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Broward Health
Broward Health Logo.png
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Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Funding Non-profit hospital
Affiliated university Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 1,529
Lists Hospitals in Florida

Broward Health, formerly the North Broward Hospital District, is one of the 10 largest health systems in the U.S.[1] Located in Broward County, Florida, Broward Health has the county's first certified stroke center and only liver transplant program.[2] Broward Health currently operates more than 30 healthcare facilities, including Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Salah Foundation Broward Health Children's Hospital, and Broward Health Weston.

History of Broward Health[edit]

The Beginnings of Consolidated Healthcare in Broward County[edit]

In the land boom of the 1920s, the Wallace Apartments were converted into the Edwards-Maxwell Hospital, the first hospital in Broward County.[3] Soon, the land boom busted, followed by the September 1926 hurricane, one of the worst in county history. Due to lack of patients able to pay for care, the hospital was forced to close in 1929. It was reopened by Juanita Clay in 1932 and remained successful until it was purchased in 1937 by Medical Services, Inc., an insurance company owned by Dr. F.A. Brunson and M.L. Menger.[3] Medical Services issued hospital and family insurance policies that required the use of their own hospital and doctors. The Broward County medical community rebelled, refusing to use the Medical Services hospital.

In May 1937, the Broward County Medical Association (BCMA) met to discuss plans to build a public hospital, feeling that private hospitals could not be relied upon for continuity of service and only a community-owned hospital would offer security.[3] The consensus of the meeting was to build a hospital supported by the city, county, or a hospital district. The result of the meeting was a unanimous motion to form the Broward Hospital Association (BHA). From that point on, the BHA began its mission to raise the funds needed to build a hospital. The Chairman, James D. Camp, as well as the other members, explored every possibility of finding funds; however, government-assisted funding simply wasn’t available. During this time, the county was experiencing such rapid growth, the need for facilities became critical.[3]

Broward General Opens[edit]

After a long search, it was agreed that the Granada apartments[3][4] could be remodeled into a hospital that would accommodate 45 patients, with room for acceptable operating rooms, delivery rooms, laboratories, and x-ray space.

Members of the community also joined in. Many donated their work at cost, contributing their fees to the "hospital fund." A "drive" was also implemented and equipment donated. The 45-bed hospital opened its doors as the new Broward General Hospital (now Broward General Medical Center) and admitted its first patient on January 2, 1938.[4]

Between 1935 and 1940, the population of Broward County grew from 20,000 to approximately 30,000.[4] To keep up with the growth, the addition of a new wing was crucial, but without funding the expansion was difficult. Camp approached the city commission in 1940 about the need for expansion and received a favorable response for a new wing. In 1942, a South Wing was added; in 1948, the East Wing was built, raising the bed total at Broward General to 142.[4]

In 1949, the Hospital Board returned to the City Commission to ask for funds for another wing. This time the City Commission denied the request. As a result, Camp and all members of the Board resigned.[3]

The Birth of the District[edit]

In August 1950, the Broward General Hospital Board succeeded in obtaining approval of an expansion program. A legislative act for a North Broward Hospital District was approved in 1952 by referendum and a District Board was appointed by the governor with William J. Kelly as chairman.[4]

Soon thereafter plans for a building on the west side were underway. The West Wing plans included two floors for patients, a new surgical unit, new kitchen and dining space to be connected to the North Wing of the hospital by a hallway. In 1955, a new lab was opened and on September 3, 1957, the City of Fort Lauderdale gave a deed of conveyance to the North Broward Hospital District. Its area of responsibility stretched the width of the county, from the Dania Canal north to the Palm Beach County line.[4]

In 1961, an additional specialty wing brought the bed total to 468, plus 50 bassinets. The North Tower and ten-story elevator building opened in 1967; the South Tower in 1970.

The District Expands[edit]

Broward Health North[edit]

By 1960, the population in Broward County grew to 350,000.[4] Responding to the growth of the county, the District built a three-story hospital on Sample Road in Pompano Beach, Florida.[5][6] The first patient was admitted to the new Broward Health North in March 1961.[5] Over the years, six more floors and a conference center were added.[6] Today, the 409-bed facility is an adult Level II trauma center providing care for more than 50,000 medical emergencies and 14,000 hospitalized patients.

Broward Health Imperial Point[edit]

Broward Health Imperial Point opened in November 1972. Its 22 acres (8.9 ha) of land[7] at the 204-bed community hospital were granted to the city of Fort Lauderdale for a community park, and today hosts a fitness area and playground. It is now known as Broward Health Imperial Point.[8]

In the most recent year with data, Broward Health Imperial Point had 33,382 patients visit the emergency room, and 9,340 patients were admitted to the hospital.[8] Surgeons at the hospital performed 1,707 inpatient and 5,097 outpatient surgeries.[8]

Broward Health Coral Springs[edit]

Broward Health Coral Springs opened its doors in March 1987. This 200-bed facility, located in Coral Springs, Florida, hosts Camp KoralKids, created in 1995, a summer day camp for children with Type-I diabetes—the only day camp of its kind in South Florida. It has since developed into a two-week camp that annually serves over 60 children.[9] It is now known as Broward Health Coral Springs.

