South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday September 19, 2018

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September 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 3




Wellington Regional Medical Center (WRMC) recently held a “Call of the Quarter” celebration to reunite Palm Beach County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) Engine/Rescue 20 crew with Thelma Bibbo, a patient the crew rescued and transported to WRMC’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.  The hospital staff and attendees also celebrated Thelma’s 91st birthday.
On May 21, 2018, John Bibbo, the patient’s son, called 9-1-1 to report that his mother had experienced a decrease in blood pressure and fainting spells while eating at a restaurant.  PBCFR responded to the then 90-year-old Thelma and alerted WRMC of a “stroke alert,” meaning they were bringing a potential stroke patient to the emergency room.  This collaboration ensured that Thelma received the most efficient, quality care and resulted in a full recovery.
Jonathan R. Turton, MBA, FACHE, has been named chief executive officer of Broward Health Medical Center. 
Turton will be responsible for the overall leadership of the 716-bed acute care hospital, which includes a Level I trauma center and is the flagship of Broward Health. He will direct Broward Health Medical Center’s overall administration and related hospital operations to assure high-quality patient care and service in collaboration with Broward Health’s executive team. 
Newly Added Tennis Pros include the legendary John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Rennae Stubbs, Jesse Levine and former tennis pro and actress Maeve Quinlan
Chris Evert Charities is "So Very Happy” that Grammy award winning jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears (BS&T) will be the performers for the 29th Annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Gala Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 10 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. 

For the second year in a row, FoundCare, Inc. received the Quality Improvement Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to the HRSA certification letter, FoundCare has achieved the best overall clinical performance among health centers around the country, placing in the top 30 percent. This designation also came with about $87,000 in funding for projects to improve the health of the community.

In a scene that would make Queen Elsa feel right at home, the Diamond Angels of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation will transform the Diplomat Beach Resort into a winter wonderland when they host the 15th annual Fairy Tale Ball November 17 (7:00 p.m.) in Hollywood.
The Frozen-themed fundraiser, presented by Ultimate Software, features a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, and auctions of dream vacations and unique experiences. Attendees will sing along with The Lords of 52nd Street, musical legends from Billy Joel’s band, and also hear from a family whose child received life-saving treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. 
World Renowned Cardiologist, Professor, Author, Editor and Teacher focuses on humanism & “hands-on” patient-centered care 
Dr. Michael A. Chizner has made it his life’s work to advance the discipline of cardiology, medical education, clinical research and state-of-the-art patient care.  After his longtime role as Founder and Chief Medical Director of The Heart Center of Excellence and Founding Director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program at Broward Health, Dr. Chizner has decided to reaffirm his dedication and commitment to the medical community by opening a private practice in East Fort Lauderdale which is now fully operational as of September 4, 2018.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) Urgent Care Centers have received Certified Urgent Care (CUC) Category 1 designation by the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA). The designation, which is the UCAOA’s highest level of distinction, only includes urgent care centers that meet both certification criteria for scope of services and accreditation standards of quality and safety.
The CUC Category 1 designation signifies BRRH’s Urgent Care Centers have met or exceeded strict guidelines set by the UCAOA in patient care processes, facility management, scope of care, record management, quality, technology and human resources. 
 “We are proud to receive this designation as it objectively validates the high-quality of care we provide to our patients,” said Katie Acquino, DO, Medical Director of BRRH Urgent Care.

 Coral Gables Hospital recognizes Lohendy Baro, physical therapist, as the Employee of the Quarter. Lohendy was nominated by hospital employees who describe her as compassionate, knowledgeable and a team player. “We congratulate Lohendy for being the Employee of the Quarter. She is a hard worker who always goes the extra mile for her patients,” said Cristina Jimenez, CEO of Coral Gables Hospital. 


Palmetto General Hospital proudly honors psychiatrist, Dr. Roberto Hernando, as the hospital’s Physician of the Month. Dr. Hernando was nominated because his colleagues describe him as extremely professional, he is an expert in his field, he gives special attention to his patients and has a pleasant personality.

Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in South Florida, has named Matthew Arsenault as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer. He succeeds Ralph Lawson, who recently announced his retirement after 30 years with Baptist Health.


Arsenault has been with Baptist Health since 2006 and has held various roles during his 12 years with the organization. Most recently, as corporate vice president of Finance, he oversaw numerous functions, including all accounting and financial reporting for Baptist Health, affiliate finance operations, budgeting, accounts payable, payroll, and the Baptist Health privacy office. He has also been responsible for managing the organization’s treasury team, which includes all Baptist Health banking relationships and its investment portfolio. 

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