Hialeah Celebrate ACE Opening 
Monday, 28 April 2008 
Cutting the ribbon are, from left, COO Steven Burghart, Physician Relations Coordinator Damicela Gonzalez-Romero, Assistant Nurse Manager Michelle Louis, CNO Lourdes Camps, Director of the Medical Surgical Unit Andrea McCalla, Assistant Nurse Manager Amel 

Miami, FL -- Hialeah Hospital recently opened its new Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit.  The ACE Unit is designed to care for older adults.  The unit implements the latest techniques in geriatric acute care, which are designed to reduce the risk of developing complications. 

"We are delighted to be able to have an ACE Unit at our facility," said Ralph Aleman, CEO of Hialeah Hospital.  "We strive to provide the best clinical care to our community; and with the ACE Unit we will be providing specific care to meet the needs of our older adults."

A long hospital stay can present serious risks for older adults, including increased incidence of urinary tract infection, development of pressure sores, and functional decline.  The ACE Unit consists of an interdisciplinary team of specialists that include physicians, nurses, dieticians, therapists, social workers and pharmacists, who are trained to care for the special needs of older adults. 

The team incorporates protocols for care and treatment that are specific for these patients.  The program focuses on reducing the risk of infection; dietary needs; maintaining skin integrity; family involvement; and keeping patients mobile and engaged to maintain function. 

About Hialeah Hospital

Hialeah Hospital, part of Tenet's Florida region, is a 378-bed acute care hospital located at 651 East 25th Street in Hialeah.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of central to north Miami-Dade County since 1951.

Hialeah Hospital offers a broad range of health care services, including 24-hour emergency care, cardiology, neurosurgery, obstetrics, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, laboratory, a surgical weight loss program that has been designated a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, a sleep disorders program, and a complement of imaging services.

Hialeah Hospital has earned a five-star rating and is ranked among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for maternity care by HealthGrades, a health care quality ratings company.  Hialeah Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

Showcasing an ACE patient room are, from left, Carlos Vallejo, MD, Internal Medicine; CNO Lourdes Camps; Director of Medical-Surgical Unit Andrea McCall, Director of Medical Surgical Unit, and CEO Ralph Aleman.