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    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Launches the Young Women’s Health Program

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital recently opened a one-of-a-kind Young Women’s Health program to provide comprehensive care to adolescent females with locations in both Hollywood and Wellington.  

    “The Young Women’s Health program was thoughtfully designed to provide comprehensive reproductive health care for young women, by women, in a pediatric setting,” said Dr. Holly Neville, Chief, Pediatric General Surgery Program and Associate Program Director, Surgical Residency Program. “We embrace the system-wide approach to providing patient- and family-centered care and are especially focused on meeting the needs of young females in a new way.”

    According to the physician team at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, the program was developed because there is an increasing need for the combination of medical and surgical services for young women in a comfortable setting. 

    Services offered as part of the Young Women’s Health program include adolescent breast and gynecological surgery, including breast and ovarian masses, ovarian torsions, and vaginal and reproductive anomalies. In addition, the comprehensive team that includes medical, surgical care, nursing and other disciplines provides development checks during puberty, gynecological exams, polycystic ovary syndrome, menstrual irregularities evaluations and eating disorder management. 

    The Young Women’s Health program is a women-led multidisciplinary team of both medical and surgical experts. Joining Dr. Neville are Dr. Tamar Levene, providing surgical care, Dr. Elba Iglesias, Medical Director of Adolescent Medicine and Vanessa Petit-Vaval, APRN providing medical care.

    This program will not replace the care of the patient’s pediatrician, but offer an additional level of care for unique needs in the female adolescent population, including specialty exams and surgical procedures for tweens and teens.

    “We welcome new patients to our practice and look forward to caring for them as they begin the next phase of their health journey into adulthood,” said Dr. Iglesias. “The combined experience our team brings to Young Women’s Health allows us to treat adolescents with sensitivity and a holistic approach- this is not one-size-fits-all medicine.”

    To schedule an appointment or for more information about Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Young Women’s Health program, call 954-265-1460, or visit Adolescent Medicine.

    About Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 
    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of South Florida’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a caring, compassionate setting designed specifically for children. Part of Memorial Healthcare System, the level one pediatric trauma center combines advanced technology, the expertise of some of the region’s most diverse, board-certified specialists, and a patient- and family-centered focus to heal the body, mind and spirit of those it touches. To learn more, visit jdch.com and connect with @jdchospital on FacebookTwitterYouTube and  Instagram.

     
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    Children's Hospital's Foundation Returns To A Familiar Number For Campaign's Fundraising Goal

    It has been nearly 80 years since Joe DiMaggio and the number “56” were forever entwined, thanks to a consecutive game hitting streak considered to be one of the most unbreakable records in sports. Now the children’s hospital that bears his name is ready to make its own history with the number and the commitment to healthcare excellence it represents today.

    The nonprofit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation has established a $56 million capital campaign goal to underwrite a substantial portion of the cost to increase Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to eight floors, doubling its current size to more than 300,000 sq. ft. The organization established the target at its most recent Board of Directors meeting and announced it had already raised more than $35 million through its “Catch the Love” fundraising.

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    “It was important to us that philanthropy significantly contribute to the estimated $170 million cost of the children’s hospital expansion, since donors have made it clear they are committed to ‘Joe D.’ Having the space and resources to be the finest pediatric facility in America,” said Dr. Andrew Greenfield, board chair of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The connection to an iconic number already associated with Joe DiMaggio made $56 million a logical goal.”

    Construction at the children’s hospital is ongoing, with the project expected to be completed late in 2022. The additional four floors will feature:

    • 72 new patient rooms
    • Two cardiac hybrid operating rooms
    • Two surgical suites
    • Intensive care and cardiac intensive care units
    • Intraoperative MRI
    • Play zones
    • Rehab
    • Family support areas
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    “This project will ensure that Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital remains uniquely qualified to treat the most complex and critical conditions, so that South Florida kids and families won’t have to travel elsewhere to receive the highest quality medical care,” said Brett Rose, chair of the “Catch the Love” campaign. “By making a gift toward our $56 million goal, donors are ensuring the future of a critically important resource and personally making a difference in our community.”

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a caring, compassionate setting designed specifically for children. A level one trauma center, it combines advanced technology, the expertise of board-certified specialists, and a patient and family-centered approach to heal the body, mind, and spirit of those it touches.

    “They do a remarkable job of making the hospital not feel like a hospital,” said Jeff Conine, a former major league ballplayer that knew Joe DiMaggio and has been a philanthropic supporter for more than 25 years. “They treat you like family and ‘Catch the Love’ embodies the belief that together we can create something even more special.”

    The hospital’s nonprofit foundation focuses on philanthropy to positively impact patients, families, and underwrite programs, facilities, and equipment that support the pediatric facility’s mission.

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    Dr. Dennis A. Hart Named Chief of Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital names Dr. Dennis A. Hart, pediatric physiatrist, Chief of Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In this role, Dr. Hart will be responsible for the care of patients with developmental disabilities or patients recovering from neurological or orthopedic injuries such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury, spasticity and other conditions that require rehabilitation. In addition, he will lead the Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, where he is growing a multidisciplinary team of pediatric experts to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for all children.

    “My ultimate goal is to help children lead happier lives by working toward meaningful milestones that will improve their quality of life,” said Dr. Dennis Hart. “I was compelled to take on this role at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, because our philosophies on compassionate care were so aligned.”

    Throughout Dr. Hart’s career and training, he provided general pediatric rehabilitation services as well as specialized treatment of children with chronic pain and developmental disabilities, who often have complex challenges that can be difficult to treat. Dr. Hart says he is able to blend his expertise in pain management with physical medicine to help them improve their function, feel better, and be able to resume the activities and hobbies they love.

    Additionally, Dr. Hart was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve on the board of directors for the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. His clinical research interests include pediatric pain management; function outcomes in children and adolescents with chronic pain; evaluating the relationship between mental health and chronic pain; and the etiology and treatment of chronic widespread pain in patients with small fiber neuropathy, dysautonomia, postural orthostatic tachycardia and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

    Before joining Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Dr. Hart served as the medical director of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and the developmental behavioral pediatric rotation director at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. A medical graduate from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Austin, Dr. Hart also holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, and completed his fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of California, Davis and Shriner’s Hospital.

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    “Dr. Hart is an excellent addition to our team. His deep experience combined with his dedication to compassionate family-centered care, will make him a strong leader as he expands our pediatric rehabilitation services at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital throughout the tri-county area,” said Caitlin Stella, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Administrator, Memorial Healthcare System.

    For more information about Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Center, visit https://www.jdch.com/services/rehabilitation.

    About Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 
    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of South Florida’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a caring, compassionate setting designed specifically for children. Part of Memorial Healthcare System, the level one pediatric trauma center combines advanced technology, the expertise of some of the region’s most diverse, board-certified specialists, and a patient and family-centered focus to heal the body, mind, and spirit of those it touches. To learn more, visit jdch.com and connect with @jdchospital on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and  Instagram.