South Florida Hospital News
Sunday July 23, 2017

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July 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 1




Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Claudia Mason, M.D., M.Sc., was recognized as a 2017 Physician Hero by the Palm Beach County Medical Society. The award is given to individuals whose skills and dedication to the profession have contributed in significant ways to the betterment of local, national and/or international health care.

Dr. Mason joined Cleveland Clinic in 2008, and has been a practicing physician for more than 35 years. As a certified OB-GYN and menopause practitioner, she practices well-women care, ambulatory gynecology, contraception, menopause, and hormone therapy. In 2015, she was named Physician of the Year for Quality and Patient Safety by Cleveland Clinic Florida and holds the position of Regional Quality Offer for the institution.
In addition, Dr. Mason serves on the Board of Directors for the South Florida affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and is the Palm Beach representative for the Women’s Professional Staff Association at Cleveland Clinic Florida. She is also a member of the American Medical Women’s Association, receiving the AWMA’s 2016 Local Hero Award.
Dr. Mason currently serves as a fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and as a member of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, the North American Menopause Society, and the American Medical Association.

Amit Patel, M.D., M.S., professor of surgery and director of Clinical Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been named Chief of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Miami Health System. Patel is a leader in the development of new therapies for cardiac diseases that incorporate the latest advances in open surgical reconstruction, trans-catheter interventions, stem cells, genetic approaches, and matrix therapies.

Patel has served as national principal investigator in several first-in-human trials and has numerous patents, publications, and national and international presentations. He is a leader in clinical translation and innovation with a track record of entrepreneurship intended to bring forth novel devices and biologics that may ultimately represent new treatments and cures.
He received his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University, did his internship and residency in surgery at Baylor University Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Florida Department of Health is honoring Brijesh P. Mehta, M.D., Director of Stroke and Neurocritical Care in the Neuroscience Institute of Memorial Healthcare System, for his work in stroke care, dedication to stroke awareness and revolutionizing protocols that involve work with multiple emergency management services (EMS).

Dr. Mehta is being honored as the 2017 recipient of the Marilyn Crook EMS Pioneer Award which recognizes an individual who has advanced the EMS profession and/or system through visionary leadership. Among the trait sought as an honoree is one who has dedicated themselves to setting directions and creating patient focus, clear and visible values, as well as high expectations. The award also recognizes efforts of the recipient in ensuring the creation of strategies, systems, and methods designed to achieving performance excellence, as well as their commitment to stimulating innovation, building knowledge and capabilities, and ensuring EMS sustainability.
Prior to joining Memorial Healthcare System, Dr. Mehta trained for eight years at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, both leading teaching institutions for Harvard Medial School.

Holy Cross Medical Group announced the addition of endocrinologist Brandon Perry, M.D.

Board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology by the American Board of International Medicine, Dr. Perry previously served as assistant professor of clinical medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Prior to becoming a doctor, he served as a nurse at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL.
He completed a fellowship in endocrinology at Vanderbilt University, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL, and bachelor’s degrees in nursing and biomedical sciences from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. 

Miami Children’s Health System welcomes Saima Aftab, M.D., FAAP, and neonatologist, as Medical Director of the Fetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Aftab is employed by the health system’s multispecialty group practice, Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA) and also serves as PSA chief for the Section of Neonatology and Perinatal Medicine.

Prior to joining PSA and Miami Children’s Health System, Dr. Aftab served as director of education in the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine and assistant director of the STRATUS Center for medical simulation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Marilyn Kole, M.D., MBA, has been promoted to Vice President of Clinical Transformation for Lee Health.

Dr. Kole joined Lee Health in 2000 and has served in a number of leadership roles, including System Medical Director of Intensive Care Services, System Medical Director of Clinical Effectiveness, System Medical Director of Specialty and Hospital-based Physicians and System Medical Director of Clinical Transformation. She also worked part-time as a critical care physician with Lee Physician Group Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Specialists.
In addition to Dr. Kole’s leadership experience with Lee Health, she also worked as a physician and partner at Jersey Coast Pulmonary and Critical Care in Sea Grit, NJ; as an associate pulmonary/critical care/internal medicine physician at Internal Medicine Associates in Fort Myers, FL.; as a hospitalist; and as a physician and partner at Coastal Internal Medicine Specialists in Fort Myers.

Broward Health Coral Springs received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Broward Health Coral Springs earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

Broward Health Medical Center has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement.

Aetna offers its members information about the quality and cost of healthcare services to help patients make informed decisions about their healthcare needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.
“We are honored to be included on this list of healthcare facilities providing exceptional care and we will continue to provide life-changing, evidence-based, safe care to patients across South Florida and beyond,” said Mark D. Sprada, MBA, BSN, RN, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Broward Health Medical Center.

When it comes to strokes, time is brain. Delaying appropriate treatment can result in long-term and possibly permanent loss of mobility and functionality; therefore, the commitment of having a dedicated stroke team is vital. Multiple agencies have recognized Memorial Healthcare System’s stroke centers at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines for their work and dedication in saving the lives of stroke victims.

Memorial Regional Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. Additionally, Memorial Regional Hospital has been awarded the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus and Target Stroke Elite Plus Quality Achievement Awards by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

As a nurse at Florida Medical Center, Tanya Johnson has some of the most important traits a caregiver should have. She is known for showing compassion, patience and excellent communication skills. Tanya is being recognized for being a team player and collaborating with her fellow nurses with the goal of delivering the best possible patient outcomes. Her patients frequently compliment the excellent care that she gives. She loves what she does and is truly making an impact on people’s lives. 

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