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Baptist Health International is proud to announce that neurosurgeon Harold J. Pikus, M.D., has joined the neurosurgery group of Baptist Health Neuroscience Center and Baptist Health Medical Group.  Dr. Pikus is now medical director of Baptist Health Neuroscience Center's radiosurgery program, which includes gamma knife, and is chief of neurosurgery at Doctors Hospital.

Dr. Pikus brings to our community a wealth of academic and clinical experience in the area of radiosurgery, said Jack Ziffer, Ph.D., M.D., corporate vice president for Baptist Health Medical Group. Under the leadership of Dr. Pikus, the radiosurgery program that includes gamma knife at Doctors Hospital will continue to offer the spectrum of treatments for patients with brain tumors.

r rivas epatients 500x279At first it was all about the games for Jerry King, 77. A dozen years ago, her friends from church would tell her about the fun games she could play on the Internet, specifically a website called Pogo.

I'm fascinated by word games, she said. It was just for fun for me. But the Internet soon played a grander role in her life “a purpose that has transformed the lives of many seniors. In 1999, when her husband Jim was diagnosed with colon cancer, she and Jim played Internet games together to pass the time.

The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD) has partnered with Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe (ELCMDM) to host the Family Summer Kick-Off, a fun-filled day promoting childhood health, education and safety for pregnant women and families with children up to age eight.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center: 10901 Southwest 24th Street, Miami.  Encouraging whole families to enjoy quality time together in an all-ages environment, the event is completely free and features early pregnancy, childbirth, home safety, early literacy, bike safety, car seat inspection and first aid classes, plus a giant slide, rock wall, obstacle course, inflatable play town, bounce houses, arts and crafts, raffles and giveaways for the entire family!

Arthur Agatston, M.D., preventive cardiologist and author of The South Beach Diet book series, has recently joined Baptist Health Medical Group as medical director of wellness and prevention for Baptist Health South Florida.  Dr. Agatston will provide practicing cardiologists at Baptist Health with new insights into the prevention of heart disease, which will then be offered to local and international patients.

The addition of Dr. Agatston to our clinical wellness and preventive medicine team will allow us to further our mission of helping the community become healthier, said Brian E. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida. Thanks to his research, and the work of other experts, we now better understand that adopting a healthy lifestyle lowers the risk for many diseases.