17 May 2016

Memorial Regional Hospital Delivers Advanced Heart Failure Care

At Sheridan, we’re proud that our partner facilities consistently achieve some of the top distinctions in healthcare. Our physician leaders make this possible — as they continually identify ways to streamline processes, improve patient care satisfaction and push their departments to achieve more.

One such leader is Dr. Robert Brooker, chief of cardiac anesthesia and director of adult transplant and heart failure services at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. Dr. Brooker is responsible for developing anesthetic protocols and care systems for the hospital’s top ranking cardiac surgery program. Since 2009, Memorial has been awarded the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ top honor — three stars in all three categories: isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) and AVR+CABG surgeries. These star rankings reflect excellence in surgical and medical expertise, advanced technology and compassionate patient care.

In addition, to his role as chief of cardiac anesthesia, Dr. Brooker also director of adult transplant and heart failure services. With his leadership and support, Memorial Regional Hospital now offers some of the most advanced treatments for heart failure, including ventricular assist device (VAD) and ECMO programs. In 2014, Memorial received approval from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to launch an adult heart transplantation program at the hospital. Memorial’s Adult Cardiac Transplant Heart Program is the first of its kind in Broward County, and one of only two programs in South Florida.

We congratulate Dr. Brooker and the Memorial team on 13 successful adult heart transplants to date! To learn about the team’s remarkable achievement, check out this video: