South Florida Hospital News
Monday February 8, 2016

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February 2016 - Volume 12 - Issue 8




Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) proudly welcomes pediatrician Norina B. Ocampo, M.D., an expert in general pediatrics, to the TFPS multi-specialty physician group. Dr. Ocampo is now seeing patients at her TFPS office in Boca Raton and is on staff at West Boca Medical Center.

Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Ocampo worked in her private practice for the past 18 years providing general pediatric care to patients at Rainbow Pediatrics of South Florida located in Boca Raton. For her education and training, Dr. Ocampo completed a general pediatrics fellowship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She finished a general surgery internship in the Department of General Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital and graduated medical school from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She has been practicing medicine since 1988 and is bilingual in English and Italian. 
Jose M. Texidor, M.D., FAAP, board certified in pediatrics and as a pediatrician, has joined Dr. Steven Takas and Dr. Melanie Youschak at Pediatrics Alliance in Key West.
Before joining Pediatrics Alliance, Cuban born, Dr. Texidor graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine in Guadalajara, Mexico, post graduate medical training at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY and completed his pediatric residency at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. He comes to Key West from Care Point Medical Group where he was in a solo pediatric practice in Hoboken, NJ and on the medical staff at Hoboken University Medical Center and Palisades Medical Center.


Sports medicine and shoulder specialist Dr. Michael DeFranco, M.D. has opened The Athlete’s Clinic, which specializes in orthopaedic care for sports injuries and shoulder disorders. Dr. DeFranco completed an orthopaedic residency at the Cleveland Clinic, a sports medicine fellowship at Rush University Medical Center, the Harvard shoulder surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a European shoulder surgery fellowship in France and Switzerland. Dr. DeFranco is board certified in both orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine.




Minesh Mehta, M.D., a widely renowned expert in radiation oncology, proton therapy and cancer research joins the executive leadership of Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida as deputy director and chief of radiation oncology.
Dr. Mehta comes to Baptist Health from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he served as medical director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center in Baltimore—the area’s first proton treatment center, which he helped to launch. Dr. Mehta was also the University’s associate director of clinical research in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Prior to his time at Maryland, Dr. Mehta held major academic, research and administrative leadership positions at Northwestern University in Chicago, and University of Wisconsin, in Madison, WI.
Board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology, Dr. Mehta graduated with the highest honors from the University of Zambia School of Medicine. He completed a residency at the University of Wisconsin, where he was chief resident in radiation oncology. Later, he was appointed chairman of the medical school’s Department of Human Oncology and led research studies, technology development and expansion at the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center. He also headed its brain tumor program for more than 15 years, leading to his national leadership role in clinical trials research within national co-operative groups such as NRG Oncology, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, North American Brain Tumor Consortium, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, Children’s Cooperative Group, etc.
Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC) is proud to announce the certification of its cardiovascular rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). BHMC was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.
BHMC’s cardiovascular rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.
AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.
Marcus Lake has been named Assistant Nurse Manager for Broward Health North (BHN). He has worked for Broward Health for 4 years and began his career at BHN in 2012 as a registered nurse for cardiac services. In December 2015, he became assistant nurse manager of cardiac services where he will be instrumental in monitoring patient flow in the Cath Lab, Stress Lab, ECHO and EKG Lab.
“We are very happy to welcome Marcus to this position,” said Denise Rutherford, Regional Manager of Cardiac Services. “His experience in critical care and cardiac cath, along with his dedication to BHN, will ensure that he will excel in his position.”
“I look forward to making a difference in my new role. I believe that positive thoughts and positive actions lead to positive outcomes.” said Marcus Lake.
Marcus earned his Associated Degree at Midway College in Kentucky. In his spare time, he enjoys sports and refurbishing his new home.
Keiser University is officially launching a new College of Chiropractic in West Palm Beach September 2016. Dr. Michael Wiles, former Dean of Clinical Affairs for Texas Chiropractic College, will serve as Dean of the new Keiser University College of Chiropractic, a program which is the first to be started in southern Florida.
Previously, Dr. Wiles served in a variety of professional positions, including private practice and progressing to Chairman and Associate Professor for the Department. of Chiropractic and Clinical Science at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northwestern College of Chiropractic; and Interim President, Northwestern Health Sciences University.
Dr. Wiles received his undergraduate education at the University of Toronto and his professional Chiropractic education from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto, Canada. He earned a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration from Brock University, Ontario and a Master’s of Science in Medical Education Leadership from the University of New England, in Biddeford, Maine. Dr. Wiles has also pursued advanced doctoral studies from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.
“I am excited to help provide the leadership for the development of this new program,” said Wiles.  “Keiser University is committed to a ‘students first’ philosophy, which will be a foundational principle of the Doctor of Chiropractic program. I want to treat our students the same way we want our graduates to treat their patients. With the commitment of Keiser University to its students and academic excellence, the institution presents an ideal setting for the development of a new College of Chiropractic,” he added.
Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently received two gifts totaling $350,000 from local philanthropist, business owner and nurse Christine E. Lynn. A $300,000 gift will support the College’s faculty talent retention fund, which assists in retaining the best and brightest faculty, while a $50,000 gift will fund student scholarships.
“We are extremely grateful for Mrs. Lynn’s generous support. These gifts demonstrate the love she has for this community and the commitment she has to improving health care,” said Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing. “The endowed scholarship fund provides support for our undergraduate students who are preparing for a nursing career.”
The College’s faculty talent retention fund addresses the need to reward and retain its most accomplished faculty members, who are heavily recruited by universities throughout the country due to a critical national nurse faculty shortage. The nursing assistance fund is intended to support students who plan to work in this area once they graduate.
“An investment in this nursing school is an investment in the health of the people in our community. As a nurse, I care about this,” said Lynn.
Over the past 30 years, Lynn has supported nursing, healthcare and education with unwavering dedication. She currently serves as former-chairman of the board of Lynn Insurance Group, and as chairman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. She is a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, given to a distinguished American citizen who exemplifies a life dedicated to community service and who makes a better world for all. Her philanthropic efforts have provided much to the College, including a generous $10 million gift to fund and name the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing building. More recently, FAU received a $5 million gift to name The Christine E. Lynn Sports Medicine Center at the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence.
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