HCA East Florida Division
Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. In recognition of this commitment, we strive to deliver high quality, cost effective healthcare in the communities we serve.

$650 Million to Be Invested in East Florida: Expanding and Upgrading Patient Services

Big changes are coming to East Florida’s medical facilities! At locations throughout the region, millions of dollars will be invested to expand and upgrade existing hospitals, and to build new hospital facilities. These projects include a new hospital in Davie, FL, the expansion of the emergency room at JFK Medical Center in Palm Beach, and the development of free-standing emergency rooms in Doral and Kendall. You can find out more about these projects and the services offered at East Florida hospitals in this infographic from HCA East Florida. Please spread the word by sharing this information with your friends and family.

Joint Replacement and Reconstruction Procedures in Southeast Florida

The body’s joints serve many functions. They facilitate your body’s movement, bear its weight, and provide stability. Yet, joints are vulnerable to both acute injuries, and wear and tear damage that occurs gradually over time. Patients who suffer from severe or chronic joint pain may consider undergoing a joint reconstruction or replacement procedure at one of the HCA East Florida Division.

Am I a Candidate for Surgery?

Only an orthopedic specialist can determine if you are a good candidate for joint surgery. Your physician may ask you about your symptoms and how long you've had them. He or she may request some diagnostic tests, such as X-rays. And your physician may consider whether you’ve tried conservative treatments, such as medications, assistive devices, and physical therapy. Generally, joint reconstruction or replacement surgery is recommended for patients who cannot find relief of symptoms with non-surgical treatment options.

What Is Joint Reconstruction Surgery?

An orthopedic surgeon may perform an arthroscopic procedure to take a closer look at the joint. This procedure involves making several small incisions and inserting a tiny camera into the area near the joint. Arthroscopy also allows minor corrections of the joint, such as the removal of bone spurs or the loosening of a tight ligament. Another option for some patients is an osteotomy, which involves removing a small amount of bone to relieve pain. Joint resurfacing may also be an option for you, which involves trimming the top of the thighbone and placing a covering on top.

What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?

When a joint reconstruction procedure isn’t an option, an orthopedic surgeon can perform a joint replacement surgery. As the name implies, this surgery involves the removal of the components of the joint. The surgeon will then replace them with artificial components, which may be made of materials such as ceramic or metal. For many patients, joint replacement surgery has relieved their pain and improved their ability to function.

The hospitals within the HCA East Florida Division provide a range of healthcare services, including sophisticated orthopedic care. Patients will find options for joint reconstruction and replacement at JFK Medical Center, Aventura Hospital, Plantation General Hospital, and our other hospitals. To locate an HCA hospital near you with a comprehensive orthopedic program, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (954) 767-5748.

HCA East Florida Received State Approval for a New Hospital to be Built on the Campus of Nova Southeastern University

Contact: Sara Callari - sara.callari@hcahealthcare.com April 5, 2016

Ph: 954-767-5703 Ph: 954-249-7771

HCA East Florida Received State Approval for a New Hospital

to be Built on the Campus of Nova Southeastern University

First-of-its-kind hospital in Broward to combine research, academics and patient care

Broward County, FL - A Florida administrative law judge issued a Recommended Order to the Agency for Health Care Administration (“AHCA”), approving the issuance of a certificate of need (CON) for HCA East Florida to replace Plantation General Hospital with a new hospital on the campus of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Davie, Florida. Once a final order approving the project is issued by AHCA, HCA East Florida will construct a new state-of-the-art hospital focusing on technology and treatment and work with NSU to integrate research, clinical trials, and education.

Consistent with its other facilities, HCA East Florida will privately own the facility and no public funds will be utilized in the construction of the hospital.

“This is the first academic medical facility of its kind in Broward County. The new state-of-the-art hospital will fulfill our continued mission to provide high quality healthcare to the communities we serve,” said Michael Joseph, president of HCA East Florida. “HCA East Florida is proud of our award winning facilities and we look forward to working with NSU. The partnership will elevate the level of services we can provide by integrating a research and academic component into our scope of care to patients and provide much needed healthcare services to the town of Davie and beyond.”

The first phase of this project was completed in 2015 when HCA East Florida built the first free-standing Emergency Room (ER) in Davie on the location of the now approved hospital. The hospital will be built around this existing ER.

