South Florida Hospital News
Thursday December 8, 2016

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December 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 6




Junming Le, Ph.D., and his wife Iris Le have made two major capital contributions to Cleveland Clinic Florida this year through the Iris & Junming Le Foundation totaling more than $500,000.

The Le Foundation gifts funded the purchase of two pieces of state-of-the-art technology: the CUSA NXT Ultrasonic Tissue Ablation System allows for the launch of a Living Donor Liver Transplant program at Cleveland Clinic Florida; and the ROSA 3.0 surgical robot advances its epilepsy surgery program.
Dr. Junming Le, an adjunct associate professor of microbiology at New York University School of Medicine, is co-inventor of Remicade, a medication that revolutionized the treatment of autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease. With royalties from Remicade, the Le Foundation was established in 2006 to further medical research and patient care.

Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D., has announced that two physicians have joined the Holy Cross Medical Group.

Dr. Catalina Ionita is a stroke/neurocritical care specialist who most recently served as director of Neurocritical Care Services of Catholic Health System in Buffalo, NY. Dr. Ionita attended the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova in Romania, where she also completed post-graduate training, followed by neurology residencies at the University of Bucharest in Romania and at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She also completed a fellowship in vascular neurology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a neurocritical care fellowship at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Additionally, she has served in academic positions at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova.
Prior to joining Holy Cross, Dr. Gabriel Manzi served as the geriatrics primary care clinic coordinator for the Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network in Milwaukee, WI, and as a provider for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Additionally, at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he was an assistant geriatrics professor and the assistant program director for the geriatrics fellowship program. Dr. Manzi received his medical degree in Bogota, Colombia, from the Universidad El Bosque Escuela Colombiana de Medicina. He completed his residency in family medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center in Chicago and a fellowship in geriatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. 

Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida has expanded two of its signature cancer care departments, with the additions of psychosomatic psychiatrists Sylvia Fernandez, M.D., Geetha Nampiaparampil, M.D., and psychologist Regina Melchor, Psy.D, to its Cancer Patient Support Center. These physicians will focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders that contribute to a cancer patient’s emotional distress.

In addition, Miami Cancer Institute’s Symptom Management & Palliative Medicine Service continues to expand with the added expertise of Suleyki Medina, M.D., who joins Mariana Khawand-Azouli, M.D, as one of the department’s two initial attending physicians

Dr. William Stanton has joined the medical staff at Indian River Medical Center (IRMC). Dr. Stanton is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon with more than two decades of experience in orthopedic surgery. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of the Society of Military Surgeons.

Dr. Stanton had a distinguished military career in the U.S. Army. After graduating from West Point in 1985, he served as a Combat Engineer officer before attending medical school. After he completed Orthopedic training in the military, he again served on active duty as an Orthopaedic surgeon until completion of his obligation in 2003. He returned as a member of the Army Reserve from 2006 to 2015 and completed several tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan where he served as an orthopedic trauma surgeon. He retired from the military in 2015 with the rank of Colonel.

Primary care physician Nathalie Regalado, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group.

After graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Miami, Dr. Regalado earned her medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as a Henry King Stanford Scholarship recipient. She completed an internship and a residency in primary care and internal medicine at the University of California – San Francisco Medical Center. Dr. Regalado has lectured extensively to physician peers on a variety of health topics and has a special interest in the evolving field of resistance training and its clinical effects.  

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer, was named the recipient of two Hospital Marketing Advertising Awards in a national competition sponsored by DTC Perspectives, Inc.

CTCA® won the Gold Award in the “Best Service Line Campaign” category for its overall marketing communications program and the Silver Award for “Best Digital Campaign,” which highlights the company’s innovative arrangement with WebMD, with whom CTCA has worked collaboratively to provide visitors across WebMD’s Consumer Network with comprehensive and actionable information about the latest developments in cancer care.

Hundreds of community leaders, University of Miami trustees and administrators, donors and other dignitaries recently helped dedicate The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on the Coral Gables campus, ushering in a new world of health care imagined and realized by the University of Miami Health System.

“This is a monumental day for the University of Miami,” said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Miami Health System. “It is truly a transformational moment in the history of the University of Miami Health System, and it’s also the start of a new vision for health care in South Florida. This is a facility, this is a concept that really thinks about the patient first.”
In this new vision for health care, the patient experience is transformed into a journey of being well. “We will know you personally, care for you individually, and guide you uniquely,” Chief Administrative Officer Benjamin J. Riestra says in a video Altschuler showed guests at the event. “This is not just about a new building. More importantly, it’s a new destination, a new experience, a new way of being well.”

Patients of Nicklaus Children’s three intensive care units and its hematology-oncology and neurology-neurosurgery units have moved into the hospital’s newly opened Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, a six story 213,000-square-foot tower featuring the latest technical and family-centered advancements.

Care staff supported patients and their families in relocating from the established units into the new tower units as part of a carefully planned process.
A total of 189 of the hospital’s 289 beds are being relocated to the new tower.
Highlights of the new tower include:
• Spacious family-centered rooms with amenities, including fold-out double beds, closet space and private baths.
• An intraoperative MRI to support care of children requiring surgery for brain tumors or medically-resistant epilepsy.
• Family spaces for play and relaxation. Spaces feature artwork by Florida photographers to illustrate individual floor themes: earth, water, air sun and universe.
• The latest technology (Sterisbooms) to make possible minor procedures within the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
• Pneumatic tube technology to speed transport of medications and lab specimens within the hospital.
• eSignage, electronic touch-screen LCD panel signs located outside of patient rooms to convey isolation precautions and other care team notifications.
• Mobile healthcare apps, enabling staff to be constantly connected and aligned through the latest communications

The Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center recently unveiled, “Little Links,” an indoor golfing area with grass vinyl flooring and wall-to-wall murals of beautiful golf courses. This new area combines the fun of an outdoor putting green with the comfort of being indoors.

For several years, South Florida PGA golf professionals have been visiting the children’s hospital as part of the South Florida PGA Foundation’s Smiling Fore Life program. These visits help bring golf into children’s lives who may be experiencing hardship, and allows children an opportunity to forget about their challenges and enjoy a fun and new activity. To ensure safety, kids use plastic golf clubs, tennis balls and Velcro targets.
“Aside from teaching children the game of golf, these sessions serve a much larger purpose,” said CEO Gabrielle Finley-Hazle. “Part of their healing process is to play and laugh, and activities like this help get their mind off what they’re going through. The new and improved space will hopefully create a more realistic, fun and memorable experience for our patients.”
The Auxiliary of St. Mary’s Medical Center funded this project to help enhance the experience for the pediatric patients and their families. 

Lee Health Foundation is thrilled to announce that $100 million has been raised to achieve the Campaign GOAL for Children, a five-year, $100 million capital campaign to build the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to serve children and families from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The vision for this pediatric center of medical excellence has spanned many years in the planning stages, and the new 292,000-square-foot, 128-bed, seven-story tower is scheduled for completion and opening in April 2017.

During a check presentation ceremony at Lee Health’s HealthPark Medical Center, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. presented a check to Lee Health Foundation for $2.4 million, and pledged another $1 million to meet the campaign goal for the hospital. In total, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has pledged and contributed $16 million to the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
In May 2012, Mr. B. Thomas Golisano pledged a remarkable $20 million matching challenge grant that served as a call to the community to support children’s health care and construction of a new children’s hospital for Southwest Florida. In recognition of the gift, the hospital was renamed Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
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