South Florida Hospital News
Sunday July 5, 2015
July 2015 - Volume 12 - Issue 1




Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) welcomes Bruce Madara, RPh, CPh, as its new Pharmacy Director.
Madara arrived at IRMC in February as Pharmacy Operations Manager. Prior to that, he worked in Pharmacy Information Technology (IT) at Oxford Global Resources in Beverly, MA, Healthcare IT Leaders in Alpharetta, GA, and Martin Memorial Health Systems in Stuart, FL. Before working in Pharmacy IT, Madara worked as a pharmacy staff member at medical centers in California and Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at Creighton University School of Pharmacy in Omaha, NE, and his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Penn State University in University Park, PA, and brings more than 30 years of pharmacy and computer technology experience to IRMC.
Michael Kasperski, RN, BSN, MSL, has joined Lower Keys Medical Center (LKMC) as its new Director of Clinical Education. He has lived in Key West for 19 months and was the Director of Nursing at Monroe County Detention Center, for Armor Correctional Health Services.
Kasperski holds an Associate in Nursing from St. Clair Community College in Port Huron, MI, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in Tempe, AZ and a Master’s of Science, Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. He has 29 years of experience originally as an emergency room nurse in both Port Huron and Detroit, MI.
Tammy Coll has joined the leadership team at Lower Keys Medical Center to help manage its employed physician practice group, Keys Medical Group in Key West. She brings with her over 20 years of clinical office management experience and was previously the Assistant Director and then the Interim Physician Practice Director at Keys Medical Group.
Coll was employed as a Senior Community Relations Director and then General Manager for Carestone Assisted Living in Jonesboro, GA.  
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center welcomes Michael V. Mitrione, an attorney and shareholder at Gunster law firm, to the hospital’s Governing Board for the 2015-2016 term.
Mitrione joined Gunster in 1979 and served as the chair of Gunster’s Corporate and securities practice for more than 20 years. He was also a member of Gunster’s board of directors. Mitrione currently is the co-chair for Gunster’s Corporate and securities practice and is part of the firm’s Banking practice. He has experience in giving counseling and advice in business, corporate, securities and banking law.
Good Samaritan Medical Center is the first hospital in Florida to offer Halt Medical’s Acessa procedure as a minimally invasive treatment option for women suffering from symptomatic uterine fibroids.
“The Acessa procedure, like a hysterectomy, is a treatment that addresses all fibroids, said Dr. Howard Goodman, a gynecologic oncologist on the medical staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center. “However, with Acessa, the goal is to do so without damaging or having to remove the uterus.”
The Acessa procedure utilizes a technology called radiofrequency ablation and treats each fibroid by applying energy through a small needle array. It is designed so that the surrounding normal uterine tissue should not be damaged or otherwise affected. Over time, the treated fibroid tissue shrinks and may become completely reabsorbed by the body. Acessa is performed under general anesthesia, and only two small (approximately ¼”) abdominal incisions are needed during the procedure. There is no cutting, suturing or removal of the uterus itself.
Real-Time Images Aid Surgery Decisions, Patient Recovery
The latest advancement in computed tomography (CT) technology is changing the way specialists at Memorial Regional Hospital perform surgery, leading to better outcomes for both doctors and patients.
The hospital is the first in South Florida to utilize the Airo® Mobile Intraoperative CT, a mobile imaging system whose visuals are a significant improvement over the fluoroscopy x-rays commonly used during surgery. The new technology produces 3D patient images that provide real-time feedback on how procedures are progressing and are easily merged with pre-operative scans, aiding the decision-making process of operating room professionals.
“It’s a clearer picture in real time that enables us to use significantly less radiation,” said Dr. Christopher DeMassi, a neurosurgeon in the Memorial Healthcare System that was among the first to utilize the new technology. “The improved view leads to more accurate instrument placement, quicker procedures, and easier recovery for patients. In complex cases, it means we’re able to operate on those whose poor anatomy would have otherwise made them an extreme risk.”
To date, the Airo CT at Memorial Regional has primarily been used for spine procedures but Dr. DeMassi feels it could also be positioned to be effective during cranial surgery, including deep brain stimulation. Brainlab, the company that manufactures the equipment, says its mobility “helps expand the use of intraoperative imaging . . . including neurosurgery, orthopedic and trauma surgery.”
“I’m thankful to be operating in a place that understands the value of medical technology and has a real commitment to being the best,” said DeMassi.  
Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Comprehensive Lung Health Program now offers minimally invasive procedures using Covidien’s superDimension™ System. With the assistance of the navigation system, LungGPS™, the technology enables physicians to perform Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™ (ENB) procedures to obtain lung tissue biopsies from the peripheral regions.
The superDimension™ is designed so that physicians can navigate and access difficult-to-reach areas of the lungs from the inside, so patients with cancer can receive treatment as soon as possible, and those with benign lesions can avoid unnecessary procedures.
