Memorial Regional Hospital South reaches milestones

Memorial Regional Hospital South, formerly known as Hollywood Medical Center, recently celebrated its 4th birthday, since it was acquired in 2006 by Memorial Healthcare System (South Broward Hospital District). This 280-bed community hospital has been significantly upgraded to provide efficient, high-quality medical and surgical services in an attractive, nurturing and homelike setting.

“We offer a boutique, hotel-like environment that enhances the hospital experience and promotes healing for our patients,” said Doug Zaren, CEO of Memorial Regional Hospital South. “We’ve had an excellent response so far to our unique approach.”

Special amenities include private rooms, attractive décor, around-the-clock room service, a daily snack time that includes family and friends, fresh bread baked daily in areas throughout the hospital, overhead music in common areas, an outdoor Memory Garden, and relaxation rooms that are equipped with massage chairs and offer soothing music and aromatherapy.

Aside from offering 24-hour emergency care ranging from minor illnesses to chronic medical conditions, the Emergency Department provides physicians with Concierge Care Service, which helps to streamline accessibility for their patients. This year, the Emergency Department opened a Geriatric Emergency area – the only one of its kind in South Florida – with physicians and staff trained to handle these patients’ unique needs.

The individualized geriatric care continues in the inpatient setting with the ACE (Acute Care for Elders) Unit, which provides care based on proven, effective practices. It is the only unit of its type in the region under the medical direction of a fellowship- trained, board-certified geriatrician.

Memorial Regional Hospital South’s Orthopedic Institute of South Florida offers a wide variety of advanced care techniques for patients with foot and ankle, hand, joint, spine, geriatric fracture and other orthopedic issues. A distinguished team of orthopedic specialists collaborates with patients and families to explore surgical and noninvasive treatment options, including sophisticated pain control.

The hospital’s Rehabilitation Institute of South Florida features 56 private rooms, daily life simulation areas (apartment, car, ATM and grocery store), and a 2,000-squarefoot gym with advanced therapeutic and robotic equipment. A special “dogtor” on call is named Liz, a nurturing and charismatic golden retriever, who brings a special touch to the healing experience as she works with rehabilitation patients and makes rounds throughout the hospital.

The Women’s Institute of South Florida, with dedicated physicians, nurses and staff, provides a comprehensive array of specialties and services under one roof – breast health, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, plastic surgery, urogynecology and much more. The Women’s Imaging Center’s extensive and convenient diagnostic services include advanced digital breast imaging, bone density testing, all in a warm, relaxing setting. The team includes board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists who are certified by the American College of Radiology.

The hospital also has a Sleep Study Program, a dedicated 18-patient Hospice Unit, and 56 private rooms for medical/surgical patients. Outpatient services include a variety of medical procedures, surgical procedures and diagnostic testing.

“We have evolved tremendously in the last four years, creating and establishing programs that enhance the health of this community,” Zaren said. “We are proud to have accomplished all these improvement in a short time, and we invite the community to come visit us and see the new Memorial Regional Hospital South.”

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