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July 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 1

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South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report - WEEKLY PULSE NEWSLETTER THURSDAY JULY 19,  2018

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Gail Pasterczyk and Nicole Martinez of Elbridge Gale Elementary School were honored at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) annual volunteer reception on June 14th at the Schumacher Infiniti Showroom in West Palm Beach. This school year marked Elbridge Gale’s 10th year of participation in Pennies for Patients with over $100,000 in total funds raised for LLS. They also continued their reign as the top fundraising school in Palm Beach County for Pennies for Patients.
 
The American Medical Association (AMA) sent the following letter in response to the Trump Administration’s request for comments to its plan to lower drug prices. The letter from AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, M.D., was sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II. 
 
You can download a pdf copy of the full letter here. 
UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Chairman George Vradenburg today issued the following statement regarding the announcement by Bill Gates, Leonard Lauder, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, the Dolby family, and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation that they will jointly commit $30 million to help launch the Diagnostics Accelerator. 
 
“UsAgainstAlzheimer’s is pleased that Bill Gates and Len Lauder are partnering to lead another effort to accelerate a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The new $30 million investment that will launch Diagnostics Accelerator will be used to fill critical gaps in the path to a cure – namely, the development of a diagnostic that is reliable, affordable, and accessible. 
 
 
Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) is celebrating National Health Center Week with several free events Aug. 11-18, 2018. The events highlight the resources provided by community health centers like CHI and help to get children physically and emotionally ready for the start of school. 
 
This year, the theme is “Celebrating Health Centers:  Home of America’s Health Care Heroes.” As such, doctors, nurses and other staff will be donning colorfully decorated capes over their uniforms to raise awareness for the theme and encourage participation in the events. 
 

Jonathan E. Watkins, MPA, FACHE, CEO of Broward Health Imperial Point, has been recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) with their Service Award, which is awarded based on a range of specific volunteer activities that demonstrate leadership and contributions to furthering professional excellence. 

 
“I am incredibly honored to be recognized with the American College of Healthcare Executives Service Award,” said Watkins. “Volunteer service has always been important to me, personally and professionally. Service to others not only builds the community in which you live and work, but as a healthcare executive it also drives you to find more ways to provide quality care to your neighbors.”
 
 

 Plaza Health Network President and CEO Honored by Florida Health Care Association for Resident/Caregiver Advocacy Efforts

 
The Honorable Elaine Bloom, Plaza Health Network president and CEO and former Florida State Representative, was recently honored by the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) with the 2018 Arthur H. Harris Government Services Award for her contributions to long-term care. 
 
Bloom accepted the prestigious award in front of over 800 long-term care professionals gathered on July 17 during the FHCA 2018 Annual Conference at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. The award is the highest honor a legislative official can receive in Florida’s long-term care profession. 
 
 
FoundCare, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center, is hosting its annual Back-to-School Health Fair Tuesday, August 7, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at its West Palm Beach office located at 2330 S. Congress Ave.
 
The free event will provide back-to-school physicals and immunizations for students. The first 500 students will receive a backpack filled with school supplies. Parents are asked to bring their children’s immunization records. The superhero-themed event will feature a DJ, dancers, face painters and more to entertain the crowd. Students of all ages are encouraged to dress in costume for the opportunity to win exciting prizes. 
 
 

Specialty-specific healthcare information technology leader, Modernizing Medicine, Inc., has appointed Mr. Joe Harpaz as the company’s president and chief operating officer (COO). Mr Harpaz will lead all direct customer-facing activities, with an emphasis on scaling the business and supporting its customers as they navigate the shifting healthcare landscape.Joe Harpaz Modernizing Medicine

South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report - WEEKLY UPDATE NEWSLETTER MONDAY JULY 16, 2018

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