South Florida Hospital News
Saturday August 27, 2016

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August 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 2




The Lillian S. Wells Foundation has donated $1 million toward a $2.5 million renovation project at Broward Health North, which will locate all of the hospital’s neurological services into one convenient area while allowing for the expansion of neurological treatments and services.

The new Neuroscience Center at Broward Health North will serve as a convenient one-stop shop for people with neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s, dementia, neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, epilepsy and headache. The Center will also address Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors and stroke. The renovation will relocate all neurological services, including doctors’ offices, exam rooms and diagnostic testing, to the front of the hospital, will add a separate entrance, as well as dedicated parking to provide easy access to patients and their caregivers.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, a facility of HCA East Florida, has broken ground on its Emergency Room Expansion Project. The Hollywood Premier themed event marked the beginning of a $61 million investment to increase emergency room capacity and bring a new patient tower and parking garage to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. The indoor ceremony featured a sand castle rendering of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center with its future expansion in place.

The Emergency Room Expansion Project will provide 14 new general exam rooms, which include two isolation rooms, five behavioral health rooms and an exam ultrasound room. The three-story tower will house 60 new private patient rooms designed with upmost attention to meet the comfort needs of future patients and their visitors. The accompanying parking garage will provide 513 additional parking spaces to accommodate increased traffic.

Nicklaus Children’s is among the first pediatric facilities in the region to offer robotic single-site incision surgery for children utilizing the da Vinci Xi® system. The technique offers a single incision minimally invasive surgical option for gallbladder or ovarian surgeries in children.

A fifteen-year-old girl was the first patient at Nicklaus Children’s to undergo robotic single-site incision surgery in June of this year when she had to have her gallbladder removed by Dr. Fuad Alkhoury, pediatric surgeon on the medical staff at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Utilizing the da Vinci Xi robot, the surgery was performed through a small incision hidden within the patient’s navel to remove the organ.

HeartWell, LLP cardiologists are among a select group of doctors who will be part of a promising pilot program called SMARTCare. Designed to support physicians who work with stable ischemic heart disease patients, the program offers tools for doctors and patients to collaborate more effectively for better outcomes.

SMARTCare stands for Smarter Management And Resource use for Today’s complex cardiac Care.  The program provides tools such as individual patient cardiac risk profiles and electronic databases that enable the physician to quickly access related treatment information at the right time. Additionally, it helps empower patients to become more actively involved in their own care. 

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in the United States and selected non-US sites. For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps: Precandidate status, Candidate status, and Accredited status.  Precandidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Precandidate status is awarded to a new program of a College or School of Pharmacy that has not yet enrolled students in the professional program and authorizes the school to admit its first class. The status was awarded during the June 24, 2016, meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon an on-site evaluation conducted on April 27-28, 2016, and discussion with LHSI and College officials. The College of Pharmacy will welcome the inaugural class to campus on August 08. More than fifty percent of students in the inaugural class are residents of Miami-Dade County, distinguishing the college as Miami's College of Pharmacy.

Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) recently welcomed 15 new third- and fourth-year medical students from The Florida State University College of Medicine. It is the ninth year IRMC has participated in the educational program.

Medical students shadow physicians both in and out of the hospital to learn clinical knowledge as well as the beauty of building relationships with the community. Approximately half pursue primary care specialties (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and OB/GYN).

The road to becoming a physician includes extensive training and development. Medical students from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine will embark on their next medical journey at Bethesda Hospital East, the flagship hospital of Bethesda Health, Inc.

Bethesda is providing the clinical setting for 12 Nova medical students during their third year of medical school. Bethesda has trained Nova medical students for the past ten years. The students will have one- and two-month rotations with members of Bethesda's Medical Staff in both hospital and office settings. The areas of rotation include Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatric Inpatient and Outpatient Units, Pediatrics and Adult Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Geriatrics and Rural Medicine. The Director of Medical Education for Nova at Bethesda is Bruce B. Peters, D.O., FACOP, FAAP.

Family, friends and colleagues recently gathered at Lakeside Medical Center to celebrate the graduation of four residents from its Family Medicine Residency Program. This is the fourth class of residents to graduate from the program, which was established at the acute-care facility in 2011 and is one of the few of its kind to focus on the special health care needs of rural, underserved areas.

The graduates, Shaun Nazar, D.O., Chief Resident; Donoffa Nelson, D.O.; Sholem Palevsky, D.O.; and Monique Samuel, D.O., completed a rigorous three-year curriculum that included rotations in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, general surgery, internal medicine, neonatology, community and sports medicine, cardiology, diagnostic radiology, orthopedics, ENT, urology, ophthalmology and critical care.  Lakeside Medical Center, which is accredited by The Joint Commission and owned and operated by the Health Care District, is the program’s primary clinical training site.

Teresa “Terry” Fedele, a nurse and retired hospital executive who has served as a member of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing’s Advisory Board since 2013, will now serve as chair of the board.

Fedele has more than 30 years of experience in leadership and service in healthcare, beginning with her career as a registered nurse and hospital administrator at some of Pittsburgh’s leading hospitals, including Magee Women’s Hospital, Divine Providence Hospital and Suburban General Hospital, where she served as executive vice president of hospital operations. In this role, she oversaw clinical patient care, quality, and the design and implementation of creative recruitment and retention strategies. Fedele also taught as a nursing leadership instructor at The Pennsylvania State University.

Stephanie Gernant, PharmD., M.S., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Pharmacy, was elected as the New Practitioner Officer of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Academy of Pharmacy Practice Management Executive Committee.

Dr. Gernant’s research focuses on the pharmacist’s role in transdisciplinary health care teams within accountable primary-care settings. She serves as coordinator of research and grants through NSU’s Accountable Care Organization Research Network Services and Education initiative (ACORN SEED).
She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Ohio State University, Master in Medication Safety degree from Purdue University and Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed a post-graduate residency in an early Pioneer Accountable Care Organization.
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