South Florida Hospital News
Sunday April 23, 2017

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April 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 10




Richard Chazal, M.D., FACC, cardiologist with Lee Physician Group, has been named a recipient of the Master of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Award in honor of his contributions to the cardiovascular profession.

The Master of the ACC Award recognizes and honors Fellows of the ACC who have consistently contributed to the goals and programs of the College and who have provided leadership in important College activities. To earn this distinction, one must have been a member of the College for at least 15 years and must have served with distinction and provided leadership on various College programs and committees. Dr. Chazal has served as councilor, treasurer and president of the Florida Chapter of the ACC. He also has served as president and governor for the Florida Chapter; and he was elected chair of the ACC Board of Governors. Nationally, Dr. Chazal is currently serving as president of the ACC Board of Trustees, and has been a member and/or chair of more than 50 committees and workgroups.

At the fourth Physician of the Quarter award ceremony, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center recognized Dr. Rahul Aggarwal, interventional cardiologist. Dr. Aggarwal received 12 nominations and was recognized for his compassion, responsiveness and knowledge.

One nurse wrote, " A patient was about to leave hospital and decided he did not want a cardiac cath. We placed a call to Dr Aggarwal and it was immediately returned. Dr. Aggarwal stated he would see patient after office hours. He spent a good 30-to-45 minutes at the patient’s bedside explaining to this very young patient the importance of having the cardiac cath. The patient agreed and came to the floor stating he really loved his physician and trusted his suggestions. This makes me proud to work with Dr. Aggarwal and the team here at Palm Beach Gardens. ”

Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) welcomes Medical Hematologist Oncologist Suzanne Kirby, M.D., Ph.D., to its multi-specialty group of physicians.

Prior to joining the staff at IRMC, Dr. Kirby served as an associate professor in the UNC-CH Division of Hematology/Oncology and as a Stem Cell Transplant physician with a joint appointment in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Kirby worked as a hematology/oncology physician and principal investigator at Waverly Hematology/Oncology in Cary, NC and served as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a member of the Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Jennifer Goldman, D.O., medical director at South Broward Community Health Services, has accepted an appointment from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation to be its physician representative on the Drug Wholesale Distributor Advisory Council.

Dr. Goldman, a board-certified family physician within the Memorial Healthcare System, will serve a four-year term and is one of 11 members charged with reviewing and making recommendations on rules that are part of the state’s drug policy.
Dr. Goldman has worked in community medicine for nearly a decade. She earned her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. Her internship and residency in family medicine were completed in South Florida in affiliation with Nova Southeastern University.

Already renowned for her work in hair and nail diseases, Antonella Tosti, M.D., a professor in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been awarded the first Fredric Brandt Endowed Professorship. The $1 million professorship will enable Tosti to continue her research and education in dermatology.

Dr. Tosti is the author of nearly 700 scientific papers. She developed dermoscopy for the diagnosis and care of hair diseases and has shared her knowledge with experts around the globe, making her the perfect example of someone who can uphold the standard of Dr. Brandt and honor his work, according to Stephane Colleu, president and CEO of dr. brandt skincare.

The Cardiology Fellowship Program at Broward Health Medical Center has received Initial Accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME is an organization that sets standards for US graduate medical education (residency and fellowship) programs and the institutions that sponsor them and renders accreditation decisions based upon compliance with these standards.

Broward Health Medical Center is one of only two cardiovascular programs in the country to receive Initial Accreditation through the Single Accreditation System and the only one in Florida.

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc. is pleased to announce that NAI Global has earned a top four spot in the 2017 Lipsey Survey of Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Brands. NAI Global provides commercial real estate services through a network of over 375 offices around the world.

The survey was conducted among 100,000 commercial real estate professionals using a combination of ballot voting, phone interviews and focus groups to identify the top global brands. NAI Global is the only commercial real estate network represented in the top five. NAI/Merin Hunter Codman is a Member of NAI Global.

What does it mean to be a “Planetree Designated® Person-Centered Organization?” “Since opening our doors in 1992, we have been focused and committed to the care of our patients and families. Our philosophy of patient- and family-centered care means that families and healthcare professionals are true partners working together to serve the best interest of the patient,” said Chantal Leconte, Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Planetree, Inc. knows this too well, and recently designated Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital as the first and only children’s hospital in the world to achieve such an honor. This provides the children’s hospital a unique commendation for the compassion and care provided to patients beyond the clinical treatment and places them in a distinguished network of only 86 other healthcare organizations worldwide with the same designation.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Health Means Business campaign recently named Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) and the American Lung Association co-recipients of the Healthy10 Award in the Healthy Community category for their collaborative work to improve community wellness and access to economic opportunity.

CTCA has supported LUNG FORCE nationally for the past two years with such activities as paid media highlighting women lung cancer patients, promotional efforts to encourage people touched by lung cancer to share their stories on, social media outreach and events at all five CTCA hospitals with both patients and Stakeholders.

Palmetto General Hospital honors its 2016 recipients of the Outstanding Service Award who have also been named the Directors of the Year. Karen Weaver, director of surgical services, Odalys Santa, director of case management, and Hopeton English, director of finance, are being recognized for their accomplishments and leadership at Palmetto General Hospital during the past year.

The directors received a plaque in recognition of their unwavering dedication to the hospital during the Directors Appreciation Luncheon. The winners were selected by the administrative team based on their initiative, dependability and positive attitude.
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