South Florida Hospital News
Saturday February 25, 2017

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February 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 8




Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital have partnered to create a new 29,000-square-foot pediatric health center and urgent care facility in Naples.

“The Golisano | Nicklaus Children’s Health Center is an innovative facility that brings pediatric specialty care, urgent care and other valuable health services to the children and families in Naples,” says Kathy Bridge-Liles, chief administrative officer, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. “We are proud of this patient- and family-centered facility and the partnerships and collaboration that made it possible. This facility will provide access to specialized medical care and treatment to children, and will help us to continue to meet our mission ‘to serve children as close to home as possible.’”
Nancy Humbert, executive vice president, ambulatory services and external affiliations for Miami Children’s Health System shares their excitement for the new facility. “As part of our vision ‘to be where the children area,’ Miami Children’s Health System and its flagship Nicklaus Children’s Hospital are committed to supporting partnerships that enhance pediatric care excellence throughout Florida and beyond,” she says. “We are privileged to work with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to bring pediatric urgent care and subspecialty pediatric consults to support the children of the Southwest Florida regions.”

St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital welcome Rick Naegler to the position of chief operating officer.

Rick is a veteran healthcare executive with extensive clinical and hospital operations experience. Most recently, he worked for Tenet’s home office on special projects for the company and has served in interim executive positions
Prior to his time with Tenet, Rick served for four years as a senior executive overseeing the clinical operations of two hospitals in central Florida. Rick began his career as an emergency room registered nurse and was a United States Army Medic. He was recognized early on as a leader earning a top 40 under 40 business award from the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and has served in various clinical and non-clinical leadership roles including business development, operational improvements, construction management, physician recruitment, and service line development and management.

Catholic Hospice names Isabel T. Vizcon Director of Business Development. Vizcon has over 20 years of healthcare and provider relations experience, and was previously the Provider Relations Manager at United Home Care.

Vizcon received her Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts/Health Services Administration from Florida International University and also holds a certificate in Healthcare Risk Management from FIU’s Legal Studies Institute. She is also a Certified ALF Administrator.

Lakeside Medical Center is proud to announce that Janet D. Moreland, ARNP, MSN, LHRM, is the hospital’s new Director of Nursing. Moreland has more than 30 years of experience in hospital, home health, skilled nursing, community, and public health primary care environments and has served as clinical faculty. Moreland was promoted to the position having served as the hospital’s Interim Director of Nursing for the past several months, in addition to her role since 2013 as Director of Quality and Patient Safety.

Prior to joining Lakeside Medical Center in August 2013, Moreland served with the Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County for more than 25 years, most recently as Health Center Administrator for the C. L. Brumback Health Center in Belle Glade. Other positions she held during her tenure with the Health Department include senior community health nurse, community health nursing supervisor, senior community health nursing supervisor, and ARNP coordinator. 

HCA East Florida announced that Brandon Haushalter has been named Chief Executive Officer of Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Haushalter replaces Scott Cihak who was promoted to HCA’s TriStar Centennial Medical Center, in Nashville, TN.
Before joining Kendall Regional Medical Center, Haushalter served as CEO Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, VA and CEO of Bluffton Regional in Fort Wayne, IN. He also served in various progressive hospital leadership positions in Richmond, VA, Fort Wayne, IN and Birmingham, AL.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College and completed his Masters in Health Administration and Masters in Business Administration at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Plaza Health Network announced the appointment of Claudia Innocent, RN, MSN, as Director of Clinical Excellence.
Innocent has previously served the community as a member of the Haitian American Nurses Association and volunteers with local churches for health fairs and education.
Plaza Health Network is also proud to announce that Sarah Pana, RN, BSN, will be serving as the network’s first Director of Clinical Innovation and Education.
Pana joined Plaza Health Network in 2011 as a Minimum Data Set Coordinator and registered nurse at both Jackson Plaza and Aventura Plaza, eventually rising through the ranks to Director of Nursing at Jackson Plaza.
Pana began her nursing career in the Philippines as a clinical staff nurse at German Doctors Hospital after working as a high school teacher. Upon moving to South Florida, she was a clinical staff nurse at Jackson North Medical Center.

