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Miami, April 12, 2013 --- The Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade, an initiative of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, in partnership with the Florida Heart Research Institute, proudly announced today winners of the “2013 Florida Worksite Wellness Forum and Awards” at a ceremony presented by Seitlin, A Marsh & McClennan Agency LLC Company, at the Miami Beach Resort in Miami Beach.

The program honored Florida companies that demonstrated a commitment to employee wellness and whose programs produced positive health outcomes.  The winner of the small employer group category – businesses with less than 500 employees, was Mayors Jewelers, a leading retailer with 53 luxury jewelry stores in the US and Canada with 230 employees. The mid-sized category winner, businesses with 500 to 1,000 employees, was Ocean Reef Club, a member owned community located on the northern tip of Key Largo with 880 employees. The winner of the large employer group category, businesses with more than 1,000 employees, was Miami Children’s Hospital, South Florida’s only licensed free-standing specialty hospital exclusively for children, with 3,100 employees.

fernandez-health-limboTeresa Ramirez learned to live with the pain of ovarian cysts after she was diagnosed a year ago. As an undocumented immigrant, she doesn’t qualify for Medicaid, which would cover an operation, and she can’t afford private insurance. “I’m waiting for immigration reform so I can go to Mexico to have an operation,” said Ramirez, who is 45.

Undocumented immigrants like Ramirez make up one in seven medically uninsured people in the United States. And they are excluded from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will take effect in 2014, expanding Medicaid and offering tax credits to help people buy insurance.

Ms.-Ann-Karen-WellerOn April 3, 2013, Ann-Karen Weller, RN, BSN, MBA-HSM, Director of the Office of Community Health and Planning, and Paul Levelt André, P.E., CEHP, M.ASCE, Drinking Water Program Manager, with the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, each received the 2013 Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work Path Awards.

how to healPALO ALTO, Calif. -- How does a doctor specializing in saving lives turn into one of the nation's leading experts -- and medical educators -- on end-of-life care?

Dr. Vyjeyanthi "V.J." Periyakoil says her 25-year journey from medical school in her native India to directing Stanford University's palliative-care fellowship program taught her that the art of healing lies in listening to her patients. What she heard wasn't always in the medical textbooks.

What they told her led Periyakoil to becoming a leading voice in the movement to reconceptualize end-of-life care from limited hospice treatment in the last six months of life to comprehensive treatment for profoundly ill people.

"Much of my work had been on the importance of dignity in health care," Periyakoil recalls.