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; Cleveland Clinic Florida
If you have an issue with your ostomy and wish to see a stoma specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, new patients must first register and schedule an office visit with one of the Colorectal surgeons.  Making an additional appointment with the stoma specialist is preferred on the same day.   We have six Colorectal Surgeons: Steven Wexner, MD; Juan Nogueras, MD; Eric Weiss, MD; Dana Sands, MD; Giovanna DaSilva 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, option 2 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 we cannot make appointments and that would slow the process considerably.

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.

Lea Crestodina ARNP CWOCN CDE and Chris Poole Johnson RN CWOCN
at Memorial Regional Hospital Ostomy Outpatient Clinic, 3501 Johnson St., Hollywood, FL. For information please call (954) 265-4512. To print out a referral/authorization form for your doctor click here.

Patricia Paxton-Alan, MSN, ARNP-BC, CWOCN
at Westside Regional Medical Center,  8201 W Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 33324 can be reached at 954-452-2162. Their support group meetings are held the second Thursday of each month (except during July and August) at 5:30 P.M. in Classroom C.