South Florida Hospital News
Thursday December 8, 2016

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December 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 6




To further enhance patient care services and continue to meet the growing needs of the community, the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center is expanding its Pediatric Medical/Surgical Unit. Located on the third floor, the new pediatric wing will feature a new Step-down Unit, interactive playroom, family lounge, enlarged procedure room and more spacious private rooms.


New Clinic to be Twice as Large as Existing Location

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) has entered into a new 10-year, $3.9 million lease agreement with HTA Commons V, LLC that will relocate and expand the existing Naples Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to more than double its current size from 4,400 square feet to 9,300 square feet.
The new clinic will be located about four miles away from the current Horseshoe Drive South location. When the new facility opens, it will replace the current Naples CBOC. Bay Pines VAHCS officials expect the clinic to be open to serve Veterans in Spring 2017.
“This is truly an exciting time for the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and for the Veterans we serve in Naples,” said Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VAHCS.
“When open, the new clinic will provide a patient centered environment and spacious accommodations for both Veterans and staff. It is an excellent location for us to be able to deliver high quality VA health care service in a comfortable setting," she said.

Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) is proud to welcome Maria Puras, R.N., to her new role as Joint Replacement Program Coordinator.

Puras, who joined IRMC in the Emergency Room and worked as a charge nurse for Orthopedics and Oncology, now works collaboratively with physicians, post-acute care providers, patients, families and staff. As a patient advocate, she is creating and maintaining the critical linkage between clinical, administrative and customer service elements of care.

Genesis Community Health, Inc. recently welcomed Lake Worth resident Richard Bolko, CPA, MBA, to its Board of Directors.

Bolko serves as a CFO/Controller for a leading health insurance agency and health insurance brokers.
Prior to his current position, Bolko served in various executive finance positions for organizations such as OJCO, TBC Corp, and FPL. Bolko is a Florida Certified Public Account and holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and a Master's degree in Business Administration.

Plaza Health Network is proud to announce that Sarah Pana, R.N., B.S.N., will be serving as the network’s first Director of Clinical Innovation and Education.

Pana joined Plaza Health Network in 2011 as a Minimum Data Set Coordinator and registered nurse at both Jackson Plaza and Aventura Plaza, eventually rising through the ranks to Director of Nursing at Jackson Plaza.
Pana began her nursing career in the Philippines as a clinical staff nurse at German Doctors Hospital after working as a high school teacher. Upon moving to South Florida, she was a clinical staff nurse at Jackson North Medical Center.
Pana holds Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing, physical sciences, education and special education from Xavier University in the Philippines.

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) recently announced Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Optometry Professor Rachel A. "Stacey" Coulter, O.D., M.S.Ed., FAAO, FCOVD, as the recipient of the prestigious 2016 William Feinbloom Award.

According to the AAO, Dr. Coulter demonstrates the link between her clinical research expertise while raising the standards of routine clinical optometric practice. She is an outstanding role model for individuals aspiring to combine research and clinical practice in their career goals.
Dr. Coulter is professor and chair of the Optometric Sciences Department at NSU’s College of Optometry. She has served in various roles since joining Southeastern University of the Health Sciences (now NSU) in 1992.

Plaza Health Network welcomes Sacasha Brown as administrator at Aventura Plaza Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center in North Miami Beach.

Brown earned a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where she was a Toigo Fellow, a Master of Health Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University, where she was a Patrick Healy Fellow. Before pursuing a career in health care, her career experience included business and finance positions at Allstate Investments and Credit Suisse First Boston.
Brown currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) Professional Development Committee and FHCA Education & Development Foundation Board.

Alternative Home Health Care has hired Robert Glass as area manager.

A former chief operating and financial officer with Palm Beach-based Whitehead Law Offices, Glass brings extensive experience overseeing daily business operations, from accounting and human resources to strategic organizational development. Prior to his position with Whitehead Law Offices, he was executive director of the non-profit Community Health Center in downtown West Palm Beach.
Glass serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Health Center of West Palm Beach and is a member of the organization’s Governance Committee. Glass is a member of the International Leadership Association. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in international business management and finance from Florida Atlantic University and completed the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) President/CEO Jeffrey L. Susi, FACHE, is one of seven newly-elected trustees recently installed to the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) Board of Trustees.

Susi has more than 30 years of leadership experience in non-profit hospitals, including large catholic systems and major teaching hospitals. He also has direct patient care experience having worked as a physical therapist before moving into hospital management.
Susi is a past recipient of the ‘Hospital Hero Award’ by the FHA and he was honored locally with the Dan Richardson Humanitarian Award for making a positive difference in our community.

Lee Health announces the appointment of Mary Andrews as System Director, Government and Community Relations.

Andrews was previously employed as Director of Economic Development at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho. In 2015, she was named one of 100 Most Influential Idahoans of 2015 by the Ridenbaugh Press, and Idaho Business Review 2015 Women of the Year Honoree. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco in California.
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