South Florida Hospital News
Saturday March 28, 2015
March 2015 - Volume 11 - Issue 9




Change is an inevitable fact of life for everyone, which explains why Anthony J. Silvagni, D.O., Pharm.D., M.S., wholeheartedly embraces the philosophy. “I think all institutions, whether academic or entrepreneurial, need change every so often,” said Dr. Silvagni of his decision to step down as dean of Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) after nearly 17 years at the leadership helm.
“I’ve been a dean for over 23 years consecutively, so it’s been a long tenure,” explained Dr. Silvagni, who became dean of NSU-COM in 1998 following his stint as dean of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. “To serve as dean both here and in Kansas City, I have had to sacrifice participating in other aspects of academia I’ve always enjoyed such as patient care, research, and teaching. But I believe I have reached a point in my life where it’s time to pursue new challenges and get back to being part of the implementation of academic aspects rather than serving in a development and leadership role.”
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., announced the appointment of Elaine M. Wallace, D.O., M.S., M.S., M.S., as dean of NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Wallace succeeds Anthony J. Silvagni, D.O., Pharm.D., M.Sc., FACOFP dist., who served as dean for the past 16 years and will continue as a professor in the college.
Wallace has served in various capacities at the College during the past 15 years, most recently as executive associate dean (2009-15), professor of osteopathic principles and practice (2000-15), clinical professor for family medicine (2000-15) and staff physician for NSU’s Sanford L. Ziff Health Care Center (2000-15).
Prior to that, Wallace served as associate dean of academic administration (2008-09), chair of the Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice and the Department of Sports Medicine (2000-08), liaison to international medicine (2000-08), and residency director for sports medicine and sports medicine fellowship (2000-09).

Quantum Foundation is pleased to announce that Denis P. Coleman, Jr. will be the organization’s new chair for 2015 – 2017.
Coleman has been a board member of Quantum Foundation since 2008. He is a private investor who spent 25 years with Bear Stearns, retiring as an executive vice president as well as a member of Bear Sterns’ board of directors and its executive committee. Coleman was Consul General to Bermuda from 2002 to 2004. He was a 1967 graduate of Georgetown University and completed an MTS Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family in 2000.
Quantum Foundation’s board also welcomed Daniel Alberttis as a new member. Alberttis had served on the foundation’s grants committee for a year prior to being welcomed as the 13th member of the board. Alberttis is the senior banker for JP Morgan Chase’s Government and Nonprofit Business Banking division covering South Florida. 
Jupiter Medical Center announces a partnership with Mount Sinai Heart New York to deliver unparalleled expertise in cardiac care, right here in South Florida. The two medical institutions are joining forces to create Mount Sinai Heart New York at Jupiter Medical Center. Mount Sinai Heart is celebrated internationally as a leader in the field and is ranked among the top 10 in the U.S. for cardiology and heart surgery services by U.S. News & World Report. This affiliation will bring Mount Sinai’s 100 years of experience in cardiac services, pioneering research, advanced therapies, education and training, evidence-based protocols and best practices to our community.
Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston have entered into a five-year affiliation agreement that expands their collaboration first begun in 2010. This is the first agreement of its kind outside of New England for Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.
Patients treated at the Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital will have access to an increased number of clinical trials and medical treatments. Genetic counseling services will be expanded and offered to all patients with a wide variety of cancer types to allow for the most personalized cancer medicine to be utilized.
Patients will also have access to the specialists at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and will receive timely referrals for second opinions and improved coordination of care. Physicians will be able to utilize an expanded rapid access process for patients needing to be seen either in Fort Lauderdale or Boston for their services.


The Teaching Hospital Council of Florida and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida announced that the state is facing a critical shortage of physicians. There have been calls to create new residency slots, but Dr. Jack Michel, President of Larkin Community Hospital, says that is not enough to solve the problem.
“We need to attract residents from across the country to meet this need, but we also need to encourage our local students to pursue careers in health care. By creating Larkin Health Sciences Institute, we are offering a way for local students to study nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and medicine.”
Larkin plans to invest approximately $68 million over 10 years into a 48-acre campus located in Naranja Lakes. Construction will begin in 2015, with the first class of students enrolling in August 2016. The Institute has also purchased a building in Miami Gardens, which currently houses the College of Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, and College of Health Sciences.
Larkin is also looking to partner with Miami-Dade Schools to put a middle school and high school on campus as a way to encourage younger students who want to pursue careers in the health professions.
To brighten up the hospital and offer a colorful distraction to pediatric patients undergoing treatment, wives of Miami Dolphins executives, coaches, players, alumni and staff, along with pediatric patients, rolled up their sleeves on February 5 and painted ceiling tiles for three playrooms throughout the Hematology, Oncology and Pediatric playrooms at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital.
Organized by members of Broward Health’s Child Life program, the event was held in partnership with the Broward Health Foundations Kids Campaign. The capital campaign was launched to raise more than $20 million to renovate and expand the children’s hospital, in turn providing patients and their families with many of the comforts of home so that their true focus can be on getting well. To date, the campaign has raised $12 million toward this effort.
Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently hosted a successful benefit event to raise funds and awareness for its Lamplighter campaign at Theater at Arts Garage in Delray Beach. More than 120 alumni, friends of the College and members of the University community attended a special performance of “I & You” by Laura Gunderson, which raised more than $6,000 for the College.
The performance was part of the 2014-15 Arts Garage theater’s season, which is devoted to “A Celebration of Women’s Voices,” showcasing female playwrights and important issues that resonate with the entire community.
Pictured (l-r)Marilyn Swillinger, College of Nursing advisory board member and event chairman; Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., College of Nursing dean; John Gallo, Lynn University; and Christine E. Lynn, College benefactor and philanthropist.
High school students from Zion Lutheran in Deerfield Beach and Cardinal Gibbons, St. Thomas Aquinas and Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale recently participated in the Nursing Consortium of South Florida's annual Day in the Life of a Nurse program, hosted by Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale for the 11th consecutive year.
The full-day program was conducted for students to learn about nursing careers by touring key hospital departments and participating in various activities, including a skills lab where students interacted with a simulated patient and learned about infection control, CPR, care of newborns, surgical protocols and wound care, among other nursing skills.
Pictured is Hanna O’Neil of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Conine All-Star Golf Classic celebrated its 21st annual event in style at the Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club in Hallandale Beach on Monday, January 21st. The event sold-out for the fifth consecutive year and raised more than $242,000.
With Calder Casino as the title sponsor, the event welcomed a celebrity guest on each of the 35 teams including Lawrence Taylor, Yoenis Cespedes, Carl Pavano, Steve Cishek, and Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson among many others. Participants had a chance to win one of four new 2015 vehicles including a BMW, Audi, Cadillac and Jaguar, plus all-inclusive vacations, unique experiences and tennis and golf packages. In addition, each golfer enjoyed a $200 gift certificate for use at the Calder Casino on-site golf shop.
Pictured (l-r) Frank Sacco, President and CEO, Memorial Healthcare System; Jeff Conine; Greg Marsh, event co-chairman; Valeria Ochoa, Diplomat Golf and Tennis Club; Kevin Janser, Senior VP and Chief Development Officer, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and Memorial Foundations.
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