South Florida Hospital News
Monday October 23, 2017
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October 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 4

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Ronald C. Brandenburg, II has been named vice president and chief financial officer of Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.

Brandenburg previously held the role of chief financial officer at Broward Health Coral Springs, a 200-bed acute care hospital. A member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Management Association, he has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in accounting, financial decision support, business leadership, and management. 

Paula Eckardt, MD Receives Louis Curbelo Leadership Award             

Paula Eckardt, MD, of Memorial Healthcare System, is the recipient of the   distinguished Louis Curbelo Leadership Award, an honor recognizing the Medical Director of the Division of Infectious Disease for playing a vital role in raising awareness of HIV and AIDS in Broward County’s Latino community. 
Dr. Eckardt is one of three individuals honored by Latinos in Action at the 2017 Hispanic HIV Leadership Awards held in Wilton Manors recently. The event, traditionally held around October 15, is in observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Latinos in Action is an initiative to recognize the efforts of individuals or groups who provide community education on HIV and AIDS, opportunities for prevention, health services and testing sites in Broward County. 

Radiation oncologist Rupesh Kotecha, M.D., has joined Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida’s unique and integrated Radiation Oncology department, which offers standard photon therapy and soon will open the region’s first proton therapy center. Dr. Kotecha will work alongside internationally renowned radiation oncologist Minesh Mehta, M.D., the Institute’s deputy director and chief of radiation oncology, to provide advanced cancer care and conduct clinical trials designed to help discover new and innovative ways to treat cancer with radiation therapy.

The Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Allopathic Medicine has received preliminary accreditation - a major milestone that allows the new medical school to accept an inaugural class of 50 students into its innovative and coveted Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program, which will matriculate in August 2018.

The accreditation follows a site visit and a favorable review by a survey team of educators from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the organization that accredits M.D. programs in the U.S. and Canada. The college is now the eighth M.D. program in Florida and one of only 148 in the United States.

On Friday afternoon, October 20, 2017 Palmetto General celebrated the grand opening of the new Clinical Decision Unit (CDU). The guests were greeted by Vilam Medio, Marketing Director at Palmetto General Hospital and then Ana Mederos, the Chief Executive Officer at Palmetto General Hospital spoke about the hospital’s history and how the Clinical Decision Unit will benefit the Hialeah residents. Eric Evans, President of Tenet Healthcare Hospital Operations, followed Ms. Mederos, and spoke about Tenet’s vision and goals for Palmetto General and Tenet’s dedication for the South Florida Healthcare Market. Following the Ribbon Cutting, the guests were given a tour of the new Clinical Decision Unit by staff.

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