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August 2013 - Volume 10 - Issue 2

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Profiles in Leadership

Coral Gables Hospital
 
Jessica Miller, RN, ASN
Director of Clinical Quality Improvement
 
As Director of Clinical Quality Improvement at Coral Gables Hospital, Jessica Miller, RN, ASN is responsible for ensuring that the hospital’s staff and physicians offer the best quality patient care to the community. She has been a proud member of the Coral Gables Hospital family for the past seven and a half years. Throughout her time in this role, the hospital has been awarded the Joint Commission Top Performers in Key Measures for Quality award for the last two consecutive years, American’s Heart Association Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus recognition for Heat Failure Care and a Hospital Safety Score rating of “A” from the Leapfrog Group. Miller’s leadership style is very hands on and she strongly believes in teamwork. She is constantly on the floor assisting her team and it is often hard to catch her sitting at her desk. At a young age, Miller was inspired by both her mother and father’s careers in nursing and decided she would follow in their footsteps. She attended Miami Dade College, Excelsior College and Florida International University, and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
 
Sheri Montgomery
Chief Financial Officer
 
As Chief Financial Officer of Coral Gables Hospital, Sheri Montgomery is responsible for overseeing the financial operations for the 245-bed acute care hospital and all its departments. Montgomery has over 15 years of financial healthcare experience and has been a part of several exciting projects at Coral Gables Hospital since her arrival in early 2013. She was involved with the opening of the renovated endoscopy suites as well as the hospital’s new vestibular clinic, pelvic floor program and expanded surgical services. Prior to joining Coral Gables Hospital, Montgomery served as Assistant Chief Financial Officer at Delray Medical Center. Here she began her extensive career in healthcare finance working as an Accounting Manager, Campus Controller, Interim Chief Financial Officer, and the Administrative Director of Financial Operations. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, and later went on to complete her Masters of Business Administration in Finance at Nova Southeastern University.
 
West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
 
Ann Mahan, LCSW, CAP, CMHP
Chief, Social Work Services
 
Ann Mahan, LCSW, CAP, CMHP, serves as the Chief of Social Work Services at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. She began her VA career 30 years ago at the Canandaigua VA in Upstate New York.
 
Mahan graduated from Syracuse University with a master’s in Social Work and continued to obtain additional credentials in the substance abuse field and mental health. She spent several years as a Social Worker at a Domiciliary and has served as a Coordinator for the Homeless Programs and as a Local Recovery Coordinator and Program Manager for the Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center and Compensated Work Therapy Mental Health programs. She remains very dedicated to Social Work Service and the VA’s mission and values.
 
Steven Fage
Chief, Police Service
 
Steven Fage has served as the Chief of Police Service for the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center since 2011. He began his VA career at the Providence, RI medical center in 2004. He has been a contributing and collaborative member of the facility management team and various committees promoting initiatives that focus on honoring our Veterans while at the same time assuring a safe and secure facility.
 
Chief Fage is a graduate of the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy, Roger Williams (RI) University, the FBI National Academy and the VA Law Enforcement Training Academy. He has 35 years of law enforcement experience, including service as a military policeman (US Army), a municipal police officer, a criminal investigator, a detective commander, an internal affairs investigator, and as a municipal police chief.
 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
 
Larry Coomes
Chief Executive Officer
 
Larry Coomes is the Chief Executive Officer of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. He is responsible for all hospital strategic, operational and clinical activities. Prior to his arrival at PBGMC, Coomes was the Chief Executive Officer at hospitals in both Auburn, Washington and Palmdale, California. His accomplishments included developing strategic growth plans for new and existing service lines and improving physician and staff satisfaction in the hospital. Coomes was also previously the Chief Operating Officer at West Boca Medical Center in Boca Raton. During his tenure as COO, he successfully managed numerous hospital renovations and expansions. Coomes received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Eastern Illinois University and continued on to earn his master’s degree in business administration from Duke University.
 
