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UHealth Coral Gables to Set a New Standard

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A model for patient care in the future, UHealth Coral Gables in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center has been carefully designed to meet the needs of patients, their families and staff.

In many ways, UHealth Coral Gables in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center is a model for patient care in the future. Along with the latest diagnostic and treatment technology, the new center has been carefully designed to meet the needs of patients, their families, and staff.

“We looked outside the health care industry and incorporated amenities and services found in the upscale hospitality sector,” said Ben Riestra, chief administrative officer. “That includes offering concierge-like services to patients and family members throughout their visits.”

For example, valet parking will be available at both entrances, on Dickinson Drive and Ponce de Leon Boulevard, along with convenient free self-parking at the adjacent Ponce Garage. Staffers will be on hand to direct patients to the right service locations. There also will be a way-finding app that can easily be downloaded to mobile devices. “Our mobile app Gozio Health for Apple and Android operating systems will route you to the facility and then walk you through the parking garage to the appropriate registration area,” Riestra said.

Upon arrival at the registration area, patients will find a variety of seating options offering the feel of a “hotel-like living room.” Every detail of the building’s interior design has been meticulously evaluated to move away from the “stale hospital feel and odor” experienced in other settings. “In our goal to differentiate UHealth Coral Gables and reduce environmentally induced anxiety and stress, we strategically applied this forward-thinking approach from color scheme to artwork down to the placement of key furniture,” Riestra said. “It is our hope to yield a more relaxed ambiance for our patients, families, and their caregivers.”

Waiting times will be minimized by patient scheduling strategies designed to make sure test results, insurance approvals, and other documentation are done in advance of the actual visit.

Once patients are ready for treatment, they will be given hospital “robes” designed to provide greater dignity than the traditional tie-string gowns. “Our health system clinicians provided input into the design of our robes,” added Riestra. “For instance, key design elements have been taken into consideration so our oncology patients will receive more dignified care while going through their infusion therapy.”

Like a modern full-service hotel, the new Gables center will have large windows and skylights to let in plenty of sunlight. “We will even have aromatherapy to contribute to a ‘spa-like’ ambiance,” said Riestra, noting that there also will be an open-air healing garden on the roof of the building.

Music will be playing throughout the center, and students from the UM Frost School of Music will perform near the arrival area several times a week. “We are building bridges with other colleges and schools of the University as well,” Riestra said.

The ground-floor cafe will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with both indoor and outdoor seating. That’s an important benefit for friends and family members waiting for a patient to be diagnosed, treated, or discharged after surgery. Even better, the menu will include a wide variety of healthy options, such as fresh salads, smoothies, coffee, and juices.

For additional convenience, a retail pharmacy will be located on the ground floor, so patients can go home with their medications rather than having to make another stop to drop off a prescription and wait for it to be filled.

Patient education events will be scheduled at the center to help advance preventive care in the community. UHealth experts from many specialties will offer advice for staying healthy and information about the latest developments in their fields.

As Riestra said, “Our UHealth center sets a new standard for patient experience and service excellence.”

UHealth Coral Gables in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center is a five-story, 206,000-square-foot diagnostic and treatment center located at Ponce de Leon and Dickinson just south of the BankUnited Center. In addition to outpatient surgery services, the new center will be home to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, UHealth Sports and Performance Institute, and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute satellite locations, as well as medical offices, a healthy cafe, free parking and a host of patient- and family-friendly amenities. While the facility can provide care and 23-hour observation as needed, it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for patients and families.

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Join the Conversation about the Roadmap to Our New Century: Hemispheric Innovation Hub

Innovation 2The Hemispheric Innovation Hub initiative, which outlines a vision for the University of Miami to be a catalyst for innovation, new ventures, and product development, proposes providing increased seed funding for startups, developing more facilities to support innovation, and building a team to leverage external resources and pave the way for developing innovative ideas. Share your thoughts about this or any of the other seven proposals and weigh in on the questions below via the Roadmap Initiative website, through the hashtag #UMRoadmap, or email.

  • How can UM best position itself as a hub for innovation throughout the hemisphere?
  • What existing services on campus should be expanded and how?

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Join the Conversation about the Roadmap to Our New Century: University-wide Platform for Educational Innovation

EducationInnovationThe University-wide Platform for Educational Innovation initiative proposes new ideas to enhance teaching and learning by creating more participatory learning experiences for students and faculty, implementing system changes, increasing access to academic technology, and encouraging new pedagogical approaches in the classroom. Share your thoughts about this or any of the other seven proposals and weigh in on the questions below via the Roadmap Initiative website, through the hashtag #UMRoadmap, or email.

