Jackson Health System welcomes Peter G. Paige, M.D., M.M.M., C.P.E., F.A.C.E.P., as its senior vice president and chief medical officer.
Dr. Paige has a distinguished career centered on emergency medicine and medical administration in large, academic medical settings. Prior to joining Jackson, Dr. Paige held several leadership roles at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, most recently as the interim chief medical officer and associate chief operating officer. He also served as the vice chairman of the UMass department of emergency medicine.
He earned his medical degree at SUNY Health Science Center at the Syracuse School of Medicine and a master’s degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He completed his training in emergency medicine at UMass, where he later served as a clinical associate professor with teaching responsibilities.
Dr. Jason M. Goldman has been recognized by the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) as the recipient of the 2013 Internist of the Year Award. This award is given annually to an internist who demonstrates outstanding leadership and dedication to the clinical practice of medicine.
As the sitting Treasurer for the Florida Chapter of the ACP, Dr. Goldman has been integral in the leadership of the organization. “I am proud to have been selected as Internist of the Year by the Florida chapter of the American College of Physicians,” Dr. Goldman said. “Over the years, it has been my goal to serve my profession with a steadfast commitment and dedication to the art of medicine. It is both humbling and validating to be selected by a community of my peers to receive an honor like this.”
Dr. Goldman went to medical school at the University of Miami and completed his training in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He operates a successful solo practice in Coral Springs where he has provided compassionate care to his patients and served his community for over a decade. Dr. Goldman is a pillar of his community, with active involvement in the Florida Medical Association, the Free and Accepted Masons, many local charities and fundraising events, as well as support of local schools and businesses.
Keith Foster, M.D., MBA, was recently employed by the Memorial Physician Group to join the physiatrists practice serving the Memorial Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial Regional Hospital South.
Dr. Foster is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada in 2008. He completed his residency at Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University in 2012, where he served as Chief Resident. He also earned a master’s in Business Administration from East Carolina School of Business in 2012. He holds membership in the American College of Physician Executives, the Association of Academic Physiatrists and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Werner Andrade, M.D., joins Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) with extensive operating room experience in a wide-range of laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries. Dr. Andrade is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Andrade operates on-staff at both Coral Gables Hospital and Hialeah Hospital.
Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Andrade helped direct Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center in Globe, AZ, in becoming a Bariatric Center. While on-staff as a general and bariatric surgeon at the hospital, he performed general, advanced laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures, including laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic adjustable gastric band placement.
Longtime Cleveland Clinic Florida patient Pauline Braathen has made history by giving the largest gift in the organization’s 25-year history. Braathen’s $30 million donation will fund the construction of a five-story, 143,000 square foot building on Cleveland Clinic Florida's Weston campus. The building will be named the Egil and Pauline Braathen Facility and will house the expanded Pauline Braathen Neurological Center and Cleveland Clinic Florida's Cancer Center.
“Since her first visit to Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2001, Mrs. Braathen has become one of our most ardent and generous supporters,” said Bernie Fernandez, M.D., President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “The Egil and Pauline Braathen Facility will include state-of-the-art, technologically advanced equipment that will allow us to elevate the level of healthcare in South Florida while continuing to exceed the patient experience.”
Mrs. Braathen’s gift is the culmination of many years of philanthropic support and will help maintain a cutting edge neuroscience program in Florida today and in the future. She previously established a multimillion dollar fund to support Cleveland Clinic
Florida’s Neurology Program and the Pauline M. Braathen Endowed Chair in Neurology, held by Neurology Department Chair Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, M.D.
Pauline Braathen with Cleveland Clinic Florida President Dr. Bernie Fernandez and Neurology Department Chair Dr. Nestor Galvez-Jimenez.
“I have traveled the world and experienced more medical institutions than I care to remember, but the quality of the clinicians and the depth of care that I have received from Cleveland Clinic Florida are unrivaled,” Pauline said. “Dr. Galvez in particular, has provided me with outstanding care and support. He is knowledgeable, compassionate and undoubtedly one of the best in his field.”
Born in London, Pauline Braathen was a fashion model and buyer and subsequently developed her own fashion business. She married Egil Braathen, a Norwegian business man, who became one of the country’s wealthiest men, owning and developing property throughout Norway and in other parts of the world, including the United States. He died in 2009, after suffering the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade. Today Pauline Braathen is a resident on the private apartment ship “The World,” traveling all over the globe but always returning to Cleveland Clinic Florida for her medical care.
“Through this donation, I want to celebrate my husband’s genius and success, in the certain belief that it will improve many lives for years to come,” Mrs. Braathen said.
(l-r) Dr. Rohit Dandiya, chairman of the PBACO Executive Committee; Kelly Conroy, PBACO Executive Director; John D. Couris, president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center; and Dr. Hymin Zucker, PBACO’s medical director.
Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization (PBACO) recently hosted a dinner with area hospital CEOs and administrators to discuss ways hospitals and physicians can work together to improve health care delivery.
Palms West CEO Eric Goldman commented that he had never seen so many doctors pull together. “Usually when something new in health care is being created, the hospitals are at the forefront of making it happen,” he said. “It’s rare to find a group of physicians coming together under a common cause to make hospitals part of it. This truly is unique because there is transparency and we’re talking about working together as partners for the benefit of the patient.
“I am confident that PBACO will be successful because of this approach.” John D. Couris, the president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center, agreed, saying that medicine today is all about “collaborating with physicians in our community.”
Couris, who stated that PBACO’s “physician-driven concept fits with our overall strategy,” outlined numerous plans to use innovative technology to facilitate better patient care and increased coordination with the physicians treating patients who arrive at JMC.
One technological advancement tested recently with PBACO physicians is a smartphone-based text messaging system using “push” notification that alerts a primary care physician (PCP) every time a patient enters a hospital or is discharged. At the event a video was shown featuring internal medicine physician Dr. Irma Lopez discussing her experience with the technology.
“Before this technology I would have to remember this information and it often took three or four days to follow up with the patients,” she said. “This app allows me to connect with my nurse practitioner immediately to begin making follow-up appointments with my patients.”
The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) announced a $500,000 capital campaign gift from an unnamed benefactor in support of its plans to build one of the nation’s first education-based simulation hospitals. Designed to lead the field of nursing and health care education into the 21st century, the 5-story, 39,000 square-foot facility will replicate the true flow of activity in a clinical practice and hospital and provide an educational setting for the school’s students. The Simulation Hospital will facilitate inter-professional collaborations, whereby nurses, physicians and other health care professionals will work in teams to improve patient safety outcomes. It will also be a test site for new health care products and patient safety research. The gift supports the naming of the simulation hospital courtyard.
Florida Blue has announced a finalized agreement between Broward Health and Florida Blue Medicare, Health Options, Inc., Medicare Advantage plan, to provide primary care network services for their Medicare HMO members in Broward County.
Florida Blue's Health Option product provides an alternative to traditional Medicare beneficiaries and offers additional benefits for Medicare members through more affordable out-of-pocket costs, depending on the patient’s specific healthcare needs.
This collaborative care approach will allow physicians throughout the Broward Health Physician Group and Broward Health’s Community Health Services to focus even more on preventative services for patients. This will improve the cost, quality and access to healthcare through the use of primary care physicians.
On October 26, 2013, as part of the activities for National Respiratory Therapy Week, Florida National University (FNU) students were invited by Michele A. Grassi, MHA, BS, RRT, Pulmonary Clinical Specialist at South Miami Hospital to participate in the 21st Annual Harry Kapp Symposium.
This year, FNU respiratory therapy students participated by helping with registration and passing out literature. In return for their services, the students were treated to breakfast and lunch, and they were allowed to attend all of the lectures. In addition, FNU students were given the opportunity to meet professionals in the respiratory therapy field and to begin networking towards their future positions once graduated.
Representing the FNU Respiratory Therapy Department was Jose Antonio Lammoglia, Respiratory Therapy Department Head; Mr. Alberto Alegret, Director of Clinical Education and Professor Richard Allen.
Grassi is a member of FNU’s Respiratory Therapy Program Advisory Board. She has recently been reappointed by the Governor of Florida to the Florida Board of Respiratory Care. Grassi was very impressed with the FNU students’ performance during the symposium.
Florida National University has an ongoing and very positive relationship with South Miami Hospital, and the University looks forward to many new ventures together.
The Harry Kapp Symposium is an annual tribute to the late Harry Kapp, a respiratory therapist at South Miami Hospital who is remembered for his smile, professionalism, compassion and continuous search for knowledge.
Having a love for the respiratory profession and cherishing the opportunity to always learn more about his profession, and knowledge being his greatest passion, Kapp was never too busy to attend a class and to encourage others to do the same. His example taught us about professionalism and compassion. His gift to us, in the way of an endowment, allows these lessons to live on through the education of others. So we continue to honor him through the “Annual Harry Kapp Symposium”
This symposium is an annual meeting put on by the South Miami Hospital’s Respiratory Therapy Department. It is geared to respiratory therapists and opened to all medical personnel interested. The symposium is an opportunity to focus on educational topics, ideas and information that are in the forefront of respiratory therapy education, and is part of the hospital’s Respiratory Care Week celebration.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk Manager Fausto Santos accepted a proclamation from Miami Dade County District 6 Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa declaring November as Alzheimer's Awareness Month. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Pictured (l-r) Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr., District 13, Alzheimer’s Association Walk Manager Fausto Santos, Miami-Dade County District 6 Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa and County Commission Vice Chair Lynda Bell.