South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday July 27, 2016

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July 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 1




Martin Health System, Compass Surgical Partners and leading local physicians will begin construction of an outpatient surgery center in west Port St. Lucie this summer.

The surgery center will be part of a 60,000-square foot medical office building adjacent to Tradition Medical Center. Construction on the three-story building is expected to be complete summer 2017 and will be adjacent to the existing two-story medical office building attached to Tradition Medical Center. The medical office buildings are owned and managed by Optimal Outcomes.
The new 11,000-square foot surgery center will feature two operating rooms and two procedural rooms (where procedures such as colonoscopies, pain-management and other non-invasive procedures may take place).

Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) has implemented a Pet Therapy Program at the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center, understanding that sometimes a furry friend can offer the best medicine for the psyche. This is just one way IRMC focuses on a patient’s mind, body and spirit.

Visiting with a certified pet therapy dog can provide patients and their caregivers with comfort and relief, and offer a distraction from pain, discomfort and feelings of isolation.
All pet therapy dogs and their handlers must undergo a thorough screening and certification process. During a visit from a therapy dog, the dog’s owner walks the dog through the Cancer Center, stopping to greet patients and visitors. For patients receiving treatment, the visit might be limited to a wave from their room to a dog passing by, or the patient can request longer visits where the animal can sit in the patient’s lap or stand at the ready for a petting session. 

Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has received initial accreditation from the national Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for University-sponsored residency programs in general surgery and emergency medicine, in collaboration with its member teaching hospitals in the FAU College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium.

The six-year general surgery training program is based at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the primary site for the program, as well as Bethesda Hospital East, and Tenet HealthCare System’s Delray Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center. The three-year emergency medicine training program is based at Bethesda Hospital East, the primary site for the program, as well as St. Mary’s Medical Center and Delray Medical Center. All five hospitals are member teaching hospitals in the FAU College of Medicine GME Consortium.
FAU’s general surgery program has been approved for a total of 45 clinical positions and up to seven positions for a unique value-added year of scholarship and research, making this program one of the largest in the nation.
FAU’s emergency medicine residency program has been approved for a total of 18 positions, with the first class of six residents matching in 2017. 

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc. (CTCA) announced that Dr. Raj Garg, a highly regarded health care industry leader with more than 25 years of experience across the health care spectrum, has been named President and CEO. He will also serve as a member of the company’s national Board of Directors.

As a leader in the health care group at McKinsey & Company, Dr. Garg guided many health care companies through transformational change by spearheading innovative strategic growth, operations, and business development programs and initiatives.
Dr. Garg earned an M.D. from Stanford Medical School, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a B.A. in genetics and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining McKinsey & Company in 1992, he practiced medicine and law in California. 

Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) welcomes Camie Patterson, FACHE, CPA, FHFMA, as the new Chief Operating Officer.

Patterson most recently worked with the Studer Group. Prior to her employment with the Studer Group, she held the position of COO/CFO at IU Health La Porte & Starke Hospitals in Indiana and prior to that role, she held the positon of COO at Self Regional Healthcare in South Carolina. She earned her Master of Healthcare Administration from Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.
Patterson brings over 20 years of accounting and operational experience to IRMC. 

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, a facility of HCA East Florida, is pleased to announce the appointment of Vianca Larice as Director of Marketing. Larice comes to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center from United Homecare.

Prior to joining Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, Larice served on the executive management team of a long-term care organization serving older and disabled adults throughout Miami-Dade County, FL. She was the Director of Strategic Planning, Innovation and Research. Larice has held progressive leadership roles within the healthcare industry, including Vice President of the local health planning council for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
Larice holds a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Florida International University.

Metlife Premier Client Group announces the appointment of Howard Wolkowitz as a financial advisor. With a focus on the healthcare community for more than 20 years, his holistic planning and advice includes a knowledge of healthcare industry issues. Wolkowitz also has been involved as a hospital governing board member, SFHHA member and a panel speaker on Hospital Physician Integration.



Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine recently announced several progressive changes for faculty members.

Delia Harper-Celestine, Ed.D., M.P.H., assistant dean of osteopathic postgraduate education, who focused on postgraduate residency training programs and working with Consortium for Excellence in Medical Education partners, transitioned to the position of assistant dean of student and alumni affairs.
Janet Hamstra, Ed.D., M.S., director of preclinical education, was promoted to the position of assistant dean of postgraduate education.
Patrick Hardigan, Ph.D., M.B.A., joined the college as a full-time professor of public health and medical education in June. In addition to his NSU-COM responsibilities, Dr. Hardigan will continue to serve as the Health Professions Division’s executive director of assessment, evaluation, and faculty development and as chair of NSU’s Statistical Consulting Center.
Mark Sandhouse, D.O., M.S., assistant dean of administration and academic director of medical education for the college’s training programs, was promoted to the position of associate dean of administration.

Fiberlight, LLC welcomes Sheri Mills to their South Florida Team as their new National Account Manager.

Sheri has over 20 years of telecommunications experience as a seasoned IT consultant and with her technical expertise she works with her clients to provide a client centric IT solution for their unique environment which also allows them to meet their ever increasing enterprise growth and their CAPEX/OPEX requirements.
Sheri Co-Chairs the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association’s Health Information Technology Committee and has been an active member for over 6 years.

HCA East Florida/Westside Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Mackie as Directory of Marketing at Westside Regional Medical Center. Mackie comes to Westside Regional Medical Center from Broward Health Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale.

Mackie has more than 18 years of experience in Marketing, PR and Community Relations with the majority spent in the healthcare industry. Most recently, she has held various leadership positions in marketing communications at the hospital and corporate levels of Broward Health and was also the Patient Experience Manager and Interim Marketing Manager at Broward Health Medical Center.
Mackie is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Interpersonal Speech Communication Studies.
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