Virtually Paperless Hospital Opens March 2005; Memorial Hospital Miramar: The Hospital Of The Future

MIRAMAR, Fla., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- When patients enter Memorial Hospital Miramar, they will experience a medical world that is computerized, digitized, wireless and robotic -- except for the human touch.

They will see barcoded medications signaling proper doses matching the same barcode on their wristband. Nurses and doctors will input vital signs, symptoms and other essential medical notes via an on-line, bed charting system. X-rays, CT scans and MRIs will be captured and retrieved in a Picture Archival Communication System (PACS), where doctors can view them for diagnosis and treatment, even if they are miles away from the hospital. The emergency room, as well as the entire facility, will have a computerized patient tracking system, helping to expedite care and the flow of patients. In short, visitors and patients will experience the hospital of the future when Memorial Hospital Miramar opens its doors on March 17, 2005.

"Memorial Hospital Miramar will have the same medical technology and talent as that found in top-tier medical research facilities, yet it will provide a community, home-like feeling," said Ken Hetlage, administrator for Memorial Hospital Miramar. "Memorial Healthcare System's focus is on patient safety. This hospital will surely be the most wired of the Memorial Healthcare System when it opens."

The newly developed, 128-bed hospital -- located 1901 Southwest 172nd Avenue in western Miramar -- sports a fresh Mediterranean style, and it's nestled between serene lakes and vegetation on a 124-acre lot. It will offer private rooms along with an array of medical and surgical services ranging from allergy to maternity, pediatrics, bariatric/weight-loss surgery and urology. An adult Emergency Department and a separate children's Emergency Department (affiliated with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital) will offer 24- hour emergency care.

It will house close to 100 physicians in its adjacent, 120,000-square-foot medical office building. And, it will cater to the growing ethnic demographics, providing selected community classes in Spanish. On the nursing end, Miramar's wireless hospital will open without any agency nurse staffing, and a desirable ratio of six to one nurses in Medical Surgical, five to one in Telemetry and two to one, or even one to one, in the intensive care unit.

Memorial Hospital Miramar is the fifth hospital joining Memorial Healthcare System in South Broward County. Among the System's other facilities are Memorial Regional Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Pembroke and Memorial Manor Nursing Home.

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Hospital Features 100 Beds 28 Observation Beds 16 Slice Scan CT 16 ICU Beds 12 Beds Labor Delivery Recovery Post-Partum 6 Operating Rooms The majority of physicians are board-certified. MEDIA CONTACT: Kerting Baldwin (954) 985-3455; (954) 286-1353

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CONTACT: Kerting Baldwin, Memorial Healthcare System, +1-954-985-3455, or+1-954-286-1353, or

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