In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care, Florida Blue announced that Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Coral Springs are among the first hospitals to receive the new Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Nearly four million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalization. The new Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on several quality measures, including the percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery, an ongoing concern in the medical community. Compared with babies born 39 weeks or later, early term infants face higher risks of infant death and respiratory ailments such as respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, and respiratory failure, among other conditions. These babies also have a higher rate of admission to Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
Florida Medical Center names Heather Schneider as its new chief financial officer. She joins the administrative team with extensive financial healthcare experience, having most recently served as the chief financial officer at The Hospitals of Providence East Campus El Paso, TX.
The South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners has named Aurelio M. Fernandez, III as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Memorial Healthcare System.
The Health Council of South Florida (HCSF) is pleased to welcome Jimmy Tan in his new role as the Manager of Community Outreach and Enrollment.
Tony Nolen has joined Lower Keys Medical Center as a Director overseeing its inpatient and outpatient laboratory services. He has transferred to Key West from Central Georgia where he was the Laboratory Director at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, GA.
Jasmin Shirley, Senior Vice President of Broward Health Community Health Services, was recently selected as one of the 2016 Sapphire Awards finalists among 6 individuals statewide. The awards, presented by the Florida Blue Foundation with grants totaling $350,000, honor outstanding work by individuals, programs and nonprofit organizations in community healthcare, or healthcare-related fields, distinguished by leadership, innovation and achievements in community health.
Fontaine Timmer, RN, MSN, BSW, FCN has been appointed director of the Volunteer Nursing Corps at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
A Florida administrative law judge issued a Recommended Order to the Agency for Health Care Administration (“AHCA”), approving the issuance of a certificate of need (CON) for HCA East Florida to replace Plantation General Hospital with a new hospital on the campus of Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Davie, FL. Once a final order approving the project is issued by AHCA, HCA East Florida will construct a new state-of-the-art hospital focusing on technology and treatment and work with NSU to integrate research, clinical trials, and education.
Richard Chazal, M.D., FACC, has been named President of the American College of Cardiology.