South Florida Hospital News
Friday November 21, 2014
November 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 5




Angela Prestia, Ph.D., RN, NE-BC, addressed the freshman nursing students at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, The occasion which took place on September 19, 2014, was the Inaugural White Coat Ceremony.
This ceremony serves to instill a commitment to provide compassionate care among future health professionals. This program was funded by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and FAU is the only one of 100 nursing schools throughout the U.S. selected to receive this honor.
Dr. Prestia, the Chief Nursing Officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, delivered the keynote address entitled ‘Secrets of the White Coat: Revealed’. Highlighted in her speech was the importance of the nursing profession and its distinct body of knowledge in patient-centered care.
Over 250 people attended including the students, their families and friends, faculty and other invited guests. The students received a lamp of knowledge in honor of Florence Nightingale and their nursing pins along with their white coats.
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Holy Cross Hospital Medicine Residency Program, received accreditation on September 22, 2014 in the final step toward becoming the first residency program at Holy Cross Hospital. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved the Internal Medicine training program to begin in July 2015 which will expand over the next three years to train a total of 42 residents. The accreditation decision culminates a process of nearly two years during which the administration and faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Holy Cross Hospital worked together on the residency application, faculty recruitment and development and the ACGME site survey which was held in May 2014.
Program leaders at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Holy Cross Hospital will now begin work to attract and recruit top candidates from medical schools around the country to the new program. Candidates will be able to apply to the program by October 1, 2014 by submitting applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), the online application system that connects fourth year medical students to available residency programs.
Residency is a specialty-specific training program that acts as the final step toward becoming a board certified physician. Residents, who already have graduated and received their Medical Degree, work closely with fully licensed and board certified experts to hone their skills in providing high-quality patient care in preparation for independent practice. Residencies can take place in a variety of settings from university-based academic institutions to purely community-based institutions to University of Miami at Holy Cross Hospital’s community-based, university affiliated setting, bringing the strengths of both settings together.
Four faculty members have recently joined Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM).
Darren Cohen, D.O., joined the Department of Medical Education and the Department of Family Medicine in September. He is a 2005 NSU-COM alumni who completed his emergency medicine residency at Medical College of Georgia in 2008. Dr. Cohen continues to practice emergency medicine at Memorial Hospital West, where he has been since completing residency.
Traci-lyn Eisenberg, D.O., who joined the Department of Family Medicine, is a 2011 NSU-COM alumna who completed her residency at Broward Health Medical Center.
Phyllis Filker, D.M.D., M.P.H., who joined the Master of Public Health Program, had been associated with the NSU College of Dental Medicine for several years and holds the academic rank of associate professor. In her new role, she will serve as NSU-COM director of graduate and community programs.
April Thomson, D.O., an NSU-COM graduate who joined the Department of Internal Medicine, previously worked at Broward Health Community Health Services. She completed her internship and residency training at Broward Health Medical Center.
Dr. Rani Gereige, Director of Medical Education at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH), has been appointed to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics. In this role, Dr. Gereige will participate in setting national pediatric residency program educational standards, providing peer evaluation, and conferring accreditation on programs that meet those standards.
Dr. Gereige has served as the Director of Medical Education at MCH since 2010, overseeing one of the largest pediatric medical education programs in the region. He is also a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Florida International University College of Medicine. Prior to joining MCH, Dr. Gereige served as a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine.
In addition, Dr. Gereige serves as chairman of the Continuing Medical Education Taskforce in the Florida Pediatric Society/ Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences has received $25,000 in grants from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Five nursing students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will each receive a $5,000, one-year scholarship to help with the cost of their nursing education through the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Nursing Scholarship Fund. FIU’s MSN program is designed to prepare professional nurses for roles as nurse practitioners through clinical concentrations in Child Health Nursing, Adult Gerontology Nursing, Family Health Nursing, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.


Arif M. Rana, Ph.D., Ed.S., M.S., assistant professor of biomedical informatics and medical education and director of faculty development at Nova Southeastern University College of Medicine recently received the Meritorious Service Award from International Health Initiatives (IHI). IHI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote, develop and support health promotion and disease prevention initiatives for underserved populations, domestically and internationally.



The Breast Center at West Boca Diagnostic Imaging is providing a new alternative for women undergoing a lumpectomy – a surgery that involves removing a malignant tumor and some surrounding breast tissue. The new procedure, called radioactive seed localization (RSL), provides accurate locations for tumors and allows surgeons to better plan incisions.
Seed placement offers multiple benefits over wire localization procedure, which used to be the only way to target small tumors. Because RSL allows the seed to be implanted for up to five days before the scheduled surgery, it makes scheduling easier and reduces inpatient wait time. Additionally, it can be more comfortable for the patient, leading to enhanced patient satisfaction. With wire localization, the wire can become dislodged or moved, which may decrease its accuracy and could lead to another surgery.
“Our goal is to make patients feel as comfortable as possible when going through a difficult time in their lives,” said Mitch Feldman, West Boca Medical Center chief executive officer. West Boca’s chief of surgery. “At our comprehensive breast center, we are proud to offer another innovative procedure that will not only increase our patients’ comfort level, but also allows for more flexible scheduling.”
RSL involves a radiologist implanting a radioactive seed into the abnormal tissue of the patient. One to five days later, when the patient returns to have a tumor removed, the surgeon will use the handheld device that identifies the radioactivity released by the seed to detect the tumor’s location. The surgeon then removes the seed and tumor without any radioactivity remaining in the breast.
“Our goal is to provide state of the art surgical care and technology, utilizing a cutting edge technique and minimizing discomfort and maximizing convenience,” said Dr. Randy Kimmelman, D.O., Chief of Surgery at West Boca Medical Center.
As part of its Delray Diplomat Program, Delray Medical Center distributed more than 500 at-home devices to members that detect small quantities of hidden blood in a person’s stool. The blood may be a sign of a more serious issue, such as colon cancer, hemorrhoids or a bleeding ulcer.
The EZ Detect Stool Blood Test is a simple, sanitary device that requires no stool handling. Each test kit contains five biodegradable pads and a postcard. Users drop a pad into the toilet bowl, and if blood is present, a blue-green cross on the pad will appear within two minutes.
Delray Medical Center recommends users take the test at least three times. If users receive three positive results, they send a postcard to the hospital. The director of oncology and/or a patient navigator then contacts the user about possible treatments. Users will also receive contact information for a panel of gastrointestinal physicians if they do not have a physician and would like to make an appointment.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2014, making it one of only 139 hospitals in the United States to earn this honor.
The award recognizes Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that the hospital reached an aggressive goal of treating patients at the standard levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association’s guidelines and recommendations.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center received the Silver Performance Achievement Award for consistently following the ACTION Registry-GWTG’s treatment guidelines for four consecutive quarters and meeting a 90 percent performance standard rating.
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