South Florida Hospital News
Monday January 26, 2015
January 2015 - Volume 11 - Issue 7




West Boca Medical Center is proud to welcome four new members to its 2015 Governing Board.
The board also appointed its 2015 officers highlighted by the selection of Melvyn Karp M.D., a pediatric surgeon at West Boca as the board’s incoming chairman. Karp has been an active leader in the hospital’s pediatric program for 25 years.
The new board members are as follows:
Barry Podolsky – President and owner of Podolsky & Associates of Florida
Joseph Bensmihen – President of the Private Care Association
Mark Adelman, M.D. – Medical Director of West Boca’s Intensive Care Unit
Radha Vallabhaneni, M.D. – Medical Director of West Boca’s Primary Stroke Center
Leslie Disch, RHIT, CPC, has joined Lower Keys Medical Center as their new Director of Health Information Management. She comes to Key West from Greenville, AL where she was the Director of Health Information at L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital.
Disch holds an Associate’s degree in Health Information Technology. She is also a Registered Health Information Technician, Certified Professional Coder.
Margaret “Peggy” Cleary-Spencer, MT(AAB), MBA, has joined Lower Keys Medical Center as their Director of Laboratory Services. Most recently she has been the Technical Supervisor of the Laboratory at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. Previous to that she had various roles at Munroe Medical Center in Ocala and the University of Florida Veterans Medical Center. Among her other experiences, Cleary-Spencer had at one time served as a Medical Technologist at Lower Keys Medical Center.
Cleary-Spencer holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida.
Good Samaritan Medical Center is proud to welcome Tonja Mosley as its chief financial officer.
Mosley’s appointment at Good Samaritan is a homecoming for her as she is a West Palm Beach native. She previously served as a CFO for more than 12 years at several hospitals and health care providers across Florida. Before that, she worked as an assistant controller and staff accountant.
She received two bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting from Florida State University in 1996.



On December 11, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) coordinated a farewell reception for Lynne Cawley, M.S., who served as director of alumni services for many productive years. Cawley came to NSU in March 1989 and was recently honored by NSU-COM for 25 years of service to the university—highlighted by her 15 years with the college. During her tenure, she worked in several NSU centers, sharing her talents with NSU-COM alumni as well as NSU athletics.
Now that her NSU career has concluded, Cawley looks forward to “doing anything I want,” which includes a focus on improving her health and continuing to work passionately in the osteopathic profession she loves.
The Board of Commissioners has named Nabil El Sanadi, M.D., the next President/CEO of the North Broward Hospital District (NBHD) which operates under the Broward Health name.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. El Sanadi was a practicing emergency medicine physician at Broward Health Medical Center and the Chief of Emergency Medicine for Broward Health. He is the current chairman of the Florida Board of Medicine and serves as emergency medical services (EMS) medical director for several municipalities.
Dr. El Sanadi graduated with honors in medicine and public health from Ohio State University. He completed his medical residency and a one-year research fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. El Sanadi earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry with honors from Case Western Reserve University. He obtained his Master of Business Administration at the Weatherhead School of Management, and went on to complete certifications as a licensed Health Care Risk Manager and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
In 1994, Dr. El Sanadi joined EmCare, previously Phoenix Physicians. Prior to that, he served as chief of emergency medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland where he directed a large teaching and research-focused emergency department. He currently holds faculty appointments at Florida International University, Nova Southeastern University and The University of Miami.
A renowned breast cancer researcher with more than 20 years experience will lead Florida Atlantic University into a new era of innovation as its vice president for research.
Daniel C. Flynn was selected after a national search that attracted 76 applicants.
Flynn comes to South Florida from Delaware, where he is the associate dean for research at the University of Delaware, College of Health Sciences. He previously held positions at the Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA, including associate dean for research and economic development.
Further, he was appointed to numerous leadership roles at West Virginia University in Morgantown, including director of cancer cell biology research and graduate training programs at the university’s Health Science Center. He also was deputy director of the university’s Mary Bab Randolph Cancer Center.
Spring Melody Myers, LCSW, is the new Homeless Programs Supervisor of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. Myers is also a United States Air Force Veteran with 21 years of honorable service including deployment to Iraq. In August 2013, she retired at Eglin, Air Force Base, Florida.
Myers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, having received her Masters of Social Work from Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia in 1997. She has continued her education through Capella University and has completed all academic requirements for a PhD in Human Services.



Florida Blue and Miami Children’s Hospital have teamed-up to offer patients a convenient alternative option to healthcare through telehealth technology offered through HealthSpot. Florida Blue members will now have access to convenient healthcare services at the company’s Retail Center in Miami, offered through a unique walk-in kiosk. The HealthSpot® station – a private, 8-foot-by-7-foot enclosure outfitted with touchscreens, medical devices and videoconferencing capabilities – enables Miami Children’s medical providers to see and treat adults and children members age two and older. The station is also supported by an on-site accredited medical attendant.
The HealthSpot station has two-way, high-definition video screens, which deliver a unique face-to-face experience between patients and providers. The digital medical devices in each unit – stethoscope, scale, blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, thermometer, otoscope and magnascope – stream medical information to the provider and patient.
Florida Blue members can make an appointment or walk into the Retail Center and utilize the HealthSpot station for minor, common conditions and services.

Memorial Healthcare System of Hollywood is using smartphone technology to improve outcomes for stroke patients and ultimately save lives.

FaceTime video is the fundamental tool in a new pilot program in which Memorial Healthcare System is working with Miramar Fire Rescue in Miramar, Florida, to obtain valuable patient information that enables stroke teams at Memorial Regional Hospital and Memorial Hospital West to be at the ready when stroke patients arrive.

Harnessing the features of FaceTime is the brainchild of Brijesh P. Mehta, M.D., a NeuroInterventional Surgeon at the Memorial Neuroscience Institute and Director of Stroke and Neurocritical Care, who says timing is everything, particularly when a large vessel stroke occurs.

“The longer neurons are deprived of oxygen due to a clot in the large vessels supplying blood flow to the brain, the more damage occurs,” Dr. Mehta says. “FaceTime is enabling us to evaluate patients while still in the ambulance en route to our hospital and to subsequently mobilize our teams for conducting rapid CT imaging and performing catheter-based intra-arterial treatment that has been shown to be highly effective in strokes due to large clots. This revolutionary treatment offers a much wider time window for successful outcomes than traditional clot-busting drugs that must be delivered intravenously within 4.5 hours of stroke onset and are generally only effective on small vessel blockages.”

Dr. Mehta says Memorial Healthcare System FaceTime allows video capability to detect severe deficits in stroke patients – which are strong indicators for presence of a large vessel occlusion in the brain – and to subsequently prepare the cath lab team at the receiving hospital.

“Setup time for imaging and intra-arterial treatment takes a lot of time,” Dr. Mehta says. “With the use of FaceTime video, however, we have the potential to reduce our time to treatment by as much as 45 minutes, which often times can be a lifesaver for a large artery stroke patient.”

Physicians at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center are at the forefront of cardiac care in the United States by offering the minimally invasive MitraClip device as an option for patients suffering from mitral regurgitation (MR).
MitraClip, made by Abbott Vascular, repairs the mitral valve without the need for an invasive surgical procedure. The device is delivered to the heart through the femoral vein, a blood vessel in the leg. Once implanted, it allows the heart to pump blood more efficiently, thereby relieving symptoms and improving patients’ quality of life. Patients undergoing MitraClip treatment typically experience shorter recovery times and reduced hospital stays of about three days.
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