South Florida Hospital News
Friday July 21, 2017

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July 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 1




 Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in South Florida, today named Joe Natoli as its new executive vice president and chief administrative officer.  He will assume his new role on July 10, succeeding George Foyo, who recently announced his retirement.


 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.

Orange Care Group LLC’s independent Accountable Care Organizations and Independent Physician Association have become the first to collaborate with a major health system to adopt Epic’s Healthy Planet through the Connect program. The adoption is made possible through a technology partnership between Orange and Memorial Healthcare System, which will positively impact the health of patients and private practices participating in Orange’s various value-based contracts in South Florida, New York, and New Jersey. 

 by: Arthur E, Palamara, MD

1. Model Medical Staff Code of Conduct and Application to Employed Physicians
The AMA advocate for the separation of terms of employment contracts and medical staff privileges. There is the right to review for all physicians regardless of employment status. This includes the right to review and may include a physician whose conduct has been characterized as “disruptive, intimidating, or inappropriate.”  (Submitted in part by  the Broward County Medical Association. Also FMA policy)
Read Complete Artricle for all 17 summary points

 The Collaborative Review Committee (CRC) unanimously voted to recommend the exploration of potential partnerships, excluding a sale of the hospital, with a special focus on not-for-profit healthcare organizations. This recommendation from the CRC must be officially approved by both the Indian River County Hospital District (IRCHD) and the Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) Board of Directors before moving forward.

"This is not a recommendation to make the decision [of a partnership] but to start the exploration," said Wayne T. Hockmeyer, Ph.D., IRMC Board Chairman. "We all need to coalesce around a common objective and anything found must come back to the Boards for approval. It's their ultimate responsibility to understand the benefits of partnering or affiliating."

 Plaza Health Network is proud to announce Leonard J. Pianko, M.D., F.A.C.C. as its new Chief Medical Officer. Plaza Health Network is South Florida’s largest, not-for-profit network of rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers with seven locations throughout Miami-Dade County.
Dr. Pianko is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. In his role as Chief Medical Officer, he will be directing physician leadership, strategic initiatives designed to enhance the quality of patient care across all facilities, and the implementation of cutting-edge medical technology and services. He will oversee communications with the medical directors across all Plaza Health Network centers as well as visiting physicians. As well, Dr. Pianko will serve as Plaza’s spokesperson within the medical community to create more strategic alliances and partnership programs to deliver high quality, collaborative, multidisciplinary care. 

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