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    Honeycrisp Arrives at Memorial Regional Hospital

    Memorial Healthcare System introduces its newest animal assisted therapy dog, Honeycrisp. The 2.5-year-old Golden Retriever is certified to help treat physical and emotional disabilities. She comes from a long line of service and facility dogs: she is the niece of Freedom, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital’s therapy dog, and the great-great niece of Gael, Memorial Regional Hospital’s dog who is semi-retiring at age nine.

    Honeycrisp has a gentle and calm demeanor that will pair perfectly with the fast-paced environment of Memorial Regional Hospital, home to Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Memorial Transplant Institute, Memorial Cancer Institute, Memorial Neuroscience Institute, Memorial Family Birthplace, and Level I Trauma Center.

    “We are so excited to welcome Honeycrisp as she is part of our succession planning for Gael, who will be 10 years old this year and is semi-retiring,” said Tracy Meltzer, ARNP, director of nursing at Memorial Regional Hospital. “Through the help our specially trained therapy dogs, we’ve created a powerful healing environment that motivates and encourages our patients to reach their goals.”

    Honeycrisp was onsite today with Memorial’s five other therapy pups and her home handler Trish for a training session. Her arrival from Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) was made possible by a generous anonymous donation to the Memorial Foundation. Today the pups and their handlers worked on walking up and down stairs, riding an elevator, and simulated patient visits. The week-long training prepares the handlers and Honeycrisp to work with patients safely to provide comfort and care.

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    Memorial Outpatient Behavioral Health Center to Expand Space and Services

    At a time of increased need for mental health services, Memorial Outpatient Behavioral Health Center is expanding its space by 40% with a $5 million initial investment by Memorial Healthcare System. The relocation and expansion of over 7,000 sq-ft will offer an additional 10,080 adult mental health and addiction visits—including psychiatry, behavioral health counseling and primary care services. This expansion will also include additional innovative services, all focused on helping patients achieve health and wellness in all areas of their lives.

    Over the next year, the Behavioral Health Center, now located at 5595 South University Drive, Davie, FL, will recruit three additional mental health providers, increase psychiatry resident rotations, and pursue additional federal, state and county grant funding. The plan also includes the creation of a teen and young adult program in partnership with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.

    Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States. More than 50% of people will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime, and 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in any given year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    “On the heels of the pandemic, we have seen an increase in patients experiencing mental health crises in our community, evident also by an influx of patients into our emergency rooms seeking help," said Tammy Tucker, PsyD, VP, Memorial Behavioral Health. “The expansion of Memorial's outpatient behavioral health services is happening just at the right time to respond to the needs of our community and provide a safe space where our mental health professionals can empower even more patients and their families and provide them the tools they need to achieve wellness."

    tammy tucker andrew migliaccio and claudia vicencioLeft to Right: Tammy Tucker, PsyD, FACHE, VP of Memorial Behavioral Health; Andrew Migliaccio, MD, medical director, Psychiatry, Memorial Outpatient Behavioral Health; and Claudia Vicencio, PhD, LCSW, LMFT, director of Outpatient Behavioral Health at the Center’s Grand Opening

    Memorial's expansion of outpatient services is taking place at a time when other market challenges are exacerbating access issues, barriers to care and health disparities. Inpatient psychiatric programs are closing in Broward County, and payment for private mental health services are shifting from insurance coverage to out-of-pocket expenses.

    “We believe our new Behavioral Health Center will be a beacon of hope for those who need mental health and substance abuse services and will have a tremendous impact on the well-being of our patients, caregivers, families and more,” said Claudia Vicencio, PhD, LCSW, LMFT, Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health. “We are proud to offer this expanded space and services and we want people to know that we are here to help."

    As one of the largest public healthcare systems in the nation, Memorial Healthcare System offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient adult behavioral health and substance abuse services. The multicultural team includes psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors, and peer support specialists who use their lived experiences and skills learned in training to help others achieve and maintain recovery and wellness. In addition to offering traditional mental health services, Memorial offers unique and renowned adult services and treatments including:

    Mothers in Recovery

    An award-winning, inpatient and outpatient program for pregnant women who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol to help achieve mother and baby health outcomes.

