South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday September 2, 2014
August 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 2




On June 25, Broward Health North broke ground on a $70 million renovation project that will provide patients and their families with additional services, maximize energy efficiency throughout the hospital building and increase space for patient care.
The renovation includes an all-new, 35,000-square-foot Emergency Department equipped with three trauma bays. Six additional operating rooms will also be constructed, adding 15,000 square feet to the current capacity.
A new central energy plant will be the cornerstone of Broward Health North’s increased energy efficiency, complete with state-of-the-art generators and cooling towers. A new exterior façade will give the hospital a fresh and modern look.
The target completion date for the central energy plant and new façade is the summer of 2015, the operating suites by the winter 2015 and the emergency department by summer 2016. During this renovation period, all services will continue.
Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce expert cardiac surgeon Dr. Brian T. Bethea joins the multispecialty physician group and Tenet Florida as Regional Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Bethea is a member of the Tenet Florida Heart & Vascular Network and on-staff at Delray Medical Center and Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore. Dr. Bethea is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive heart valve replacement and repair, catheter-based heart therapies including: transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – replacing the aortic valve via a catheter rather than traditional open heart surgery, thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), aortic, mitral, and tricuspid surgeries and a minimally invasive approach to left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) for advanced heart failure. His practice will be based in Delray Beach.
From 1995 to 2008, Dr. Bethea completed extensive education and training in cardiothoracic surgery. He graduated medical school from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and completed residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery in Baltimore. Dr. Bethea also completed his residency, fellowship and research fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Prior to coming to South Florida, Dr. Bethea won several national awards for his work in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. He was named the recipient of the 2013 Aaron E. Estera Excellence in Teaching Award at UT Southwestern, the 2003 Hawley H. Seiler Resident Research Award from the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, a 2002 Irene Piccini Cardiac Surgery Investigator Award from Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiac Surgery, the 1999 Medical Book Award – University of Oklahoma Medical School Surgery and the 1995 University of Oklahoma Excellence in Research Award.
Dr. Bethea’s academic appointments from 2008 to 2014 include associate professor in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the UT Southwestern Medical Center, associate residency program director and associate LVAD director at the university and in 2013 he was appointed surgical director – Transcatheter Cardiac Therapies Program (TAVR) and surgical co-director of the Minimally Invasive Valve Program. Dr. Bethea has published numerous scientific publications relating to cardiothoracic medicine in peer reviewed journals and medical books. Since 2003, he has written numerous abstracts on cardiothoracic research and participated as an invited lecturer in two dozen cardiothoracic conferences, meetings and symposiums.
Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D., Medical Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach, has been appointed Chair-Elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Steering Group Committee.
Dr. Jahanzeb, professor of medicine, has been instrumental in the development of QOPI since its inception in 2002. He has served as a member of the original QOPI Alpha Group, the Original Measures Work Group and the Physician Champion Pilot Testing Group. As Chair-Elect, he will oversee and steer the strategic direction and implementation of the QOPI program.
A breast and lung cancer oncologist, Dr. Jahanzeb has served on the Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer Guideline Panels of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and on the breast and lung cancer committees of the Southwest Oncology Group.
Dr. Jahanzeb will begin his two-year term as Chair-Elect in 2015.
Steven D. Wexner, M.D., Ph.D. (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Ed), Director of the Digestive Disease Center and Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida, has been elected to a two-year term as President of the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).
Dr. Wexner is the Past President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Past President of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Past President of the Florida Gastroenterologic Society, and the Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. In 2012 he was elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons and is also a member of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Wexner is also a Fellow of the most prestigious Surgical Society, The American Surgical Association.
Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce endocrinologist Sol Guerrero, M.D., joins the TFPS multi-specialty physician group and opens her office in Boca Raton. Dr. Guerrero is certified in internal medicine and in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Guerrero is fellowship–trained in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. For her education and training, Dr. Guerrero completed an internal medicine residency and internship at the Medical College of Georgia and graduated medical school from Universidad Iberoamericana (Unibe) in the Dominican Republic.
Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Guerrero specialized in endocrinology at the Iowa Clinic and was on-staff at Iowa Methodist Hospital in West Des Moines, Iowa. She also has professional experience locally in Palm Beach County. From 2011-2012, Dr. Guerrero was on-staff at Boynton Beach Endocrinology and Delray Medical Center. She has been practicing medicine since 2005.
Holy Cross Hospital is pleased to announce that neurologist Carolina Valdes, M.D., has joined the Holy Cross Medical Group.
Dr. Valdes completed a fellowship in neurophysiology and a neurology residency at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami. She received her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico and a bachelor’s degree from Barry University in Miami.
Dr. Valdes treats patients at Holy Cross Hospital’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), located on the fifth floor of the hospital.
Interventional neurologist Ali R. Malek, M.D., FSNIS, recently received an invitation from the American Heart/American Stroke Association to become a member of their prestigious 2014-2015 Palm Beach County Board of Directors.
Dr. Malek is regionally renowned for founding and developing the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute (PBNI) in West Palm Beach. He is currently the Neuroscience Medical Director at St. Mary’s Medical Center and Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, treating the most complex life-saving cases involving strokes, brain aneurysms and brain hemorrhages. He is also on-staff at Delray Medical Center and Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore, and sees follow-up patients in his office at the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute, all of which are an integral part of the newly formed Advanced Neuroscience Network.
In its commitment to better serve the community, the medical staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center selects its prominent leaders for 2014-2016.
Robert Scoma, M.D. – Chief of Staff
Gerald Zemel, M.D. – Chief of Staff Elect/Peer Review Chair
Samuel Lederman, M.D. – Communications Officer
Jeffrey Kotzen, M.D. – Immediate Past Chief of Staff/Chief Medical Officer
Jordan Grabel, M.D. –Director, Division of Surgery
Mark Rattinger, M.D. – Director, Division of Medicine
Karen Flannery, M.D. – Director, Division of Hospital Based Medicine
Howard Goodman, M.D. – Director, Division of OB/GYN
Richard Rodman, M.D. – Director, Division of Anesthesiology
George Gurdock, M.D. – Director, Division of Emergency Medicine
Ross Lieberfarb, M.D. – Director, Division of Radiology
Harvey Cove, M.D. – Director, Division of Pathology
Augustin Schwartz III, M.D. – MEC Member At Large
Dan Deac, M.D. – Cardiology - MEC Member At Large
Mark Nosacka – CEO, ex-officio

