South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday July 26, 2017

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July 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 1




Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center appoints Dianne Goldenberg as the hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Goldenberg’s career as a healthcare executive spans over 35 years, and she has been in a CEO role for more than a decade. While she was most recently the CEO of a hospital in Miami-Dade County with a Level II trauma center, amongst other CEO positions, she was also the CEO of one of the former Tenet hospitals in Broward County. Prior to shifting to operations, Goldenberg utilized her expansive clinical background as a chief nursing officer.
Goldenberg earned her bachelors of science degree in nursing from Texas Women’s University. She obtained her masters in nursing from Barry University, before earning her MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Lee Health is proud to welcome Dennis Bruens, M.P.A., F.A.C.H.E., Vice President of Oncology Services.

Bruens has more than 20 years of experience and comes to Lee Health from St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colo. where he served as Vice President of Operations. Previous to that post, he served as director of the Penrose Cancer Center and led the Penrose-St. Francis Behavioral Health Program in Colorado Springs.
Bruens earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO and a Master of Public Administration degree in health care policy from the University of Colorado at Denver. 

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is proud to welcome Armando Llechu, Chief Administrative Officer.

Prior to joining Golisano Children’s Hospital, Llechu was Vice President, Clinical Operations at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. He also served Nicklaus Children’s Hospital as Director, Patient Access and Utilization Review, and as Administrative Director, Emergency Department and Support Services. Llechu also worked for Tenet Healthcare in West Palm Beach as Director of Patient Access at St. Mary’s Medical Center and as Regional Supervisor of the Medical Eligibility Program.
Llechu earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Services at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., and a Master of Business Administration and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification at Florida International University in Miami.

VITAS Healthcare has appointed veteran healthcare leader Joel Wherley as Chief Operating Officer. Reporting to VITAS Chief Executive Officer Nick Westfall, Joel oversees operations of the company’s 44 hospice programs in 14 states, which care for more than 16,300 hospice patients and their families on a daily basis.

Joel has over 30 years of experience in healthcare sales and operations management, eight of them in hospice. He joined VITAS, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, in 2016 as senior vice president of hospice operations, where he led daily operations for VITAS programs in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and organizational design from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Anish Alexander, R.N., M.S.N., has been promoted to Nurse Manager of Ortho/Bariatric/Surgical at Broward Health Coral Springs. Anish has been serving as the Assistant Nurse Manager on 4 West since October 2016 and most recently as Interim Assistant Nurse Manager for 4 North as well. He began his nursing career at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas , TX where he worked for 6 years as a medical-surgical/trauma unit nurse and as a nursing supervisor. He then went on to work at Green Oaks Hospital/HCA North Texas in Dallas, TX as a psychiatric nurse and eventually a Coordinator for Quality Management/Infection Control/Employee Health before relocating to South Florida.

Anish received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University of Texas at Tyler and his Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Education and is SAMA (Satori Alternative to Managing Aggression)-certified as well.

Candice Tettamanti has been promoted to Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Integrated Healthcare (TCIH) in Stuart, Florida. Tettamanti will provide leadership, and oversight of the new high performance network owned by local physicians along with Martin Health System.

Tettamanti joined Martin Health System in 2005 and has held progressively more responsible positions throughout her tenure. Since April 2015, she has served as assistant vice president of reimbursement, revenue integrity, medical coding and clinical documentation. 

Camillus Health has announced the appointment of Francis Afram-Gyening as chief executive officer. Afram-Gyening will oversee the Miami agency, which delivers healthcare to people experiencing homelessness and which is a sister organization to Camillus House.

Afram-Gyening was previously president and CEO of Care Alliance Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Cleveland Ohio. Under his leadership, the organization more than doubled its annual operating budget to $10 million while successfully completing a $12 million capital improvement campaign. He was also was director of operations at Memorial Healthcare System, Primary Care Centers in Hollywood, and was vice president of corporate affairs for the Economic Opportunity Family Health Center in Miami.

Plaza Health Network is proud to announce Leonard J. Pianko, M.D., F.A.C.C. as its new Chief Medical Officer.

This new position is a homecoming of sorts for Dr. Pianko who once served as the Medical Director of Aventura Plaza from 2002 to 2005. With an already successful, established private practice in Aventura, Dr. Pianko continued to care for patients at Aventura Plaza, Arch Plaza and Sinai Plaza over the years.
Dr. Pianko received his medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, followed by an internship and residency in internal medicine and cardiovascular training at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. 

Breast surgical oncologist Jane Mendez, M.D., FACS, joins the growing team of cancer specialists at Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, as Chief of Breast Surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Surgery and fellowship trained at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Mendez specializes in the treatment of breast cancer and performs all types of breast surgical procedures. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She also completed a surgery residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute at the Baptist Hospital campus, Dr. Mendez gained extensive experience as a surgical oncologist at Boston Medical Center, where she served as president of the medical and dental staff. She also served as director of surgical clerkship and associate professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine.

Yoon Hang “John” Kim, M.D., has joined the growing team of cancer care specialists at Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, as Director of Integrative Medicine.

Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute at the Baptist Hospital campus, he served as a consultant to numerous hospitals, clinics and academic institutions, designing and establishing their integrative medicine programs and curriculums. Dr. Kim’s extensive teaching experience includes positions at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, and the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California, where he served as Dean of Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Kim attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and was the recipient of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Student Research Fellowship. He completed an internship in family practice at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, and a residency in preventive medicine at San Diego State University/University of California. 
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