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  • Aleksander "Sasha" Barkov and Joe D patients

    Seriously Ill Kids and Families at Children’s Hospital Benefit from NHL Superstar’s Generosity

    NHL Superstar Aleksander "Sasha" Barkov will do more than just ‘light the lamp’ with each goal he scores during the Stanley Cup playoffs, he’ll also continue to help kids being treated at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The Florida Panthers captain donates $1,600 for each goal he scores and $800 for each he assists on to the children’s hospital’s nonprofit foundation, and today announced the philanthropic campaign will continue throughout postseason play. Barkov also provides a suite for games at the FLA Live Arena for use by those connected to the pediatric facility.

    After scoring 39 goals and assisting on 49 during the regular season, Barkov’s contribution entering the playoffs is $101,600.

    “I am happy to continue my support of ‘Joe D.’ during the postseason,” said Barkov, affectionately called “Sasha” by family and friends. “Knowing I can bring a smile to the kids, families, and the staff is personally satisfying and I’m looking forward to visiting the children’s hospital again sometime soon.”

    Barkov has previously made several trips to tour the expanding pediatric facility to meet with children, parents, caregivers, and administrators. With each visit, he brings gifts, signs autographs, and poses for photos.

    “Sasha has been a great ambassador for us and a credit to athletes everywhere, selflessly sharing of himself and bringing joy to those impacted by illness,” said Kevin Janser, president of Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation. “We’re proud to have him on our team and wish the Panthers the best of luck in the playoffs.”

    Updates on the alliance between the hockey star and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will be chronicled throughout the postseason on the foundation’s social media sites on Facebook (@jdchfoundation) and Instagram (@jdch_foundation). Fans can also search #BarkovScores4JoeD.

    Barkov has won the NHL’s Frank J. Selke trophy, signifying the game’s best defensive forward, and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL player that combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct, and a high standard of playing ability. A Boca Raton resident, Barkov was the second overall pick in the 2013 draft and has played his entire NHL career for the Panthers.

  • Trust the Experts in Complex Care ad

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Announces New Center for Complex Care

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital today announced the launch of a new complex care center to enhance access to highly specialized pediatric care in South Florida.

    A new alliance with Boston Children’s Hospital will provide Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital patients throughout South Florida with more coordinated access to specialized and streamlined care planning among providers at both institutions. Both children’s hospitals will work together to provide a more unified team-based approach on diagnosis and treatments to manage the rarest and most complex conditions.

    “We are excited about this collaboration because it directly benefits children and adolescents with complex needs in the greater South Florida community. It provides access to the collective expertise from two nationally ranked children’s hospitals in the country, while maintaining care close to home,” said Caitlin Stella, CEO, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “We continuously enhance and elevate the care we provide in order to give parents in our community the resources they need to help their children through their medical journey and give children the exceptional medical expertise and outstanding patient care that they deserve.”

    "Boston Children’s is dedicated to providing compassionate family-centered complex care, driven by life-changing science,” said Dr. Kevin Churchwell, CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital. “This alliance will strengthen the shared commitment of two great institutions to improving access to the highest-quality pediatric care, and to improving the entire experience for the patients and their families. We are looking forward to serving the children of South Florida together.”

    Under this alliance, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital sees patients at its Center for Complex Care and can provide a direct referral to Boston Children’s Hospital for evaluation and treatment by its physicians. In turn, both children’s hospitals co-manage the care in an effort to keep patients and families closer to home and maintain collaborative clinical discussions for the greater benefit of the patients.

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s Center for Complex Care also offers:

    • Office visits for children with complex chronic medical conditions.
    • Needs assessments for home and community-based medical services.
    • Short and long-term medical planning for medically complex children.
    • Second opinions for children with rare or difficult to diagnose health issues.
    • Transition of care visits for medically complex children, including when children experience the following changes in care environments:
      • Hospital to home
      • Skilled nursing facility to home
      • Geographic relocation
      • Shift from one care provider to another
      • Approaching adulthood

    To learn more about The Center for Complex Care, call 954-265-4494.

    In addition, the alliance allows for continuous medical education that provides opportunities for physicians to share knowledge and expertise through an annual pediatric symposium presented by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital. This year’s annual conference will be held on November 12-13, 2022 at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, FL.

    About Boston Children’s Hospital

    Boston Children’s Hospital – the #1 children’s hospital in the nation, for eight years in a row, and highly ranked across all ten U.S. News & World Report ranked specialties – is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. Today, 3,000 researchers and scientific staff, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 23 members of the National Academy of Medicine ,and 12 Howard Hughes Medical Investigators comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s is now a 415-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care.

  • Dr. Samuel Ostrower

    New Bill Signed in Florida a Win in Helping to Identify Hearing Loss in Newborns

    In April, the SB 292 Newborn Screenings bill was signed in Florida that requires hospitals and other state-licensed birthing facilities to test for congenital cytomegalovirus, also known as cCMV, in newborns.

    Samuel Ostrower, MD, chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Program at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, is part of the Florida CMV Collaborative, a consortium of healthcare providers eager to improve education and screening for cCMV in Florida. Through this group and in recognition of his work to improve cCMV outcomes for Memorial Healthcare System, he was invited to testify before the Florida Senate in support of the new law.

    Dr. Ostrower says that cCMV is the most common cause of non-genetic hearing loss in infants and that more than 90% of women have never heard of CMV. This new bill aims to help provide education around the virus and early detection.

    “Raising awareness about congenital CMV is crucial to preventing hearing loss in children,” said Dr. Ostrower. “Even before the SB 292 Newborn Screenings bill was passed, Memorial Healthcare System began evaluating all infants who fail the newborn hearing screen for cCMV because if it is diagnosed early, there are treatments available to improve hearing loss.”

    CMV is one of the most common viruses worldwide, and more than 80% of adults have been infected at least once in their life. Symptoms of CMV are usually very mild, and if a pregnant mother becomes infected, she can pass the virus to her unborn child, which is known as congenital CMV. cCMV affects one in two hundred babies born in the United States. Ninety percent of infants born with cCMV have no symptoms, but it can cause permanent hearing loss - even deafness.

    If an expectant parent suspects that they may have contracted CMV, they should contact their obstetrician immediately to arrange to have the baby evaluated at birth. If a child is diagnosed with cCMV, parents can work with their pediatrician for a referral to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital for treatment.