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          Volume 15 • Issue 8 • $5.00               February 2019

               EDUCATION                                         Cleveland Clinic:                                         CARDIOLOGY
                                                   Welcome to the Treasure Coast

                                                                                                                                Dr. Joseph Lamelas
                 Dr. Debra A. Shannon                                 BY BARBARA R. FALLON
                                                                                                                        “Miami Method”
                                               Cleveland Clinic, Indian River Medical Center and Martin Health System officials
              Miami Dade                     announced the addition of Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) and Martin Health
                                             System as full members of the Cleveland Clinic health system. Now, the full affiliation   for Cardiac
          College, Medical                   will be signified by the following names in multiple locations in Indian River, Martin
                                             and St. Lucie counties:                                                    Surgery Benefits
                 Campus:                                                                           Continued on page 6
                                                                                                                       UHealth Patients
                Meeting the                      Broward Health Physicians Look

                                                                                                                        Not all cardiac surgeries require splitting
          Increased Demand                           Back at the Parkland School                                      open the chest cavity to access the heart. In
                                                                                                                      fact, many cardiac surgery procedures can
           for Highly-Trained                           Shooting One Year Later                                       now be done via a minimally invasive
                                                                                                                      approach which helps patients recover
          Health Information                                                                                          quicker.
                                                                                                                        Dr. Joseph Lamelas, the doctor who
                                                                                                                      helped pioneer a minimally invasive
               Management                                                                                             approach to cardiac surgery and developed
                                                                                                                      the surgical instruments to make this pos-
                 Technology                                                                                           sible, is now the new chief of cardiac sur-
                                                                                                                      gery at the University of Miami Health
               Professionals                                                                                            Lamelas is renowned for developing and
                                                                                                                      perfecting  the  minimally  invasive
                                                                                                                      approach to cardiac surgery he named The
            BY DR. DEBRA A. SHANNON                                                                                   Miami Method, which is carried out
                                                                                                                      through a less than a two-inch incision
          According to the Amer ican Health                                                                           between the ribs and without breaking any
        Infor mation Management Assoc iation    Dr. Igor Nichiporenko     Dr. Evan Boyar          Dr. Ivan Puente     of the ribs or opening the chest cavity.
        (AHIMA), and the Bureau of Labor                                                                              Aortic valve and mitral valve replacements,
        Statistics, health information profession-                                                                    double valve surgery, even triple valve sur-
        als are expected to be in high demand                         BY DANIEL CASCIATO                              gery have all been adapted to this minimal-
        through 2026, as the health sector con-                                                                       ly invasive method - including replace-
        tinues to expand. The need for health   As we approach the one-year anniversary of the shooting massacre at Marjory   ment of the ascending aorta, a technique
        services is likely to increase as the popu-  Stoneman Douglas High School last February 14, Dr. Evan Boyar, medical director of   Lamelas himself developed.
        lation ages, the employment of health   emergency services for Broward Health North, can still recall the aftermath quite clear-  Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
        information technicians is projected to   ly in his mind.                                                     results in less physical pain and trauma,
        grow 13 percent, faster than the average   “It was a Wednesday afternoon between 2:30 and 3:00, which is typically a busy   less blood loss, reduced risk of infection,
        for all occupations. The U.S. Department   time for us,” he says. “The volume of patients is usually quite high. Suddenly, we   shorter hospital stays, quicker recupera-
        of Labor indicates that the Health   received a call from pre-hospital personnel about the incident that took place."    tion, and better long-term outcomes than
        Information Technology (HIT) field will   Based on this intel, Broward Health North activated a Code Green, a status that the   more traditional cardiac surgical proce-
        expand to encompass new support posi-  hospital undergoes to be able to receive and facilitate the treatment of a mass casualty   dures.
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