South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday August 31, 2016

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August 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 2




The Martin Health System Board of Directors, physicians, associates and volunteers recently welcomed a new president and CEO - Robert L. Lord, Jr. Lord joined Martin Health 18 years ago as vice president and chief legal officer, becoming a senior vice president in 2012. He played a pivotal role in the development of Tradition Medical Center. In 2014, he was promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer.

A graduate of Stetson University College of Law and Florida State University, Lord is a board certified healthcare executive (certified as a Fellow by the American College of Healthcare Executives), and is board certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in health law. Prior to joining Martin Health in 1998, Lord was an attorney in private practice based in Stuart.

Mercy Hospital, a facility of HCA East Florida, is pleased to announce the appointment of Monica Couso as Directory of Marketing and Public Relations.

Couso has more than 20 years of experience in communication, advertising/marketing, public relations and media management with a focus on the United States Hispanic market. Prior to joining Mercy Hospital, she held the position of Marketing Manager at Hialeah. Couso holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree from the University of Miami.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center welcomes Christy Wise as its new emergency department director.

Wise most recently served as the clinical manager of the emergency department at another Tenet hospital, West Boca Medical Center.
Wise has spent the majority of her 20-year nursing career at Tenet Healthcare, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s parent company. She started in 2000 as a registered nurse at Delray Medical Center, also a Tenet hospital, before working her way up to assistant nurse manager and then interim clinical nurse manager within the emergency department. Wise later served as a relief staff registered nurse at three other Tenet hospitals: Good Samaritan Medical Center, Florida Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center.

Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel announced Shachi Mankodi, senior counsel in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been elected to The Florida Bar Health Law Section’s Executive Council. She will serve a three-year term.

As a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group, Mankodi represents individuals and organizations in licensure disputes and proceedings as well as compliance and reimbursement matters involving the Medicaid and Medicare programs. She also has been involved in coordinating state health care policy for the Office of the Governor and has provided legislative policy analysis and recommendations to executive agencies.

Florida Medical Center welcomes Patricia Rosenberg as its new chief nursing officer.

Rosenberg joins the leadership team with more than 35 years of healthcare experience, having most recently served as system director of clinical transformation at Trinity Health in Livonia, MI. Her previous leadership roles include administrative nursing director and chief nursing officer.

Rosenberg earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University in East Lansing and her Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Coral Gables Hospital Cardiopulmonary Director George Diaz was honored as a “Tenet Hero,” a distinction awarded by Tenet Healthcare. Diaz joined the Coral Gables Hospital family in 1977 as a respiratory therapist and is described as having contagious charisma and an unconditional willingness to lend a helping hand.

In addition to his role as cardiopulmonary director, Diaz is a patient safety officer, and he constantly looks for ways to improve patient care.
Diaz’s compassion reaches beyond hospital walls as a community volunteer building houses on weekends with Miami-Dade Habitat For Humanity and reading stories at the Lighthouse Center for the Blind. He has also helped out his co-workers by driving them to and from work when they had no transportation, and he is always among the first to volunteer for community outreach events hosted by the hospital.

West Kendall Baptist Hospital appoints new South Florida community leaders to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Anthony Alonso has practiced in the Miami area for eight years. In 2007, he started Endodontix Dental Group, P.A. in Coral Gables.
Robert Namoff currently serves as chairman of the board of Allied Universal Corp., where he has worked since 1970.
Richard J. Roy founded Lucror Capital Advisors, L.P. (“Lucror Capital) in 2013. Roy has been in the financial services industry since 1995, having most recently served as a Director in Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division.
Luis (Wicho) Hernandez is the Managing Partner of LINQ Financial Group, headquartered in Coral Gables, with offices in Weston, Ft. Lauderdale, Stuart, and West Kendall.

St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital appoint Sandra (Sandie) Foland, CEO of Baron Sign Manufacturing, as one of the hospital’s new governing board members.

Foland co-founded Baron Sign Manufacturing with her husband more than 34 years ago. She serves on the board of directors for the State of Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Commission, appointed by Governor Rick Scott for a 5-year term. She also serves on the board of directors for the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce, the Palm Beach County Business Development Board and the Board of Directors for the Early Learning Coalition. She was formerly a board member at Florida Medical Center, St. Mary’s sister hospital. Foland is also involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Riviera Beach and is a board member of Extraordinary Women Leading Change. Additionally, she is a founding member of the Executives Association of the Palm Beaches, the Riviera Beach Business Council and the School Board of Palm Beach County – Minority Council.

Broward Health Children’s Hospital has introduced a child-friendly robot named MEDi® to its pediatric patients to help reduce pain, anxiety and fear associated with common medical procedures. The two-foot-tall robot is designed to ease the stress of the hospital experience for both patients and parents alike and is exclusive to South Florida. Broward Health Children’s Hospital is one of only eight hospitals in the nation that utilizes MEDi®. The purchase of MEDi® was made possible through a generous gift from the 1000+ Club to Benefit Cancer, Inc. Their gift of $20,000 to Broward Health Foundation also funded an art therapist for the adult infusion patients at Broward Health Medical Center.

MEDi®, short for Medicine and Engineering Design Intelligence, has many applications, including Pain Coach, Educator and Companion. The robot is programmed to greet apprehensive patients with a warm welcome and “high five” during a variety of procedures, such as vaccinations and blood tests and gives children instructions as to how to manage pain and distress. The hospital uses MEDi® to distract patients while having procedures such as blood tests, dressing changes, EEGs, Foley Catheter insertion and removal, inductions before procedure, inductions after procedure, IV starts, NG insertions, port access, swallow studies and vaccinations. MEDi also interacts with pediatric patients using songs, stories and games under the supervision of the hospital’s Child Life team.

Jupiter Medical Center Foundation announced the launch of a $300-million-dollar comprehensive campaign. The goal of the campaign - Vision. Innovation. Impact. - is to raise funds needed to expand access to superior health care across the region and to fulfill the critical vision outlined in Jupiter Medical Center’s aggressive strategic plan.

As part of the campaign, the Foundation is asking donors to invest in the community’s health and well-being by providing Jupiter Medical Center with the funds needed to meet the region’s growing demand for critical health services, such as advanced cardiac care, expanded pediatric services and comprehensive stroke care. This investment will also help create expanded points of access for care as well as pioneering education and outreach programs and tools and services to ensure that all members of the community are able to get the care they need. Finally, the campaign will allow Jupiter Medical Center the ability to continue to foster innovation in patient-centered care and attract some of the country’s most highly-skilled medical professionals by having the resources to acquire and implement leading-edge technology, treatment and protocols.
Funds raised through the campaign will also support the construction new high-tech treatment and research facilities, including a Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Jupiter Medical Center.  
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