Broward Health Weston[edit]

Responding to a "decade of complaints from Weston residents unhappy about having to drive 20 minutes to reach a hospital",[10] Broward Health opened Broward Health Weston (formerly Weston Regional HealthPark) on June 11, 2000.[11] The entire project, including the 78,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) building and the 10-acre (4.0 ha) land acquisition, cost $27 million.[11]

Salah Foundation Broward Health Children's Hospital[edit]

Chris Evert Children's Hospital is located at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Broward Health Children's Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center was originally named after Broward native Chris Evert, before being renamed the "Salah Foundation Broward Health Children's Hospital."[12] The hospital is one of less than 200 facilities recognized in the United States by the National Association of Children's Hospitals.[13] In 2006, the children's hospital opened a newly renovated, expanded pediatric sedation unit, the only one in Broward County.[14] The pediatric sedation unit specializes in the safest techniques for pediatric sedation. In November 2007, the Chris Evert Children's Hospital at Broward General received the Ernest Amory Codman Award for their advances in pediatric sedation.[15]

Community Health Services[edit]

Broward Health's Community Health Services division provides high quality, affordable healthcare and is the medical safety net for Broward County residents residing in the northern two-thirds of the county. With programs such as caregiver assistance programs, Kinship Care Initiative for non-traditional families, care coordination programs, hundreds of classes, community relations councils and medical care for the homeless and those unable to afford it, Broward Health continues to be the leading provider of healthcare services in Broward County.

Broward Health Community Health Services offers primary care and other services such as dental care, social services, behavioral care, immunizations, lab services, nutritional counseling, physicals, HIV research, and more. Community Health Services is composed of the following facilities; Annie L. Weaver Health Center, Bernard P. Alicki Health Center, Clínica de las Américas, Comprehensive Care Center, Comprehensive Care Center at Broward House, Cora E. Braynon Family Health Center, Lauderdale Lakes Health Center, Margate Health Center, Pompano Pediatric Primary Care Center, Pompano Prenatal Care Center, and Specialty Care Center.

Broward Health Foundation[edit]

Established in 1999, The Broward Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the programs, projects, and initiatives of Broward Health. Donations made to the Broward Health Foundation are regularly used for a number of "medical supplies and services, including: socks and hats for newborns at Broward General Medical Center, mammograms for women who cannot afford them at Coral Springs Medical Center, medication and medical equipment for patients of Gold Coast Home Health and Hospice, improved vein finding equipment for patients at North Broward Medical Center, and educational toys and materials for children with special needs at Coral Springs Medical Center".[16]

Glam-A-THON is an annual charity event to benefit the Broward Health Foundation.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors.[17]

Broward Health Today[edit]

Broward Health is one of the ten largest public hospital systems in the U.S.[1][18] It has 7,592 employees, making it one of the largest companies in South Florida.[19] Broward Health services all segments of the community through its four hospitals, a children's hospital, seven primary care centers, four Family Health Places, eight school-based clinics, specialty care programs, home-health services, health education programs, free and low-cost screenings, and business partnerships.

Suicide of Nabil El Sanadi[edit]

Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, 60, who became president of Broward Health in December 2014, committed suicide in the lobby of his Fort Lauderdale, Florida condominium on January 23, 2016. El Sanadi was a practicing emergency medicine physician at Broward Health Medical Center, chief of emergency medicine for Broward Health and chairman of the Florida Board of Medicine.[20] Several months earlier, Broward Health "reached a $69 million settlement with the federal government after it accused the district of maintaining a secret compensation system that rewarded physicians for steering referral work to the district's laboratories, imaging departments, and other services and penalized them for taking on charity cases."[21]

El Sanadi, an Egyptian Coptic Christian whose family immigrated to the United States in the sixties, earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry with honors from Case Western Reserve University, graduated with honors in medicine and public health from Ohio State University, completed medical residency and a one-year research fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, and went on to complete certifications as a licensed Health Care Risk Manager and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.[22]

In an interview four months before his death, El Sanadi spoke of plans to make Broward Health the nation's premier healthcare system.[23]

On March 16, 2016, Broward Health named Pauline Grant the first female interim CEO. She replaced Kevin Fusco who became interim CEO following the death of El Sanadi.[24]

In April 2017, it was announced that interim President and CEO Kevin Fusco plans to resign May 26. No replacement has been announced yet.[25]

Advances in Healthcare[edit]

Recently, Broward General Medical Center received the Joint Commission's Ernest Amory Codman Award, which recognizes "excellence in the use of outcomes measurement to achieve improvements in the quality and safety of health care".[15] Broward General received the award for producing better outcomes related to sedating children for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The process reduced the failed sedation rate by 98 percent by using a more effective sedative and initiating a standard protocol to reduce failed sedation, in addition to creating a soothing atmosphere for children.[15]

Hospital Statistics[edit]

1965 1970 1980 1990 2000 2007 2015
Broward Health Medical Center 16,907 23,570 24,826 19,882 21,848
Broward Health North 2,800 3,903 4,596 5,580 3,571
Broward Health Imperial Point 0 0 4,900 5,057 6,579
Broward Health Coral Springs 0 0 0 7,505 11,056
Totals 22,331 30,644 40,546 40,544 53,232 62,209 61,053
Broward Health Medical Center 2,800 3,903 4,596 5,580 3,571
Broward Health North 0 0 0 0 0
Broward Health Imperial Point 0 0 0 0 0
Broward Health Coral Springs 0 0 0 2,095 2,107
Totals 2,800 3,903 4,596 7,675 5,678 5,939 5,998
Broward Health Medical Center 469 669 680 744 744 716
Broward Health North 151 204 310 409 409 409
Broward Health Imperial Point 0 0 204 204 204 204
Broward Health Coral Springs 0 0 0 200 200 200
Totals 620 873 1,194 1,557 1,557 1,529 1,529

Graduate medical education[edit]

Broward Health operates a number of residency and fellowship programs that train osteopathic physicians (DO) and allopathic physicians (MD). Specialties include: dermatology,[26] orthopedic surgery,[27] family medicine,[28] internal medicine,[29] hospice and palliative care,[30] pediatrics,[31] and cardiology.[32] The programs are all accredited by the American Medical Association and American Osteopathic Association. The hospital also offers ASHP accredited pharmacy residencies supported by GME


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