“This significant advancement may aid in the diagnosis of lung cancer and potentially overcome limitations of traditional diagnostic approaches including bronchoscopy, needle biopsy and surgery,” said Dr. Robert Scoma, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon on the medical staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center. “The system is designed to guide surgeons through the complicated web of pathways inside the lungs, so that we’re able to access and sample target tissue throughout the entire lung without surgery or a needle biopsy.”
The superDimension™ System planning software uses CT scan images to create a 3D bronchial tree of the thousands of tiny pathways to pulmonary targets inside the lungs. The LungGPS™ technology then provides a roadmap that is designed to allow physicians to guide tiny tools through the lung pathways so they can take tissue samples of the lesion and place markers for future treatment.
Scientists at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) have designed and built a new “tool sled,” which is attached to a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that allows them to pick up items from the ocean floor. This apparatus provides HBOI scientists with the opportunity to continue their decades-long search for sea sponges that produce chemicals that have the potential to combat an array of diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and several types of cancers.
“The value of collecting samples of marine life from the seafloor with this ROV can't be overstated,” said Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D., FAU research professor and executive director of the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT), which is headquartered at HBOI and funded by the NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research program. “The primary goal of our marine biomedical and biotechnology program is to discover marine natural products with utility as medicines or as tools to better allow us to understand disease processes.”
“Although sponges are an ancient group of animals that appeared more than 600 million years ago, many of the genes they have are the same as those involved in cancer,” said Pomponi. “We can take advantage of this similarity in human and sponge genomes to develop medicines useful in the treatment of human diseases.”
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s patients may now experience faster, more comfortable MRI exams with the MAGNETOM® Aera 1.5T Open Bore MRI system from Siemens Healthcare.
“This machine was designed for optimal patient comfort and to help those who experience anxiety during an MRI exam feel more relaxed and at ease,” said hospital CEO Jeffrey M. Welch. “With the many advanced features of this new technology, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center will be able to provide high quality care in a more efficient manner.”
The MAGNETOM® Aera 1.5T Open Bore MRI system from Siemens Healthcare is designed to offer many benefits, including superb image quality to satisfy a wide range of medical needs and help physicians make quicker, more accurate diagnoses. It also boasts a large 70 cm open bore – the tube-like structure of an MRI machine, where the patient lies during the imaging process – and can provide access for obese patients up to 550 lbs. Additionally, the system’s ultra-short bore (145 cm) may help alleviate concerns of claustrophobia since many exams can be performed with the patient’s head outside of the bore.
The Heart Institute at Palmetto General Hospital now gives patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis (AS) an alternative treatment option to open heart surgery. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the placement of a balloon-expandable heart valve into the body using a catheter.
“At Palmetto General Hospital, we are constantly researching the latest technologies and procedures to meet the ever-changing needs of our patients,” said CEO Ana Mederos. “We are excited to enhance our medical services with the addition of TAVR and offer aortic stenosis patients a new option.”
TAVR is available for patients who do not qualify for open heart procedures. The Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve, which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is designed to replace a patient’s diseased native aortic valve while the heart continues to beat. This avoids the need to stop the patient’s heart and connect him or her to a heart-lung machine during surgery.

On Friday, May 29, more than 350 business and community leaders joined the Broward Partnership to celebrate 16 years of opening doors to possibilities for more than 21,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness in Broward County at the annual Salute to Leadership Gala. The event, held at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marin, raised more than $254,000 to support the Partnership’s work to assist those experiencing homelessness.

Entertained throughout the evening by the R&B sounds of the Valerie Tyson Band, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception while bidding on auction items, which was then followed by dinner and an awards ceremony. Dr. Patrick A. Taylor, the President and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital, was honored with the prestigious James J. Blosser Community Trusteeship Award. JM Family Enterprises, Inc. received the Corporate Trusteeship Award and the Realtor Association of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Charitable Foundation was honored with Foundation Trusteeship Award.
Proceeds from the event will assist the Partnership in operating the 230-bed Central Homeless Assistance Center on the Huizenga Campus, which serves more than 1,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness each year. In addition to safe shelter and nutritious meals, the Partnership offers wrap-around case management and comprehensive services, such as medical and dental care, behavioral health, workforce development, family therapy and others that assist the homeless in reacquiring health, housing and employment as quickly as possible. For more information, visit 
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