Heroic law enforcement officers who risk their lives serving and protecting the community were recently honored during “A Salute to Law Enforcement” Aventura Marketing Council, World-Class Chamber of Commerce, breakfast meeting sponsored by Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at Turnberry Isle Miami.
AMC past Chair Bob Hollander of Brown & Brown Insurance, joined by Aventura Hospital Chief Financial Officer Alisa Bert, welcomed hundreds of business and community leaders including elected officials, police chiefs and law enforcement officers representing: the City of Aventura, Bal Harbour Village, Biscayne Park Village, city of Dania Beach, Town of Golden Beach, City of Hollywood, Indian Creek Village, City of Miami Gardens, Miami-Dade County Intracoastal District, Miami Shores Village, City of North Miami, City of North Miami Beach, City of Sunny Isles Beach, and the Town of Surfside.
The momentous event commenced with an inspirational rendition of the National Anthem sung by 15 year-old Cameron Wheeler, one of the AMC’s former Young Stars from their Aventura Mall YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE presented by Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Perfectly in tune with the auspicious occasion, Cameron Wheeler proceeded to sing tribute songs including Hero, Wind Beneath My Wings and I Believe I Can Fly while Aventura Hospital CFO Alisa Bert and colleagues helped recognize local law enforcement officers and their K-9s on behalf of AHMC’s entire administration and staff.
Sharing exciting Aventura Hospital initiatives, Bert said, “We’d like to extend special thanks to law enforcement for playing an integral role in the success of Aventura Hospital’s Trauma Program, which has already treated over 700 trauma patients and received a level two provisional trauma designation from the Department of Health.
The hospital is also continuing to introduce great technological advances in cardiac care. “Our TAVR Program (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) now makes valve replacement possible for patients who may not be candidates for open heart surgery,” Bert said. “We’re also planning to double the size of our Emergency Room, serving at least 70,000 patients annually. The $15 million expansion project will be breaking ground in January, 2016.”
Recognizing residency programs are in short supply nationwide, the hospital has also established a Graduate Medical Education Program welcoming healthcare’s future problem solvers. “We already have internal medicine and general surgery residents; recently received approval on an application for an Anesthesia Program; and plan to add several more programs in specific areas over the next several years based on community needs,” Bert said. She also invited everyone to learn more about Aventura Hospital’s ongoing lecture series focusing on various health topics including those of special interest to women.
Before the “Salute to Law Enforcement” concluded, Sunny Isles Beach Police Chief Fred Maas helped heighten appreciation for the best in blue while speaking about the alarming rash of tragic police killings recently in the news. He noted, “Criticism, negativity and scrutiny is resulting in officers questioning their career choices and young people becoming reluctant to enter the law enforcement profession. But we know that adversity results in greater resolve. We will weather this and be stronger. To everyone who supports law enforcement in good times and critical times we say, ‘Thank you!’”
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By Bari Auerbach