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Aventura Hospital and Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Aventura, FL (September 15, 2009) – During this special ten-year anniversary celebration of the dedication of the Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center will host a number of community events throughout the month of October to commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Beginning at 6:00pm on Wednesday, October 7th, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center and the Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a special reception in the hospital’s main lobby and mezzanine, located at 20900 Biscayne Boulevard in Aventura. The entire community is invited to participate in the special kickoff event, in which everything will turn pink from our fountain to our lights. Guests are encouraged to wear pink and to sign our special commemorative banner, which will then be placed on display at the Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center. We will hear moving survivor testimonials, and Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s therapy dogs will make a special appearance, sporting their pinkest outfits in our “Pinkest Pet Contest”. Aventura Hospital’s therapy dogs are specially trained volunteers who visit with patients with their handlers. These caring animals have undergone special evaluations to be eligible to visit and spread joy to patients and their families.

Aventura Hospital is proud to be joined by a number of honored guests and public officials from neighboring communities, who will issue special proclamations to recognize this important month. At the conclusion to our reception, these special guests will join Chief Executive Officer Heather J. Rohan outside the hospital’s main entrance for a special lighting ceremony of the hospital.

Events continue on Friday, October 9th with a special community lecture on Breast Health Awareness featuring special guest speakers from our medical staff, including: Dr. Alanna Harris, Medical Director of the Breast Diagnostic Center at Aventura Hospital; Dr. Martin Keisch, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Radiation Oncology Department; and Dr. Kip Amazon, Chief of Pathology. The latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies will be discussed with special emphasis on early detection. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center partners with Miami-Dade County Health Department’s Project Screen, which provides free or low cost mammograms to the underserved residents of Miami-Dade County. Project Screen, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation will each be available at this community event to provide information on resources and support.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center will also participate in a number of activities throughout Broward and Miami-Dade County, including the City of Hallandale Beach’s Women’s Cancer and Health Symposium on October 10th and a partnership with the City of Hollywood to offer a special “lunch & learn” program on October 29th, in which Dr. Alanna Harris will lecture on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center will conclude Breast Cancer Awareness Month on October 30 with a special luncheon to honor survivors. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact our toll-free consultation line at 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. 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 Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center / Aventura Breast Diagnostic Center
The Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center, a 31,500 square-foot center, provides extensive outpatient services, including superior screening, diagnosis, treatment and education capabilities, as well as compassionate research-based care. As an approved American College of Surgeons “Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program”, the members of the medical staff are board certified in the major medical specialties and participate in clinical research as a requirement. Additionally we provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services that are available on site, allowing our patients easy access to all aspects of cancer care at one location.

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