South Florida Hospital News
Thursday September 21, 2017

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September 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 3




The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), the leading professional association focused exclusively on the healthcare revenue cycle, now offers complimentary student memberships to all students taking 12 credit hours or more. This free membership initiative was introduced to attract new and younger members to the national organization and its 32 local chapters across the country while they are in school.

“We are pleased to introduce these innovative recruitment efforts and hope to grow our student membership base over 50% in the coming year” said AAHAM President, John Currier, CRCE-I. “Students are interested in the strong educational and certification programs offered by AAHAM that are key to their career growth and achieving the director positions they desire. Getting involved at the student level also offers exposure to mentors and career contacts which are so valuable” he added.   

Gastro Health has acquired the Gastrointestinal Center of Hialeah, a Joint Commission accredited, Florida-licensed ambulatory surgery center (ASC), that offers outpatient gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures in a comfortable and convenient facility.

Located in Hialeah, the ASC features three operative rooms outfitted with new, state-of-the-art equipment. Patients will be able to access services such as diagnostic and screening colonoscopy, colonoscopy with biopsy, upper endoscopy, EGD with biopsy, colon with cautery and snare polypectomy and hemorrhoid ligation, all in a relaxing environment in which patient privacy and comfort are ensured.
Gastro Health’s Hialeah ASC will utilize advanced technology and draw from the expertise of experienced gastroenterologists including Orlando Torres, M.D., Roberto De J. Fernandez, M.D.,

F.A.C.G., Sergio Rodriguez, M.D., Carlos Ramos, M.D., and Jose Lavergne, M.D.


Milena Cedeno-Oblinger, R.N., has been named the Coordinator of the Memory Disorder Center for Broward Health North. She began her career on the cardiovascular/surgical unit at the University of California in Irvine after graduating from Santa Ana College in Southern California with an Associates in Nursing.

In 2011, Milena moved to South Florida and was employed at Northwest Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center as a Nurse Leader in the Telemetry unit. In 2013, she accepted the role of the RN Stroke Coordinator for the Primary Stroke Center. Milena’s passion for Neurovascular disorders grew and she received her Stroke RN Certification in 2015.

Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) announced the resignation of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Camie Patterson. Patterson cited both professional and family reasons and indicated that she has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, FL, part of Universal Health System, an international healthcare system with more than 200 healthcare facilities.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to have been a part of IRMC and the support I received here which allowed me to make a difference,” Patterson said.
“During her time at IRMC, Camie has made a lasting impression on our executive team and brought collective value to our entire workforce, making us a much stronger organization,” said Jeffrey Susi, President and CEO of IRMC.
“For all her work and dedication, we thank her and wish her and her family well. The entire management team is committed to continue with the programs Camie initiated.” 

The South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners that oversees all actions of Memorial Healthcare System recently elected its officers. Jose Basulto was elected Chairman, Vic Narang was elected Vice Chairman and Douglas A. Harrison was elected Secretary/Treasurer. The board members serving alongside the officers are Hobel Florido, Karen L. Harrington, Frank Ledee and Laura R. Miller.

Jose Basulto, president of Basulto Management Consulting (BMC), was appointed to the South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners in 2010. Basulto founded BMC, a firm that offers program management, financial oversight and emergency response services, in 2001. He has more than 30 years of experience in project management of commercial, residential and industrial construction projects.
Vic Narang is the founder of GDKN Corporation, a global technology services firm that currently provides services to many Fortune 500 companies. He has been involved in the community providing leadership and performing work at the grass-root level to accomplish many community projects. He has been involved in raising awareness in the community regarding social causes and fundraising for impoverished children through various innovative programs.
Douglas A. Harrison is an assistant city attorney for the City of Miami and is a former adjunct professor at Broward College. Harrison joined the Office of the City Attorney in March 2015 after serving as Senior Litigation Counsel for the City of Hollywood. Harrison is an Assistant City Attorney in the General Litigation Division handling litigation in State and Federal Courts in the areas of Government, Commercial, Civil Rights and Negligence. 

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center appoints Jessica Alfonso as its new director of radiology services.  Prior to her appointment, Alfonso served as a supervisor for the X-ray department. 

Alfonso earned her master’s in healthcare administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a specialization in healthcare informatics.  Prior to that, she graduated from the University of Central Florida receiving a Bachelor of Science in Radiography.  Alfonso also has an associate degree in radiology and a magnetic resonance imaging certification from Palm Beach State College.  

Saltz Michelson Architects, Inc. is proud to announce its new Marketing and Communications team members: Jennifer Burkholder and Alina Condret.

Jennifer Burkholder will oversee the Marketing Department, focusing on Business Development and Marketing Strategy for SMA. Originally from Texas and recently moved to Florida, Jennifer brings a diverse marketing background from various firms, ranging from small regional to large global architecture. She will bring a unique perspective and skill set to the team.
Alina Condret has been brought on as the Marketing and Communications Specialist. Originally from Romania, Alina has had the opportunity to work for global companies from Europe – Austria, Denmark, Romania, and the United States focusing on Branding, Public Relations, Strategic Communications, Social Media, Advertising and Content Marketing.

Broward Health Coral Springs welcomes Melissa Hansen, B.S.N., R.N., as the new Stroke Coordinator. Melissa comes from New York Presbyterian as she has moved back to Florid and returns to Broward Health. She worked at Broward Health North a few years prior to relocating to New York. Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University.




Anish Alexander, R.N., M.S.N., has been promoted to Nurse Manager of Ortho/Bariatric/Surgical. 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.

Broward Health has announced the appointment of Alan D. Goldsmith, CPA, MBA, to chief financial officer (CFO) and Gino R. Santorio, FACHE, MPA, to chief operating officer (COO). 

Goldsmith brings with him valuable public health experience, having most recently served as chief financial officer at Jackson North Hospital for the past three years. He has also held the position of director of finance and CFO at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Physicians Services in Miami.
Santorio is an experienced hospital executive that has been serving Florida in healthcare management positions since 2008. Prior to joining Broward Health, he worked for Jackson Health System where he most recently held the position of senior vice president and CEO of Jackson North Medical Center. He has also served in the capacity of VP and COO of Jackson North Medical Center, VP and COO of Jackson Memorial Hospital, and COO and CFO/Hospital Compliance Officer of Spring Hill Regional Hospital.
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