South Florida Hospital News
Friday August 1, 2014
July 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 1



The Miami Dade College’s Physician Assistant (PA) team, competing in the National Challenge Bowl Competition, has won the National Championship. The competition is sponsored by the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the national organization that represents the physician assistant profession across the U.S. and occurred as part of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference in Boston.
MDC’s PA program students had previously won the Florida region championship four times. The team prepared throughout the year, mastering a curriculum and practical applications that cover the full range of medical topics. This year’s team of Cecilio Padrón, Arián Pupo and Leopoldo Catalá are second-year PA students who will graduate later this year. They arrived at MDC from diverse backgrounds and experience, and prove, again, the value of “opportunity changes everything.”
Congratulations to the team and all the students, faculty and staff who contribute to the excellence of our PA program. Special thanks are due to the team’s coach, Nicolás Massimini, who worked with the team throughout the past year, and PA Program Director Dayne Alonso.
Hialeah Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer, Lourdes Camps, R.N., has been inducted into Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Alumni Hall of Fame. Camps received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Miami-Dade College in 1985.
Camps began working at Hialeah Hospital 30 years ago as an assistant head nurse in the hemodialysis unit. She has served in several nursing and administrative positions such as Director of Professional Services, Administrative Director of Critical Care IMCU and Director of Nursing.
She was appointed Hialeah Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer in 2007.
Among 643 volunteers who collectively donated more than 122,000 hours of service to Holy Cross Hospital in 2013, Deerfield Beach resident James Dolan was honored as the non-profit hospital's 2013-2014 Volunteer of the Year.
Dolan was chosen among 12 Volunteer of the Month honorees recognized for their achievements, outstanding contributions, dedication and innovation, and excellence in guest relations. He volunteers in the hospital's post-anesthesia care unit in the surgery department, where he has become a valuable part of the recovery room team by assisting staff with transporting patients back to their rooms after surgery. Additionally, he volunteers in the hospital's spiritual care department and visits patients to inform them about spiritual services offered.
WomenHeart Champion Mildred C. Rodriguez was honored recently by Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital for leading the way in raising awareness among Hispanic-American women of their high risk for heart disease and initiating Spanish language education and support services.
WomenHeart is the only national organization providing education and support to women living with heart disease. Rodriguez is a member of the national corps of WomenHeart Champions, a group of heart disease survivors trained at the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at the Mayo Clinic to be volunteer community educators and support network coordinators.
Locally, Rodriguez leads a free monthly support group that meets at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital. Through her work with WomenHeart, she emerged as a national voice for the Hispanic-American community.
Coral Gables Hospital recognizes more than 80 hospital staff members who have been working at the hospital for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years. Each of these employees was recognized by hospital administration during an award ceremony for their dedication to serving the community and always putting the patients’ needs first.
Special recognition was given to Dolores (Dee) Tatar, who celebrates 41 years with Coral Gables Hospital this year. Tatar, a registered nurse, has spent the past 41 years of her career caring for post-surgical patients in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is awarded accreditation for percutaneous coronary intervention and cardiac catheterization by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE), an organization dedicated to ensuring adherence to the highest quality standards for cardiovascular and endovascular care. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is only one of three hospitals in Florida and only one of 19 in the entire United States to receive these two accreditations.
Pauline Grant, CEO of Broward Health North (BHN), was named one of South Florida's 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2014 by Legacy Magazine.
Grant has more than 35 years of healthcare experience, recently celebrating eleven years as chief executive officer of BHN.
Previously, she was named one of the “2012 Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Health Care” by Health Exec News, awarded the “2009 Jamaican Milestone Award” for excellence in healthcare and named of the “2008 Top 25 Minority Executives” by Modern Healthcare magazine.
She was born in Jamaica, received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and then received her Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Davie.
John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center (JMC), was recently presented the Health Care/Science Professional Award at the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches’ Annual Business Awards Breakfast.
The Health Care/Science Professional Award is presented to a professional that has been in the industry for at least five years, has demonstrated a commitment to community involvement and has displayed excellence in his or her area of expertise beyond the scope of job expectations.
Couris, who has been in the health care industry for more than 20 years, has an affinity for improving health care for the communities in which he serves. Beyond the walls of the hospital, John is a strong advocate for community health and wellness. One of his most recent initiatives is his involvement in MyClinic, a free adult primary medicine and urgent dental care clinic.
For representing the Holy Cross Hospital mission, philosophy and core values, radiology nurse Michelle Pagan, R.N., has been named the non-profit hospital's Associate of the Year.
“Michelle goes above and beyond with compassion and dedication on a daily basis,” said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D. "Not only is Michelle very loyal to Holy Cross, she is an excellent nurse who has won the respect of her colleagues and many physicians within the organization.”
Pagan has been a member of the Holy Cross family since 1993. She is a member of the Florida Nurses’ Association and the American Nursing Association. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing with honors from Lehman College in the Bronx, NY.
Roy E. Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, will be joining the faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as the new chair of the Department of Medicine.
Board certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, Dr. Weiss is an expert in diseases of the thyroid and pituitary disorders. His research has centered on the mechanisms of thyroid hormone action at the molecular, physiological, and psychological levels, including the molecular basis for the syndrome of resistance to thyroid hormone. He also has conducted several clinical studies evaluating treatment of thyroid disease.
Dr. Weiss spent 29 years at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he has served as the Rabbi Morris I. Esformes Endowed Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of the Section of Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and Deputy Provost for Research for the university.
Dr. Weiss earned his bachelor's degree in zoology at Duke University and Ph.D. in cellular biology at the University of South Carolina, and his medical degree at Sackler Medical School in Tel Aviv, Israel. He returned to the U.S. in 1985 for an internship at University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, where he completed his residency and fellowship, and joined the university faculty.


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