South Florida Hospital News
Sunday November 23, 2014
November 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 5




Dr. Lonar Tony Umadhay, Director and Assistant Professor of Barry University's Anesthesiology program, was recently named Associated Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Originally from the Philippines, Dr. Umadhay completed his undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. He obtained his Master of Science in nursing degree from Florida International University and his Doctorate in Philosophy from Barry University.
Dr. Umadhay was past president of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists and served on the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists.
Frank Nask, President/CEO of Broward Health, announced to the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners that he will be retiring from the position as of the completion of his contract on March 31, 2015. Nask was named President/CEO in 2008.
Nask came to Broward Health in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer and was named President/CEO in 2008. Nask managed the system during a difficult economic time and was able to grow the system financially and avoid a workforce reduction. During his tenure, he was instrumental in developing major projects and programs such as the expansion of the graduate medical education program to more than 100 residents. Nask also led efforts for major construction projects at several Broward Health facilities including Broward Health North and the children's hospital at Broward Health Medical Center. He focused on bringing essential technology to Broward Health such as the electronic medical records system and three da Vinci Robotic Surgical Systems for minimally-invasive surgery. He was also instrumental in the redevelopment of the Broward Health Foundation which recently announced a $10 million challenge grant for the modernization of the children's hospital.
"I have been honored to work with the incredibly dedicated and talented team of healthcare professionals throughout the system. The real key to my success has been our combined commitment to our mission of providing the best healthcare to every member of our community," Nask said. "I also want to thank the Board Members I have worked with throughout my tenure. They have donated countless hours to provide guidance and leadership to the community asset of Broward Health."
Thanks to another $150,000 grant from Quantum Foundation, Catholic Charities’ Healthcare for the Homeless project will continue to provide personnel and supplies to address unmet health services for Palm Beach County’s estimated 1,500 homeless people. The grant will be made over the next three years, according to Randy Scheid, Quantum Foundation senior program officer.
Catholic Charities’ Healthcare for the Homeless was created in 2013 with a $50,000 start up grant from Quantum Foundation. The project provided direct medical services, navigation of the healthcare system and referral services to more 500 individuals in its first year.
Since that first year produced such great results, Quantum Foundation recently renewed the grant for an additional $150,000 to continue providing the personnel and supplies the project needs for the next three years. Quantum Foundation is the county’s largest health funder with 100% of funding dollars allocated for the local community. The Foundation seeks bold and innovative projects in pursuit of its mission, which is for all the people in the county to enjoy better life through quality health.
Broward Health North hospital has added the following physicians to its medical staff: Vasana Cheanvechai, M.D., Vascular Surgery; Marjan Vandevar, D.O., Nephrology; Madelin Westerfeld, Psy.D., Psychology; and Camysha Wright, M.D., Otolaryngology.
Dr. Patrick Taylor, president and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital, has announced the addition of neurosurgeon Ali Jourabchi Ghods, M.D., and internist Faride Ramos, M.D., to the Holy Cross Medical Group.
Dr. Ali Jourabchi Ghods joins Holy Cross Medical Group from the Rush University Department of Neurosurgery in Chicago where he recently completed his residency. Dr. Ghods is founder and president of Foundation for Children with Neurological Disorders and Neurosurgery & Interventional Neuroradiology Organization. He also founded the Rush University Medical School Neurosurgery Shadowing Program. Dr. Ghods received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and a Bachelor of Science degree in physiological science, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of California in Los Angeles.
Dr. Faride Ramos is a board certified internal medicine specialist. She joins Holy Cross Medical Group from Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital and Illinois Advocate Masonic in Chicago where she was a primary care physician with the Chicago Health Medical Group. Dr. Ramos completed her internal medicine residency at MacNeal-Westlake Hospital in Berwyn, IL and received her medical degree from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Stacy Stibb, D.O., and Jeromy A. Jacobs, D.O., were recently employed by the Memorial Physician Group.
Dr. Stibb joins Dr. Laura Wilner, medical director of Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, serving Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jacobs joins the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, under the direction of Dr. Alan Novick, serving Memorial Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial Regional Hospital South.
 Dr. Stibb earned her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2008, and completed her internship at Palmetto General Hospital in 2009. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in Chicago in 2012, after which she completed her fellowship in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2014.
Dr. Jacobs earned his medical degree at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, in 2010. He completed his internship in family medicine and neuromuscular medicine at Florida Hospital East in Orlando in 2011. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident, in 2014.
Jerome Sigua, M.D., was recently employed by the Memorial Physician Group as an allergist and immunologist serving at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Sigua earned his medical degree from State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine in 2008. He completed his residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 2001, and completed his fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in allergy and clinical immunology in 2014.
Jill Whitehouse, M.D., was also recently employed by the Memorial Physician Group as a pediatric general surgeon working at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Whitehouse earned her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 2005, and completed her research fellowship in pediatric surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Research Institute, in 2010. She completed her residency in general surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2012, and completed her fellowship in pediatric surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, in 2014.
David Wolinsky, M.D., FACC, FASNC, a staff cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic Florida, has been elected President of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC).
Dr. Wolinsky has also served as a member of the ASNC’s Board of Directors and its Quality Assurance Committee. He is a frequent lecturer at both regional and national meetings and is actively involved in clinical nuclear cardiology research.


Mount Sinai Medical Center welcomes Dr. Jorge Caso as its newest urologist and Assistant Professor of Urology at the Columbia University Division of Urology at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Caso completed his surgery internship as well as urologic residency at the University of South Florida. In 2011, he completed Society of Urologic Oncology Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.



Florida International University’s (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences announces the launch of Nursing Academia ACTIVATE, a social media effort to raise awareness and champion the APRN Campaign for Consensus initiated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
Nursing Academia ACTIVATE aims to directly engage nursing deans, directors and faculty to weigh in on the APRN Campaign for Consensus – an NCSBN initiative to assist states in aligning their APRN regulation with the major elements of The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. Those major elements are:
• State recognition of each of the four described roles (CNS, CNP, CRNA, CNM)
• Title of APRN in one of the four described roles
• Licensure as an RN and as an APRN in one of the four described roles
• Graduate or post graduate education from an accredited program
• Certification at advanced level from an accredited program that is maintained
• Independent practice
• Independent prescribing
Specifically, Nursing Academia ACTIVATE urges nursing deans, directors and faculty across the country to take to Twitter to support and spread the word about the APRN Campaign for Consensus. A dedicated landing page on the College website details the effort and how to get involved, including a “Tools & Tips” section that walks participants through the process of joining Twitter and advocating for the APRN Campaign on Twitter.
For more information about Nursing Academia ACTIVATE and to participate, visit For more information about the APRN Campaign for Consensus, visit
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