South Florida Hospital News
Thursday April 19, 2018

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April 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 10




Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center recently opened up a new pharmacy in the hospital as part of its OR renovations. The larger space will also allow better utilization of ensuring IV preparation free of bacterial, viral and fungal contamination.

Pictured (l-r): Tim Howard CHRO, Alex Masmela COO, Dianne Goldenberg CEO, Howard Brown CFO, Elvisina Tse, Registered Pharmacy Technician, John Brisby, Clinical Coordinator, Kristy White, Clinical Pharmacist, Brian Mayhue, Director of Pharmacy, Erick Suarez, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Alice Spaner, Clinical Pharmacist, CNO, and Lu Chavez, Certified Pharmacy Technician.
Never again should we see another mass shooting like Parkland.

Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel LLP announced that Benton Curtis was recently honored as a Rising Legal Superstar by the Dade County Bar Association.

A former federal prosecutor for 10 years, Curtis focuses his practice on white collar criminal and civil matters and complex civil litigation, government investigations and compliance counseling, with an emphasis in the health care industry. He is a member of the firm’s Health Law and White Collar Defense and Compliance practice groups.
Prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Curtis served as an assistant chief for the Criminal Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice, where he supervised investigations, prosecutions and resolutions in the Fraud Section’s Health Care Fraud Unit in multiple federal districts. 

Juan Arencibia Suarez, a patient care assistant (PCA) at Broward Health Coral Springs (BHCS), was recognized as the hospital’s quarterly Shining Star Award winner.

The Shining Star Award recognizes a Broward Health employee who exhibits the hospital’s five-star values of accountability for positive outcomes; exceptional service to the community; fostering an innovative environment; working as a collaborative organizational team; and valuing their employee family.
“Working with Juan is a pleasure as he truly exemplifies the ‘star values ‘of BHCS,” said Felicia Svaighert, Nurse Manager for 4 East at BHCS. “He is proactive in his work and patients are always his priority. They always acknowledge his hard work and appreciate his smiles.”

Delray Medical Center receives the Healthgrades 2018 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™. The distinction makes Delray Medical Center one of the top 1% of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades. Delray Medical Center has made this list for the last 12 years, since the inception of the award.

Cape Coral Hospital is the first facility in Southwest Florida to receive prestigious international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility from Baby-Friendly USA.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

The three Martin Health Pediatric Care practices in Stuart, Jensen Beach and Port St. Lucie have received Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The practices achieved the highest level as a patient-centered medical home for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and longā€term, participative relationships.



Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) has been awarded full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the next eight years, the maximum possible term.

“This is an exciting and important milestone for our college of medicine,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “It recognizes that we have an established and successful program that is preparing outstanding physicians.”
The LCME is the accrediting body for medical schools in the United States and Canada. Only graduates from LCME-accredited schools are eligible to apply for state licensing boards and most residency programs in the U.S. As a relatively new school, HWCOM was previously accredited for a period of 5 years. This was the first time it was eligible to be considered for the maximum review cycle of eight years.

JFK Medical Center North Campus has earned the 2017 Unit of Distinction (UOD) Award in an annual program that recognizes and rewards exemplary nursing units at HCA Healthcare affiliate facilities.

The “Unit of Distinction” designation is achieved through measurable, exemplary performance in the strategic areas of Advocacy and Leadership, Consistency in Nursing Practice and Operations, and Leveraging Scale to Drive Performance. During 2017, 820 HCA Nursing units participated in the program. Using 23 different criteria, units were scored to determine which would receive the 2017 Unit of Distinction honor, which earns them a spot in the Top 5% of all HCA Medical-Surgical and Critical Care hospital units. In addition to the UOD recipients, 35 additional units achieved scores ranking them within the Top 10% of all HCA Med-Surg and Critical Care units, earning each an “Honorable Mention” designation.

Jupiter Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Chest Pain Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is based on a rigorous evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Upon survey, Jupiter Medical Center’s chest pain program was in full compliance with The Joint Commission’s exacting quality and safety standards.

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