South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday January 24, 2017

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January 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 7




Dr. Ariol Labrada, a board-certified neurologist, achieves top recognition from Hialeah Hospital as the 2016 Physician of the Year. Dr. Labrada exemplifies Hialeah Hospital’s mission statement, which is to provide safety, comfort and excellence in customer service. Dr. Labrada was nominated and selected by the hospital employees for this year’s award.

Dr. Labrada’s core interests include stroke and vascular neurology, neurocritical care, polyneuropathies and headaches. He completed a Vascular Neurology Fellow at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Prior to the fellowship, he was a neurology resident at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, where he was Chief Resident and the Neurocritical Care Resident of the Year in 2012. He attended medical school at Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas Santiago de Cuba. His internships included stints at LSU and Hospital Docente Provincial Holguin 

Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale has named Marc H. Bivins, M.D., MBA, as Chief Medical Officer for the hospital.

Dr. Bivins most recently served as medical director for quality and clinical resource management at Broward Health Medical Center. He previously practiced as a hospitalist and founded American Hospitalist Company in Jacksonville, FL.

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Bivins completed residency training at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota after completing his undergraduate degree and his M.D. at the University of Miami. In addition he earned his MBA degree at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. 

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University recently appointed Janet Robishaw, Ph.D., as chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Robishaw, an accomplished functional and translational genomics researcher with 30 years of sustained federal funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), comes to FAU from Geisinger Health System in central Pennsylvania. Most recently, she served as senior scientist and associate director at Geisinger’s Weis Center for Research.

Robishaw, who trained under Nobel Laureate Alfred G. Gilman, Ph.D., will be the first female chair of FAU’s Department of Biomedical Sciences. She succeeds Brew, who will remain in the department to continue his NIH-funded research to develop treatments for osteoarthritis. 

Broward Health Coral Springs is pleased to announce Teri Dutts as the Nurse Manager for 4 West. Teri has many years of nursing management experience including CNO at a long term facility in Michigan. She has her Bachelors of Science degree from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. She joined BHCS as an Administrative Nursing Supervisor in 2013 and has been serving as 4 West Interim NM since March.




Wellington Regional Medical Center (WRMC) recently announced that Elizabeth Paine, MS, MBA, has joined the administrative team as Assistant Administrator.
Prior to joining the team at WRMC, Paine worked with Tenet Healthcare Corporation at its corporate office in Dallas, TX and at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, FL as an associate in the MBA Leadership Development Program.
Paine earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

Sean O’Bannon, a retired veteran fire administrator with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, was sworn in as the newest Health Care District Board member by Commissioner Philip H. Ward, III, Board Chair, at last Wednesday’s Health Care District of Palm Beach County Board meeting. Mr. O’Bannon was appointed to the Health Care District Board on December 6th by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners to serve a four-year term. He replaces Carol A. Roberts, former Palm Beach County Commissioner, who served on the volunteer Health Care District Board for eight years before being term limited. Mr. O’Bannon was the former Division Chief of Operations for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue before retiring in 2012 after 35 years of service.


Miami Jewish Health recently elected new officers to its Board of Directors for the upcoming year. The board provides leadership for the health system’s continued efforts to provide innovative senior care.

"The new officers bring valuable experience and expertise to our board and to the commitment we share at Miami Jewish Health, where our priority is for the care of our elderly in the community,” said Jeffrey P. Freimark, president and CEO, who also serves on the board.
Jay Solowsky, founding partner at Solowsky Allen law firm in Miami, was elected chairman of the board.
Jeffrey Rittenberg, CEO of Surfmed, was elected vice chairman.
Also serving as directors are Alfred J. Katzin, immediate past chairman, Stephen H. Cypen, Wayne A. Cypen, Ronald Fieldstone, Robert Goldszer, M.D., Samuel Harte, Jane Kahn Jacobs, Carol Lang, John Richard, Ora Lea Strickland, Ph.D., and Arthur Unger.

Holy Cross Hospital has opened its newly renovated maternity unit as the Doreen Koenig Blessed Beginnings Maternity Unit.

Koenig dedicated herself to the charitable campaign that successfully funded Holy Cross Hospital’s Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center and also was instrumental in founding the hospital's Women Owning Wellness committee, a group focused on raising funds to improve the health and lives of women and their families. Before her death from breast cancer in July 2015, she had embarked on a campaign to fund a new maternity unit at Holy Cross.
The new maternity unit features the latest state-of-the-art technology in obstetrics including a level-two neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that is able to accommodate babies born as early as 32 weeks, a well-baby nursery, a mother and baby model of care, private rooms and two private VIP suites. All patient rooms are able to accommodate fathers and another family member. Renovations also were made to the labor and delivery area, nurses’ stations, family waiting room and education rooms.

Three local non-profit organizations received grants totaling $25,000 from Holy Cross Hospital for food security initiatives.

Henderson Behavioral Health’s Housing and Health Options Promote Empowerment (HHOPE) was awarded a $15,000 grant. With the grant, the HHOPE Housing First program for chronically homeless adults who have serious mental health illness will be able to provide healthy staple food items for individuals initially moving into stable housing.
The $5,000 grant to Jubilee Center of South Broward will provide emergency resources and relief from hunger and despair to the homeless and financially disadvantaged in Hallandale, Hollywood and Dania Beach. The grant will fund a hot meal Monday through Friday for one year for 125 people.
At St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Pompano Beach, the $5,000 grant from Holy Cross will help fund The Holy Grill, a food trailer that moves from private church site to church site serving breakfast and dinner to the homeless in Pompano Beach.

When it came time to blow out his candles on his 14th birthday, Estefano Reano had only one wish: a new heart. Just 40 minutes later, the Pediatric Heart Transplant team at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital surprised his family with a phone call that made his wish come true making the Weston teen the hospital’s 30th heart transplant recipient.

Today, he is the living legacy of a donor family who gave this pediatric heart transplant patient with a gift of a new life with his family, physicians and medical staff and in time to go home for the holidays. Emotions were high at a press conference at the Conine Clubhouse, located adjacent to JDCH, where Estefano and his family were reunited with the heart transplant team. They came to express their gratitude and give moving tributes and heartfelt testimonials urging the community to become organ donors.
“I am so happy to be here and I am so thankful to everyone,” said Estefano. “I want to do many things like travel and I want to one day run a sanctuary for endangered animals. I thank the family for giving someone like me a second chance to live the life that I always wanted.”
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