the final results of this surgery.
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The Fort Lauderdale Sharks perform the #RunningManChallenge at Memorial Rehabilitation Institute
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Memorial Healthcare System is the third largest public healthcare system in the nation. With over 13,500 employees, the impact MHS and its employees have on the surrounding communities it serves is considerable and impressive. Our world-class hospitals and community health centers offer comprehensive, integrated healthcare ranging from preventive initiatives to disease-specific programs that utilize cutting-edge medical technology.
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We're cheering on the Miami Heat at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital! We would love if they could come by to visit! Go HEAT!
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Memorial Hospital South ER takes on the #RUnningManChallenge
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The Center for Behavioral Health at Memorial Regional Hospital provides compassionate diagnosis and treatment for mental health and substance abuse problems. Patients are offered a variety of behavioral health services. The Psychiatric Emergency Assessment Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assess a patient's condition and recommend the behavioral health services that can provide effective care. For further information about our behavioral health services, please call 954-276-3422. In case of emergency, call 911.
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Biomedical researchers have concluded that music is a highly structured auditory language involving complex perception, cognition and motor control in the brain. Therefore, it can be used effectively to retrain and re-educate the injured brain. Music therapy sessions at Memorial Rehabilitation Institute incorporate a variety of instruments, singing and/or listening. Alan Novick, MD, Medical Director, Memorial Rehabilitation Institute, says music therapy is very helpful, particularly with some stroke victims, or those who have suffered a brain injury. The use of music therapy has increased dramatically in recent years. Over the past two decades, new brain imaging and electrical recording technologies have allowed medical professionals to watch the human brain while people perform complex cognition and motor tasks. This research has shown the areas of the brain involved in music are also active in processing: Language Auditory perception Attention Memory Executive control Motor control Music can effectively access and activate these systems. Movement and muscle control improvement can be achieved through music therapy. Therapists work with patients to follow a steady beat and work with them on recognition of musical timing and rhythmic patterns. Activities often include playing a drum to boost range of motion in the upper extremities, exercising to upbeat music to build strength and stamina, or the use of music to complement a normal walking pattern to improve mobility.
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Physicians at Memorial Neuroscience Institute in Hollywood recently performed their first craniotomy, a two-pronged surgery to remove a portion of the brain causing seizures. The patient, Nicholas, had suffered from epileptic seizures for more than decade and had gone through more than ten medications with little results. Given the choice of receiving Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy, a pacemaker-like device that sends signals to the brain via the vagus nerve, or the craniotomy, Nicholas went with the latter. The 33-year-old, who also has a congenital heart defect and a pacemaker, didn’t want any more devices put in his body. “It’s wonderful that I’m not going to have a seizure again,” Fotopoulos said. “I have a new chance in life.” Prior to the surgery, he had lost jobs and the ability to drive his car due to his seizures, in which he would zone out for a brief period of time, twitch and have violent movements if the events lasted long enough. The surgery, he added, has given him the opportunity to start fresh. He’s now engaged and wants to have kids. “In the whole West Palm, Broward and north Miami-Dade County, there’s no single advanced epilepsy center that is capable of providing basic services for patients with epilepsy,” said Dr. Tarek Zakaria, a neurologist at Memorial Healthcare System who was formerly with the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. “Most of these patients will have to go somewhere else to have very basic epilepsy workups and treatment.”
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Lynnette had always struggled with her weight, but when she decided to get weight-loss surgery, her number one goal was to get healthy. As a working mother, it was important for her to have agility and energy to play with her kids and participate in outdoor activities. Determined to pursue surgery, she chose the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Hear her story and see her results.