Ivette Miranda
Chief Operating Officer
 
Ivette Miranda is the Chief Operating Officer at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. She is responsible for a wide range of medical, surgical and ancillary services and oversees the daily operations on the medical campus. Miranda has more than 20 years of health care experience. Prior to being appointed COO, she was the Associate Administrator of PBGMC, where she oversaw various departments, including the laboratory, radiology, security, cardiopulmonary, rehab, environmental, food and nutrition and plant operations. She also previously served as the Manager of Patient Access, where she was in charge of the daily operations for patient registration. Before joining PBGMC, Miranda was the Director of Staff Management for Avega/MedAssets in West Palm Beach. Miranda holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in Palm Beach Gardens and a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach.
 
West Boca Medical Center
 
Mitch Feldman
Chief Executive Officer
 
Mitch Feldman is the Chief Executive Officer of West Boca Medical Center. He started working for Tenet or its predecessors in 1990 at Doctors Hospital of Dallas. In 1996, Feldman transferred to Delray Medical Center, serving 10 years as CEO. He was then promoted to the Market Vice President of Tenet’s Palm Beach Health Network for two years before transferring to West Boca Medical Center in 2008. He led the facility to a market leader position in obstetrical, neo-natal, robotic surgery and sports medicine. Feldman holds the distinction of having achieved or been recognized under Tenet’s Circle of Excellence Award on thirteen occasions. In 2009, he was recognized by South Florida Business Journal as its Healthcare “CEO of the Year” and received the Palm Beach Ultimate CEO Award in 2010. Feldman earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Queens College in New York and his Master’s Degree in healthcare management from Wagner College in Staten Island, NY.
 
Brook Thomas
Chief Financial Officer
 
With over 20 years of healthcare finance experience, Brook Thomas joined the West Boca Medical Center administrative team in 2005. Serving as the Chief Financial Officer, Thomas is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the 195-bed acute care hospital while maintaining a superior level of care in a professional and compassionate manner. Thomas contributed significantly to West Boca Medical Center’s prestigious 2010 Tenet Circle of Excellence Award, recognizing the hospital as one of Tenet’s top hospitals. He has also played a pivotal role in the expansion of the hospital, enhancing a broad array of services available to the community, including the newly opened comprehensive Breast Center at West Boca Diagnostic Imaging. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
 
Florida Medical Center
 
Barbara Allen, RNFA, CNOR
Director of Surgical Services
 
As Director of Surgical Services for Florida Medical Center, a Campus of North Shore, Barbara Allen oversees the daily operations of the hospital’s surgical units. She began her career at Florida Medical Center as an operating room nurse and has now been a part of the hospital’s family for over 25 years. In just the past few years, Allen has experienced several exciting projects at the hospital including the opening of its new hybrid operating suite and the remodeled orthopedics and spine surgical suite.
Prior to becoming Director of Surgical Services, Allen held several positions at Florida Medical Center including assistant operating room manager, clinical educator of the operating room, and charge nurse for the operating room. She is also a certified operating room nurse as well as a registered nurse first assistant. She has been actively involved with the hospital being a member of the Operating Room Committee and the Quality Assurance Committee.
 
Genesi Gonzalez, RN, BSN
Director of Emergency Services
 
As Director of Emergency Services of Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore, Genesi Gonzalez, RN, BSN, is responsible for the 24 hour operation of Florida Medical Center’s 30-bed Emergency Department. Gonzalez has developed a diverse background in Engineering, Finance and Nursing. As an investment banker, she worked in the World Trade Center during the September 11th tragedy, and this event sparked her to change career paths and pursue Emergency Nursing.
 
Prior to joining Florida Medical Center, Gonzalez served as Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department at North Shore Medical Center. She has also held several nursing positions in other healthcare systems across Dade and Broward counties. Gonzalez earned her Bachelor’s Degrees from City University of New York, and Florida International University. She is currently enrolled in the Post-Baccalaureate Doctorate in Nursing Practice Program at Barry University. She is also currently serving as President-Elect of the Emergency Nurse Association of Broward County.
 