    Rebel’s Drop-In Center

    A safe space for adults with behavioral health conditions seeking support and connection. Rebel’s provides free services 365 days a year, including self-help support groups, arts and craft activities, wellness and recreational activities, peer mentoring, and recovery coaching.

    Trauma Program

    For adults who have experienced traumatic events, including: physical and sexual abuse, and other threats to one’s life and/or physical, emotional or spiritual integrity.

    Medication-Assisted Treatment

    Evidence-based program for adults struggling with addiction to opioids. Offering comprehensive services, combining the use of opioid agonist medications (buprenorphine/naloxone and naltrexone) with structured group and individual therapy.

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    To treat adults with complex behavioral health conditions, including borderline personality disorder, suicide attempts and ideation, trauma and multiple mental health diagnoses. The 6-month, structured program includes weekly psychotherapy sessions and skills groups with specially trained clinicians who teach the core concepts of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

    Mind/Body Wellness Clinic

    A primary care clinic, integrated in the Outpatient Behavioral Health Center that provides compassionate, patient- and family-centered care that integrates primary care and behavioral healthcare to meet the complete needs of the patient.

    Esketamine Clinic at Memorial

    The first certified esketamine treatment center in South Florida to offer SPRAVATO™ for adults who have tried multiple oral antidepressants with little to no relief in their symptoms.

    And coming soon, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) a noninvasive technological breakthrough that involves applying a series of short magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in areas of the brain known to be associated with major depression. The electromagnet painlessly delivers a magnetic pulse that stimulates nerve cells in the region of your brain involved in mood control and depression. This new technology and treatment has been funded by generous donors through the Memorial Foundation.


    About Memorial Outpatient Behavioral Health Center

    For more than 30 years, Memorial Outpatient Behavioral Health Center has provided comprehensive adult mental health and addiction treatment—including psychiatry, behavioral health counseling, and primary care services—focused on helping patients develop health and wellness in all areas of their lives.

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    Brett Rose Elected Chair of Foundation's Board of Directors

    Brett Rose knows what it’s like to be among the sickest of the sick. Left partially paralyzed and with extremely limited physical abilities for months after contracting West Nile, Zika, and Dengue viruses from a mosquito bite, the Broward-based businessman is focused on ensuring current and future patients within Memorial Healthcare System have access to the same medical resources that saved his life.

    Rose will have the opportunity to make the difference he seeks in his new role as chair of the Board of Directors for the Memorial Foundation and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation. The nonprofit organizations raise funds philanthropically to assist patients, families, and to underwrite the cost of programs, facilities, and equipment within the South Broward Hospital District.

    Rose, CEO of Fort Lauderdale-based United National Consumer Suppliers (UNCS), was selected to serve a two-year term.

    “I’m alive and mobile because of the care I received at Memorial,” said Rose. “Others have similarly complex medical challenges and it’s our role at the foundations to make sure our current and future patients and hospital teams have whatever resources are necessary to deliver life-changing care.”

    One board priority will be fundraising for the growth and expansion of the Memorial Cancer Institute. The comprehensive cancer center, already one of only five Cancer Centers of Excellence in Florida, will open a $125 million facility later this year in Pembroke Pines that will consolidate resources and maximize collaboration between high-level specialists for the more than 5,200 new patients that come for life-saving treatment each year.

    Joining Rose as officers on the board of the foundations are Beth-Ann Krimsky (1st Vice Chair), Allan Budelman (2nd Vice Chair), and Andrew Greenfield, MD (Immediate Past Chairman). Executive committee members include Elden LeGaux, Susanne Cornfeld Hurowitz, Sean Deviney, and Doug Gawrych.

    Adam Blomberg, MD, Amy Share Brennan, Atif Hussein, MD, and Alberto Peisach are joining the nonprofits for the first time in 2023.

    “We’re fortunate to have these individuals on our Board of Directors,” said Kevin Janser, president of the Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundations. “Their leadership and philanthropic efforts will help us deliver many of the programs and services that improve lives for those at our hospitals.”

    Memorial Foundation and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation raise funds philanthropically to assist patients, families, and to underwrite the cost of programs, facilities, and equipment within the Memorial Healthcare System.

    To learn more or make a donation, please call 954-265-3454, or visit the Memorial Foundation and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation.