Cleveland Clinic Weston Completes 200th Heart Transplant

Lauderdale Lakes resident Yanice Davis received the 200th heart transplant at Cleveland Clinic’s Weston Hospital when the 41-year-old received a new heart in mid-December 2021. Davis, who was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2017, experienced an 85% reduction in heart function and is grateful to have received the transplant to restore the functionality.

“Our team’s dedication to putting patients first has allowed us to transform the lives of so many families,” Cedric Sheffield says, MD, Surgical Director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Cleveland Clinic Weston. “Our program continues to grow, and we look forward to many more successes on behalf of our patients in the years to come.”

Cleveland Clinic Weston’s heart transplant program was developed in close collaboration with Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, ranked No. 1 in heart care by U.S. News & World Report for 27 consecutive years. Cleveland Clinic Weston also received the No. 1 ranked hospital in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area by U.S. News & World Report. 

“In eight years, we’ve been able to give 200 patients a new heart and a higher quality of life,” Rodolfo J. Blandon says, MD, MBA, president of Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital. “This milestone not only showcases the significant growth of our transplant program, but also our expertise and ability to provide world-class care. I want to recognize and commend our dedicated team of caregivers who made this possible.”

According to the Health Resources & Services Administration, more than 106,000 people are waiting for an organ nationwide, and on average, 17 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

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He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.