Good Samaritan Medical Center
 
Jeffrey Kotzen, M.D.
Chief of Staff
 
Dr. Jeffrey Kotzen, Chief of Staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center, is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. He previously served as the chief of gynecology, chief of obstetrics and a division director at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Dr. Kotzen received his medical degree with honors from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology internship and residency at Yale New Haven Medical Center. While at Yale, Dr. Kotzen did extensive work in the application of laser technology to laparoscopy, and he was one of the first to train local surgeons in the laparoscopic art of cholecystectomy. In the past, he was part of a group practice delivering all aspects of women’s health care. He is an ardent supporter of women’s rights and actively speaks out against domestic violence. Dr. Kotzen also writes widely-published medical and health-related articles for regional and national journals of medicine.
 
Alex Fernandez
Chief Operating Officer
 
Alex Fernandez brings a strong healthcare management background to his position as the Chief Operating Officer of Good Samaritan Medical Center. He is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the hospital, the direction of operations for ancillary departments, the development of hospital service lines and ensuring compliance of all policies and procedures. Fernandez began his career with Tenet in 2002 when he became a staff account for St. Mary’s Medical Center after receiving his bachelor’s degree in finance and multinational business from Florida State University. He was then promoted to assistant controller at Good Samaritan Medical Center before taking on the position as Chief Financial Officer at North Shore Medical Center. He also earned his master’s degree in business administration at Florida Atlantic University. Fernandez was recognized in Becker’s Hospital Review List of 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40 and was named one of the 2012 Modern Healthcare ‘Up and Comers.’
 
Holy Cross Hospital
 
Luisa C. Gutman
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
 
Holy Cross Hospital Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Luisa Gutman is responsible for the operations of several departments including the Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center, Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center, diagnostic imaging services, support services, human resources, and associate development and training. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration, Society for Human Resource Management, Florida Society for Healthcare Human Resource Administration and South Florida Healthcare Human Resource Association. A recipient of the 2013 Hispanic Women of Distinction, 2012 South Florida Business Journal Influential Business Women and 2010 March of Dimes Women of Distinction awards, she serves on the boards of Light of the World and Minority Development and Empowerment. Gutman received a bachelor's degree in management information systems from the University of Buenos Aires and a master of science in management from FIU.
 
Kenneth Homer, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
 
As Holy Cross Hospital's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kenneth Homer leads and coordinates efforts directed at improving the effectiveness, efficiency, quality and safety of patient care while serving as a liaison between the hospital's senior management and medical staff. He also serves as medical director of Holy Cross Physician Partners, a clinically integrated network of more than 270 physicians, both primary care and specialists, in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, he currently holds academic appointments at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami and Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Broward County Medical Association and the American Heart Association. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami and his Bachelor's degree from Cornell University, and completed a residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University.
 
Jackson Health System
 
Carlos A. Migoya
President and CEO
 
Carlos A. Migoya has been President and CEO of Jackson Health System since 2011, overseeing one of the nation’s largest and well respected public health systems.
 
Migoya, a career banker who first entered the public sector by serving at the city manager in Miami, has led a dramatic financial turnaround at Jackson, reversing years of massive losses into a surplus for the first time in recent history. At the same time, key indicators of healthcare quality and patient satisfaction improved, proving that public hospital systems need not choose between medical excellence and operational sustainability.
 
Under Migoya’s leadership, Jackson has continued to grow its programs and expand its centers of excellence at its network of six hospitals.
 
He is actively involved in several community organizations, including serving as a board member of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, a director of AutoNation, and a board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
 
R. John Repique, R.N., M.S., NEA-BC
Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
 
R. John Repique, R.N., M.S., NEA-BC, is Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital and chief nursing officer of behavioral health and correctional health services.
Under Repique’s leadership, Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital has become a recognized leader in providing exceptional, culturally sensitive behavioral health services to adults and children throughout South Florida. He is an advocate of special programs within the hospital that cater to the deaf and hard of hearing, LGBT community members and those within the criminal justice system.
 
