South Florida Hospital News
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May 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 11




Jonathan E. Watkins, MPA, FACHE, has been named chief executive officer of Broward Health Imperial Point (BHIP).

With more than 10 years of combined healthcare administration and general management experience, Watkins most recently served as chief operating officer at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals & Health Plan in California’s Central Valley area. Prior to that, he served as vice president of clinical operations/chief operating officer of Medical North Hospital in Memphis, TN.
Watkins holds a master’s degree in public administration with a certification in health administration, as well as a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration and planning from Tennessee State University. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). 

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) welcomes its newest Research Group Leader Yingxue Wang, PhD. Joining the ranks of MPFI’s distinguished neuroscientists, Dr. Wang will be leading the Neuronal Mechanisms of Episodic Memory research group. While at MPFI, Dr. Wang is interested in studying the brain circuitry that underlies our ability to remember, think and plan or how our brain links our past experiences in the present in order to plan for new experiences in the future. To investigate these circuits, the Wang Lab will integrate cutting-edge genetic, imaging and electrophysiological approaches with highly advanced computer modeling to reveal the mechanisms by which memories are formed and subsequently stored. In particular the Wang Lab will take a deeper look into the memory of our personal experience, known as episodic memory. Previously, Dr. Wang worked at the Janelia Research Campus of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, where she studied the coordinated, sequential activity patterns generated by the memory center of the brain, the hippocampus, during the course of a memory task.

Tiana Blount, MHA, has been named associate vice president, ambulatory operations, of Broward Health Community Health Services (CHS), which provides high quality, affordable healthcare and is the medical safety net for Broward County residents residing in the northern two-thirds of Broward County.

In addition, Aldo Calvo, D.O., a board-certified family medicine physician, has been named Community Health Services’ medical director and will manage patient care and quality.
Blount previously served as director of operations for Broward Health Weston and Broward Health Urgent Care. Blount joined Broward Health in 2013 as director of operations for Broward Health Physician Group (BHPG). Blount received her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration and long-term care administration, as well as her master’s degree in healthcare administration from The Ohio State University.
For nearly 20 years, Calvo has cared for patients at Clinicas de las Americas. He earned his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie, FL, and completed his residency in family medicine at Broward Health Medical Center. He has also served as assistant clinical professor of the Broward Health/Nova Southeastern University Family Medicine Residency Program for the past 18 years.

The North Broward Hospital District (NBHD) Board of Commissioners recently elected Andrew Klein, Esq., to serve as chairman.

Chairman Klein is the managing attorney at Klein Law Group, PLLC, a firm specializing in communications law. He maintains a national communications practice, representing communications companies in a variety of regulatory, litigation, compliance and contract matters, in court and before the Federal Communications Commission, NYPSC, and state public utility commissions nationwide. He previously served as session counsel to the New York Public Service Commission, where he reviewed and coordinated all session items presented for consideration in each of the five industries regulated by the commission. He received a bachelor’s of economics and a bachelor’s of government from Clark University and a juris doctor from Albany Law School. Gov. Scott appointed Klein to fill a vacant seat for a term beginning August 25, 2017, and ending December 13, 2020.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) announces the appointment of Mindy Shikiar, MBA, MSN, as Chief Operating Officer for the organization.

A seasoned and accomplished healthcare executive, Shikiar joined Boca Regional in 2003 and has served in various leadership positions including Vice President of Oncology Services, Ambulatory Services and Business Development. During her tenure she has had oversight of major programmatic and facility expansions at Boca Regional’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute and Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute.
Prior to joining BRRH, Ms. Shikiar served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Kindred/Vencor Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
Her 35-year career in healthcare is comprised of numerous nursing industry positions including that of Nurse Manager, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Director of Quality and Case Management.
Ms. Shikiar received her bachelor of science in nursing from Boston University and both her master in business administration and her master of science in nursing from the University of Miami.

The Board of Trustees of Jupiter Medical Center has inducted a new member, Peter A. Lund.

