Business Florida 2020 - The Regions
Broward • Indian River • Martin • Miami-Dade • Monroe • Palm Beach • St. Lucie
Health care facilities in Florida’s Southeast are top-notch. For the 16th consecutive year, Miami-based Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been named best hospital nationwide for ophthalmology on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2019–20.” Also cited: University of Miami Hospital and Clinics for ear, nose and throat (No. 9); Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston for gastroenterology and GI surgery (No. 17); and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Baptist Hospital of Miami for orthopedics (No. 46). In addition, three Southeast hospitals were named among the nation’s top 40 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals 2019–20”: Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM-Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami for diabetes and endocrinology; Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial in Hollywood for orthopedics; and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami for neurology and neurosurgery, and orthopedics.
Hospitals and clinics throughout the region are opening new facilities, adding beds and improving services. Baptist Health South Florida — the region’s largest health system — is building a 100,000-sq.-ft. wellness and medical center in Plantation that will offer primary and urgent care, diagnostic imaging, medical oncology and physical therapy among other services. Baptist Health already operates similar centers in Weston and Sunrise.
Broward Health, the taxpayer-supported hospital enterprise, expects to complete its large-scale renovation of the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale in 2019. The $52-million project is the first major renovation since the hospital opened more than 30 years ago. And at Broward Health Coral Springs, a new four-story patient tower has opened with expanded maternity facilities, a neonatal intensive care unit and surgical suites for key specialties such as general surgery, gynecology, oncology and urology.
The 138-bed Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, a unit of Georgia-based Tenet Healthcare’s St. Mary’s Medical Center, has opened a pediatric medical and surgical facility that features a family lounge, VIP family suites with adjacent living rooms and an Xbox in every room. And Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, part of the South Broward Hospital District Memorial Healthcare System, expanded into Wellington in early 2019 with a 30,000-sq.-ft. children’s health specialty center.
Jupiter Medical Center in Palm Beach County opened its new Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department in May 2019. The 6,300-sq.-ft. facility features dedicated family waiting and play areas with child-sized furniture and diagnostic equipment designed to foster a sense of calm in children and their families.
Martin Medical Center in Stuart is doubling the size of its emergency department with a $20-million project scheduled for completion in late 2019. Also in the works: an 87,000-sq.-ft., three-story outpatient facility.
Miami Transplant Institute, an affiliation between Jackson Health System and UHealth — University of Miami Health System, has set a new national record for organ transplants, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing. In 2018, MTI performed 681 transplants — the highest number since its founding in 1970.
Eight Southeast Florida high schools were named among the top 100 nationwide in U.S. News & World Report’s “2019 Best High Schools” rankings. In Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University’s in-house school — A.D. Henderson University School, where students work simultaneously toward a high school diploma and a bachelor’s degree — was the only Pre-K–12 school and one of just a dozen schools overall in Florida to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon school in 2018.
This region is also home to 16 institutions of higher education, including the University of Miami, named among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges for Veterans”; Florida International University, snagging the No. 6 position among undergraduate international business programs on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2019” list; Nova Southeastern University, welcoming its charter class of 35 doctor of medicine (M.D.) students to the new Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine in fall 2018; Florida Keys Community College, which, after awarding its first bachelor’s degree in 2017, has finally changed its name to The College of the Florida Keys; and two state colleges — Miami Dade and Indian River — selected to share the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.