“My system is simple – I take out my business card and I ask people what they know about Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. I’m a walking information center for what we can do to help someone in need. In fact, I just had a resident call me and say ‘My husband is on the way to the hospital and I know you’re an Ambassador, so can you do what you do so well for us, too?,” laughs Marge Rosenblatt as she recounts a recent experience with a patient. As an Ambassador for Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, Marge helps bridge the communication gap between healthcare professionals and the community.
Launched in April, 2009 by Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Board of Trustees Enid Weisman and Bob Diamond, together with Board Chair Leonard Brenner, the Ambassador Program functions as a direct link between the hospital and surrounding neighborhoods, offering local residents an opportunity to interact and dialogue on various healthcare topics in an effort to improve the health of the community.
“The Ambassadors are the voice for the communities we treat,” said Dianne Goldenberg, CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. “Their insight and input is invaluable to helping us provide excellent healthcare to our patients.”
After appointing Jerry Cohen as chair, the program was off and running. Recognizing the need for support, Jerry expanded the governing structure to an internal Board of Directors whose focus was to help grow the nascent program into the surrounding cities of Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Aventura, Sunny Isles Beach and North Miami Beach. To date, many current Ambassadors represent these cities and are former patients who channel their experiences with the hospital into this special volunteer position.
Currently, the program boasts 95 volunteers’ community members representing more than 48 residential communities. For more information on The Ambassador Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, or to find out about your community’s representative, call Richelle Doliner, Ambassador Liaison, at (305) 682-7391.