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BROWARD HEALTH CORAL SPRINGS CELEBRATES 35TH ANNIVERSARY

April 4, 2022 – During the 1980s, Coral Springs, the self-proclaimed “country town,” experienced unprecedented growth, including the opening of the Sawgrass Highway, Coral Square Mall, and Broward Health Coral Springs, then known as Coral Springs. Medical Center.

This year, Broward Health Coral Springs, a 250-bed hospital serving residents of western Broward County, celebrates 35 years of serving the community. With 1,100 employees, 600 physicians and 126,000 annual patients, Broward Health Coral Springs has an economic impact on the community of approximately $180 million per year.

Coral Spring Medical Center, now Broward Health Coral Springs

Over the years, the award-winning hospital has evolved to meet the needs of the growing community through investments in staff, technology and capital improvements. Broward Health Coral Springs offers a full continuum of care, including a women’s hospital, surgical institute, Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital, orthopedic care, and a specialty emergency department for children. Other offerings include a special summer camp for children with type 1 diabetes and a community education center with a full range of classes.

“We are so proud of our 35-year heritage here in Coral Springs and look forward to many more years as we serve patients close to home,” said Jared Smith, CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs. “Everything we do – including our investments in people, technology and facilities – is aimed at ensuring that we provide the highest quality patient-centred care.”

First baby born at Broward Health Coral Springs in 1987

Most recently, Broward Health Coral Springs expanded its cardiac program with the opening of a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab, which includes four pre- and post-procedure patient care bays equipped with the latest monitoring technology patients. This is part of the hospital’s initiative to provide patients with advanced and life-saving cardiac procedures close to home.

“When it comes to cardiac care, time is running out,” Smith said. “Having a cardiac catheterization lab in your community hospital allows doctors to quickly determine next steps for treatment. Combined with the clinical expertise of our doctors, this laboratory is an excellent example of our commitment to improving our services.

From screening and diagnostics to treating cardiovascular disease, the center’s goal is to help improve the overall health of the community, especially as patients will be treated closer to home. Broward Health Coral Springs has also met STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) criteria so that patients with the most acute heart attacks can receive critical interventional care.

In 2018, the hospital opened a new $65 million four-story patient tower. The 110-square-foot expansion was the largest addition to the hospital since it opened in 1987, offering women’s and pediatric wards and a surgery center. The new South Tower added 56 new state-of-the-art private patient rooms, as well as an extension of the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to 10 private rooms. Click here for the expansion video.

The remodeled Broward Health Coral Springs Women’s Outpatient Center, which provides quality, compassionate care for women, has been transformed into a beautiful spa-like facility. The center provides state-of-the-art technology specifically designed for women, including 3D SmartCurve mammography, bone density, ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsy.

In 2020, Broward Health Coral Springs launched a new Heartburn Center offering the latest surgical treatments and endoscopic therapies. This specialized multidisciplinary center offers treatments for a variety of conditions that cause heartburn, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

A $6 million investment in the latest surgical technology improved surgical care for the community as the hospital introduced robot-assisted surgery through its two new da Vinci Xi surgical devices. This new technology is used in a range of minimally invasive procedures.

In 2021, Broward Health expanded its Graduate Medical Education (GME) program across its four hospitals, including its Coral Springs Hospital, as the system continues to serve the community as a center of academic excellence. This allows the hospital system to help address the physician shortage and critical need for physicians locally and across the state.

For more than 25 years, BHCS has been home to Camp Coral Kids, a day camp for children with type 1 diabetes. Traditional camp activities and diabetes education mingle throughout the day. Campers check their blood sugar, administer insulin, and learn how to incorporate disease management into their daily lives

“One of South Florida’s most endearing community initiatives began in 1995 when we established Camp Coral Kids for children with type 1 diabetes,” Smith said. “It’s one of the best programs in the country for these kids.

Jared Smith, CEO of BHCS

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Broward Health caregivers have stood at the forefront of the global health crisis to care for their neighbors. Clad in personal protective equipment, they worked tirelessly to save lives and serve as surrogate families for their patients. Throughout the pandemic, the team of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, clinicians and other support staff at Broward Health Coral Springs have successfully released more than 1,100 patients with COVID- 19.

The nature of health care creates strong ties with local police, emergency and fire services, and the city. From pediatric drowning prevention and water safety to drug education to free childhood vaccinations, Broward Health Coral Springs has been a trusted, community-based partner. Each year, the hospital provides free mammograms to underserved women in the community, thanks to the generous support of the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. More than 2,200 women have been screened to date.

“We have been in our community for 35 years, saving lives in the hospital, making a difference in our community. I can’t wait to see what the future holds,” said Smith.

Broward Health Coral Springs is located at 3000 Coral Hills Drive. For more information, call 954-344-3000.

About Broward Health

Providing services for over 80 years, Broward Health is a nationally recognized system in South Florida that provides world-class health care to everyone. Broward Health System includes Broward Health Medical Center Statutory Teaching Hospital, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group, Broward Health Emergency Care, Broward Health International and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.



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