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Aventura Hospital and Medical Center and Greater Miami Jewish Federation Present “The Role of Medicine and Spirituality: Dealing With the Current Economic Crisis”

Aventura, FL (June 1, 2009) – Aventura Hospital and Medial Center, the Community Chaplaincy Service of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and Federation’s partner agency Jewish Community Services of South Florida will present a seminar – “The Role of Medicine and Spirituality: Dealing With the Current Economic Crisis” – on Wednesday, June 17 at 5:30pm at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. This special seminar will feature guest speaker Rabbi Benjamin Blech, author of Taking Stock: A Spiritual Guide to Rising Above Life’s Financial Ups and Downs. His presentation will be followed by a discussion with a panel of spiritual and psycho-social experts from the community.

“Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is proud to partner with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation to bring this important program to our community,” said Heather J. Rohan, Chief Executive Officer of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. “In order to promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle, it is important for people to also find ways to maintain health of the mind and spirit, especially during these challenging economic times.”

“The current economic crisis is placing great stress on people in our community,” noted Rabbi Frederick Klein, Executive Director of the Jewish Chaplaincy Program. “Whether they are facing foreclosure, job loss, diminished financial resources or the threat of these situations, individuals may be adversely affected physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. This seminar will address how caring professionals can help clients deal with their stress, fears and anxieties.”

The event will take place at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s Medical Office Building, located at 21110 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 101, Aventura, FL 33180. Continuing education credits will be available for social workers (CEU), physicians (CME) and nurses (CE). A light kosher dinner will be served. There is no charge for this program, but advance reservations are required. For more information and to register for the event, please call 1-888-256-7692.

About Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a 407 acute care medical/surgery facility providing award winning inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, medical, surgical, cardiovascular and cancer services to the communities of northeast Miami-Dade and southeast Broward counties since 1965. Always on the cutting-edge of healthcare technology, Aventura Hospital was the first in Dade County to install the da Vinci S HD Robot and the Elekta Synergy S. The Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Stroke Program was also the first in Dade County to earn The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification Program Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality. The 24-hour Emergency Room consistently maintains an average wait time of less than 10 minutes, and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab’s average STEMI time of less than 60 minutes fulfills the standards set forth by Miami-Dade County EMS. Staffed by more than 700 physicians representing over 50 specialties and 1,300 employees, the hospital meets the healthcare needs of its neighboring communities through continuous program enhancement and service excellence.

About the Greater Miami Jewish Federation
The mission of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is to mobilize human and financial resources to care for those in need, strengthen Jewish life and advance the unity, values and shared purpose of the Jewish people in Miami, in Israel, and around the world.

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