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Memorial Healthcare System on Wednesday unveiled its $125 million free-standing cancer center stocked with the newest technology and designed for collaboration among specialists.

Whether a patient needs chemotherapy, radiation, a wig-fitting or simply just wants to buy products that are chemical-free they can do that all within an expansive four-story building in Pembroke Pines. The building at Flamingo Road and Pines Boulevard is created with big windows to optimize sunlight, and most treatment rooms face a rooftop garden or the nearby CB Smith Park..

The South Broward health system bought the former site of Toys R Us in 2018 to create the new Memorial Cancer Institute, which will bring outpatient cancer services housed in various buildings at Memorial Hospital West into a single location.

Until now, the radiation department at Memorial West had to alternate the days it offered radiotherapy or procedures with the Cyber Knife used to treat prostate cancer and brain tumors. Now, with more space in the new building, both will operate at the same time.

The building will open for its first patients in January. Memorial Cancer Institute will continue to operate satellite offices at Memorial Regional in Hollywood, Hallandale Beach and Miramar.


Source:  SunSentinel

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Medical technology firm Meso Scale Diagnostics paid $18.9 million for a development site in Palm Beach Gardens that was previously approved for a hospital.

An affiliate of Rockville, Maryland-based Meso Scale acquired the 9.1-acre assemblage at the southwest corner of PGA Boulevard and Ballenisles Boulevard, just east of Florida’s Turnpike, according to records and Vizzda.

The buyer obtained $18.2 million in seller financing.

The seller, an entity managed by John Clark Bills in Palm Beach Gardens, paid $996,300 for the vacant land in 2009, records show.

In 2021, Palm Beach Gardens approved a rezoning of the larger 7.2-acre parcel from residential to commercial. It also approved a site plan for two medical rehabilitation buildings with 80 beds, submitted by Encompass Health, a Birmingham, Alabama-based health care company. At the time, Encompass was under contract for the development site.

It is unclear why Bills and Encompass did not close the deal.

Meso Scale executives did not respond to emails requesting comment about the company’s plans for the vacant property. Led by CEO Jacob Wohlstadter, Meso Scale develops, manufactures, and markets instruments and materials for biological research and life sciences, according to the firm’s website.

Medical building development and sales in South Florida are seeing an uptick. Last month, Memorial Healthcare System paid $49 million for 8.2 acres in Hollywood. Memorial plans to redevelop a two-story grocery store and a 156,000-square-foot retail building on the property into a possible health and wellness center.

In January, Boyd Watterson Asset Management acquired a Veterans Affairs clinic in Sunrise for $38.2 million. The 111,000-square-foot outpatient clinic provides military veterans with primary care, cardiology, dental, mental health, neurology, orthopedics and women’s health services, according to its website.

In December, ABS National Business Parks paid $38 million for a Palm Beach Gardens two-building complex that includes medical offices. The joint venture bought Corporate Center at the Gardens at 4200-4400 Northcorp Parkway.


Source:  The Real Deal

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Memorial Healthcare System paid $49 million for the shuttered Hollywood Fashion Center mall, property records show.

The 8-acre property houses the 155,880-square-foot shopping center, which was constructed in 1971 and closed in 1993. Today, the building is home to Gordon Food Service Store, a food distribution center and grocery store. Located at 101 South State Road 7, the site sits adjacent to Hollywood Boulevard, surrounded by big-box stores such as Aldi and Walmart.

Memorial Healthcare System, a nonprofit hospital system, is looking to redevelop the property into “a wellness hub” but has yet to make a final decision and construction is at least two years away, according to a statement from the hospital.

Brothers ShlomiIzac and Lior Ben-Shmuel, bought the Hollywood property last year for $7 million with each owning a third, according to property records.

Jason Tobin and Louis Granteed of Tobin Real Estate represented Memorial Healthcare System in the transaction.


Source:  Commercial Observer


The Memorial Healthcare System acquired the site of its new children’s health facility in Wellington for $14.75 million.

