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Nursing Excellence

Our nurses have earned the ultimate recognition. Holy Cross holds a Magnet Status designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This puts us in the top two percent of the nation for patient care.

Less than one percent of all hospitals in the nation have achieved Magnet Status. This is the highest possible certification given to hospitals in recognition of quality patient care and nursing excellence.

This designation provides patients with the ultimate benchmark of the quality care they can expect. Magnet certification is a testament to the skill, compassion and excellence of Holy Cross Hospital nurses and everyone who works alongside them.

Meet our Valve Clinic Coordinator

Hi! My name is Jillian Mascia BSN, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC. I am the Valve and Structural Heart Coordinator here at Holy Cross Hospital. My expertise lies in managing care for TAVR and Heart Failure Patients. 

I am a graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s Nursing School. As a student, I was one of the very lucky few to have had the opportunity to complete my practicum hours in the CVICU. It was at this moment that I knew what my next goal would be: to become a heart nurse. My nursing career officially started at Holy Cross hospital in 2010. For three years I was a bedside nurse on the Intermediate Care Unit. This laid a great framework for me as a healthcare professional. In 2013, I decided it was time to take my nursing skills to the next level and I transferred to the CVICU. Recovering fresh open-heart patients taught me the importance of critical thinking, working efficiency and what patient centered healthcare should be. 

In the fall of 2015 I again became a graduate of Nova Southeastern University—this time, at the master’s level. Shortly thereafter, I acquired my current position at Holy Cross Hospital. Working in the Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Clinic we see many patients.  Our clinic offers expertise in heart failure, valvular heart disease, oncological heart disease, adult congenital heart disease, cardiac resynchronization therapy and soon, pulmonary hypertension. The only commonality amongst these patients is they trust us to care for their hearts. No two patients are the same and we take pride in treating patients like they are part of our family. 

As the Valve and Structural Heart Coordinator, it is my goal to ensure the safe and holistic care of each and every patient that comes through the door.  As a team, we hold weekly meetings discussing possible surgical candidates for our TAVR Program. This enables us to recognize the most important issues for the pre, intra and post treatment needs. Ours is a strong and successful program, and we continue to do our best for you and stay current with the ever-changing technology of medicine. 

We look forwarding to working together with you in creating positive impacts on your heath!

We look forward to assisting you at the Valve & Structural Heart Disease Clinic. Feel free to call me at (866) 306-6882 to discuss your condition.

Meet Our Heart Failure Coordinator

My name is Amy C. Deramo MSN, ARNP-BC.  As a board certified Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, I come to Holy Cross Hospital with close to 20 years of nursing experience.  

I began my nursing career as many nurses do, in Medical-Surgical nursing.  The desire to continue to learn and grow took me into Nephrology and I transitioned into Dialysis nursing, during which time I became a Certified Hemodialysis Nurse and the Assistant Head Nurse of an Outpatient Dialysis Clinic in Austin, Texas.  My husband’s career then lead us back to Florida at which time I sought out and began a new nursing experience in Emergency Services.  Over the next thirteen years, I served in a variety of roles in Emergency Services ranging from bedside nurse, to trauma nurse, Charge Nurse, Clinical Educator and Assistant Director of Emergency Services.  Once again, my husband’s career relocated us, this time to London, England.  During this time I had the opportunity to work in several London area emergency rooms, or A&E’s, as they are referred to there.  I also spent time nursing in Dubai, UAE, before we relocated back to our home state of Florida for the final time.  

During my many years as an Emergency Room nurse, I have seen firsthand the impact of the growing number of Americans with Heart Failure, who must visit the Emergency Room to treat their uncontrolled or worsening symptoms.  The effect is not only increased mortality and morbidity for the patient, but the economic impact is tremendous.  Research has shown that regular follow up in a professionally guided Heart Failure Program greatly improves patient outcomes.  

As the Heart Failure Coordinator, I work collaboratively with each patient, their family and their physicians to provide evidence-based treatment of their Heart Failure, while preventing ER visits and admissions to the hospital.  I provide routine thorough physical examinations, education and a visit schedule that is tailored to each patient’s individual needs.  

I am so proud to be a part of the Holy Cross Hospital family and I sincerely look forward to the opportunity to help care for you or your loved one.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Heart Failure Clinic at 954-229-7974 with any questions or concerns.


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