South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday April 21, 2015
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April 2015 - Volume 11 - Issue 10

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Barry University recently honored alumnus Nelson Lazo, CEO of Doctor’s Hospital, with its Distinguished Alumni Award. Lazo was among seven Barry alumni to receive the honors, the highest granted by Barry to its graduates.
 
Lazo is a prominent civic leader who earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Barry University in 1984. Lazo works as the Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, an affiliate of Baptist Health South Florida. Lazo is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and is on the executive committee of the board of the Beacon Council among many other organizations. A veteran healthcare administrator, Lazo worked as CEO of Baptist Health’s Mariners Hospital in Tavernier as well as Chief Operating Officer for Parkway Regional Medical Center in North Miami Beach among many chief positions throughout Florida and the country.

 

Coral Gables Hospital is honored to receive recognition from the City of Coral Gables for more than 85 years of commitment to the health and well-being of the Coral Gables community. At a recent city commission meeting, Mayor Jim Cason, along with city commissioners and other city officials, presented the hospital with a Certificate of Appreciation for their involvement and support of local events and activities.
 
Coral Gables Hospital is an active participant in the Coral Gables Farmers Market each Saturday and the “Jazz in the Gables” midday event each Wednesday. The hospital is also a sponsor of the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display, the Easter egg hunt and other family activities throughout the year.
The Graduate Nursing program at Florida International University (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences has been ranked No. 54 by the U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Graduate Schools Guidebook. This marks the highest-ever ranking for the 23-year-old master’s program, and a dramatic rise from its previous ranking in 2011.
 
“The recognition is a testament to the strength of FIU nursing educational programs – our faculty, research and scholarly productivity, and student outcomes,” remarked Dr. Ora L. Strickland, dean of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Hialeah Hospital recognizes Orquidea Lopez as its 2014 Employee of the Year.
 
For more than 15 years, Lopez has been a member of Hialeah Hospital’s environmental services team and often assists other departments with additional duties. She is described as a giving person by her coworkers and supervisors. Lopez always goes above and beyond to help patients in need and make them feel at home during their hospital stay. In addition, she often volunteers to help out at the hospital on her days off from work.

 

 

Congratulations to 2015 Coral Springs/Parkland Rotary Shining Star Award Winner, Drew Grossman, CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs for his commitment to community service to the City of Coral Springs/Parkland for his work with March of Dimes and his continuous commitment to our hospital expansions.

 

 

 

Delray Medical Center is proud to recognize Julie Knichel, an outstanding trauma unit nurse, with this quarter’s DAISY Award for always going above and beyond in all areas of her job. This national award honors the super-human work that nurses do for patients and families every day. Delray Medical Center extends a warm thank you to Julie for her hard work and dedication.

 

 

 

BestMedicalDegrees.com, an independent online publication dedicated to providing accurate and useful information for prospective students considering a career in medicine, compiled a list that ranks the top 25 schools offering a Master of Science in Health Informatics/Information in terms of cost, length of program, and curriculum. Nova Southeastern University College of Medicine’s Biomedical Informatics Program cracked the top 10, coming in at number 6.
Originally founded as Variety Children’s Hospital in 1950, Miami Children’s Hospital recently unveiled a logo featuring its new Nicklaus Children’s Hospital name, during a press conference with golf icon Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara. In addition, the hospital’s eight outpatient centers will also assume the Nicklaus name.
 
The name change is in recognition of a $60 million pledge from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation to the Miami Children’s Health System. The Miami Children’s Health Foundation, which raises funds for the health system, is currently in the midst of its Together for the Children Campaign, aimed at raising $150 million by 2017.
 
In addition to the pledge, the Nicklauses will also serve as the chairs of the Together for the Children Campaign and will spearhead fundraising efforts to support major enhancements for the hospital, including supporting construction of the planned 212,000-square-foot Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, now in progress. This new facility will include provisions for three new family-centered intensive care units. Funds will also support emergency and trauma preparedness, and enhance globally recognized centers for excellence at the hospital.
Miami Jewish Health Systems recently celebrated its Diamond Jubilee Gala, the largest single fund raising event to date for the organization. Held at the Douglas Gardens campus and chaired by Ellen and Louis Wolfson III, it was a night filled with excitement and laughter as comedian Hank Azaria presided as Master of Ceremonies. At the event, Miami Jewish looked back on its 75-year history and announced exciting plans for the future.
 
The biggest news of the night came from President and CEO of Miami Jewish Health Systems Jeffrey P. Freimark and Vice President of Behavioral Health and Clinical Research Dr. Marc Agronin. They announced plans for a state-of-the-art facility, unlike anything else in the U.S., set to enhance how care is provided to seniors - particularly for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
 
Inspired by the best models for memory disease care, and in partnership with the innovative architectural team of C.C. Hodgson, Miami Jewish Health Systems showcased a multi-phased, master plan that will transform its 28-acre Douglas Gardens campus into a world-class facility.
 
Azaria was named as Honorary Chairman of this project, which will be called the Miami Jewish Empathicare Village.
 
City of Miami Commissioner, Mr. Marc Sarnoff, on behalf of Mayor Tomas Regalado, also presented the organization with a City of Miami proclamation, acknowledging February 28 as Miami Jewish Health Systems Day.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been recognized as a Cancer Center of Excellence by the state of Florida – one of just four cancer centers in the state, and the only one in South Florida, to have earned this first-ever distinction.
 
The Cancer Center of Excellence Award Program is meant to encourage excellence in cancer care in Florida, attract and retain the best cancer care professionals to the state, and help Florida organizations be recognized nationally as a preferred destination for quality cancer care. The designation is based on measured success in delivering quality cancer care to patients and family members.
 
Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., said, “We are honored that the State of Florida is recognizing the years of hard work that have gone into making Sylvester one of the world’s foremost cancer centers. The visionary leadership of Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer has retained and attracted many of the field’s finest clinicians and researchers, as well as the funding and donations needed to support discovery and development of some of the most groundbreaking treatments and therapies available anywhere.”

 

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