United HomeCare® (UHC), announced that one of its nurses, Carlos Nuñez, LPN, is the recipient of the Home Care Association of Florida’s (HCAF) 2014 Outstanding Professional Caregiver Award.
Nuñez was honored for his exceptional service and long-standing commitment to home care patients.
“Carlos has been an integral part of our team for nearly 20 years and richly deserves this distinction,” said Jose Fox, president and CEO of United HomeCare. “As UHC celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we commend Carlos and all of our health service professionals who consistently provide extraordinary care and attention to the thousands of elderly and disabled patients we serve throughout South Florida.”


Good Samaritan Medical Center now offers an alternative option for women undergoing a lumpectomy – a surgery which involves removing a malignant tumor and some surrounding breast tissue. This new procedure, called radioactive seed localization (RSL) provides surgeons with a more precise location of a tumor, enabling them to better plan the surgical incision.
Seed placement offers multiple benefits over the wire localization procedure, which used to be the only way to target small tumors. Since RSL allows the seed to be implanted for up to five days before the scheduled surgery, it makes scheduling easier and reduces inpatient wait time. Not to mention, it can be more comfortable for the patient, leading to enhanced patient satisfaction. With wire localization, the wire can become dislodged or move, which may decrease its accuracy and result in another surgery.
RSL involves a radiologist implanting a radioactive seed into the abnormal tissue of the patient. One to five days later, when the patient returns to have the tumor removed, the surgeon will use a handheld device that identifies the radioactivity released by the seed to detect the location of the tumor. The surgeon will then remove both the seed and tumor without any radioactivity remaining in the breast.


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