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Celebrating the unique communications link between the deaf, hard of hearing, speech disabled, and the hearing, Floridas Public Service Commission (PSC) and Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc. (FTRI) yesterday highlighted 20 years of providing “communications freedom through the Florida Relay Service (FRS).

FTRI, a non-profit corporation formed at the PSCs direction, administers the statewide FRS system. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, FRS facilitates telephone calls between people with hearing loss or speech disabilities and other individuals by using special equipment and a communications assistance operator to facilitate the telephone conversation.

North Shore Medical Center, a 357-bed acute care hospital in Miami, hosted a preemie reunion party recently for all babies born at North Shore Medical Center and cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Over 50 families attended and were able to reunite with NICU staff and physicians at North Shore who cared for them or their family for the past 26 years.

“It was an honor to welcome back so many families we have cared for through the years,said Manny Linares, CEO of North Shore Medical Center.“Having families reunite with our staff and physicians is exciting  it's wonderful to see how our staff interact with young adults that they cared for as tiny babies.

North Shore Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Get With The Guidelines Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes North Shore Medical Center's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

The Miami-Dade County Health Department (MDCHD) will be honored at the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for developing a program that demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need.

The MDCHD implemented the Model Practice entitled “Innovative 2009 H1N1 Influenza Surveillance and was selected as one of 41 local health departments across the nation to receive NACCHO's Model Practice Award. This year's conference held in Hartford, CT focuses on the theme “Moving Public Health Forward in Challenging Economic Times.

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