South Florida Hospital News
Monday January 26, 2015
January 2015 - Volume 11 - Issue 7



Holy Cross Hospital has announced a gift in excess of $1 million from the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, a long-time supporter of the non-profit hospital’s programs and facilities.
In keeping with a long-standing commitment to Holy Cross Hospital, the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation donation will benefit the hospital’s Partners in Breast Health program, which provides education, health assessments and mammograms to underserved or uninsured women in the community; fund research at the Holy Cross Hospital Orthopedic Institute, where award-winning care and leading-edge technology has been consistently recognized on a national level; and technology advancements at the Holy Cross Michael & Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center that will enable the non-profit hospital to connect, collaborate and share best practices with other major medical facilities.
North Shore Medical Center celebrates the reopening of its newly remodeled Senior Care Unit. To accommodate the needs of the aging community, the unit now includes private patient rooms with slip resistant wood flooring, special beds, an activity room, a spacious family room and soft lighting.
The unit is designed to provide a soothing and familiar environment for patients. Additionally, it features a multidisciplinary team that consists of board-certified physicians, registered nurses, therapists, pharmacists, dieticians and case managers.
To further enhance its mission to provide health and wellness initiatives to members, the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches has established an exclusive and robust partnership with Jupiter Medical Center (JMC) at its Palm Beach Gardens campus. The partnership focuses on creating a highly individualized health, wellness and fitness programs.
As part of the program, the Mandel JCC now has on-site a full-time JMC health expert available to provide a variety of screenings for children and adults. Referred to as the Health & Wellness Navigator, Tiffany Jones is also expanding the community center’s fitness classes and offerings, and ultimately helping members “navigate” toward a more active and healthier lifestyle.
The partnership is committed to helping the whole family from children to adults. Jones recently started offering pediatric screenings at the preschool. This not only allows the parents to receive free testing in the school environment, but once they receive the results, therapists will work with the children on campus to address the specific needs of the child including physical therapy, occupation therapy and speech-language therapy. In the past, and in most schools, parents have to seek help outside the school; this allows children to remain in their comfortable school setting.
Tremendous value is added to the JCC membership with this partnership, including the convenience health, wellness and nutrition services available on-site, as well as a revamped fitness schedule which will offer cutting-edge classes at a variety of times. Classes are being tailored to coincide with children’s programming, so parents can exercise while their child is busy in a class.
The Palm Beach County Medical Society held its Starfish & Snowflake Gala on December 6. More than 300 guests honored the Society’s outgoing Board Chairman, Ronald Zelnick, and installed the 2015 Board of Directors, including incoming Chair Stephen Babic, M.D.
Dr. Babic is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology and is long-time supporter and leader of the Medical Society and its programs. A graduate of Wabash College with his medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Dr. Babic is a tireless advocate for patients and healthcare and has won numerous awards for his service. He will continue his efforts in his 2015 leadership role with the Medical Society.


The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) has designated Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC) a statutory teaching hospital, a significant step for the Graduate Medical Education (GME) program in its mission to train expert physicians practicing in Broward County and throughout Florida. The designation, announced to the hospital in a letter from AHCA, validates the efforts of BHMC GME faculty and staff to ensure its residency programs provide graduates with the skills needed to provide world-class healthcare in the 21st century. 
The designation comes as part of BHMC’s long-term strategic plan to expand the GME residency program. The BHMC GME program has nearly doubled the number of residents in training since 2010, placing them into practices throughout the state of Florida and within the Broward Health system.
BHMC GME began working towards the statutory teaching hospital designation in 2010 with the expansion of its internal medicine program, the start of programs in pediatrics, geriatrics the development of a cardiology fellowship. 
The GME program at BHMC trains medical students and upon graduation from their medical programs, complete their residency training at BHMC. The newly employed residents are trained by BHMC expert physicians. Since 2005 alone the GME program has graduated more than 200 residents, with more than 120 providing healthcare to citizens in the state of Florida and 55 practicing within Broward County. A total of 28 former residents have privileges at a Broward Health facility. 
Nearly 150 concerned members of the public gathered recently to explore the current state of mental health and drug abuse at the third annual Palm Beach County Drug Abuse Summit. The free discussion was open to the public, thanks to co-hosts Hanley Center Foundation, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation, and included panels featuring prominent members of the healthcare and law enforcement communities, scientists, elected officials, educators and other community leaders. The half-day discussion took place at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience.
“The Palm Beach County Drug Abuse Summit’s mission is to effectively inform and educate the local community about the impact of mental health and substance abuse,” said Dr. Rachel Docekal, CEO of Hanley Center Foundation. “The partnership between so many different agencies was impressive. We are grateful to our co-hosts and the esteemed panel participants, who recognize the importance of collaboration to improve awareness, treatment options and community education. We hope this event incites a continued impactful discussion of issues and solutions.”
Broad and Cassel announced its Fort Lauderdale Managing Partner Gabriel Imperato has been selected to lead the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) and Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), member-based associations for compliance and ethics professionals with a combined membership of more than 14,200 globally.
Board certified as a specialist in health law by The Florida Bar, Imperato has been a longtime member of the board of directors for HCCA and will serve as executive board president through November 2015.
Imperato is a member of Broad and Cassel’s Executive Committee and Health Law Practice Group. He also co-chairs the firm’s White Collar Defense and Compliance Practice Group.
Mark E. Doyle, who recently worked as the Interim Chief Financial Officer for Memorial Healthcare System, has taken on the new role of Administrator and Chief Executive Officer for Memorial Hospital Pembroke.
From 2010-2013, Doyle served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for St. Vincent Healthcare System in Jacksonville, FL. Prior to that, he worked as the Regional Chief Financial Officer for Broward Health Medical Center.
Doyle also worked in the for-profit sector, having worked for Tenet Healthcare from 2005 to 2008 and Universal Health Services from 2001 to 2005 as Chief Financial Officer.
Doyle holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in General Business from Miami University in Oxford, OH.
Broward Health is pleased to announce that Maria Panyi has been named the new vice president of physician services/Broward Health Physician Group (BHPG).
Panyi brings more than 19 years of healthcare operational and technology consulting, risk management, auditing and compliance experience to her new role. Most recently she served as Broward Health’s chief internal auditor, where she was responsible for providing independent appraisal of the diverse operations and controls within Broward Health. Panyi is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC).
Prior to her career with Broward Health, Panyi worked with a diverse range of organizations including the ‘big four’ accounting firms PricewaterhouseCoopers, Arthur Andersen and KPMG; WellPoint/Blue Cross Blue Shield; Mount Sinai Medical Center; and Miami Children’s Hospital.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed Maureen Canada and Sheela VanHoose to the North Broward Hospital District (NBHD) board of commissioners.
Canada is president of Lighthouse Point Marina. She received her associate’s degree from Broward College and her bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Pompano Beach, and will fill a vacant seat to represent District 1.
VanHoose is the director of legislative affairs for Broward County public schools. She received her bachelor’s degree from Nova Southeastern University and is pursuing her master’s degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University. She is a member of the Florida Education Legislative Liaisons and Broward Days. She will represent District 2.
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