Repique began his career as a psychiatric nurse and therapist. He joined Jackson in 2008 from New York Presbyterian Hospital/Payne Whitney Manhattan where he served as director of Psychiatric Nursing and Quality.
 
His community involvement includes serving on the boards for the South Florida Behavioral Health Network and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Florida Chapter.
 
Palmetto General Hospital
 
Georgina Diaz, R.R.T., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Chief Operating Officer
 
As Chief Operating Officer of Palmetto General Hospital, Georgina Diaz is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 360-bed acute care hospitals as well as working with the leadership team in ensuring that the staff delivers high quality, cost effective care while promoting the hospital’s image, values, and services across the community. As COO, Diaz has played a role in several exciting projects at Palmetto General Hospital including this year’s opening of the newly renovated oncology treatment center. Prior to joining Palmetto General Hospital in 2009, Diaz served as Chief Operating Officer for multiple South Florida hospitals since 2000, and has been a part of the South Florida healthcare community since 1978.
She has been an involved member in the community, having volunteered with organizations such as the American Red Cross, United Way, and the Federation of American Hospitals.
 
Kathleen Guido
Chief Nursing Officer
 
Chief Nursing Officer of Palmetto General Hospital, Kathleen Guido is responsible for overseeing all nursing practices within the adult and pediatric emergency departments, surgical services, and all in-patient care units. She also serves as part of the hospital’s senior leadership executive team which is committed to delivering the best quality patient care to the community. In the short time that Guido has been with Palmetto General Hospital, the hospital has been recognized for its work in both Bariatric and Cardiac surgery. Prior to joining Palmetto General Hospital last year, Guido served as interim Chief Nursing Officer at Palm Beach Garden’s Medical Center.
 
Guido has received multiple awards in the healthcare industry, recognizing her dedication to patient care and safety. She received the Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement under the Cardiac Task Force in 2004, as well as the Healthcare Association of New York state’s quality improvement Pinnacle award in 2005.
 
Marcum LLP
 
Mark S. Fromberg, CPA
Partner
 
Mark Fromberg is a Partner in Marcum’s healthcare industry group.
 
He has more than 35 years of experience in SEC registrations and quarterly and annual reporting, as well as specialization in hospitals; both long term and acute care, hospital foundations, healthcare providers of various types, other healthcare organizations and medical business consulting.
 
Since 2008, Fromberg has been a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Healthcare Industry Conference Committee.
 
In addition to his role with the healthcare industry group, Fromberg is a Partner in Marcum LLP’s Commercial and SEC Assurance practice. He leads the firm’s national Healthcare Industry Group for the State of Florida.
 
Fromberg is Co-chairman of the Technical Standards Subcommittee of the Ethics Division of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
 
Michael Curto, CPA
Partner
 
Michael Curto has more than 17 years of experience providing auditing and advisory services for a wide range of privately held and publicly traded companies. As a Partner in the Commercial and SEC Division of the Firm's Assurance practice area, his primary responsibilities includes oversight and review of audit engagements, as well as providing guidance to clients ranging from complex accounting issues to general business and accounting developments.
 
Curto also specializes in providing audit services to healthcare related clients, including health maintenance organizations (HMO’s) and other ancillary healthcare service providers and suppliers. In addition to the healthcare arena, Curto also has experience with not-for-profit and employee benefit plan audits. He is also a qualified peer reviewer and regularly performs peer reviews under the AICPA peer review program.
 
Curto is a member of Marcum’s national Healthcare Group, of which he is a co-leader of the Florida division.
 
Martin Health System
 
Susan Clark
Director of Nursing, Inpatient Services at Tradition Medical Center
 
Recently named the Director of Nursing for Inpatient Services at Tradition Medical Center, Susan L. Clark, MSN, RN, CNL, has been with Martin Health System for nearly 14 years.
 
Clark, who has been practicing in the nursing field for 16 years, graduated with her BSN in 1997 and MSN in 2007. She is currently enrolled in the Executive DNP program at the University of Central Florida.
 
Clark’s love for human science and caring for others inspired her nursing career. The ability to make an impact for others at various stages throughout their lives continues that passion.
 