“Relocating this community hospital to NSU’s campus will provide the basis for a state-of-the-art teaching and research hospital in central Broward County, with easy access and far-reaching benefits,” said NSU President Dr. George Hanbury. “Our faculty members and students are already making breakthroughs in cell therapy, pharmaceuticals, and the hi-tech/biotech areas. Bringing this health care hub to our campus will provide the resources that lead to clinical trials to benefit our community and all of humankind.”


Page 2 – HCA East Florida Received State Approval for a New Hospital

In order to build the hospital, and in alignment with the CON, Plantation General Hospital (PGH), an HCA East Florida facility, will relocate 200 of its 264 licensed beds to the new hospital. PGH will continue to operate and offer its full range of services until the relocation of the new facility is complete.

After completion of the new hospital, PGH will still maintain emergency services at the current hospital location. HCA East Florida also has several other services in the Plantation area including a surgery center, physician practices and Westside Regional Medical Center which is approximately four miles away. This will ensure the surrounding community continues to receive high quality medical care.

HCA East Florida is the largest healthcare system in Eastern Florida and an affiliate of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Encompassing 14 hospitals, multiple ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, imaging centers and free standing emergency care facilities, as well as a supply chain center and an integrated regional lab. Together, HCA East Florida employs more than 15,000 employees and has nearly 5,000 physicians on staff. HCA East Florida hospitals include Aventura Hospital & Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, JFK Medical Center North Campus, Kendall Regional Medical Center, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Northwest Medical Center, Palms West Hospital, Plantation General Hospital, Raulerson Hospital, Sister Emmanuel Hospital, St. Lucie Medical Center, University Hospital & Medical Center, Westside Regional Medical Center. For more information, visit HCAEastFlorida.com.

About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution with more than 26,000 students, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education's criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit www.nova.edu for more information about NSU and realizingpotential.nova.edu for more information on the largest fundraising campaign in NSU history.


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Nashville, Tenn., March 7, 2016 – Hospital Corporation of America (NYSE: HCA), a leading healthcare provider with 168 hospitals and 116 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom, has been recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the seventh consecutive year HCA has been honored, underscoring its consistent commitment to ethical business standards and practices.

“Being named one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies is in part a reflection of our comprehensive Ethics and Compliance Program for our 230,000 employees,” said Alan Yuspeh, HCA’s senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer. “It is also recognition of our culture of integrity, our commitment to provide excellent care for our patients and our desire to be a good citizen in the many communities we serve.”

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ethisphere and the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation which recognizes organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.

"Companies rely on Ethisphere to continually raise and measure the standards of corporate behavior. Those that demonstrate leadership in areas like citizenship, integrity and transparency create more value for their investors, communities, customers and employees, thus solidifying a sustainable business advantage," explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Congratulations to everyone at HCA for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company."

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research and vetted and refined by the expert advice from Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel. The EQ offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.

The full list of the 2016 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/honorees/.


All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this release refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.

Spotlight on Plantation's Westside Regional Medical Center


Westside Regional Medical Center, part of the HCA East Florida network of hospitals, is a leading provider of advanced, compassionate care for residents of Plantation and the surrounding areas. We provide a comprehensive range of services with a focus on community to improve the health and quality of life of your family, friends, and neighbors. Here is why so many people in Plantation choose us when they need medical care.

Facility Overview

Westside Regional Medical Center opened in Plantation in 1974 and has since grown into a 224-bed healthcare complex with inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital offers a range of nationally recognized specialty services and fast, reliable emergency care for South Florida residents. We are constantly expanding and upgrading our services to ensure we are always providing the very latest in health care advances to the Broward County community.


With a comprehensive list of services, patients can find the healthcare answers they need at our hospital near Miami. Our oncology department offers medical, radiation, and surgical treatments combined with compassionate support from a multi-disciplinary team of specialists. The neurosurgery program is equipped to treat patients with both chronic and acute brain health conditions with surgery and other therapies. We also have specialists in endocrinology, cardiac and thoracic care, spine care, and much more. Our hospital is even home to a sleep center to diagnose sleep-related disorders, such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy.

Emergency Care

Emergency care is one of the most important services Westside Regional Medical Center offers the community. We have a kid-friendly ER service, a STEMI time that beats the national average, and a freestanding ER facility in Davie that offers the same quality of care as the ER on our main campus.

Westside Regional Medical Center serving Plantation is just one example of the patient-centered care you’ll find throughout the HCA East Florida network, from our hospitals near Treasure Coast to Miami’s Aventura Hospital and Sister Emmanuel Hospital. Call (866) 442-2362 to find an HCA facility near you.

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