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A Legacy of World-Class Health Care

The county’s two public hospital networks, Broward Health and Memorial Healthcare System, are among the largest public health care systems in the county. Together, they blanket the county with almost 50 hospitals, Level I trauma centers, ambulatory surgical centers and community health centers, offering two award-winning children’s hospitals, maternity care, comprehensive cancer services and cardiovascular and stroke programs.

Thousands of physicians and medical staff at the two networks offer the latest in patient care, including robotic surgery, telemedicine and a host of advanced diagnostics and treatments. Advancements have earned the region a top-10 national ranking for hospital-to-doctor ratios and patient satisfaction ratings by health care information company Vitals.

“There is no question that Broward County contributes to that recognition,” says Beverly Capasso, president/CEO of Broward Health. “In a large sense, the evolution of health care is about relationships, both within and outside of our organization.”

Others also are contributing to the region’s level of care. National providers Hospital Corporation of America and Tenet Healthcare Corporation have long served area residents. Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale has invested in new heart CT technology. A recent renovation of its maternity unit created one of the area’s few level-two neonatal intensive care units. The Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute and Phil Smith ALS & Movement Disorders Clinic provide access to leading research and clinical trials and treatments through a relationship with Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Working with $302 million in capital investments, Cleveland Clinic Florida this summer opened its Coral Springs Family Health Center, providing 17 medical specialties. In the fall, a new hospital tower in Weston will add 75 beds and an expanded emergency department. Earlier this year, a concierge medicine practice in east Fort Lauderdale began providing patients with increased access to their personal physician.

“Our talent and services go beyond the district,” says Aurelio M. Fernandez, CEO of Memorial Healthcare System, which began a partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center to provide comprehensive care for leukemia and lymphoma patients. “We have more than 6 million people in the region. But if you deliver a quality product, it attracts people from the entire country."

Partners Meeting the Region's Medical Needs
Across the county, providers and educators have partnered to train and prepare the next-generation of doctors, nurses and other critical health care professionals. Nova Southeastern University’s new college of Allopathic Medicine will help meet the growing need of osteopathic (D.O.) and allopathic (M.D.) physicians. Holy Cross Hospital works with students from the University of Miami School of Medicine in its internal medicine residency program to help narrow the void of primary care physicians in underserved areas. Memorial Healthcare System this summer launched a new graduate medical educational program in cooperation with area medical schools to train next-generation physicians.