Game Changers  
    Volume III, Issue 48 | November 28, 2014  
South Florida Healthcare Professionals on the Move: 
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Last  Word


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Cleveland Clinic Florida Receives "High Octane" Support for Cancer Care With Combined $2.5 Million Gift from AutoNation and Racing for Cancer


Weston based Cleveland Clinic Florida (with satellite facilities in Parkland, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens) has received a $2.5 million gift in support of its new Maroone Cancer Center. The gift is a joint donation from AutoNation, America's largest automotive retailer, and Racing for Cancer, a non-profit founded by IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.


Both organizations initially gifted $1 million to support cancer care at Cleveland Clinic Florida. However, AutoNation pledged an additional $500,000 -- $1,000 for every mile Hunter-Reay completed on his way to victory in the Indianapolis 500 this past May.  


"We are pleased to recognize AutoNation's support for the establishment of the AutoNation Cancer Care Fund, which will help meet the holistic needs of cancer patients at Cleveland Clinic Florida," said Maroone Cancer Center Director Steven Roshon, MD




New 'Drug-Coated Balloon' Treats Blocked Arteries  

Accountable Care Options


John Fernandez


Only days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new device to help open blocked arteries - without the need for a stent - in people suffering from peripheral arterial disease (PAD), doctors at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute became some of the first in the country to put it to use on a patient.


That was on Oct. 13, just three days after the FDA approved the first drug-coated "balloon catheter" that essentially inflates to coat a therapeutic dose of a drug directly onto arterial walls in the thigh (superficial femoral arteries), or knee (popliteal arteries), when these arteries are narrowed or blocked as a result of PAD.


On that day, one of the first patients in the nation received the treatment at the Institute.


Shaun Samuels, MD, an Interventional Radiologist at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, opted to use the treatment on the patient who had plaque buildup throughout his body, including his thigh. He was an ideal candidate, Dr. Samuels said, because placing a stent would have been potentially riskier in the relatively short segment of artery affected. He had also responded well to initial angioplasty, the common procedure for opening obstructed or narrowed arteries.


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