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A terrifying fall during a horse race left jockey Eibar Coa alive, but unable to move -- a complete quadriplegic. Neurosurgeons at Memorial Regional Hospital performed complex spine surgery, and then the future was up to Eibar and the team at the Memorial Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial Regional Hospital South in Hollywood, Florida. Let us show you how we can help you go beyond what you ever thought possible. Visit us at: http://www.memorialrehab.com or call us to request a tour of our facilities : 954-518-5725
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Early detection is the best weapon against breast cancer. A minimally invasive breast biopsy guided by an MRI screening could save your life. Here is what to expect at Memorial Healthcare System, where advanced breast imaging services are delivered with compassionate care. For more information about personalized, innovative women's imaging services, visit http://www.mhs.net/services/women-breast-imaging-services/index.cfm.
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Adnan Subei, DO, a neurologist and multiple sclerosis specialist, leads a highly specialized team in the delivery of effective disease-modifying therapies to multiple sclerosis patients at Memorial Neuroscience Institute. At Memorial, Dr. Subei found the opportunity to care for patients through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach, and is grateful for the bonds he forms with MS patients as he provides Everyday Extraordinary care. For more about Dr. Subei, go to MemorialNeuroscience.com.
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Pediatric Neurologists Diana Martinez, MD, and Heidi Torocsik, DO, describe how Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital has evolved around doctors who are parents themselves. For more information, visit http://www.jdch.com/medical-specialities/neurology
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In this episode, we discuss the MAT program helping to combat the opioid epidemic. We look at some highlights of the Adaptive Sports Expo, discuss how Florida Senator Lauren Book helped obtain funds for our Maternal Addiction program.
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Through his work as the Director of Surgical Oncology at Memorial Cancer Institute, Ihor Pidhorecky, MD, strives to maintain the legacy of his mother – who died of breast cancer at 56. Dr. Pidhorecky is adamant about including cancer patients’ families in the treatment strategy discussions and the decision-making process. Dr. Pidhorecky and his expert multidisciplinary team promote early detection, knowledge of family history and genetics, and early treatment as the best way to fight cancer. Learn more about how you can become stronger than cancer at MemorialCancerInstitute.com.
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Mark Soloway, MD, an internationally recognized leader in urologic oncology, has joined the Memorial Cancer Institute and the Memorial Physician Group. Dr. Soloway, who has been appointed Chief of Urologic Oncology, will lead a new division focused on the care of bladder, prostate and kidney cancers, while also establishing a research program. In this video, Dr. Soloway discusses the three key cancers in urologic oncology. He will see patients at Memorial Cancer Institute offices in Aventura and Boca Raton. While developing the program, Dr. Soloway will serve as a resource to other community urologists, providing second opinions regarding management and alternatives for the most common urologic cancers. "I'm eager to continue my career at Memorial Cancer Institute," said Dr. Soloway, who has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of prostate, bladder and kidney cancer over a 40-year career. "I look forward to collaborating with community physicians and other medical staff at Memorial to provide patients with continuity of care and a full spectrum of urologic cancer care." Dr. Soloway has twice been asked to chair the International Consultation on Urologic Diseases Recommendation Panel on Bladder Cancer (2004 and 2011), a committee charged with making recommendations on all aspects of bladder cancer. In May 2014, he became a recipient of the prestigious Willett Whitmore Jr. Memorial Lecture by the Society of Urologic Oncology. Dr. Soloway earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his residency in urology at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He completed his surgery branch fellowship at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. He served as professor and chairman at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Urology from 1991 until 2010.
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The Berlin Heart is a mechanical ventricular assist device that does the function of a patient's heart and serves as a bridge to cardiac transplant. As of early 2014, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is the only children's hospital offering this technology to patients in South Florida as part of its comprehensive program at its Cardiac Center.
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When David experienced shortness of breath and a gurgling in his chest, he went to see Luis Raez, MD, at Memorial Cancer Institute. David was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Dr. Raez and the multidisciplinary team at Memorial stabilized him and treated his cancer with chemotherapy for three years. In the fourth year of his fight with cancer, the first targeted therapy medication for lung cancer came on the market. The medications have improved his quality of life for several years. When cancer was detected in his brain, his Memorial team successfully treated it with pinpoint accuracy using CyberKnife stereotactic radiation treatments. Through it all David has been stronger than lung cancer, with Memorial on his side. Learn more about lung cancer treatment at Memorial at MHS.net/LungCancer.
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Lebron James left the game during the Heat vs. Spurs NBA Finals after muscle cramp took over his body. Memorial Fitness Center's Rob Herzog explains what may have happened to LeBron and how you can prevent cramps from happening. Muscle cramps Definition Muscle cramps are when a muscle gets tight (contracts) without you trying to do so. The muscle gets tight and does not relax. Cramps may involve all or part of one or more muscles. The most commonly involved muscle groups are: Back of the lower leg/calf Back of the thigh (hamstrings) Front of the thigh (quadriceps) Cramps in the feet, hands, arms, abdomen, and along the rib cage are also very common. Muscle cramps are common and may be stopped by stretching the muscle. The cramping muscle may feel hard or bulging. Alternative Names Cramps - muscle Considerations Muscle spasms are different than muscle twitches, which are covered in a separate article. Causes Muscle cramps are common and often occur when a muscle is overused or injured. Working out when you haven't had enough fluids (dehydration) or when you have low levels of minerals such as potassium or calcium can also make you more likely to have a muscle spasm. Muscle cramps can occur while you play tennis or golf, bowl, swim, or do any other exercise. They can also be triggered by: Alcoholism Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) Kidney failure Medications Menstruation Pregnancy Home Care If you have a muscle cramp, stop your activity and try stretching and massaging the muscle. Heat will relax the muscle when the spasm begins, but ice may be helpful when the pain has improved. If the muscle is still sore, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help with pain. If the muscle cramps are severe, your health care provider can prescribe other medicines. The most common cause of muscle cramps during sports activity is not getting enough fluids. Often, drinking water will ease the cramping. However, water alone doesn't always help. Salt tablets or sports drinks, which also replenish lost minerals, can be helpful. Other tips for relieving muscle cramps: Change your workouts so that you are exercising within your ability. Drink plenty of fluids while exercising and increase your potassium intake (orange juice and bananas are great sources of potassium). Stretch to improve flexibility. When to Contact a Medical Professional Call your doctor or nurse if your muscle cramps: Are severe Do not go away with simple stretching Keep coming back Last a long time What to Expect at Your Office Visit Your doctor or nurse will examine you and ask questions about your symptoms and medical history, such as: When did the spasms first begin? How long do they last? How often do you experience muscle spasms? What muscles are affected? Is it always the same location? Are you pregnant? Have you been vomiting, had diarrhea, excessive sweating, excessive urine volume, or any other possible cause of dehydration? What medications do you take? Have you been exercising heavily? Have you been drinking alcohol heavily? Blood tests may be done to check for the following: Calcium, potassium, or magnesium metabolism Kidney function Thyroid function Pain medicines may be prescribed.
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What is integrated medicine? Ashwin Mehta, Medical Director of the Memorial Division of Integrative Medicine describes how the program helps strengthen your body’s own healing response, in combination with mainstream treatments and leading-edge technology at Memorial, to help improve your satisfaction and outcome.
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Singer-songwriter Gary Allen conducted an impromptu music jam with our music therapist. Gary talks about how music has been therapy for him and other patients at Memorial Rehabilitation Institute.
