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  • Monica Puga

    Memorial Healthcare System Appoints Monica Puga Chief Nursing Executive

    Monica Puga, RN, MSN, a nurse leader for nearly 20 years at Memorial Healthcare System, has been named chief nursing executive. The new senior vice president will utilize a data-driven approach to enhance care delivery, workforce development, and drive innovation.

    “A large part of my role is care transformation and cross-continuum care redesign, which will enable us to remove inefficiencies and improve on our high-quality outcomes,” said Puga, a graduate of both Nova Southeastern and Barry universities. “Our people, culture, clinical excellence, and passion for innovation will improve the Memorial experience for patients, families, staff, and providers.”

    Puga, a Weston resident, began her career at Memorial as a registered nurse in 2001, quickly advancing through a variety of clinical and administrative leadership positions that led to the executive suite. One of her first strategic initiatives will be replenishing, retaining, and recognizing nursing staff impacted by COVID-19. Puga says she’ll begin by promoting workforce development programs that include more residency and fellowship opportunities, introducing innovative staffing models, and creating an environment that focuses on the health and wellness of the entire care team.

    “Monica has a distinctive leadership vision for nursing and patient care delivery which, in these challenging healthcare times, I’m confident will help us advance on many fronts,” said Nina Beauchesne, FACHE, executive vice president and chief transformation officer at Memorial Healthcare System.

    As she has for the past seven years, Puga will continue to oversee Memorial’s population health initiatives and Care Coordination Center.

    Puga took her place on Memorial’s Executive Staff in September. She succeeded Maggie Hansen, RN, who retired after nearly 40 years with the healthcare system.

  • MemorialDocNow

    Memorial Healthcare System To Waive Fees For Telehealth Consultations Through October 13

    As part of its ongoing effort to aid those affected by Hurricane Ian, Memorial Healthcare System will waive the fee for a one-time telehealth visit through October 13. Individuals can enter the coupon code “IAN” on the MemorialDOCNow website or mobile app for the free, medical consultation.

    “We understand many individuals throughout Florida are struggling in the aftermath of the storm and are pleased to offer a convenient, no-cost option for those needing non-emergency medical care,” said William Manzie, administrative director of telehealth strategy for Memorial Healthcare System.

    MemorialDOCNow is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with online doctors able to diagnose and prescribe medication for minor health issue issues that include allergies, asthma, coughing, flu, pinkeye, sinus infections, strep throat, and urinary tract infections.

    For more information, visit MemorialDOCNow.

  • JDCH Special Needs Fair 2022

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Hosts Free Special Needs and Inclusion Fair at Signature Grand in Broward County

    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will host a fun and informative day for the whole family at the annual Special Needs and Inclusion Fair on Saturday, September 24, 2022, from 10 am to 2 pm at Signature Grand in Davie. This event will once again be held in person, and while the kids participate in a variety of activities, attendees, such as parents, caregivers and healthcare providers may learn more about programs and resources from organizations throughout Broward County that cater to persons with special needs and disabilities.

    “Come out and learn about all of the important resources available for families with children with special needs. This year there will be an informative workshop session focused on navigating the transition from adolescence to adulthood,” said Vanessa Nazario, chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Memorial Healthcare System.

    More than 30 agency booths filled with resource information are participating, including YMCA of South Florida, Family Network of Disabilities and Lighthouse of Broward. There will be special performances from the South Florida Cloggers and Exceptional Theater Company.

    The fair is free and open to the public, yet we highly encourage registration. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, giveaways, activities, entertainment and even a quiet area.

    Signature Grand is located at 6900 State Road 84, Davie, Florida 33317. There is ample parking on property.

    For more information or to arrange for an American Sign Language interpreter, contact the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team at dei@mhs.net. Visit Special Needs Fair to register for this event.