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    Tour de Broward Returns to Miramar Regional Park

    South Floridians will once again have the opportunity to gather in southwest Broward for one of the region’s favorite charitable events.

    The Robins & Morton Tour de Broward, an annual fundraiser that helps expand programs and services for kids and families at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, will take place Sunday, March 6, from 7:00 am  - 1:00 pm, at Miramar Regional Park.

    The event combines fun, fitness, and philanthropy through a 3K walk, 5K timed run, 50 and 100K bicycle rides, and the “Power of Play Kid Zone,” a sports-themed, fun area for children 13 or younger. Each participant will receive breakfast, lunch, an event shirt, and goodie bag, along with the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting members of the community dealing with some of the most complex and challenging medical conditions.

    “We’re excited to once again offer an in-person experience for those who desire that,” said Aurelio M. Fernandez III, FACHE, president and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to make a statement about the type of caring community we want to live in, all while having fun with family and friends.”

    In its 12 previous years, Tour de Broward has generated more than $5.5 million for pediatric healthcare in South Florida. For those who prefer to support the cause virtually, that’s an option, with individuals able to complete their event at the time and location of their choosing. Event materials will be mailed to all virtual participants.

    The cost to participate is between $15-$50, depending on the event and sign-up date. Visit tourdebroward.com to learn more and register or call 954-905-5633. Details about sponsorship opportunities are available by calling 954-265-7241.

    Miramar Regional Park is located at 16801 Miramar Parkway in Miramar.

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    Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Earns 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

    Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital was named a Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. The South Florida based hospital has received this recognition three times in the last five years. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.

    “Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has again been honored with the distinction of being one of only eight children’s hospitals in the country to earn the Leapfrog Top Hospital award,” said Caitlin Stella, chief executive officer, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “We proudly hold ourselves to the highest standards when it comes to caring for our patients and their families and this continued distinction validates our team’s outstanding work.”

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    Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. A total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals, including only eight Top Children’s Hospitals. The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

    “We are pleased to recognize Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Even with the continued strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent health care in the South Florida community. We congratulate the board, leadership, staff and clinicians who put their patients first.”

    To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

    About The Leapfrog Group

    Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information, they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

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    Memorial Healthcare System Signs CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™ Pledge and American Hospital Association’s #123 for Equity Pledge to Act Campaign

    As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Memorial Healthcare Systems has recently signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge. The healthcare system joins more than 2,000 organizations that are taking action to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

    “Within Memorial Healthcare System, these values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of our culture,” said Aurelio M. Fernandez III, president and CEO, Memorial Healthcare System. “It is who we are, and we will continue our long-standing commitment to support initiatives that ensure equity for all.”

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    The CEO Pledge is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. By signing on to this commitment, CEOs are pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations in an effort to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

    With this promise, Memorial Healthcare System is pledging to:

    • Cultivate environments that support open dialogue on complex – and often difficult – conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Implement and expand unconscious bias education and training
    • Share best-known diversity, equity and inclusion programs and initiatives – as well as those that have been unsuccessful
    • Engage boards of directors when developing and evaluating diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies

    CEO Action was founded on a shared belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion is a societal issue, not a competitive one, and that collaboration and bold action from the business community – especially CEOs – is vital to driving change at scale. Its goal is to advance the inclusion of all employees and help them feel supported in the workplace, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability status, veteran status, or other aspects of diversity.

    In addition, Memorial also pledged to the American Hospital Association’s #123 for Equity Pledge to Act Campaign, which launched in July 2015 and is building upon the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. The pledge urges hospital and health system leaders to continue to develop and implement strategies to increase the collection and use of race, ethnicity, and language preference and sociodemographic data; advance cultural competency training; and increase diversity in leadership and governance. A fourth goal was added to improve and strengthen community partnerships.