Promise Healthcare, a leading national long-term acute care (LTAC) hospital company, expands its industry presence today to 19 facilities in eight states with the grand opening of its first hospital built and managed in South Florida. The 56,000-square-foot, 60-bed, all-private-room LTAC hospital will serve physicians and their patients living and working in northern Miami-Dade and southern Broward counties, including communities in Miami Lakes, Hialeah, Palm Springs, Doral, Miramar, Pembroke Pines and Weston. When fully staffed, Promise’s entry into Miami-Dade will create more than 150 new jobs for the area.

Corporate and senior management from the new Promise Hospital of Miami were joined by area government and healthcare industry officials, management of surrounding hospitals, physicians and other healthcare professionals and business and community leaders for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by the first public tours. During grand opening ceremonies, Promise Healthcare officials named and dedicated the new six-acre hospital campus in ‘respect, appreciation and admiration’ of William M. Vazquez, Esq., who served as Senior Vice President/Legal Counsel for Promise Healthcare during its founding years as an integral part of the leadership team who laid the foundation to grow the company from its initial acquisition of six hospitals to the industry leader Promise Healthcare is today with 5,000 staff members.

According to Promise Hospital of Miami CEO Ted Welding, the new facility “is like any other acute care hospital only that it specializes in high acuity long-term hospital care for patients suffering from the most complex of medical conditions.” The hospital’s distinctive LTAC environment provides acute medical care and aggressive therapy services for patients with unresolved, acute, or catastrophic illnesses, as well as multi-organ disease processes who require an average length of stay of 25 days or more. Promise specializes in acute respiratory/pulmonary care (including ventilator management and weaning), infectious disease management (including long-term IV antibiotics), advanced wound management, complex medical management and treatment for multi-organ failure and post-surgical complications.

Patients can be admitted from almost any setting for most illnesses or injuries that require a longer hospital recovery period and require physical, occupational or respiratory therapies and/or complex wound care. In most cases, patients are transferred from intensive care units (ICUs), direct observation units (DOUs), general medical and surgical beds in short-term acute care (STAC) hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities or from their home or physician’s office.

“At Promise Hospital critically ill patients with multi-organ conditions are afforded ‘the benefit of extended time’ to effectively hasten recovery and achieve personalized goals,” shared Welding. “We look forward to working collaboratively with hospitals and healthcare professionals in surrounding communities as together we deliver a dynamic synergistic approach in the patient continuum of care that is founded in optimal personalized healthcare excellence.”

Promise Healthcare President and Chief Operating Officer Richard Gold reported that the new hospital is modeled after Promise’s successful custom design/builds of Promise LTAC hospitals in Bossier City and Vidalia, Louisiana and The Villages in Florida incorporated with special design and patient care nuances to give it a cheerful Miami Lakes ‘sense of place’ and provide convenience for physicians and their patients.

“Because we understand that family members and friends are important to the healing process, it should be comforting to both patients and those who visit frequently to have
state-of-the-art LTAC hospital services close by,” said Gold who is celebrating his 10-year anniversary with Promise, working along side CEO Peter R. Baronoff and its leadership team through its aggressive growth period.

Promise Hospital of Miami features all private rooms with 60 telemetry beds for patient monitoring while in rooms or during mobile transport and private showers; 52 med/surg beds; an eight-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU), four isolation rooms and a fully outfitted operating room suite with pre- and post-op anesthesia areas and full sterilization capabilities available to physicians to use should their patients admitted to Promise require them to perform interim surgical procedures during their hospital stay. Patient rooms feature ‘Teknoflor’ which has imbedded Nano-Silver technology that is anti-microbial and anti-fungal and provides other safety features that help to minimize potential patient and staff slipping/falling incidents.

Also onsite are two dialysis stations; a wound care suite for the treatment of patients with complex conditions, including Stage III – IV pressure ulcers, non-healing surgical wounds, infected surgical wounds, ulcerations of the skin caused by complications of diabetes and peripheral neuropathy and a full-service respiratory program team of respiratory therapists who manage treatment for patients with complex respiratory needs such as ventilator management, COPD, emphysema, pneumonia and bronchitis.

The hospital’s Physical and Occupational Therapy Gym — which features a full kitchen, complete with working stove, sink and dishwasher and appliances such as a washer and dryer–is designed or therapists to help patients enhance their independence level by training them in cooking, personal hygiene, grooming, and other activities of daily living. It is where patients work to regain strength and endurance as well as interact with other patients to enhance motivation. Under the direction of board-certified physiatrists, up to three hours of therapy is provided per patient per day.

There is also a full-service in-house pharmacy, a Physicians Lounge And Dictation Area that provides physicians with a comfortable, functional private setting while charting or dictating their medical records; a private residence-style physician room with bed, private bathroom, and amenities that provides physicians with a respite during late evening calls that require the need for a physician to remain on-site; a family consulting room for private consultations with physicians; a multi-media room is available for training and education instruction; and a cafeteria is open to physicians, staff and visitors.

All nursing staff is ACLS certified using a primary RN nursing model for all patients and adherence to strict compliance of benchmark patient safety measures with a 2-3:1 patient to nurse ratio in its I.C.U. and 5:1 in its med/surg care. Its Main Nurses’ Stations feature a complex, integrated computer system that increases security and the communication and efficiency between departments.
“All of us at Promise are both proud and inspired to be joining the Miami-Dade healthcare continuum while also supporting providers in southern Broward County,” noted Promise
Healthcare CEO Peter R. Baronoff. “Known for our clinical ‘quality’ scores that outperform
national averages, especially for our successful ventilator weaning program, we look forward to delivering increased specialized healthcare services and collaboration to make the area’s healthcare services second to none.”

Baronoff then acknowledged the Town of Miami Lakes and the Graham Companies
“for seeing and embracing Promise’s vision and mission right from the start; both were
instrumental in paving the way for development culminating in making three-way history
today for Promise, the South Florida healthcare industry and the community-at-large.”

Promise Hospital of Miami is located at 14001 NW 82nd Avenue, Miami Lakes, FL 33016.                                                For more information, admissions, and physician referrals and affiliation, call 786-609-9200 or visit

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