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HCA Healthcare Contributes $12 Million to Step Up For Students and Hosts Health Safety Event for Local Scholarship Students

May 20, 2015 | MIAMI – The fifth-grade class from Kingdom Academy School in Kendall studied health outside of a traditional classroom today during a field trip to Kendall Regional Medical Center, which was sponsored by HCA Healthcare and the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program.

What made the field trip even more special, however, is that the majority of the students there today are benefiting from the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, a nonprofit organization that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The program provides scholarships to low-income Florida families and allows recipients to choose between a scholarship to help with private school tuition and fees, or a transportation scholarship to attend an out-of-district public school.

HCA Healthcare offered the event to Kingdom Academy School students as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the program. HCA Healthcare joined Step Up For Students as a corporate partner in 2005 and has since contributed more than $100 million to the scholarship program. During the event,

Scott A. Cihak, CEO of Kendall Regional Medical Center, presented the company’s 2015 contribution of $12 million, which will fund more than 2,000 scholarships.

“This is truly an honor to give back to the community we serve and we’re hopeful some of the children we’ve met today will become part of our company’s workforce and community leaders in the future.”

Prior to the event, Michael Joseph, HCA’s East Florida Division president, said the partnership between Step Up For Students is a partnership that makes sense to the company – and the community.

“As a teaching community hospital, Kendall Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the best information and care to help our neighbors live healthy lives, which is why we wanted to extend this opportunity to the Kingdom Academy School students,” said Michael Joseph, HCA’s East Florida Division president. “We are proud of HCA’s partnership with the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program. Together, we are helping students in our community thrive.”

Step Up CMO and Vice President of Individual Fundraising Alissa Randall said long-term partnerships have been at the core of the scholarship program and will remain key for the future of its success.

“HCA Healthcare has been a strong supporter of our program for a decade now, and because it’s all for the children, it’s truly inspiring to think of the thousands of Florida students whose lives have been positively influenced because of HCA’s contributions,” Randall said. “We are humbled and grateful for their support and the investment in the future of our state’s children.”

Before the tour of the hospital including the pediatric unit, got underway, the fifth-graders met Justine Marty, Child Life Specialist, and learned about health safety and the importance of injury prevention.

Kingdom Academy School educates students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. About 270 students are enrolled this year, more than 100 of whom are using a Step Up scholarship to attend the school. There are more than 15,000 students in Miami-Dade County using Step Up scholarships at 335 participating schools, and about 70,000 students on the scholarship program statewide this school year.

About Step Up For Students

Step Up For Students is a nonprofit organization responsible for helping administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is available to students who qualify for free- or reduced-price school lunch program, and students who are in foster care or who are homeless. It provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or transportation help to an out-of-district public school. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions.

Step Up For Students also helps administer state-funded Personal Learning Scholarship Accounts (PLSA) for Florida students with special needs. With the PLSA’s, recipients may use the funds for a variety of educational-related services including tuition, part-time private tutoring, occupational therapy, instructional materials and other services.

For more information, visit www.StepUpForStudents.org.

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Florida is a comprehensive network of 46 hospitals, 31 outpatient surgery centers & imaging facilities, physician practices, Medical education and training programs and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses in Florida. HCA Florida’s 66,000 physicians and employees continue to provide a quality foundation for delivering care to our patients safely, effectively and compassionately. All hospitals are Joint Commission Accredited, with designations such as Accredited Chest Pain Centers, Primary Stroke Center Certification and 8 Level II Trauma Centers.

About Kendall Regional Medical Center

Kendall Regional Medical Center is a 417-bed, full-service teaching hospital providing 24-hour comprehensive medical, Level II Trauma, burn (adult & pediatric), surgical, behavioral health, pediatric and diagnostic services, along with a wide range of patient and community services. Kendall Regional Medical Center has been honored by being nationally recognized with many prestigious awards and accolades, including: HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital (Top 5%) for Clinical Excellence, The Joint Commission Certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, recognized by US News and World Report for receiving The American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus award, The Joint Commission as a “Top Performer” on key quality measures, and eight years as a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics. For further information, call (305) 222-2200, or visit www.kendallmed.com.


Kendall Regional's Trauma Center is the First and Only in Miami-Dade County to be Verified by the American College of Surgeons

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Kendall Regional’s Trauma Center is the First and Only in Miami-Dade County to be Verified by the American College of Surgeons

(Miami, FL) Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that it is the first and only trauma center in Miami-Dade County to receive verification by the American College of Surgeons. Furthermore, it is one of only four in the entire state of Florida to receive this verification.

