South Florida Hospital News
Sunday February 18, 2018

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February 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 8




Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel LLP announced Benton Curtis has been named a partner in the firm’s Miami office.

A former federal prosecutor for 10 years, Curtis focuses his practice on white collar criminal and civil matters and complex civil litigation, government investigations and compliance counseling, with an emphasis in the health care industry. He is a member of the firm’s Health Law and White Collar Defense and Compliance practice groups.

Jamie Gelfman, an associate in Broad and Cassel’s Health Law Practice Group, was recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Florida Bar Health Law Updates, a monthly e-publication to Health Law Section members with articles highlighting recent news and significant developments in health law.

Gelfman is a recent addition to the Broad and Cassel’s nationally recognized Health Law Practice Group and practices in the areas of administrative and regulatory law. Her regulatory practice includes advising health care providers on compliance and fraud and abuse matters under federal and state laws, including Medicaid and Medicare regulations, anti-kickback, physician self-referral laws and HIPAA.

She holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Florida and received her juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

The Florida Board of Nursing recently elected its officers for the 2018 calendar year and among them was Diana Forst, an iFlex nurse with Martin Health System. Forst was elected vice chair of the board. She has worked in the nursing field for 22 years, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Forst was first appointed to the Board of Nursing in June 2014 by the Governor. In addition to her new responsibilities as vice chair, Forst will serve as chair of the education committee and board editorial liaison to the Florida Nursing Quarterly, represent the board at meetings of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the NCLEX Item Review Subcommittee, and work on probable cause panels.

Good Samaritan Medical Center promotes Melissa Leamon to the position of Administrative Director of Clinical Operations.

Prior to her most recent appointment at Good Samaritan, Leamon served as the director of the intensive care unit. Before joining the team at Good Samaritan, Leamon was the clinical manager of the neuro ICU at sister hospital Delray Medical Center.
Leamon received her AS in Nursing at Palm Beach Community College. She then received her BSN in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. Leamon is certified in both stroke care and adult critical care. 

Broward Health announced the expansion of its Compliance Program and the promotion of Nicholas Hartfield to the position of Vice President, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer.

Hartfield previously served as Broward Health’s director of focused arrangements, comprised mainly of Broward Health’s contracts with its physician providers. He also oversaw the review of all contracts as part of compliance with the Corporate Integrity Agreement. Prior to joining Broward Health, he was director of auditing, monitoring and investigations in the Office of Compliance & Ethics at Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida.
Hartfield was also a special agent for the Jefferson Parish Office of Inspector General in Jefferson, LA. He was also a lead investigator with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Zone 7 Program Integrity Contractor for the State of Florida, based in Miramar. 

Lawrence Toll, Ph.D., a renowned scientist whose research focuses on the management of pain and drug addiction through pharmacology and new drug discovery, recently joined Florida Atlantic University as a professor in the Department of Biomedical Science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and as an investigator in the FAU Brain Institute.

Toll’s ground-breaking research on opioid-related systems, and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, as well as his identification and characterization of endogenous neuropeptides, have opened new avenues of research and identified novel drug targets. He is internationally recognized as the co-discoverer of the endogenous neuropeptide, nociception, which plays a role in the regulation of reward and motivation pathways related to substance abuse.
Prior to joining FAU, Toll served as the director of the neuropharmacology program at Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and serves as vice president/treasurer and president elect (term to begin in June) of the International Narcotics Research Conference. He is the current chair of the Opioid Receptor Subcommittee of the nonprofit International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology.

The Broward Partnership announces the election of Richard Campillo and C. Kennon Hetlage to its Board of Directors.

Campillo is the Managing Director of XY99 Advisory where he works with a wide range of organizations from fast growth companies to nonprofit organizations. He assists his clients with Strategic Planning, Product and Business Development, and Management Team coaching and mentoring. Previously, Campillo had a successful 24 year international career at Nestlé S.A. In his last position he was Vice President for Zone Americas and Ice Cream Strategic Business Unit in Switzerland.
Hetlage serves the Executive Vice President for West Operations for Memorial Healthcare System, where he provides corporate executive leadership for three acute care hospitals, construction services, property management and the Memorial Cancer Institute. Before holding his current position, Hetlage was Administrator and Chief Executive Officer for four different hospitals in the Memorial Healthcare System. 

Holy Cross Hospital celebrated the official opening of the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute with a ribbon cutting and tribute to the late Phil Smith, president and CEO of the Phil Smith Automotive Group, who donated $7 million to fund state-of- the-art neurological care at the non-profit hospital.

Through the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute and Phil Smith ALS and Movement Disorders Clinic, patients have access to first class research and leading edge clinical trials and treatments through an expanded relationship with Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. There are more than 15 neuro physician specialists at the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute at Holy Cross.
Previously there was no specialized care for ALS patients in Broward and Palm Beach counties and only three Certified ALS Centers of Excellence in Florida. With the opening of the Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute at Holy Cross, that will change. Serving Broward County and beyond, Holy Cross Hospital offers comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care for a variety of conditions. The Institute meets the needs of patients living with these diseases and conditions, providing support and enhancing access to services and treatment.
Lee Physician Group Integrative Medicine specialists now offer hours at the Wellness Center – Cape Coral.  Heather Auld, M.D., and Teresa Spano, N.D., CNS, Naturopathic Consultant, are available for consults at the Wellness Center. Renee Sarra, A.P., D.O.M., who joined the Integrative Medicine practice last year, offers acupuncture.
Dr. Auld is board certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties in Integrative Medicine and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Spano has her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport, College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Sarra is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. 

 Andres Palacio, M.D., a specialist in endocrinology, metabolism and lipids, has opened a Fort Lauderdale based practice with Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS). Dr. Palacio is on-staff at Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore.

Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Palacio worked as an endocrinologist at Clinica Integral de Diabetes in Medellin, Colombia. His practical experience includes four additional positions, two as an endocrinologist in Medellin, one as a primary care physicians and another as attending physician in the emergency department of Pablo Tobon Uribe Hospital. In addition, Dr. Palacio’s worked as an endocrinologist at The Jones Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Wellness in Macon, GA.
Dr. Palacio completed an internal medicine internship and residency in endocrinology, metabolism and lipids at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. He finished medical school at Universidad CES Science and Health Institute School of Medicine in Medellin. 
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