‘Patriotism Today in America’ hosted by Memorial Healthcare System

Just before Veteran’s Day, ‘Patriotism in America’ was the theme of the Aventura Marketing Council’s November breakfast meeting featuring Rear Admiral Scott B. Jerabek, Director of Theater Engagement (J7), U.S. Southern Command; and the U.S. Southern Command Color Guard. Memorial Healthcare System hosted the salute to military heroes at the Kovens Conference Center on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

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AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman joined by Memorial Regional South CEO Doug Zaren welcomed members of the military as well as hundreds of AMC business and community leaders. Everyone was encouraged to join in Memorial Regional’s support of organizations including the Wounded Warrior Project; Mission United – helping returning veterans find employment; and Achilles International – giving people with disabilities opportunities to participate in mainstream distance running.

On Feb. 22, 2015, the Tour de Broward benefitting Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will be held at Miramar Regional Park. Events will be offered for physically challenged athletes as well as a 100k & 50k ride, 5k timed run and 3k walk. There will also be a Play Kid Zone, entertainment, food, raffles and more. To register visit TourdeBroward.com

Highlighting how Memorial Healthcare System is winning the battle to save lives, Zaren said,  “We’ve done our 14th pediatric heart transplant at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and recently completed our first adult heart transplant. Our whole focus is on keeping the community ‘where they live’ by providing comprehensive care close to home.” Miraculous recoveries are also facilitated at the Memorial Rehabilitation Institute, where a complete continuum of care includes inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, home health services and outpatient rehabilitation.

Following the Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem sung by Major __________ and invocation by Lt. _________, definitions of patriotism were discussed by Jerabek. “When you look ‘patriotism’ up, you’ll see terms such as national loyalty, civic virtue and defense of one’s country. But there are many [veterans and POWs] out there with stories of tremendous sacrifice that define personal versions of patriotism.”

Providing further insight into the meaning of patriotism, Jerabek highlighted excerpts from Articles one and six of the Code of Military Conduct: “I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom.”

“On Veteran’s Day, we honor the unwavering courage of the men and women who have served in our armed forces - including those in the ongoing effort to secure our nation and continue fighting terrorism. We must never forget their ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”

Memorial Regional Hospital South in Hollywood, part of the Memorial Healthcare System, offers a boutique environment enhancing the hospital experience and promoting healing for patients. The community hospital has been significantly upgraded to provide efficient, high-quality medical, surgical and emergency services in an attractive, nurturing and homelike setting. The hospital also features the only Geriatric Emergency unit of its kind in South Florida; the Orthopedic Institute of South Florida; Rehabilitation Institute; The Women’s Institute of Florida; a Sleep Study program; Hospice Unit; plus outpatient services encompassing a variety of medical/surgical procedures and diagnostic testing.

For more information, visit memorialregionalsouth.com

By Bari Auerbach