Salute to Emergency Medical Services hosted by Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

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Heather Rohan, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center (center) with Hallandale Beach, Hollywood Beach and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

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Photography by Andrew Goldstein

Today we are honoring and recognizing men and women out there saving our lives on a daily basis, began Heather J. Rohan, former CEO at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center as she expressed appreciation to Emergency Medical Services during the hospital-sponsored October Breakfast Meeting for the Aventura Marketing Council. The event honored teams from the City of Hallandale Beach, the City of Hollywood and Miami-Dade County.

Bob Hollander of Brown & Brown Insurance, standing in for AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman, welcomed hundreds of business and community leaders gathered at Turnberry Isle Resort for the event.   Special thanks went out to Kojo Maison of Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar at The Village of Gulfstream Park for generously donating gift certificates to all three fire rescue departments.

 “While a gentleman on vacation was enjoying Gulfstream Park, he went into cardiac arrest,” Rohan said. “Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue rushed him to Aventura Hospital’s ER where our team helped repair the damage to his heart. We thank Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue for working with Aventura Hospital to provide the very best care and implement leading-edge technology to save lives.”

“Another man having chest pains was brought to Aventura Hospital by Hollywood Fire Rescue and survived an acute heart attack because of the team’s quick action in notifying our ER before they arrived. Activating our ER early enabled us to rush the gentleman to our Cath Lab and quickly insert a balloon to open the man’s arteries within minutes, facilitating positive outcomes. Teams like the City of Hollywood help make it possible to provide this type of excellent care consistently by working fast to alert our ER team.”

“When Aventura Hospital held a Heart Month event, fire rescue teams from Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Miami-Dade attended to help educate the community about the symptoms of a heart attack. In the middle of the festivities, Miami-Dade Rescue left to help a man having chest pains. He went into full cardiac arrest and the team brought him to our ER for care. They returned to the Heart Month event and told the story to help reinforce the message to know heart attack symptoms. We thank them for their willingness to teach our community.”

During the meeting, coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rohan noted early detection – for any disease – can save lives. “Much like heart care, there is progress towards beating breast cancer, but there were still over 2.6 million women diagnosed last year. We still have to fight for life by urging women to get a mammogram. We will help: just call us or schedule online.”
For more information, visit, phone the  Aventura Breast Diagnostic Center: 305-792-5828 or Aventura Hospital and Medical Center: 305-682-7000