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Florida’s Southeast has good reason to crow about its health care capabilities starting with its 19th consecutive No. 1 position in ophthalmology awarded by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2022-23” to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami. Also achieving top 50 marks at UM were neurology and neurosurgery (No. 25) and cancer (No. 48). Elsewhere in the region, Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston earned the No. 37 in gastroenterology & GI surgery, while Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach came in at No. 49 in geriatrics.
Pediatric facilities in Southeast Florida fared well too. On U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals 2022-23,” Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, took honors in five pediatric specialties: neurology and neurosurgery (No. 25); pulmonology and lung surgery (No. 34); orthopedics (No. 39); neonatology (No. 41); and cardiology and heart surgery (No. 49). Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami was also recognized in five specialties: pediatric neurology and neurosurgery (No. 25); pediatric pulmonology and lung surgery (No. 34); neonatology (No. 41); pediatric orthopedics (No. 44); and pediatric cardiology and heart surgery (No. 47). And weighing in with just one specialty was Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM-Jackson with the No. 40 in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology.
In other news, a flurry of new health care facilities are either recently completed or on the way:
• Jackson Memorial, Miami-Dade’s publicly funded health system, has opened a hospital in Doral to serve one of the region’s fastest-growing neighborhoods.
• In Broward County, HCA has opened its new Florida University Hospital next to the Nova Southeastern University campus in Davie.
• Baptist Health South Florida is on target to complete a $110-million expansion of its West Kendall hospital by the end of 2022.
• Also scheduled for completion in 2022: the expansion of Memorial Healthcare Systems’ Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to 300,000 square feet. and eight stories.
Life & Leisure
Natural Adventures Galore
If you’re a fan of sand and saltwater, this is your paradise. No land-locked counties here, and it’s the only place where, in a single day, you can watch a sunrise over the Atlantic, drive “overseas” and arrive in time to catch a sunset over the gulf. In between, there’s plenty more to see and do including three national parks: Biscayne, within reach of the Miami skyline; Everglades, a river of grass just outside the city; and Dry Tortugas, 70 miles off the coast of Key West accessible only by boat or seaplane.
An Aging Beauty … Revived!
The Boca Raton, an iconic hotel first opened in 1926 along the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach, is looking way younger than her age these days! Thanks to a well-deserved makeover, she’s grown from 100 rooms to more than 1,000 and has added a boatload of amenities, including two 18-hole golf courses; a 50,000-sq.-ft. spa; seven swimming pools; 30 tennis courts; 13 restaurants and bars; and 200,000-sq.-ft. of meeting space.
Calling all soccer fans: The World Cup is coming to South Florida! Word arrived in June 2022 that FIFA has selected Miami Gardens’ Hard Rock Stadium as one of 16 sites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host matches for its 2026 World Cup competition.
Meanwhile, David Beckham’s dream to build a stadium for his soccer team in Miami cleared another hurdle in September 2022 when he and his co-owners Jorge and Jose Mas won the final zoning vote that will allow construction to begin on their Miami Freedom Park project. In addition to a soccer stadium, the development will include space for shops, offices, integrated bike paths and a park.