Boca Raton-based Promise Healthcare opened its first South Florida long-term, acute care hospital Wednesday, filling a gap in access for the North Miami-Dade and South Broward communities and creating 150 jobs in the area.
Promise Hospital of Miami, a 60-bed, 56,000-square-foot facility, opened in Miami Lakes at 14001 NW 82nd Ave., to give the community, including Hialeah, Palm Springs, Miami Springs, Doral, Miramar, Pembroke Pines and Weston, swifter access to long-term care. The three other long-term acute care hospitals in Miami are at least 30 minutes from Promise Hospital.
“We felt that with the population surge in these areas over the years we certainly needed a long-term, acute care facility,” said Peter Baronoff, CEO of Promise Healthcare.
The hospital takes in patients who are referred from other facilities for stays that average 25 days or more and who suffer from complex medical conditions.
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Promise Hospital features an eight-bed intensive care unit and a surgical suite that will open later this year. Its 10-by-15 foot private hospital rooms were designed to give patients and visiting family members a more comfortable experience, Baronoff said.
Baronoff said another selling point is the food.
“We went at great lengths to hire very experienced chefs,” Baronoff said, adding that food is key when patients are at a facility for extended periods.
When filled and fully staffed, the hospital will create 150 jobs, with 50 filled so far. Positions currently open include registered nurses and certified nursing assistants. For more information, visit promisehealthcare.com.
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