While helping others remains at the core of what she does, Clark has seen tremendous changes since beginning her career, particularly in medical advances and health care-related technology. The shift in acuity of the hospital-based patient has also been a tremendous change, creating greater challenges for health care systems and the nursing field.
 
Debbie Perez
Corporate Director, Workforce Planning and Compensation
 
When Debbie Perez began her career in human resources two decades ago, she wasn’t aware of how the profession can play a critical role in an organization’s success.
 
Today, as the corporate director of workforce planning and compensation for Martin Health System, Perez fully understands how human resources professionals have become vital in the strategic planning process.
 
“We have been tasked with providing more data and metrics to drive business decisions,” Perez said. “We have been transformed from a ‘resource’ to a partner, allowing us to better align our services with the mission, vision and values of the organization.”
 
It isn’t always easy. From staffing shortages to the changing face of health care, there are multiple challenges. Having programs and processes in place that address these many challenges can ensure continued success.
 
North Shore Medical Center
 
Jaime Alfayate
Director of Support Services and Safety Officer
 
As the newly appointed Director of Support Services and Safety Officer at North Shore Medical Center, Jaime Alfayate is responsible for the management of construction projects, the bio medical department, food and nutrition services, the radiology department, environmental services, as well as the overall maintenance and security of the hospital. He has been a part of the North Shore family for nearly 11 years now and his work has not gone unnoticed. Earlier this year, Alfayate received the hospital’s 2012 President’s Award recognizing his outstanding work and dedication to North Shore Medical Center.
 
Alfayate has been a part of many exciting projects at North Shore Medical Center, including the opening of its Primary Stroke Center in 2008, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, and the New Comprehensive Breast Institute opening this summer. Alfayate also serves as the team lead on the Tenet Florida Region’s Cost Initiative Committee. He is a licensed Healthcare Risk Manager as well as a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional.
 
Carolyn Gilleland
Administrative Director of the Cancer Center
 
As the Administrative Director of the C. Gordon Griffin Cancer Center at North Shore Medical Center, Carolyn Gilleland is responsible for directing the daily operations of the Cancer Center. Gilleland has served as the Director of the Cancer Center for 13 years. In her time as Director, she has helped coordinate several projects including an extensive renovation to the Cancer Center in 2005. She is also the recipient of the hospital’s 2007 President’s Award recognizing her outstanding work and commitment to the hospital, its staff and its patients.
 
Gilleland received both a Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami. She is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Society of Radiation Oncology Administrators, after having served as president from 2011-2012.
 
Hialeah Hospital
 
Lourdes Camps, RN, MHSA
Chief Nursing Officer
 
As Chief Nursing Officer of Hialeah Hospital, Lourdes Camps is responsible for ensuring high quality, safe and appropriate nursing care as well as overseeing other designated patient care functions and services within the hospital. Just this year, she helped train the nursing staff for Hialeah Hospital’s new Senior Care Emergency Room. Camps has been a part of the Hialeah Hospital family for over 20 years, having joined as a Critical Care Nurse in 1986. Prior to becoming CNO in 2007, she held various administrative and patient care positions within Hialeah Hospital.
 
Camps has received multiple awards in the healthcare industry, recognizing her dedication to patient care and safety. She received recognition as an “Accomplished Professional” from the Camara de Comercio Hispana de Hialeah in 2006, an “Award of Merit” by the City of Hialeah in 2006, and Tenet’s Presidential Award for exemplary service in 2003.
 
Patrick Downes
Chief Operating Officer
 
As Chief Operating Officer of Hialeah Hospital, Patrick Downes is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 378-bed acute care hospitals as well as working with the leadership team in ensuring that the staff delivers high quality, cost effective care while promoting the hospital’s image, values, and services across the community. As COO, Downes has been heavily involved in several exciting projects at Hialeah Hospital including the opening of the Senior Care Emergency Room, the remodeled MRI Suite, and the new Special Procedures Rooms, which all opened within the last year. Prior to joining Hialeah Hospital in 2010, Downes served as Associate Administrator for North Shore Medical Center from 2008-2009 and later Associate Administrator for Tenet Florida Physician Services from 2009-2010.
He is an active member of the community volunteering with multiple organizations including Friends of St. Jude- Miami Chapter, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Foundation for Florida’s Future/ Foundation for Excellence in Action.
 
