South Florida Hospital News
Friday November 27, 2015

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November 2015 - Volume 12 - Issue 5




Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce expert cardiologist, Dr. Joseph Freedman, joins the TFPS multispecialty physician group network and the Tenet Florida Heart & Vascular Network. He has opened an office in Lauderdale Lakes and is on staff at Florida Medical Center, a Campus of North Shore.
Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Freedman worked as a general cardiologist and imaging specialist at Diagnostic Cardiology Associates, a private practice covering Florida Medical Center and other local hospitals. Dr. Freedman also worked three years as a hospitalist in Palm Beach County.
Dr. Alia Abdulla will serve as the new medical director of surgical oncology at North Shore Medical Center.
Dr. Abdulla completed her fellowship training in surgical oncology in the department of surgical oncology at Temple University Health System, Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA. She finished her general surgery residency and internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and graduated medical school from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie.
In addition to serving as medical director of surgical oncology at North Shore, Dr. Abdulla is on the medical staff at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah. Her practice is located at the Center for Advanced Surgical Oncology on the campus of Palmetto General Hospital. She is also a member of the Advanced Surgical Oncology Network.
The Holy Cross Medical Group has announced the addition of three pulmonologists.
Edward Coopersmith, M.D., specializes in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and sleep medicine. Most recently in private practice, he has served as co-director of intensivist services at Holy Cross Hospital since 2006. At various times during his distinguished career, he served at Holy Cross as chief of medicine and president of the medical staff.
Daniel Heller, M.D., specializes in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. Most recently, Dr. Heller was a fellow in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital/ University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and served as an intensivist at Holy Cross Hospital.
Ronald Scott, M.D., has most recently been in private practice with Dr. Coopersmith and has served with him as co-director of critical care services at Holy Cross Hospital since 2006. During his notable career, he has served as chief of medicine and co-director of the respiratory therapy department at Holy Cross.



Neurologist Amy L. Jarvis, M.D., will serve as the new medical director of North Shore Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Center.
Prior to her recent move to Miami, Dr. Jarvis worked as the interim director of stroke and vascular neurology and interim administrative chief at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. She also served as a stroke specialist and vascular, critical care and general neurologist at Baptist Neurology Group and Baptist Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Jarvis was selected to be one of the NFL’s unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants for the Jacksonville Jaguars to diagnose and treat concussion in athletes.
Renee Alexis, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM), received the 2014-15 Professor of the Year Award in October.
The award is conferred upon a full-time faculty member who has served the university for at least 10 years, has achieved national and/or international prominence, and has earned a distinguished reputation through significant contributions to research and scholarship and exceptional instruction. Evidence of excellence was judged on scholarly productivity and in teaching/instruction. The accolade includes a one-year NSU Faculty Club membership and a $2,000 honorarium.



Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, FAAN, has been selected as the new Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Leader effective January 1, 2016. Dr. Sherman is the Ronald & Elizabeth Blake Distinguished Professor of Nursing in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University where she coordinates the Nursing Administration and Financial Leadership Master’s program. She is a widely published nursing leadership author and researcher. Prior to joining the faculty at FAU, Rose had a 25 year nursing leadership career with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship Program.
Dr. Sherman succeeds Roxane Spitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN, the founding editor of Nurse Leader. Dr. Spitzer will remain with the journal as a regular columnist and emeritus editor.
The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University recently received a $50,000 Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for a program to widely disseminate an evidence-based decision guide they’ve developed for nursing home residents and their families titled “Go to the Hospital or Stay Here? A Decision Guide for Patients and Families.”
“Hospitalization carries many risks including falls, pressure ulcers, infections, decline in function, and disorientation,” said Ruth Tappen, Ed.D., Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar and a professor in FAU’s College of Nursing. “One way that we can effectively inform patients and facilitate the decision-making process is by using tools that support the exchange of information between the health care provider and the patient.”
In a parent study, Tappen and colleagues identified the need for more effective decision support tools to help avoid two of the three most frequent reasons given by nursing home staff for avoidable or potentially avoidable hospital transfers: the insistence by the resident or family member for the transfer, and a communication gap between nursing staff, primary care providers and families.
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