Stories written by Melissa Lichtenheld

Hospital first in nation to use world’s smallest surgery stapler

Hospital first in nation to use world’s smallest surgery stapler

West Kendall Baptist Hospital is the first hospital in the nation to use the world’s smallest stapler instrument to close incisions in the gastrointestinal region of the body. Juan-Carlos Verdeja, MD, on Mar. 3 completed the first surgical procedure in the United States using the cutting and stapling device developed by Cardica called the MicroCutter […]

Baptist Health South Florida unveils plans to build world-class cancer center

BHSF unveils plans to build world-class cancer center

Baptist Health South Florida recently announced it is building the new $400 million Miami Cancer Institute scheduled to break ground in July. The Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida consolidates under one roof outpatient clinical services, a dedicated cancer research facility and signature technology platforms, including the first proton therapy center in South […]

W. Kendall Baptist Hospital tests advanced CT system

Radiologists at West Kendall Baptist Hospital (WKBH) have completed a clinical evaluation of a highly advanced new computed tomography (CT) system developed by GE Healthcare. A CT scan uses Xrays to make detailed, cross-sectional images of body organs. GE Healthcare collaborated with West Kendall Baptist Hospital to demonstrate the capabilities of the new Revolution CT […]

Miami-Dade School Board recognizes contributions of Youth Fair and Expo

The Miami-Dade County School Board recently issued a proclamation in recognition of the Miami- Dade County Youth Fair and Exposition’s years of charitable acts to encourage education. “It was a great privilege today to be called before the school board and receive the proclamation presented by Dr. Larry Feldman,” said Eduardo Cora, chair of The […]

Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute breaks ground on $90M expansion

Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute breaks ground on $90M expansion

Baptist Hospital of Miami launched a $90 million construction project to expand Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Hospital’s Surgery Center with a recent groundbreaking ceremony. The expansion will be built onto the southeast corner of the Institute, adjacent to the Surgery Center. The new facility is expected to open in 2016. The investment […]

The Youth Fair honors eight students for their dedication to helping others

The Youth Fair honors eight students for their dedication to helping others

  The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Expo recently announced the annual Walter B. Arnold Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service Award inductees and finalists during a recognition dinner held at the R. Ray Goode Building on The Youth Fair fairgrounds. Inducted into the Hall of Fame were Joshua Williams, a seventh grader at […]

Dream Scholarship Changed Her Life

Laura Waterbury of Miami has received the 2012 ‘Dream Award’ scholarship from Everest Institute-Hialeah for overcoming insurmountable obstacles, obtaining her education and holding a steady job as a medical office manager. “The teachers and counselors at Everest believed in me. They saw strengths in me that I couldn’t see at the time. I am now […]

Everest Institute–Miami announces free GED® test prep and completion program

Everest Institute–Miami offers Everest GED Advantage, a GED test preparation and credential completion program that is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in enrolling in the program should contact Everest toll-free at 1-888-201-6547. According to the GED Testing Service, 40 million adults in the United States lack a high school diploma or GED […]

Gulliver Schools to induct into Athletic Hall of Fame

A professional football star, Olympic basketball player and National Triathlon Team member, along with two championship title winning school coaches, will be inducted into Gulliver's 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 19. The Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at the school's Preparatory Campus, 6575 N. Kendall Dr. in Pinecrest. The late […]

Brian Kamilar joins Gulliver Schools to spearhead new sailing program

Gulliver Preparatory School is expanding its water sports program to include sailing, starting in August under the leadership of sailing champion Brian Kamilar. “We are delighted to have Brian on board as our sailing coach to launch a new sport that offers year-round opportunities for practice and competition,” said Mark Schusterman, Gulliver athletic director. The […]

Doctors use procedure they pioneered on 1,000th patient

Baptist Hospital Cardio & Vasular Wing

Carlos Gutierrez of Miami made history as the 1,000th patient to receive a treatment pioneered nearly 20 years ago in South Florida by a team of doctors at Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute. The innovative repair allows patients to evade a silent killer that tends to strike at midlife and into the golden years. Doctors […]

Celine Dion draws a sellout crowd to fundraiser concert


Celine Dion donated a private concert on Friday, Dec. 16, to a sellout audience to benefit the expansion of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami. Dion gave her performance in gratitude to the Institute for the lifesaving procedure carried out on her husband, René Angélil, under the leadership of Dr. Barry Katzen, the Institute’s […]

Swim-A-Thon raises $50,000 for Gulliver, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

Swimmers of all ages participated in the 2011 Gulliver Swim-A-Thon.

More than 170 swimmers of all ages, including five-year-olds on noodles, raised more than $50,000 at Gulliver Schools’ recent second annual Make a Splash Swim- A-Thon at the Preparatory Campus Aquatic Center. Proceeds from the Swim-A-Thon will support the school’s Annual Fund, benefitting the Gulliver Booster Club and the Performing and Visual Arts departments. A […]