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Neurosurgeon Ivan Stoev, MD, Memorial Neuroscience Institute, knows the impact that a neurological disease can have, not only on the patient, but the family. His brother was born with cerebral palsy and, after witnessing the effects of that disease, he refers to some neurological problems as an “imprisonment of the body.” As part of the multidisciplinary approach at Memorial, Dr. Stoev’s perspective and surgical skills are part of the everyday extraordinary care offered at Memorial Neuroscience Institute. To learn more about Stoev, visit his profile page at: http://bit.ly/2hSVy9a
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Megan survived numerous gunshot wounds due to the expediency and preparedness of Dr. Andrew Rosenthal's "dream" team of critical care specialists at the Memorial Regional Hospital Trauma Center in Hollywood, Florida. Leading one of the few Level 1 trauma centers in Florida, Dr. Rosenthal marvels at the high level of state-of-the-art care available at a community hospital. Learn more at www.MemorialRegional.com
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Ken had his first heart attack at age 29. In the years that followed, he suffered a stroke and a second heart attack. At age 52—after spending the past two and a half years bedridden—Ken was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in January, when his lungs filled up with fluid. It was the beginning of a second chance at life. “Luckily in January, we were able to meet Dr. Gongora and Dr. Dumitru, and they said I would need an LVAD,” Ken says. An LVAD, or left ventricular assist device, is a mechanical pump that is surgically placed inside the heart to keep blood flowing from the heart to the body, supplying blood to the vital organs, said Enrique Gongora, MD, Medical Director of the Adult Cardiac Surgical Transplant Program at Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute (MCVI). Dr. Gongora surgically implanted two LVADs in Ken’s heart. When the first device implanted in February became occluded with a blood clot, he replaced it with a new LVAD in April. “He gave me my life back,” says Ken. “The whole Memorial staff is unbelievable. I can’t thank them enough. The whole staff has been like family. The doctors have been so close, making sure you’re OK, putting their trips on hold for you, calling you and checking on you. It’s just amazing. All these years, in and out of hospitals, it’s been nothing like this.” Now, Ken is continuing with outpatient therapy at Memorial Rehabilitation Institute and receives regular follow-up care with Ioana Dumitru, MD, Medical Director of Adult Cardiac Transplant, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy at MCVI. “When somebody pursues implantation of an LVAD, it’s done primarily for improving quality as well as quantity of life,” says Dr. Dumitru, who noted how well Ken is doing since his LVAD surgeries. “It has given him not only time back with the family—he goes out, he visits other patients and gives them hope about getting better.” Five months after his first LVAD surgery, Ken had lost about 70 pounds. “I enjoy going to rehab. I enjoy exercising. I enjoy getting stronger,” says Ken, recalling how different his life is today from the years he spent unable to get out of bed. “We’re able to go to some restaurants. We’re going to be able to see my son soon. It just keeps getting better and better every week.” He also received some news. “Great news! I’m on the transplant list for a new heart, because of the great work of the doctors, Dr. Gongora and Dr. Dumitru, the nurses, the whole Memorial Hospital… and because of rehab,” Ken says. “It’s because of them. If it wasn’t for the LVAD, I wouldn’t be here.”
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They wear different uniforms but both are heroes to us. Peter and Andrea have been married for 4 years and Peter was on his 3rd deployment. As she was interviewing for a nursing position at Memorial Hospital West, they got notified that he was being deployed and she moved on her own from Arizona. She found a family with her Memorial colleagues. Peter came and surprised her during her overnight shift over at 7 Central at Memorial Hospital West.
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Memorial Healthcare System invites you to make a healthy career choice, and join our extended family of service professionals. The healthcare industry accounts for more than 11 million jobs worldwide — almost 400,000 in Florida alone. More than 10,000 of them call the Memorial Healthcare System home. http://www.mhs.net/career-center
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The son of a physician, Daniel Sheldon, MD, Medical Director at Memorial Joint Replacement Center knew he wanted to go into medicine at an early age. Orthopedics became a calling, as he saw an opportunity to return people to active lifestyles. Dr. Sheldon prides himself on spending quality time with his patients and he believes in collaboration so that his expectations and the expectations of his patients are evenly matched. Learn more about how Dr. Sheldon helps patients at MHS.net/JointReplacement.
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In this episode we discuss Memorial Transplant Institute's first adult kidney transplant. We show some of the highlights of Match Day in which our new residents of our new Graduate Medical Education program are matched with our hospitals. Finally, Tour De Broward managed to raise more than $530,000 for Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.
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