Broward Health North
 
Donna Valerioti
Regional Manager, Laboratory
 
Donna Valerioti has been working at Broward Health North for the past 12 years and has been a part of the Broward Health system for the past 33 years.
 
As regional manager of the laboratory, her first priority is making sure all 44 employees provide high-quality laboratory services for the benefit of the patients. As the leader of this busy group of professionals, one of her ongoing objectives is to ensure all of her team members have the proper training and equipment to maintain high standards of service and performance, all while being fiscally responsible.
 
As a Green Belt Six Sigma Valerioti leads and participates in a variety of hospital process improvement projects including finance, radiology, infection control and short stay observation teams. Donna is also part of the hospital’s mentor/mentee program and enjoys educating future leaders of healthcare operations.
 
She says the best part of her job is working with a wonderful staff that truly loves and takes pride in their job.
 
Linda Thomas
Regional Manager – Facility Services
 
Linda Thomas says the best part of her job is working with such an exceptional team of professional, caring people. She has been at Broward Health North (BHN) for the past 40 years.
 
As regional manager of facility services, her team of 20 employees is responsible for the construction, renovation, grounds (35 acres) and maintenance of a 409-bed, more than 500,000-square-foot hospital that occupies nine floors.
 
One of her ongoing responsibilities is the management of the hospital’s $70-million dollar project which includes general refurbishment, addition of operating rooms, a completely new emergency room and façade on the building and new central energy plant.
 
During her tenure at BHN, she has made sure her team is well equipped and trained by including cross-training within the department, having employees attend seminars and bringing in vendors to conduct additional training and in-services.
 
She credits the success of the department to her wonderful staff.
 
Delray Medical Center
 
Anthony Dardano, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.O.G.
Chief Medical Officer
 
Bridging the gap between hospital administration and the clinical staff, Dr. Anthony Dardano has served the Chief Medical Officer at Delray Medical Center since 2007. As CMO, Dr. Dardano works extensively to maintain clinical quality, patient safety and the coordination of inpatient and outpatient services. In addition, Dr. Dardano helps align the goals of medical staff and administration while strengthening the relationships across departments. As Delray Medical Center works to grow into a teaching hospital, Dr. Dardano aims to ensure that excellent medical education will be achieved in an environment of quality clinical care.
 
Dr. Dardano is an associate dean for Academic Affairs at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and a voluntary professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Dardano completed his medical training from the University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine in Bologna, Italy and his specialty training in Rochester, NY.
 
Trey Abshier
Chief Operating Officer
 
Trey Abshier, Chief Operating Officer at Delray Medical Center, is responsible for a wide range of medical, surgical and ancillary services and oversees the daily operations on the medical campus. Newly appointed to this role, Abshier has extensive experience as a health care executive. For the last three years, he served as the COO of a hospital in San Jose, CA with 1,200 full-time employees and $320 million in net revenues. His focus at Delray Medical Center includes service excellence, operational efficiency, program implementation and new technologies. He earned a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Louisiana State University. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
 
Wellington Regional Medical Center
 
Joseph Paul, CGMA
CFO, Chief Staffing Officer and Compliance Officer
 
Joseph Paul, CGMA, is the CFO, Chief Staffing Officer and Compliance Officer of Wellington Regional Medical Center.
 
With more than 20 years of experience as Hospital CFO in Florida and Pennsylvania and 4 years as Supply Chain CFO for 16 hospitals, Paul brings extensive leadership skills and healthcare financial management experience to the Wellington Regional family. His strong leadership is a vital component in the demonstrated growth of Wellington Regional Medical Center. In his role, he has helped prepare Wellington Regional to meet future challenges and opportunities.
 