  • Do you have additional ideas to help prepare students for dynamic roles in the next century?
  • Are there particular advances in tools and platforms for teaching and learning that you think hold promise?
  • Are there particular skills or learning outcomes for students UM should emphasize?

 

 

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RoboCanes Among Top 10 at RoboCup Championship

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 8, 2015)—The RoboCanes, a team of autonomous, soccer-playing robots developed by students and faculty at the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, reached a milestone at the 2016 RoboCup Championship in Germany, the world’s largest artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics event.

The RoboCanes team defeated numerous humanoid soccer squads from around the world before advancing to the intermediate play for the quarterfinal round, which is where the RoboCanes met their match and lost 0-8 from team TU Dortmund, the new outdoor World Champion.

Associate Professor of Computer Science Dr. Ubbo Visser, who leads the RoboCanes project alongside a group of computer science students, said, “We reached a momentous stage at RoboCup. Not only did we come close to making the quarterfinals this year, but we were the only team with robots that could walk stable on various surfaces, from granite to grass and indoor carpet.”

Before the RoboCanes were eliminated from the championship, they overpowered teams from Estonia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and China. The robot teams usually include up to 15 students, yet UM’s RoboCanes is made up of only four students from the Department of Computer Science operating up to five robots at one time.

“RoboCup serves as a vehicle to promote robotics and AI research by offering a publicly appealing and formidable challenge,” said Visser. “Building a robot that plays soccer will not generate significant social and economic impact, but the accomplishment is considered a major achievement for the field.”

RoboCup promotes robotics and AI research by offering an integrated research platform that covers areas including reactive behavior, strategy, real-time planning, vision, motor control, context recognition, and more. Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the RoboCup World Championship, taking place in Nagoya, Japan.

Watch a video of the RoboCanes at play.

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The Future of Surgery: Take an Advance Look at UHealth Coral Gables

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Thanks to advances in diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive surgery, many procedures that once required multi-day hospital stays will be performed on an outpatient basis at UHealth Coral Gables in the Lennar Foundation Medical Center.

MIAMI, Fla. (June 29, 2016)—If you could design the ideal surgical center, it would probably include state-of-the-art operating rooms, super-safe sterilization processes, and recovery rooms equipped with advanced monitoring equipment so you could go home later that day. Of course, the center would be staffed by experienced physicians, nurses, and other staffers with comfortable family waiting areas and easily accessible parking.

That’s exactly what you will find when UHealth Coral Gables in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center opens its doors later this year. “We are bringing the future of outpatient surgery to our Gables campus,” said Ben Riestra, chief administrative officer. “Our new center will be a model for delivering patient care.”

Thanks to advances in diagnostic imaging and minimally invasive surgery, many patient procedures that once required multi-day hospital stays can now be done on an outpatient basis, said Riestra. To take just one example, liver tumor ablations for cancer patients can now be done more quickly and effectively without a hospital admission—and with far better outcomes.

“Everything about our new operating rooms is designed for patient safety and the support of our surgical teams,” Riestra said, noting that clinicians and nurses provided key input into the workflow patterns in the ORs and recovery areas. The Gables center will have six general operating rooms, two rooms for special procedures (interventional radiology and interventional CT) and three GI/endoscopy suites. All are designed with modular stainless steel walls for best practice infection prevention and control.

After their procedures, most surgery patients will first go to the phase I post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), and then be moved to the phase II unit to complete their recovery. The center will have 36 pre-op and post-op beds, all equipped with the latest patient monitoring equipment. “Having the same equipment in all 36 bays gives us the flexibility to adjust how we use those recovery beds during the day,” Riestra said.

Infection control is a top priority at any surgical facility. The new UHealth center will have a three-zone central area to wash, pack, and sterilize all surgical instruments. A red line on the floor shows patients, physicians, and staffers when they pass into the sterile OR environment.

“Today, we see a large volume of inpatient and outpatient surgery cases on the medical school campus,” Riestra said. “Opening the new Gables center will allow us to perform more procedures on an outpatient basis so we can use our current facilities for more acute cases. It will also add to UHealth’s overall capacity and our ability to serve patients in an easily accessible setting.”

UHealth Coral Gables in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center is a five-story, 206,000-square-foot diagnostic and treatment center located at Ponce de Leon and Dickinson, just south of the BankUnited Center. In addition to outpatient surgery services, the new center will be home to the UHealth Sports and Performance Institute, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute satellite locations, as well as medical offices, a healthy cafe, free parking, and a host of patient- and family-friendly amenities. While the facility can provide care and 23-hour observation as needed, it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for patients and families.

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