Aventura Hospital and Medical Center recently hosted an Aventura Marketing Council breakfast meeting saluting members of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department’s Urban Search & Rescue Team – internationally renowned for responding at a moment’s notice to natural or man-made disasters around the world.
AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman, joined Aventura Hospital CEO Heather Rohan in welcoming hundreds of business and community leaders to The Fairmont Turnberry Isle for the event recognizing USRT members and their canine partners providing search and rescue, medical support, communications and damage assessment in the wake of tragedies such as the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
“For two weeks, Miami-Dade Urban Search & Rescue heroes worked around the clock to save trapped victims in Haiti,” Rohan said. “Eleven lives were saved by this courageous group including that of a two-year-old child who had been under the rubble for more than six days. The efforts of the USRT are known around the world – it’s a great honor to salute them today.”
Rohan went on to explain, “So far this year, Aventura Hospital has partnered with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in efforts to save over 13,000 patients brought to our Emergency Room. We also work together to reduce STEMI times (how long it takes to reestablish blood flow for heart attack patients from the time they arrive at the hospital). Now, because of MDFR efforts to reduce STEMI times, we’re at an average time of 50 minutes [well below the 90 minute national benchmark].”
Sharing breaking news about healthcare reform and technological advancements, Rohan spoke about increased transparency relating to hospitals’ clinical outcomes; electronic records enabling patients’ to receive their medical information on discs; “Aim For Zero” and “Surviving Sepsis” programs to help prevent infections or injuries; and advancements such as “Deep Brain Stimulation” for Parkinson’s patients that can alleviate tremors.
“We have all kinds of exciting technologies – but the most important thing about Aventura Hospital is ‘people,’” Rohan said. “Today, 1,300 employees and board members are dedicated to making our hospital a better place. Our Chief of Staff Dr. Charles P. Shenker also leads a staff of over 700 physicians committed to improving patient care.”
On behalf of MDFR Florida TF 1, Chief Dave Downey emphasized, “We want to extend our appreciation to the community for efforts put forth in response to the disaster in Haiti and the support we receive from the Aventura Marketing Council.
“After the earthquake, we quickly mobilized our Urban Search & Rescue Team and some thirty-six hours after the earthquake struck, we were on the ground in Porto Prince. On average, we worked about six to eight hours to dig multiple victims out. This was truly a multi-national effort…it resulted in the largest number of lives saved in the twenty-five year history of Urban Search & Rescue.”
As applause rang out for Downey, cotask force leader Chief Alan Perry, members of USRT and canine partners, Rohan presented a generous donation from Aventura Hospital while expressing the sentiments of the community: “We recognize and applaud your tremendously courageous and heroic actions that save lives.”
For more information about Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, call 305- 682-7000 or visit aventurahospital.com