South Florida Hospital News
Saturday August 30, 2014
August 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 2




In an effort to further develop its academic center of excellence, Delray Medical Center will host 36 internal medicine residents from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. The hospital’s participation in the residency program will provide the physicians with clinical, hands-on patient training to prepare them for a career in internal medicine.
“One of our main goals is to develop our residents into compassionate, well-trained physicians who can utilize their skills to provide excellent medical care to a wide range of patients,” said CEO Mark Bryan. “Not only will the program improve access to healthcare in our community, but it will also provide the residents with a knowledgeable and supportive environment where they can learn and grow as physicians.”
Each month, six residents will be assigned to Delray Medical Center, rotating through the various services of internal medicine, including emergency medicine, infectious diseases, radiology and physical medicine and rehabilitation. This is based on core requirements for the specialty, in addition to the residents’ chosen electives. The remainder of the physicians will be assigned to two other participating hospitals in the area.
“Since a large percentage of residents practice in the geographical area where they train, retention of these physicians locally will help alleviate the projected physician shortage in Palm Beach County,” said Dr. Anthony Dardano, chief medical officer at Delray Medical Center and associate dean at FAU’s College of Medicine.
Residents from Delray Medical Center and the two other hospitals in the program will participate in a daily morning report, as well as a noon time conference, as part of their training program. The lectures and case presentations will be broadcasted live to the three hospitals so that residents assigned to each hospital will share in a uniform training experience.
This is only the beginning of much more to come. FAU, along with its partnering hospitals is planning to launch a general surgery residency program in 2015, followed by emergency medicine in 2016, with future plans for obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, physical medicine/rehab and psychiatry.
The Westgate community has long been recognized as a vulnerable, medically underserved area in need of a location providing accessible and comprehensive health services. To help increase healthcare access for this community, Quantum Foundation recently awarded a grant of $205,000 to the FAU Community Health Center, a center of Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.
The Center was established in January of 2014 to provide all-inclusive primary care and mental health services, as well as social services for children and adults in the underserved region.
“The grant will enable us to increase access to healthcare services offered in Westgate and will also increase the number of College of Nursing students who can contribute to the center and gain community healthcare experience,” said Eugenia Millender, director of the FAU Community Health Center. “We are so pleased Quantum Foundation has funded this important project, allowing us to expand our healthcare programs and train our future community-based healthcare workers.”
The Quantum Foundation grant will allow for a growth in the number of people with access to healthcare in Westgate; increase the number of early screening and prevention services provided in Westgate; and help to raise the number of College of Nursing students with community healthcare services experience.
Lakeside Medical Center graduated five residents from its Family Medicine Residency Program on June 24. The 70-bed, all-private room hospital, which is owned and operated by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, became accredited in 2011 to offer the program which trains family medicine physicians in a rural hospital, one of the few programs in the nation to focus on the special health care needs of rural areas.
More than 70 people attended the graduation of Omar Mubaidin, D.O., Josephine Pearson, D.O., Tracy Romanello, D.O., Zeporah Sykes, D.O., and Na Ly Vang, D.O. These five graduates are the members of the first graduating class to have completed all three years of the program at Lakeside Medical Center.
"You have learned the science of medicine but it is my sincere hope that you will always practice the art of compassion in this new road that you are about to begin as full-fledged physicians,” Nikerson Geneve, D.O., Lakeside Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program Director and Director of Medical Education.
Omar Mubaidin, D.O., the program’s Chief Resident spoke on behalf of his fellow graduates about the academic advantages of learning medicine in an underserved region so rich in charm, optimism and community spirit.
“It’s going to be very hard for any of us to really leave Belle Glade,” Dr. Mubaidin stated. He thanked each of the attending physicians, adding, “I know I speak for all of us when I say we are very lucky to have trained here.”
This year's graduation included a keynote speech from Shino Bay Aguilera, D.O., Aesthetic Dermatologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Aguilera, who helped train the graduates during their clinical rotations, praised each of them for their work as healers and for choosing to receive their medical education in the rural Glades communities.
The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS) at Florida International University (FIU) has received a $40,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. The gift will be matched in full by the College and will fund the scholarships of five doctoral nursing students in 2014. The announcement was made by Dean Ora L. Strickland, PhD, RN, FAAN.
The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare is dedicated to improving healthcare by advancing nursing scholarship, leadership and innovation. Its two main programs are the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, which aims to address the shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role, and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which seeks to improve the health of veterans by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans' healthcare.
Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the start of General Surgery and Internal Medicine residency programs beginning July 1st. “This is a very exciting time for Kendall Regional Medical Center and the community-at-large as we move into this new area of training residents. Both programs selected an outstanding group of residents who are eager to start providing high quality care to our patients,” said Bill Boyer, D.H.S.C., M.S., Director of Graduate Medical Education. There is a lot of excitement throughout the hospital to have the residents working in the patient care areas as an integrated team with all the care providers.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has a rigorous process for accreditation of programs, in addition to stringent regulations regarding oversight. Kendall Regional Medical Center met all of the necessary requirements that ensure the medical residents receive the highest level of education and training. The residency programs and faculty will continue to foster and build an academic medicine environment that will offer the most innovative and progressive clinical care available.
The General Surgery residency program led by Mark McKenney, M.D., F.A.C.S., will begin training 16 residents on their journey to becoming surgeons. Kendall Regional Medical Center is well-equipped and resourced to provide high quality training to the residents with our Level II Trauma Center, Burn Center, and variety of general, orthopedic and other subspecialty surgical specialties. “This is the first new allopathic (MD) surgery training program in Miami Dade County in over 60 years. Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud to be recognized as having the surgeons and resources to train the next generation of surgeons”, said Dr. McKenney.
Three Martin Health nurses have been selected as regional winners in the 2014 GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) awards program. They are among six nurses from the Florida region who will move on to the national awards program which will be announced in late summer.
The Martin Health GEM award recipients are:
• Gina All, RN, BSN, CNOR, patient care leader, perioperative services for Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie. All was selected for the GEM award in the Patient and Staff Management category.
• Margarita Johnston, RN, perioperative nurse. Johnston was selected for the GEM award in the Clinical Nursing, Inpatient category
• Meredith Norkus, RN, BSN, CPEN, CNML, clinical nurse educator for emergency services at Martin Health System. Norkus was selected for the GEM award in the Education and Mentorship category




