South Florida Hospital News
Saturday June 24, 2017

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June 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 12




 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. 

 Jupiter Medical Center hosted an emotional ceremony on Wednesday, June 14, to dedicate the emergency medical services (EMS) lounge in the hospital’s emergency room to the memory of two local EMS workers who died tragically when their ambulance was involved in an accident with a drunk driver. More than 100 people attended to pay tribute to Paul Besaw and Lahiri Garcia, longtime employees of American Medical Response (AMR), who were killed on June 1 in the violent crash on Indiantown Road. The men’s families, dozens of hospital team members, along with the broader EMS and first responder community were present.

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