Services are provided by an interdisciplinary healthcare team of professionals. Under the direction of members of our Medical Staff, we provide care and treatment, diagnostic testing, medical and surgical services, and of course, compassion. With the discharge plan in mind, we work with the physicians, patients and family members to establish goals and objectives. Continuously, the interdisciplinary clinicians meet to evaluate individual goals as compared to each patient’s progress, complications, and the intensity of services provided. Our team includes members of the Medical Staff, nursing, pharmacy, respiratory and rehabilitation therapists, registered dietitian, case management, and others.
The hospital has a distinct medical staff to offer multi-specialty medical and surgical consults. Our patients require daily physician assessments & interventions. To ensure a high acuity of available services, the hospital provides 24-hour on-site physician coverage. The Medical Staff is led by a strong and dynamic Medical Executive Committee (MEC) and Chief Medical Officer.
Our nursing team, led by a Chief Nursing Officer and RN Clinical Coordinators, include Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Certified Nursing Assistants (C.N.A.s), and Unit Secretaries / Monitor Technicians. On average, our patients receive over 6.5 hours of nursing care each day with over 80% of our hours provided directly by RNs. The nursing staff receives extensive training to serve this critical and complex population, including Advanced Clinical Life Support (ACLS), Ventilator Management, Cardiac Monitoring, Rapid Response, and other clinical focal points. Additionally, the team completes monthly educational requirements to remain current with clinical practices and current patient care needs. Continuous cardiac monitoring is available, along with complex wound care. In order to improve communication and to better organize service delivery, a RN Clinical Coordinator manages the floor to work closely with the medical staff, the clinicians, each patient and the family members.
The hospital has a licensed pharmacy. A clinical pharmacist provides clinical services to optimize patient benefit, monitor needs and provide education. In addition, the hospital works closely with the host hospital to ensure access to a wide array of medications and treatment options on a 24-hour basis.
Therapists are on-site to provide treatments, respiratory services, ventilator management and to work closely with the physicians for interventions on a 24-hour basis. These therapists work closely with nursing and other clinicians, and provide basic respiratory therapy to more complex interventions, including assisting with bronchoscopes, participating in Rapid Response teams, and working closely with physical therapy to meet functional needs for individuals living with complex respiratory conditions.
Services to improve health and to maximize each patient’s functional abilities are provided by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Speech Therapists and Dietitians. The goal is to advance wellness, and work closely with nursing and physicians to provide specialized therapeutic services. With a focus on enhancing functional independence, the team uses the Functional Independence Measures (FIM) to monitor patient progress week to week and work toward structured and integrated goals.
We serve patients with complex and extensive needs, and patients come from all over the South Florida region. Our patients are often in transition – as they face life-changing situations, illnesses and abilities. To manage these needs, we rely on Case Managers. These nurses, social workers and other allied health professionals work closely with our physicians, our clinicians and our patients and family members to optimize outcomes. We concurrently monitor patient care via Performance Improvement initiatives to focus on individuals and improve their care, treatment and service delivery while they are hospitalized to impact their individual outcomes. From initial referral to discharge, our case management team works closely with clinicians, patients and families to integrate care and service delivery before, during and after the hospitalization.
The hospital is a unique environment where complex patients and their families stay for over 25 days. Our patients are also at risk for increased infection due to complex medical needs and prolonged hospitalizations, and our environmental team is determined to keep the area, equipment and supplies clean and well-organized to minimize risks, optimize comfort, and enhance the care setting focused on patient needs.
The small hospital has only a few team members who do not see patients, but who support the overall clinical efforts. This includes the CEO, CFO, Information Manager, Business Analyst, Accountant, and other support team members.