Wellington Office Parc LLC, managed by Leon Ojalvo of Liberty Base and Alan Benenson of MAS Development, sold the 30,000-square-foot building at 3377 N. State Road 7 to the hospital system, which is part of the South Broward Hospital District. The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health facility was completed on the 3.5-acre site in February.

The center includes advanced imaging equipment, outpatient surgery rooms, and rehabilitation services, including sports injury rehabilitation. It focuses on six pediatric specialties: endocrinology, pulmonology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, general surgery, and neurology.

This facility is part of Memorial Healthcare System’s strategy of bringing advanced care, including ambulatory surgery, to patients who don’t live near its hospitals.


Source: SFBJ

A clinical trial for an innovative bioelectronic device to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis is now underway at Memorial Healthcare System headquartered in Hollywood.

“Our neurosurgery team was the first in the country to implant the SetPoint Medical device in this multicenter national trial,” said Dr. Heather Spader, director of pediatric neurosurgery research at Memorial’s Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital across from Memorial Regional Hospital. “It delivers targeted electrical pulses to the vagus nerve that triggers the body’s biological response, creating a systemic pain-fighting effect. Early clinical data suggests this therapy is well tolerated, and we hope it may help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis where other treatment protocols have been unsuccessful.”

The SetPoint phase I and II clinical trial, which began in May and is still enrolling adult participants, is among the dozens of research studies now underway at Memorial Healthcare System.

“We started our research program seven years ago in oncology, and now have more than 100 physicians in about 36 specialties involved in clinical trials from the treatment of strokes to minimally invasive surgery to immunotherapy for cancer patients,” said Dr. Candice Sareli, chief medical research officer. “Along with the trials, we plan to expand our own investigator-driven research, providing participants with even more opportunities to access medications and devices at an early stage.”

In addition, Memorial has partnered with Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to establish a Malignant Hematology & Cellular Therapy program, providing advanced bone and marrow cellular transplant care to leukemia and lymphoma patients.

As one of the largest public healthcare systems in the country, Memorial is a vital contributor to Hollywood’s economy, while bringing national attention to the south Broward community as a hub for healthcare innovation and medical research.

“Memorial’s leading-edge, high-quality patient care is a major asset to everyone in our region,” said Gus Zambrano, assistant city manager for sustainable development for the city of Hollywood. “Today, Memorial is also an important center for medical research, attracting talented healthcare professionals to our community.”

The city’s strategic plan reflects the importance of the healthcare sector, which constitutes about 19 percent of Hollywood’s economy, according to Zambrano. “Memorial is a critical asset as we focus on growing this vital sector,” he said.

Based in the city of Hollywood since its inception in 1953, Memorial Healthcare System and its facilities have been nationally recognized for providing high-quality care, and being one of the “best workplaces” in the country. The American Hospital Association selected Memorial from more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals as the national model for improving the health of the community, and American Essential Hospitals honored Memorial with the 2017 Gage Award for Population Health.

Memorial is also a growing academic center, with medical residency programs in physical medicine and rehabilitation, internal medicine and pediatrics. Future residency programs will include psychiatry, neurology, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and emergency medicine.

In keeping with its mission, Memorial will continue to build its research program with a growing number of trials like the nerve stimulator for rheumatoid arthritis. “This device is more advanced and easier to maintain than prior stimulators,” said Spader. “Our hope is that this will reduce inflammation and allow patients to reduce the number of medications they are now taking for arthritis.”

Other research studies now underway at Memorial include using a device to lower the blood pressure for patients whose hearts are failing, and innovative clotting approaches in interventional cardiology, where catheters are inserted in the radial artery near the thumb, rather than in the groin.

“We are also involved in immunotherapy and vaccine studies for patients with breast and lung cancer that involve training the body to recognize and attack tumor cells,” Sareli said. “Other blanket trials involve the use of biomarkers that could point the way to similar types of treatment for different types of cancers.”

As for the region’s youngest patients, Sareli said Memorial’s Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a nationwide collaboration of pediatric oncologists. “Being able to share clinical data and take part in new research studies is an important aspect of our program,” said Sareli. “It’s one of the many ways our specialists are contributing to the long-term health of our Hollywood community.”

Source: SFBJ