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kidzCOCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2012) – The SOS Children’s Village in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is a sanctuary of sorts and is located within the pretty hills near one of the island’s most popular resort destinations. The orphaned, the abandoned and those whose families are unable to care for them have had this place of refuge to turn to for more than four decades.

Like many orphanages on the island, the kindness of strangers also helps with the support of the youth in their care, strangers that in most cases the recipients would never get to meet. However, one group of workers from South Miami Hospital made it their mission in partnership with Food For The Poor, to personally distribute clothes, shoes, hats, bags, soccer balls and a variety of toys to 81 children in the care of the SOS Children’s Village.

Back to school vaccinations aren't just for children anymore. With the recent scare of what could be the U.S. biggest outbreak of whooping cough in fifty years, health care providers like Doctors Express warn parents to not only vaccinate their kids, but also vaccinate THEMSELVES from a disease that they are most likely to pass on to their own children.

What Is Whooping Cough?

  • Pertussis, also known as whooping cough” or the 100 day cough, is a highly contagious, airborne disease that can be fatal.
  • Those with pertussis usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others.
  • Whooping cough is most often spread to children by adults they have close contact with, such as older siblings, parents, grandparents, or other adults, such as caregivers, etc.

Baptist Health International, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, is proud to announce that Baptist Health South Florida hospitals have earned 30 Best National/Best Regional Hospital badges in the recently released U.S. News & World Report 2012-2013 Best Hospital Rankings article. Honors include two national awards and 28 regional awards in 11 medical specialties.

South Miami Hospital laid claim to the top spot as Best Regional Hospital in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area as well as the number four position in Florida. All four of Baptist Health's hospitals eligible for the rankings (South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital, and Homestead Hospital) placed among the Top 10 in South Florida and among the Top 20 in the state.

The Miami-Dade County Health Department in collaboration with Dade County Community Health Centers will be providing free back-to-school immunizations to children between the ages of 2 months through 18 years of age on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Please bring your child's immunization record.