Paul is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where he earned a B.A. in Economics. He began his career at Jeanes Hospital and Fox Chase Nursing Center, also in Philadelphia where he had oversight on financial administration.
 
Beth Mourelatos
Administrative Director of Business Development
 
Beth Mourelatos is the Administrative Director of Business Development of Wellington Regional Medical Center.
 
Mourelatos is a key member of the Sr. Administrative Team at the hospital. Mourelatos drives growth within new and existing service lines and directs the implementation of strategic hospital initiatives including physician alignment and recruitment. She maintains oversight of the Marketing Department and Physician Relations team. Additionally, Beth assists with operational improvements and participates in customer service activities.
 
Mourelatos has worked in the healthcare industry for seven years and has a solid foundation and record of achievement in sales, marketing and physician outreach. Previous experience includes that of a Physicians Relations Manager with Tenet Healthcare. Prior to that, she served as a Business Development Specialist with HCA and as a medical device Sales Representative for Wright Medical Technology.
 
Mourelatos is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a B. A. in Intercultural Communication with a Minor in Sociology.
 
St. Mary’s Medical Center

Donna Small, RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer
 
As a key member of the administrative team, Donna Small facilitates and directs nursing leadership as the Chief Nursing Officer at St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. She is focused on maintaining a high quality of nursing care from pediatric to adult medical and specialty services. Before joining St. Mary’s Medical Center, Small served as CNO for over ten years at a 409-bed, level two trauma hospital in South Florida.
 
Small earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Lynn University and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American College of Healthcare Executives, South Florida Organization of Nurse Executives and Florida Atlantic University’s Nursing Advisory Board. “Providing competent and compassionate care is the foundation of nursing,” commented Small. “The nurse's role is pivotal to the quality of care that we provide to our patients.”
 
Jeffrey Davis, D.O.
Chief Medical Officer
 
Combining clinical leadership and strategic management, Jeffrey Davis, D.O., has served as chief medical officer at St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital since 2007. Dr. Davis oversees the medical services and quality endeavors of the 464-bed acute care hospital. He also serves as an associate clinical dean for academic affairs at the Schmidt College of Medicine of Florida Atlantic University. Prior to joining St. Mary’s Medical Center, Dr. Davis served as the Director of the Trauma Agency of the Health Care District where he provided the medical expertise for the design, implementation and management of the Trauma System for the first 17 years of its existence. He also served as Medical Director for Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue from 1984 to 2000.
 
Dr. Davis completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida.
 
Mount Sinai Medical Center
 
Steven D. Sonenreich
President and CEO
 
Steven D. Sonenreich is the President and CEO of Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. Sonenreich has more than 35 years of experience in healthcare, primarily in senior executive leadership at academic medical centers. He is best known for his strategic thinking, long-term vision and steadfast leadership. Sonenreich spearheaded the hospital’s affiliation with Columbia University Medical School, creating the Columbia University Divisions of Cardiology and Urology at Mount Sinai. This unique partnership is the only Ivy League collaboration of its kind in South Florida. By focusing on Mount Sinai’s mission, he has positioned the landmark not-for-profit teaching hospital for impressive growth, which now includes five satellite locations throughout Miami-Dade County. Sonenreich earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master of Business Administration and Certification in Healthcare Administration from the University of Miami.
 
Kindred Hospital The Palm Beaches
 
Brenda J. Perez, RN, MSN, MBA, HCM
Chief Clinical Officer
 
Brenda J. Perez, RN, MSN, MBA, HCM, is Chief Clinical Officer of Kindred Hospital The Palm Beaches, a 60-bed Transitional Care Hospital in Riviera Beach. Brenda provides oversight of all clinical departments and more than 150 employees.
 
Brenda recently transitioned from Kindred White Rock of Dallas, Texas where she was the Chief Clinical Officer and Interim Administrator. She has been with Kindred since August 2008, where she began as the Nurse Manager of Kindred San Antonio.
 
She has more than 36 years of variable clinical and nursing experience. Brenda earned a dual master’s degree; MBA/MSN in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and Texas Nurses Association.
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