Lund brings a particularly impressive skill set to Jupiter Medical Center. At the beginning of his career, he spent 15 years at various radio and television stations across the country before joining CBS in 1977. During more than 20 years with CBS he managed TV stations in Chicago and New York, served as President of the CBS Television Stations Division, President of CBS Sports, President of the CBS Television Network, and President of the CBS Broadcast Group. He also served as President of Multimedia Entertainment.
Lund is currently a director of Emmis Communications. He is a past director of DIRECTV, The Hallmark Channel, Nielsen Media Research, Lycos and Razorfish. 

West Boca Medical Center is offering patients Stryker’s robotic-arm assisted total knee application for use with its Mako System. This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed.

Mako Total Knee combines Stryker’s advanced robotic technology with its clinically proven GetAroundKnee (Triathlon Total Knee System), which has enabled surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy during laboratory testing.
“Mako is changing the way joint replacement surgeries are performed by providing each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said Mitch Feldman, chief executive officer. “It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.”
The Mako Total Knee application is a knee replacement treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections. 

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is the first hospital in Palm Beach County now using the highly sensitive Troponin T. This test allows physicians to accurately rule out patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain who are not having a heart attack. This technology increases the sensitivity for Troponin detection, which is the preferred biomarker in the diagnosis of a heart attack. In addition to using an electrocardiogram and signs of ischemia, troponin is becoming a more standard way of diagnosing a heart attack.

“The highly sensitive Troponin T technology is a game changer in our community when it comes to diagnosing and treating patients who may be coming to our emergency room for a cardiac event,” said Dianne Goldenberg, chief executive officer at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. “Because of how quickly this test can be resulted, it can allow our medical staff to make decisions faster and effectively based on the results.”

Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) has received a transformative $25 million gift from Elaine J. Wold and the Bay Branch Foundation, directed to the Hospital’s expansion and renovation initiative.

This commitment will name a new seven-story facility the Gloria Drummond Patient Tower to be built in addition to the existing inpatient structure. The tower will honor the memory of Gloria Drummond, founder of Boca Regional and a life-long friend of Mrs. Wold.
The new tower is part of a planned 278,000 square foot, $260 million transformation of BRRH that also includes an expanded and renovated Surgical Suite, an enhanced and expanded Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Medical Intensive Care Unit, a new Cardiovascular Intensive Care and Stepdown Unit, as well as increased private patient rooms and a parking garage.
Mrs. Wold is one of the nation’s leading philanthropists and a long-time BRRH supporter and donor. She most recently donated $10 million to construct the Hospital’s 37,500 square foot, state-of-the-art Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, also named in memory of her friend. Previously, Mrs. Wold donated the funds to expand and modernize the Hospital’s Emergency Department, creating the Wold Family Center for Emergency Medicine, which treats more than 50,000 patients annually. She has supported various patient care initiatives at Boca Regional, and has donated to a number of community and national organizations.

The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami has awarded $100,000 in traineeship grants to five FIU nurse practitioner graduate students to participate in the pilot of the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program.

ANEW is a two-year nursing education initiative funded by the U.S. Human Resources & Services Administration for $1.39 million specifically to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide primary care in rural and underserved areas through academic and clinical training.
“Many of today’s 60 million rural Americans are uninsured, at risk for increased health risk behaviors, and live in poverty at even higher levels than what we see in our big cities,” remarked Tami Thomas, Ph.D., R.N., FAANP, FAAN, associate dean of research for the college and ANEW grant project director.
Dr. Thomas added that geographic isolation further exacerbates the primary care gap for rural communities. “ANEW addresses this inequity by familiarizing nurse practitioners with the challenges and opportunities of working in rural health care settings and preparing them to work to the fullest scope of their abilities.”
The health departments of Glades and Hendry counties near Florida’s Lake Okeechobee are partners in the project, providing the five clinical sites and onsite instructional supervisors to guide the trainees during the three-to-six-month training program. FIU Nursing faculty will supplement the training by using telehealth systems to help ANEW trainees deliver care at the clinics.
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