$10M names Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Nicole-and-Herbert-WertheimFIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine has a new companion, the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, named by Dr. Herbert Wertheim in honor of his companion of 44 years, his beloved wife Nicole. The $10 million gift embodies the Wertheim family’s commitment to clinical and interdisciplinary research, preventive care, and the belief that the best health care is delivered when doctors and nurses work in unison.

“This gift brings together two important passions of mine: healthcare and FIU,” said Dr. Wertheim, whose involvement with the university spans three decades. “I am a fortunate man to share these passions with my family and be in a position to commemorate that commitment in honor of the love of my life, Nicole. This gift reflects the love we have for our community and is a pledge to create more high quality health professionals, who will collaborate for the benefit of our community.”

The installation of a new Fitness Zone® exercise area at Blue Lakes Park (4225 SW 92 Ave., Miami) will be dedicated on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The event is being hosted by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) Fitness Zone® Program, the Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) and MetLife Foundation. The Fitness Zone® is comprised of outdoor gym equipment built for teens and adults of all ages.  It is free and easy-to-use.  Speakers for this event will include Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner, Senator Javier Souto, and representatives from Miami-Dade County Parks and TPL.

As part of the Miami-Dade County Parks initiative to improve the health and wellness of residents through parks and recreation, it has installed 12 outdoor gyms at its parks since July 2012.  Goulds Park is next in line to receive a TPL branded Fitness Zone®.  Similar fitness courts are also planned for Gratigny Plateau Park, Tree Island Park and North Trail Park.

A breast cancer diagnosis is daunting enough, but many women must also face weeks of time-consuming radiation therapy after surgery.

That didn’t happen to Carmen Fernandez, after early-stage cancer cells were detected in a pimple-sized lump in her left breast.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County observes National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day today. This year marks the 6th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD) which focuses on the issues facing the aging population with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment. There is an increased need for prevention, research, and data targeting the aging population, medical understanding of the aging process, and its impact on HIV/AIDS. One of the most important steps in preventing HIV is to get tested and know your status.

In Miami-Dade County, 20% of males and 17% of females are people over the age of 50. Recent data suggests that infection rates in people over the age of 40 are on the rise. Among men who have sex with men people over 50 represent 36% of all HIV- positive individuals. In commemoration of NHAAAD, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is working with local partners on events aimed at increasing awareness on the issues facing the aging population.