Condado Miami-Dade declara el 20 de Julio el “Día del Dr. Manuel A. Ramírez”
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DOCTOR MANUEL RAMIREZ, FACP, HONORED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AND ONE OF SOUTH FLORIDA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL PHYSICIANS AWARDS
Black Health Magazine and the emerging Latino Health Magazine recognized Dr. Manuel Ramírez as one of the 25 Most Influential Minority Physicians in South Florida and honored him with their coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony took place at the publications’ 3rd Annual Awards Banquet, held recently at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida.
Manuel is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He enrolled in an education course for families of love ones suffering with mental illness, (The Family-to-Family program sponsored by NAMI). Moreover, he became an advocate for improving the chaotic mental medical system, fighting against stigma of mental illness, for better recovery and rehabilitation programs. Manuel actively participated in the Congregational Health Alliance Ministry Program (CHAMP) in his local church and help develop such programs in other congregations.
For many years he participates in community health fairs, integrating physical health with spirituality. In 2010 Manuel was elected Vice-President of NAMI of Miami. He worked in the development of the NAMI Faith Community Work Program on behalf of the frail elderly and the mentally ill residents of the Assisted Living Facilities. Dr Ramirez, celebrated this important Lifetime Achievement Award sorounded by family and friends at a gala at the Diplomat Hotel and Resort in Hollywood, Florida.
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DOCTORS, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND OTHER EXPERTS DISCUSS THE VITAL ROLE OF POST CARE HOSPITALIZATION PLANNING IN MENTAL ILLNESS
Members of South Florida’s health care community, assisted living facility/nursing home owners and operators, patients and their caregivers recently attended the first in a series of free instructional seminars offered by a partnership between the Miami Chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), the LTC Ombudsman Program for Miami-Dade County and the Keys, and the Miami-Dade Public Library System, on the importance of Post Care Hospitalization Planning In Mental Illness. The event, held at the West Dade Regional Library, was sponsored by Senator Javier Souto, Miami-Dade commissioner representing District 10.
In his opening remarks, Senator Souto expressed his support for programs that assist the ill and improve their quality of life. Although resources are now slim, he said that funding these programs is a virtual win-win situation since comprehensive preventive care —such as dietician-supervised nutrition with anti-obesity meal plans; increased mobility through daily exercises, physical therapy and activities on site or at Miami-Dade’s beautiful parks— reduces the incidence of hospitalization and ultimately cuts government expenditures.
Joining Senator Souto were Teresa Mesa, an executive from the Miami-Dade Public Library System, Clare Caldwell, regional director for the Florida Ombudsman Council, James Osteen, executive director of Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition, Frank Johnson, director of Technology Solutions at WorkMagic, and other special guests joined dozens of attendees in the library’s ample conference hall for the initial seminar.
“While the quality of care provided to patients after their release from the hospital is always vital to their full recovery, it is even more critical for those suffering from mental illness, especially those who may be incapable of caring for themselves,” explained Dr. Manuel A. Ramírez, FACP, NAMI Miami vice-president and the seminar’s co-organizer. He shared with the audience the reasons for the creation of the Task Force between NAMI of Miami and LTC Ombudsman Program: For 15 years he and wife Lilia, both certified Ombudsman volunteers, observed and reported the increasingly deficient levels of care afforded the mentally ill by psychiatric hospitals, ALFs and rehabilitation programs, resulting in more serious, chronic conditions or even death.
“Many residents do not remember their diagnosis or physician’s name, do not know their medications, orthe existence of any medical planning. No wonder they undergo frequent re-hospitalizations, and are the larger expenders of Medicare and Medicaid funds.” Dr. Manuel A. Ramírez
It was not a coincidence that NAMI Miami president Judith Robinson chose to address the “importance of family education in understanding comprehensive medical care of chronic mental illness patients,” as she herself has been guardian and caregiver to a mentally ill relative for several decades.
“There is no question that there is a need for a deep transformation in the medical system of America to care of the severe mentally ill patient, in particular, the chaotic Miami-Dade County mental health system.” Judith Robinson
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“Mental retardation may happen at a later age in life, like in patients suffering schizophrenia, severe depression or traumatic stress disorder. And the recovery and rehabilitation program for a schizophrenic patient with normal intelligence is, of course, completely different from a schizophrenic patient with severe mental retardation.” Dr. Jorge A. Herrera
“Medical students and residents, all health care providers, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, psychologists must be part of the multi-specialist team that, provided with the innovative medical IT tools like EMRs, digital cameras, USB devises and laptops or tablets, will be share their clinical findings.” Dr. Armando V. Rodríguez
“There is a need of funding a minimal nursing program to provide ALF residents with basic health care to monitor vital signs, such as blood glucose levels, and supervise physical and nutritional programs, daily hygiene habits, and overall needs.” Henry Parra
“It is advisable that patients keep a copy of their medical records themselves, perhaps saved in a USB gadget, for immediate use at the emergency room and doctor’s office, during natural catastrophes or while traveling abroad.” Rebeca C. Trujillo
“There no excuse for physicians, psychiatrists, ALF personnel or healthcare providers not to keep records or communicate a patient’s medical facts, care and relevant data. Remember what is not documented is not done!” Mitchell Panter
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