As the new President/CEO of Broward Health, it is with great pleasure that I share a few highlights of what makes our healthcare system such a valuable asset to the South Florida community. Here, our innovative approaches to battling disease and boosting wellness ensure that our vision for the future is ripe with potential and opportunity.
As our leadership team transitions, our focus will turn more than ever towards patient-centered, evidence-based care, aiming to maximize efficiency while consistently exceeding patient expectations. Clinical research and education will be cornerstones of our organization as we diligently fulfill our mission of providing quality healthcare to all. It’s our charge as one of the ten largest healthcare systems in the nation to ensure that our community has wellness resources at its disposal to help residents get, and stay, healthy. Making our more than 50 locations across Broward and our 1,800+ physicians easily accessible to the county’s residents remains an essential piece of our strategy.
To meet the growing healthcare needs in Broward County and throughout the state of Florida, Broward Health will continue to expand its residency programs and its position as a designated statutory teaching hospital, ensuring that the world class physicians of tomorrow who train here also stay here to practice in South Florida and Broward County.
We will continue to expand and amplify our facilities and services including: the opening of Broward Health Urgent Care centers in Weston, Coral Springs and Plantation; the relocation of the corporate offices away from the main campus of Broward Health Medical Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale, to improve outpatient access and better support ambulatory services; a new joint replacement center at Broward Health Imperial Point; the ongoing expansion and renovation of Broward Health North with a planned expansion for Broward Health Coral Springs set to begin next year; an all new Maternity Place with 39 private, post-partum suites at Broward Health Medical Center, coupled with plans to expand its children’s hospital to modernize the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and the Pediatric, Pediatric Acute, and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology units.
Our system stands on firm financial ground, allowing us to concentrate on providing the highest levels of medical care to our patients and our community. This is supported to a large degree by several generous grants that allow us to introduce new services, facilities and technologies. In fiscal year 2014 alone, Broward Health was awarded more than $11.1 million in grant funding—a 16 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. Such grant money enabled us to create a new physician simulation lab at Broward Health North; open the dental clinic for special needs children at the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center; and to hire Certified Application Counselors to assist the community with enrolling in the new Health Insurance Exchange, to name a few initiatives.
Broward Health is a healthcare system that emphasizes research, wellness and prevention. Our superior clinicians, expertly-trained support staff and 8,000+ employees, combined with advanced technology and best-in-class medical equipment, allow us to assess and overcome disease. It’s my honor to lead our family of compassionate health care providers as we continue our journey toward a healthier future for our patients, their families and all of us in Broward County and South Florida.
(Note: BrwdHealth.Blog encourages a dialog and will publish submissions with opposing point of view from credible authors. The above post was received as a “Letter to the Editor” and BrwdHealth.Blog believed it should be elevated to a full post notwithstanding that most of Dr. El Sanadi’s comments reference initiatives put in place by his predecessor before he became CEO last December. To Dr. El Sanadi’s credit, he sees those initiatives as accomplishments. )