Game Changers  
    Volume VI, Issue 21 | May 26, 2017   
South Florida Healthcare Professionals on the Move:  
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Holy Cross Hospital, Orthopedic Institute named a Center of Excellence for BridgeHealth Benefits Solution
Agreement brings Holy Cross quality to some of the nation's largest employers

BridgeHealth, a leading provider of high-quality, lower-cost, bundled surgical case rate benefit plans, has designated Fort Lauderdale based Holy Cross Hospital, along with the Holy Cross Orthopedic Institute, a National Center of Excellence (COE) for hip and knee replacement surgery.

Eligible employees and dependents of employers nationwide who are BridgeHealth clients can travel to Holy Cross for hip and knee replacements. Patients and employers pay a pre-negotiated rate that should result in measurable savings to the employer and the patient. Patients choosing Holy Cross will be supported by BridgeHealth Care Coordinators who will handle administrative tasks-including travel and accommodations-provide guidance and enhance the patient surgical experience.

"Holy Cross is committed to ensuring that our patients experience better health, better care and lower costs," said Patrick A. Taylor, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Holy Cross Hospital.

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Zika Virus was Introduced in South Florida Multiple Times in 2016, Study in Nature Reveals
A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers worked with a team of scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in California and investigators at other leading institutions to solve a mystery about the first U.S. outbreak of Zika virus in 2016.

Sequencing the Zika virus RNA of infected people and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes revealed some surprises. It turns out that the virus was introduced to Miami at least four times last year, and possibly as many as 40 times. No "patient zero" was responsible, therefore, for the 256 locally spread infections reported to health officials.

The Zika virus in South Florida also came primarily from endemic areas of the Caribbean, not Brazil or other countries in South America, as some people expected, according to the study published online May 24 in Nature.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Achieves Gold Plus Recognition For Heart Failure Care
  Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center recently announced it had received the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation's secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program's success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.

"As the first open heart program in Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center feels a responsibility to the community to make sure we bring the highest standard of care to our cardiac patients. By using the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program, it helps us accomplish these goals," said Teresa Urquhart, interim CEO.