Aventura, Florida - Thursday, April 22, 2010 marked a special day for Aventura Hospital and Medical Center employees and their children as they participated in the annual Bring Your Children to Work Day national celebration. Forty-seven children of employees, ages 8-12, participated in the day’s activities. This year’s Bring Your Children to Work Day consisted of an entertaining program that gave the children a taste of what it is like to work in a hospital and care for patients.
Aventura CEO Heather Rohan greeted the children at a special breakfast reception. Infection Control Director Arlene Merrill reminded the children that the most important way to prevent the spread of infections is to wash their hands. Miami Dade Fire Rescue gave the children a special tour of one of their fire engines, and Bertha Whaley, an Occupational Therapist from the Aventura Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, demonstrated how she helps to rehabilitate patients.
Amidst the cookie decorating and ice cream socials, the children also learned the importance safety and emergency and surgical support. Activities included special guest appearances from the Aventura Police Department, a safety poster-making contest, a special demonstration about how to administer CPR by Hannah Rabinowitz, RN, and even a mock surgical case.
About Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a 407 acute care medical/surgery facility providing award winning inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, medical, surgical, cardiovascular and cancer services to the communities of northeast Miami-Dade and southeast Broward counties since 1965. Always on the cutting-edge of healthcare technology, Aventura Hospital was the first in Dade County to install the da Vinci S HD Robot and the Elekta Synergy S. The Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Stroke Program was also the first in Dade County to earn The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification Program Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality. The 24-hour Emergency Room consistently maintains an average wait time of less than 10 minutes, and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab’s average STEMI time of less than 60 minutes fulfills the standards set forth by Miami-Dade County EMS. Staffed by more than 700 physicians representing over 50 specialties and 1,300 employees, the hospital meets the healthcare needs of its neighboring communities through continuous program enhancement and service excellence.