South Florida Hospital News
Friday August 28, 2015
August 2015 - Volume 12 - Issue 2




Employees from Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), a national network of five cancer hospitals, and Boca Raton officials and executives from the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches gathered recently for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new 77,000 square-foot headquarters of CTCA® at 5900 Broken Sound Parkway.

The company relocated its head office from Schaumburg, IL to Boca Raton. in 2014 under the leadership of President and CEO Gerard van Grinsven. The decision to relocate was based on a combination of favorable pro-business economic environment and lifestyle for the organization’s corporate employees, referred to as “stakeholders” at CTCA.
“South Florida is our new home, and we are grateful for the warm reception we have received from the business community,” said van Grinsven. “This move has positioned us to better serve patients being treated at our five hospitals around the country and will open doors to Latin America and other international markets.”
Mount Sinai Medical Center welcomes Dr. Philip Bao, the newest member of its surgical oncology team.
Dr. Bao earned his medical degree at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine - City University of New York (CUNY). He then completed his general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Dr. Bao completed surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Bao served as an assistant professor of surgical oncology at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York since 2009. 
Gil Wernovsky, Director of Patient- and Family-Centered Care for the Heart Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is the recipient of the 2015 Newburger-Bellinger Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Award.
For over 25 years, Dr. Wernovsky has focused on optimizing long-term functional and developmental outcomes for children with congenital heart disease. He has conducted extensive research on the long-term outcomes of congenital heart disease, particularly transposition of the great arteries and single ventricle heart disease. Dr. Wernovsky has been published over 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts, editorials and chapters, in addition to editing 8 books.
He currently provides attending inpatient and outpatient consultative services at Nicklaus Children’s, as well as serving as the Medical Director of the New Single Ventricle Interdisciplinary Clinic. He also serves on numerous scientific advisory boards and provides mentorship to students, residents, fellows and junior faculty.

Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to welcome neurologist Amy L. Jarvis, M.D. She has opened a practice with Miami-Dade Neuroscience Institute (MDNI).

Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Jarvis worked as the Interim Director of Stroke and Vascular Neurology and Interim Administrative Chief at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. She also served as a stroke specialist, vascular, critical care and general neurologist at Baptist Neurology Group and Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. Dr. Jarvis has worked with Sister-to-Sister, an organization that promotes women’s cardiovascular health, as a community chairman and with Volunteers in Medicine in Jacksonville as a staff neurologist.
Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is also pleased to announce neurologist Bashar Mohsen, M.D., has opened an office with Miami-Dade Neuroscience Institute (MDNI).
Prior to joining MDNI, Dr. Mohsen worked as a neurologist in four hospitals across the country, most recently at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. He completed a fellowship in neurophysiology/EMG/EEG at Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center in St. Louis. Dr. Mohsen finished residencies in neurology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and in internal medicine at New York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital in New York. He also completed clinical trials in hematology and oncology at Brookdale University Hospital in New York. Dr. Mohsen graduated from Damascus University School of Medicine in Damascus, Syria.

Dr. Suzanne Rizzardi is the newest member of the Genesis Community Health staff, and as a dentist, she will care for the oral health of patients who may not completely grasp just how important it is to maintain their dental care.

Prior to joining Genesis, Dr. Rizzardi was a public health dentist for the Palm Beach County Health Department. She was also a contract dentist for Florida Atlantic University and worked for the Marion Dental Group of Ocala and the Department of Health of Anne Arundel County in Annapolis, MD.

Dr. Rizzardi earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and her D.D.S. from the University of Maryland College of Dental Surgery in Baltimore.

Palmetto General Hospital names Dr. Cristina Mata, endocrinologist, as its new chief medical officer. She has five years of experience in serving as CMO at various medical institutions.

Dr. Mata earned her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from University of Miami, where she graduated with honors. Additionally, she earned her medical degree from University of Miami and completed her residency in internal medicine and endocrinology at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
Along with being board certified in endocrinology, Dr. Mata holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Administration from the University of Miami Business School. 