Broward Health Coral Springs is pleased to announced Felicia Svaighert, MHA, BSN, RN, as the new 4East/PCU Nurse Manager. Felicia started her career as a staff RN working at Bethesda Memorial and later Palms West Hospital in Palm Beach. She went on to become a nursing supervisor at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach and eventually the nurse manager for their a 42-bed telemetry unit for the past three years. Felicia has her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from FAU and her Master’s degree in Health Administration from University of Phoenix.



Broward Health Coral Springs is pleased to announce the promotion of Cecile Kaplan, BSN, RN, CNOR, CPHQ, CSSGB, LHRM, from Quality Management Specialist to the Coordinator, Epidemiology position.

Cecile graduated with a BSN degree from Trenton State College in 1984. Cecile has been with Broward Health for the past 5 years and is a past Quarterly Shining Star and Quality Nurse of the Year. Cecile is triple certified as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, Certified OR Nurse and a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Cecile also holds a risk management license. Cecile completed the HRET (Health Research & Education Trust) Improvement Leadership Fellowship in 2014. Cecile has been very active in Six Sigma Quality projects most recently with the Pediatric Asthma Pathway. Cecile has presented the team projects at professional conferences the last being the South Florida Nursing Consortium in 2016. Her knowledge and expertise will elevate the Epidemiology program here at BHCS.

Lance Simkins, M.D., FACC, an interventional cardiologist with Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) has recently been awarded Diplomate status with the American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL). Dr. Simkins has been an interventional cardiologist in South Florida since 1991 and joined TFPS in 2012. He is on staff at The Heart Institute of Florida at Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore in Fort Lauderdale, where he is the current Chief Wellness Officer. He is a member of the Tenet Florida Heart & Vascular Network.

Dr. Simkins has accomplished prior board certifications in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology and obesity medicine. He became a certified health coach through a program with Villanova University in 2012 and is now focusing on introducing the concept of interventional wellness to the South Florida community.
Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Simkins worked as a cardiologist in two separate private practices and as Director of a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in Tamarac. His teaching experience includes being a preceptor of senior medical student externships in cardiology with the Department of Internal Medicine, North Broward Hospital District, University of Florida College of Medicine and Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

With the tragic losses of celebrities George Michael, Florence Henderson, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the cases of congestive heart failure (CHF)-related deaths have risen dramatically. According to the American Heart Association, it is estimated that heart failure affects more than 5 million people in the United States and results from the heart’s inability to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.

Under the leadership of Bethesda Health’s interventional cardiologist George Daniel, M.D., doctors at Bethesda Heart Hospital and Bethesda’s Research Center, in conjunction with Research Physicians Alliance (RPNA), are currently studying a state-of-the-art treatment to end chronic heart failure (CHF) through a national clinical trial called DREAM-HF-1.
Using stem-cells, the DREAM-HF-1 study aims to enhance the function of the heart muscle by regenerating heart tissue and consequently enhance heart function. Because stem-cells are early-stage cells that can divide and renew themselves over time, they can either create new stem cells or become a new specialized cell, such as a heart cell.
The treatment being studied involves harvesting stem cells from healthy, allogenic donors, which can later be injected into the heart muscle of study participants via a catheterization procedure.
Bethesda Heart Hospital is one of 150 sites across the country participating in this study, and interventional cardiologist George K. Daniel, M.D., is the principal investigator, with medical cardiologist Christina Michael, M.D., evaluating the progress of study patients. Ideal candidates have suffered with congestive heart failure for six months or longer.
The DREAM-HF-1 study’s key goals are to reduce mortality due to CHF, reduce recurring hospitalizations due to CHF symptoms and promote improved physical activity. By improving these factors, patients can enjoy a better quality of life.
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