South Florida Hospital News
Monday February 27, 2017

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February 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 8




Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) welcomes board-certified Neurologist Xabier Beristain, M.D., to its multi-specialty group of physicians. Dr. Beristain is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Beristain attended medical school and completed his internship and residency at the University of the Basque Country, Spain. He then completed a residency in neurology at Indiana University in Indianapolis where he later served as Chief Resident. He also completed a fellowship in movement disorders at Indiana University.
Dr. Beristain’s academic and hospital appointments include assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and attending physician at Indiana University Medical Center, attending physician at Saint Vincent Hospital and Community East and North Hospitals in Indianapolis, attending physician at Maine General Hospital in Augusta, and associate professor for the Department of Neurology at Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Health Systems in Maywood, Illinois. 

Murugesan Manoharan, M.D., has joined the team of renowned cancer care experts with Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Manoharan, or simply “Mano” as he’s often referred, will serve as the Institute’s Chief of Urologic Oncologic Surgery and Director of Robotic Urologic Surgery.

Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Manoharan practiced urology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he served as one of the site disease group leaders for genitourinary cancers. He also practiced urology at Jackson Memorial Hospital and at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami.
Dr. Manoharan was a tenured professor of urology and served as the Director of the Urologic Oncology Fellowship program at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, having received the Best Urology Teacher of the Year Award on multiple occasions.

The $430 million, 445,000-square-foot Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, has opened its doors.

Led by renowned cancer surgeon and researcher Michael J. Zinner, M.D., the four-story facility located on the Baptist Hospital campus consolidates clinical services, cancer research, and technology platforms under one roof. Miami Cancer Institute provides patients from the community and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean access to some of the most sophisticated treatments in the world as well as clinical trials. It is among a handful of centers in the nation and the first in South Florida to offer proton therapy, which beams radiation directly to a tumor to destroy cancer cells while avoiding healthy tissue.
As Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute brings unparalleled discoveries and cutting-edge research right here to South Florida.

Peter Baronoff, chairman and CEO of Boca Raton-headquartered Promise Healthcare, and his wife, Carmel, were recently recognized at the Outstanding People And Leaders (OPAL) Awards Gala.

The award recognizes Boca Raton citizens who have demonstrated an active commitment to serve their neighbors and the city through philanthropic work aimed at making the community a better place to live, learn, work and play. The Baronoff’s were recognized for their commitment to health and wellness.
Although much of his time is dedicated to building the recognized and respected Promise Healthcare and Success Healthcare Hospitals, Peter believes that we all have a responsibility to give back to our communities. He shows this through his leadership on the Board of Trustees of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Carmel has dedicated her life to wellness as demonstrated through her new national television series, on PBS “Living Well With Carmel”. Each episode is tailor-made for an audience that wants to live the life of their dreams in mind, body and spirit through delicious food, proper nutrition, fitness and the active pursuit of an adventure-filled lifestyle.

Cleveland Clinic Florida has named its Palm Beach County facility at CityPlace the Tomsich Health and Medical Center of Palm Beach County, in recognition of the Tomsich family’s recent major gift to support the hospital expansion in Weston and longstanding commitment to the organization.

"For more than 20 years my family and I have been proud to support the dedicated caregivers at Cleveland Clinic in their efforts to provide world-class care while advancing medical innovation and education,” said Robert Tomsich. “Since they cared for my mother years ago, I know they have always focused on putting patients first. That’s why Suzanne and I are passionate about helping provide the tools they need to fulfill their mission here in Florida."
Native Clevelanders and Palm Beach residents, Robert and Suzanne Tomsich are longtime supporters of Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida through their philanthropic support and Mr. Tomsich’s more than 20 years serving on Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Trustees. A portion of the Tomsichs’ most recent contribution to Cleveland Clinic Florida includes a $2 million gift to create The Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Distinguished Chair in Healthcare Innovation. The endowed chair’s first chair holder is Dr. Barsoum and it will be used to enhance education programs, promote collaboration and further priority initiatives at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is known in South Florida as one of the region’s leading pediatric hospitals in Broward and Palm Beach, and one that cares for children with specialized and acute needs. While historically located in south Broward County and treating a high number of patients from Palm Beach, the hospital is now extending its footprint by opening its first specialty physician practice in Wellington.

This new development is meant to foster collaboration with area pediatricians and other healthcare providers, bringing the hospital’s highly specialized services closer to home for patients and the Palm Beach community. Also, it will help to fill a need for such pediatric services in that area.
The new office, a 30,000 square-feet facility, will house full-time physicians in multiple areas of pediatric specialties. 

After just two years, Lee Health’s family practice residency program has been approved for expansion and has received continued accreditation with commendation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for the next 10 years—without a single citation for improvement.

“This is a remarkable achievement, especially for a new program,” says Gary Goforth, M.D., Founding Program Director of The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health. “I have worked with four residency programs during the past 32 years, and each of those programs has received continued accreditation status with the maximum time interval. However I have never received a notification letter with zero citations!” Dr. Goforth explains.
The local program is based at Lee Memorial Hospital with the Florida State University College of Medicine as its institutional sponsor. This residency program was developed to abate the shortage of primary care physicians anticipated nationally, an issue that is compounded locally by a rapid population growth in Southwest Florida. Medical school graduates are required to complete residency training in their chosen specialty in order to become independently practicing physicians. Most physicians set up practice near where they complete this training, making the ideal candidate local students who also plan to practice in the community.
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