South Florida Hospital News
Saturday July 23, 2016

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July 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 1




Coral Gables Hospital is proud to congratulate Jonathan Fraginals on his promotion from Nurse Manager of the Surgical Stepdown Unit to Director of Telemetry.

Fraginals received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Barry University. He is a recent DAISY Award recipient, nominated by a co-worker for demonstrating outstanding values and beliefs and for his dedication to providing excellent patient care. 

HCA East Florida announces the appointment of Francine E. Paschall as Chief Nursing Executive (CNE).

Paschall comes to HCA East Florida from an affiliate HCA facility, Riverside Community Hospital in the Greater Los Angeles area, where she served as Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer for the past six years.
Prior to her years with Riverside Community Hospital, she served as Interim Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, CA; Vice President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY; Senior Regional Director for Fairview, Lakewood, and Lutheran Hospitals Workforce Development at Cleveland Clinic Health System, Western Region in Cleveland, OH and as Vice President, Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive at Lakewood Hospital in Lakewood, OH.

Kaufman Rossin is proud to support Family Office and Business Services Director Todd Kesterson, CPA, who was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation. Kesterson is a member of the foundation’s Miami Cancer Institute (MCI) committee.

“I am honored by the opportunity to join the board of directors of the Baptist Health South Florida Foundation,” Kesterson said. “I look forward to supporting this organization in improving the health and quality of life for everyone in our community. In addition, MCI is excited to partner with Memorial Sloan Kettering in the hopes of being one of the top cancer centers in the world.”         
Kesterson provides accounting, tax, and consulting services to high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and their closely held businesses. His expertise includes business consulting, investment analysis, estate and business planning, internal controls and risk aversion, and budgeting and cash management.

Broward Health Imperial Point welcomes Dovid Ira Lee, RN, MSN, as the Medical/Surgical Unit nurse manager on the third floor. Ira Lee has been a registered nurse since 1994, brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of perioperative, medical surgical, intensive care and leadership. Ira Lee received both his degrees; his BSN in 1994 and MSN in 2002 from Stony Brook University (part of the State University of New York system) in New York. He joins Broward Health from Holy Cross where spent the last seven years as the nurse manager there overseeing a 64-bed unit covering medical, surgical, bariatric, telemetry and oncology services.



Health Care District of Palm Beach County Board Chair Philip H. Ward, III and Nancy C. Banner, Esq., Board Secretary, were each reappointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott for second terms.

Ward is president and managing partner of Ward Damon, a multi-disciplined law firm which he co-founded in 1987. From 1980 to 1984, he served as legislative counsel and assistant to United States Senator Warren B. Rudman of New Hampshire. He is a member and former chairman of the Palm Beach Business Development Board and the InternetCoast Tri-County Economic Development Council, former director of The Forum Club of Palm Beach County, as well as the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.
Banner, who also serves on the Health Care District’s Audit and Compliance Committee, has been a real estate attorney with Nancy C. Banner, PA since 2004. In 2003, she served as General Counsel to the Clerk of Palm Beach County. Previously, she was Senior Counsel with Holland and Knight LLP from 1999 to 2002. Ms. Banner also serves as Vice President on the Executive Board of the Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association.

Coral Gables Hospital is proud to congratulate Ruth Diaz on her promotion to Director of Quality.

With over 20 years of healthcare experience, Diaz has worked at Coral Gables Hospital since 2002. She most recently served as the Director of Telemetry where she was responsible for the coordination of patient care for the 68-bed unit, in charge of 140 employees. Among her many duties, Diaz oversaw clinical operations, employee engagement, patient satisfaction and performance improvement.
Diaz received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and her Associate of Science in Nursing from the University of Puerto Rico. She is currently working on her Master of Science in Nursing and is on track to graduate next year.

Internal medicine physician Andres Lichtenberger, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group.

Dr. Lichtenberger is Board-certified in internal medicine and received his medical degree from Bosque University Colombian School of Medicine, in Bogota, Colombia. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and a fellowship in clinical immunology at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Before coming to the United States, he completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary diseases at Nueva Granada Military University-Central Military Hospital. He also worked as a teaching attending physician at Mount Sinai Medical Center and previously practiced internal medicine in Miami Beach with South Florida Multispecialty Associates. Before that, he was a medical and public affairs director, first in Bogota and later in Miami, for Merck & Co.
Kristoffer Lucas Orocio, D.O., has joined the Broward Health Physician Group after successfully completing his residency at Broward Health Medical Center and an internship at Kennedy Hospital/Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Stratford, NJ, where he was nominated for “intern of the year.” He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He went on to attend the Premedical Program at Harvard University and received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL. 

Dr. Pascal J. Goldschmidt, Dean Emeritus of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, was presented with the American Heart Association's prestigious Cor Vitae Heart Award at the Miami Heart Ball.

Dr. Goldschmidt is an internationally renowned cardiologist and cardiovascular researcher and serves as Dean Emeritus of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. He is passionate about the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association and served as chair for the 2015 Miami Heart Ball.
Dr. Italo Linfante, the Medical Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, was presented with the American Heart Association's prestigious Cor Vitae Stroke Award.
Dr. Linfante has participated in numerous clinical trials of medications and technologies to treat stroke and other cerebrovascular conditions. He has lectured widely on related topics and has published extensively in world renowned peer-reviewed journals such as Stroke, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. He also has published in books on stroke and cerebrovascular diseases. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurology and of Vascular Neurology.

Dr. George Suarez, a Miami-based urologist and founder of International HIFU Centers, has been awarded the 2016 Healthcare Visionary Award by the Miami Herald. This prestigious recognition is given to a medical pioneer who has made a major contribution to the advancement of healthcare that benefits the community.

Dr. Suarez was one of over 250 overall nominees and three finalists within the healthcare Visionary category. His dedication to finding a better treatment for prostate cancer that not only cures men of the disease, but also preserves their dignity, resulted in the FDA approval of HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) in October of 2015.
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