Since 1922, when it formed a Committee on Fractures, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has waged a continuous effort to improve care of injured patients. The ACS strives to improve care of injured patients before, during, and after hospitalization. The verification process is voluntary and requires that a trauma center submit to a site visit to ensure that it has all the resources as listed in the ACS’s verification manual “Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient”.

Today the trauma activities of the ACS are administered through their 83-member Committee on Trauma (COT), overseeing a field force of more than 3,500 Fellows working to develop and implement meaningful programs for trauma care in local, regional, national, and international arenas.

“I am proud of the trauma services we provide to the community, as our team works hard every day to ensure that we provide the best possible care”, says Mark McKenney, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Trauma Services and General Surgery Residency program. “This verification from the ACS further validates the quality of our trauma services”, says Scott A. Cihak, Chief Executive Officer of Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Since establishing trauma services in November of 2011, Kendall Regional’s trauma center has treated more than 8,000 patients.

About Kendall Regional Medical Center

Kendall Regional Medical Center is a 417-bed, full-service teaching hospital providing 24-hour comprehensive medical, Level II Trauma, burn (adult & pediatric), surgical, behavioral health, pediatric and diagnostic services, along with a wide range of patient and community services. Kendall Regional Medical Center has been honored by being nationally recognized with many prestigious awards and accolades, including: HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital (Top 5%) for Clinical Excellence, The Joint Commission Certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, recognized by US News and World Report for receiving The American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus award, The Joint Commission as a “Top Performer” on key quality measures, and eight years as a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics. For further information, call (305) 222-2200, or visit www.kendallmed.com.

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How to Prepare for Your Mammogram

Nurse Assisting Patient About To Have A Mammogram

Mammograms can be life-saving, but it’s not uncommon for women to delay having these screening tests for the first time because they are concerned about what to expect. A little preparation can go a long way in making you comfortable with scheduling a mammogram and ensuring that the experience is as smooth as possible. If you have an appointment at the Women’s Center at Kendall Regional Medical Center for a mammogram, here are some steps you can take to prepare.

Discuss Breast Changes with Your Doctor

Before scheduling your mammogram, discuss any changes in your breast health with your doctor. This may include things like finding a lump or developing new breast sensitivity. You should also make sure your doctor is up to date on all of your medical information, including your use of hormones and your family history of breast cancer. These factors will help your doctor recommend the right kind of mammogram, determine how often you should be screened, and request any necessary additional screening on a particular part of your breasts.

Schedule Appropriately

Many women are concerned about their first mammograms because they are worried the screening will be painful. Although there may be some minimal discomfort when the breast is compressed, it only lasts for a few seconds. However, you can ensure that your mammogram is as comfortable as possible by not scheduling your test for right before your period, when your breasts are likely to be tender. When possible, aim to have your mammogram the week after your period.

Follow Day-Of Recommendations

On the day of your mammogram, don’t wear deodorant or put talcum powder or lotion under your arms, as these items look like calcium deposits on X-rays. Because you will need to remove your top and bra, many women find that they are most comfortable wearing pants or a skirt instead of a dress to the hospital. 

Don’t put off your mammogram for another day. Schedule an appointment at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami. Our hospital’s Women’s Center provides a range of breast health and osteoporosis services. For more information about our hospital’s comprehensive range of care, call us at (305) 228-5451.


Types of Skin Lesions

A skin lesion is any abnormal skin growth or rash that does not go away like typical infection- or allergy-related skin issues. Some skin lesions require surgery to prevent future complications or for cosmetic reasons. This video explains more.

One common type of skin lesion is a mole. While most moles are not cancerous, some must be surgically removed because they have the potential to become malignant in the future. Birthmarks are also a type of skin lesion. Surgery to remove large birthmarks can be performed if there are cosmetic concerns.

In addition to surgery for skin lesions, Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami-Dade offers a range of hospital services, including orthopedic surgery and trauma care. For more information about our hospital, call (305) 228-5451.  


Knowing When a Fever Is an Emergency

fever

A fever is a common part of being ill. It is a sign of your body trying to fight off an infection, and in many cases, it’s not dangerous. However, while most fevers are benign, if uncomfortable, others require emergency treatment. How can you tell the difference? Here is what you need to know.

For kids under four months old, any fever over 100.4° F can be an emergency. If your child has a fever in the 100-degree range, call your pediatrician or go to the hospital. For older children, go to the hospital for fevers over 104° F. For adults, fevers are a little more difficult to judge. If you develop a fever after prolonged sun exposure, get emergency care, as it could be a symptom of heat stroke. If you develop a fever after taking a new medication or illicit drug, go to the hospital, as it could be a sign of a dangerous reaction.  

The ER at Miami’s Kendall Regional Medical Center can diagnose the cause of fevers quickly and begin emergency care as needed. Find out more about all of our hospital’s services by calling (305) 228-5451.  


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