How to Contact an Ostomy Nurse in Broward County

One of the most frequent requests BOA receives on its telephone hotline is for a referral to a local ostomy nurse. Officially an ostomy nurse is an ET (Enterostomal Therapist) or WOCN (Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse). If their degree is a CWOCN that tells you that they are also Certified by going through vigorous additional education and certification in ostomy management beyond their RN degree.

I recently asked several wonderful local Ostomy Nurses to let me know how you may contact them for personal care challenges. Here are their replies:

Amparo Cano MSN, CWOCN; Glicerio Moura-Tebbe RN CWON, Cleveland Clinic Florida
To set an appointment with the Stoma Nurse at Cleveland Clinic Florida for issues involving an ostomy, the patient must be registered at the clinic and also must have been seen by one of the colorectal surgeons in our clinic. If a patient is totally new to the clinic it is necessary to set up two appointments: one with a Colorectal Surgeon for an introductory visit and one with the Stoma Nurse right after the surgeon appointment. We have six Colorectal Surgeons: Steven Wexner, MD; Juan Nogueras, MD; Eric Weiss, MD; Dana Sands, MD; Giovanna DeSilva MD; and David Maron, MD. For information on these surgeons check the Cleveland Clinic Florida Web site or pick up information at the clinic. To call for an appointment, call the Colorectal Office at 954-659-5278 and wait for a prompt that asks if you want to speak to a physician’s office. Please don’t choose “do you want to speak to a nurse about a wound or ostomy” because I cannot make appointments and that would slow the process greatly. Thanks

Eula Fahie-Romero RN, CWOCN
Memorial Hospital West (954) 432-2650, 703 N Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028. The ostomate needs a referral with a diagnosis written on it. The physician office calls or the patient and the appointment is scheduled based on availability.

Patricia Paxton Alan MSN, ARNP-BC, CWOCN
Broward Health, Coral Springs Medical Center. Potential patients need to obtain a prescription from a physician stating “Ostomy Out-Patient Center Visit” with diagnosis (reason) for visit. Patient then calls me, Patty Paxton-Alan, MSN, ARNP-BC,CWOCN for an appointment at 954-344-3094. The patient then registers as an out-patient. Coral Springs Medical Center requires payment of a $50.00 facility fee at the time of visit. Thank you, Patty Paxton-Alan

Lea Crestodina ARNP CWOCN CDE and Chris Poole Johnson RN CWOCN
at Memorial Regional Hospital Ostomy Outpatient Clinic. For information please call (954) 265-4512. To print out a referral/authorization form for your doctor click here.