The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade was awarded the 2014 Governor’s Sterling Sustained Excellence Award which recognizes previous recipients of the Governor’s Sterling Award who are sustaining excellent results, continuing to pursue systematic performance improvement. DOH-Miami-Dade is the only three-time recipient of the Governor’s Sterling Award (2012, 2006 and 2002).



West Boca Medical Center is the proud recipient of South Florida Parenting’s 2014 Kids Crown Award for “Best Emergency Room in Palm Beach County.”
As part of its commitment to being parents’ first choice for their child’s health care, West Boca Medical Center offers a separate waiting area just for kids. In fact, it’s the hospital’s goal for a health care professional to see each patient in 30 minutes or less.
The hospital’s pediatric emergency room is operated and professionally staffed by over 80 community based and affiliated pediatric specialists, treating newborns and children up to 18 years of age. The pediatric medical staff works closely with the emergency department to deliver individualized care, tailored to each child’s needs.


Memorial Healthcare System has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading hospital systems utilizing information technology to better connect care providers with patients, according to the 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.
Memorial was named as one of the survey’s “Most Wired Hospitals” at a time when the nation’s health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care. According to the survey, 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Most Wired hospitals, those that meet a set of rigorous criteria across four operational categories, have made tremendous gains by using IT to reduce the likelihood of medical errors. Among Most Wired hospitals, 81 percent of medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via bar code technology at the bedside.
Baptist Health South Florida is recognized by U.S. News and World Report for the fourth consecutive year as one of the highest performing hospital systems in the country, with Baptist Hospital of Miami ranked as the top full-service hospital in the South Florida region that encompasses Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
The study looked at 5,000 hospitals and graded them for safety, reputation, patient volume, staffing levels and other factors. Baptist Health South Florida hospitals, including Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital and South Miami Hospital, received a combined total of 24 coveted national high-performing medals, more than any other regional health care system. The new West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Mariners Hospital in Monroe County were not eligible for the rankings.
Baptist Health hospitals were rated No. 1 in South Florida for nine specialties: cardiology and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology, geriatrics, gynecology, orthopedics, urology and nephrology.
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