South Florida Hospital News
Saturday May 28, 2016

May 2016 - Volume 12 - Issue 11



Jupiter Medical Center announces the appointment of Nancy J. Taft, M.D., FACS, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon, as medical director of its Comprehensive Breast Care Program.

Highly trained, Dr. Taft completed a fellowship in breast surgery at Chicago's Northwestern University School of Medicine where she received a year of additional specialty training in breast cancer treatment. In addition to her career as a skilled surgeon and physician, Dr. Taft is a former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve where she served as a trauma surgeon caring for our soldiers wounded on the battlefields in Afghanistan. Prior to arriving at Jupiter Medical Center, Dr. Taft served as the medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital in the Chicago area.

Lee Memorial Health System is pleased to announce that Elena Gatskevich, M.D., and Maurice Ramirez, M.D., have joined the professional staff of Lee Physician Group – Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Gatskevich earned her medical degree at Grodno State Medical University in Belarus, where she also completed post-graduate training in infectious disease. She completed an internal medicine residency at the Yale School of Medicine/Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT, as well as an internal medicine – infectious disease fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine/Yale-New Haven Hospital is New Haven, CT.
Dr. Ramirez earned his medical degree from the University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, Philippines. He completed an internal medicine internship at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, NY as well as an internal medicine residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. Dr. Ramirez completed an infectious disease fellowship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, NY.
Dr. Sheri Watson-Hamilton, DMD, was recently promoted to the position of Deputy Dental Director at Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI). Dr. Hamilton has been a devoted CHI dentist for 20 years and most recently served as the Dental Site Supervisor at the Martin Luther King/Clinica Campesina Health Center.
Dr. Watson-Hamilton possesses extensive training and experience in all aspects of general dentistry, including sophisticated digital imaging, root canal therapy, periodontal maintenance (continuing care of gums) and cosmetic procedures. She is dedicated to utilizing the latest techniques and advanced technology to offer patients of all ages the best possible long-term dental health. 

Manuel Gonzalez-Brito, D.O., joins the administrative team at Palmetto General Hospital as the Vice President of Medical Education.

In addition to his new position, Dr. Gonzalez-Brito is the Director of the Concussion Clinic and Medical Director of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. He also practices at Kidz Medical Services in Coral Gables as a Pediatric Critical Care Specialist. Additionally, Dr. Gonzalez-Brito serves as a Volunteer Professor of Pediatrics for the University of Vermont College of Medicine, whose students do clinical rotations at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He is double board certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Lanalee Sam, OB/GYN and medical director of women’s services at Florida Medical Center, received recognition as a 2016 Woman of Distinction. She was one of 10 women recently honored for her professional achievements and extraordinary community contributions in 2015.

Last year, Dr. Sam served as the team physician for the Freedom Challenge, where she and a group of individuals climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness about human trafficking. Through this climb, Dr. Sam helped raise over $1 million in donations.
Dr. Sam is a member of numerous associations including the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, the Broward County Medical Association and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Moreover, Dr. Sam has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and honors for her philanthropic work and medical research. In 2014, she was deemed one of South Florida’s 50 most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals, and more recently, her international reach was recognized at the Women4Africa Awards in London. 

At the first Physician of the Quarter awards ceremony, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center recognized Dr. Arun Talkad, neurologist and medical director of the Primary Stroke Center.

Dr. Talkad joined the medical staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in November 2013 and has since been a tremendous asset to the stroke program. Within three months of his arrival, the hospital’s door-to-needle time, which refers to the time taken to administer clot-busting medication after the patient arrives at the emergency room, dropped from an average of 67.2 minutes to 28.5 minutes.
Dr. Talkad also initiated monthly stroke case review meetings that bring together physicians and clinical staff across multiple specialties to discuss challenging stroke cases.
Broward Health and the Florida Society of Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety recently hosted a dynamic day-long symposium at Broward Health Medical Center where 40 risk management professionals learned about a variety of topics related to risk management and quality improvement.
Highlights from the symposium included presentations on the legal and ethical considerations related to disclosure and apology, an update on case law, a 2016 Florida legislative update, as well as a risk management and quality update from the Agency for Healthcare Administration. The symposium also included an interactive presentation on both root cause analysis and disclosure.
Pictured: The Broward Health Risk and Insurance team joins (l-r): Dr. Marc Bivins, Director of Quality and Clinical Resource Management, Broward Health Medical Center Medical, Dr. Kenneth Nanni, Executive Director, FSHRMPS and Alumine Bellone, MMHC, LHRM, CPHRM, CPHQ, ACA Broward Health Director, Risk and Insurance Services.

Plaza Health Network’s Chief Clinical Officer, Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Dorothy Smith Leadership Award from the University of Florida’s College of Nursing. The award is presented to alumni who demonstrate excellence in leadership for the nursing community.

Denker, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, was honored for more than 40 years of service and achievements as a nurse educator, researcher, nursing consultant and health policy expert. She spent more than three decades in a number of key positions at Jackson Health System, including clinical nurse specialist, assistant to the chair of the Public Health Trust and director of the Center for Nursing Excellence.
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