02 Oct President’s Message
Our motto is more than just a catch phrase here at Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI). When we say, “Patient Care Comes First,” we mean it! We are constantly striving for excellence and looking at ways to improve our delivery of care for our patients.
We recognize that there is a nationwide shortage of OB/GYN doctors and psychiatrists. According to a doximity study, Miami is ranked as the third-highest city at risk for OB shortages. But here at CHI, we want to make sure that everyone has access to high quality healthcare. That is why we are working to expand our OB and psychiatry departments. We recently hired four new child psychiatrists and we are in the process of bringing three more certified nurse midwifes and a new OB/GYN doctor on board. In addition, we are renovating and expanding the Women’s Services Department at the Doris Ison Health Center to include part of the space in Radiology.
Our efforts to work toward healthy, life-changing outcomes for patients have received national recognition from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The agency designated us as a quality leader and placed us among the top 20 percent nationally for clinical quality. I am proud of my team for their tremendous work that resulted in this award. It validates my belief that CHI has some of the best and brightest doctors, nurses and staff.
As we near the end of the year, I encourage you all to look around and consider your cup half full, rather than half empty. It is well documented that gratitude is associated with greater happiness. We all have things to be grateful for big and small. With that in mind, I hope you will also consider donating to CHI to help us build a children’s crisis center, a 24-hour in-patient facility for kids with severe behavioral health issues. You’ll be helping to heal a young fragile mind. In 1855, Frederick Douglas said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Although he was referencing the slave trade, his words ring true today in the context of mental health. Together we can strive for excellence and change lives for the better.
Brodes H. Hartley Jr.