Broward Health Coral Springs (BHCS) announces the appointment of Guy V. Zingaro. as Chief of Staff.  In his new role, Dr. Zingaro is responsible for representing the medical staff in matters of concern to administration and the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners and in external professional and public relations efforts.  In addition, he is responsible for working in conjunction with administration on patient care issues. Dr. Zingaro is a Gastroenterologist. Prior to his election as Chief of Staff, Dr. Zingaro served as Chairman of Patient Quality Care Committee at BHCS.

Gladys Cardenas, D.O., is named Chief of Anesthesia for Broward Health Coral Springs. Prior to her new role, Dr. Cardenas served as Interim Chief of Anesthesia and has been a member of the anesthesia team for many years. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Each month, Broward Health honors and recognizes clinicians from throughout the system who offer cutting-edge, life-saving care.  Dr. Juan Bravo, Medical Director of the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Broward Health Coral Springs , was honored by the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners. Dr. Bravo is a Certified Wound Care Physician and has worked in the center since 2007 where he has contributed to the Center's award winning recognition of the "Center of Distinction Award for 6 years in a row and the Robert A Warriner, III MD Award for 4 years in a row"  The award is in recognition for meeting or exceeding national benchmarks in Healing outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, outlier management and days to heal. 


ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialist is proud to announce that its SE Florida operations has passed its re-certification HLAC inspection (Hospital Laundry Accreditation Council). Six years ago the Miami location became the first healthcare laundry facility in Florida to achieve HLAC certification. At the time, the national accreditation set a new standard of excellence for the area’s Healthcare Laundries. Now many hospitals, surgery centers and doctors look to HLAC accreditation to help ensure Infection Prevention and Control for their patients. The SE Florida operations service 100’s of clients (and therefore indirectly tens of thousands of patients) from Space Coast to just east of the Keys.

“We are proud of the re-certification. This makes it three in a row. Our entire team of Employee-Associates works hard to make sure our customers receive nothing but the best. It ensures we are making a positive impact on not only our clients, but the patients they serve,” says SE Regional Vice President, Jay Juffre.

Catholic Hospice has been selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model, announced recently by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. The model provides Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit and dually eligible beneficiaries who qualify for the Medicaid Hospice Benefit the option to elect to receive supportive care services typically provided by hospice and continue to receive curative services at the same time. The model empowers beneficiaries, their families, and clinicians by providing them with greater flexibility in deciding between hospice care and curative treatment when faced with life limiting illness. Today’s announcement is part of a larger effort to transform our health care system to deliver better care, spend our dollars in a smarter way, and put patients in the center of their care.

Hospice care is covered by both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. When hospice care is chosen, a beneficiary is no longer eligible to receive curative care. According to March 2015 Medicare Payment Policy Report to the Congress, only 47.3 percent of Medicare and 42 percent of dually eligible beneficiaries used hospice care and most only for a short period of time. This data reflects the struggle in having to choose between palliative and curative care during these difficult times.

Catholic Hospice has been selected as one of the 10 Hospices in the State of Florida to participate in the Medicare Care Choice Model Program beginning January 1st, 2016. Catholic Hospice is a community-based not-for-profit program serving the South Florida community since 1988. Through the CMS selection process, Catholic Hospice demonstrated excellence in providing coordination of services, case management, and shared decision-making with beneficiaries and their families prior to electing the Medicare or Medicaid hospice benefit in conjunction with their referring providers.
The Medicare Care Choice Model Program is designed to evaluate whether eligible Medicare and dually eligible beneficiaries would elect to receive supportive care services typically provided by hospice if they could also continue to receive curative services and whether providing both palliative and curative care concurrently impacts quality of care, as well as patient and family satisfaction.
For more information on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, contact (202) 690-6145 or visit For more information on Catholic Hospice, please contact Katharine Cue Fuente, Community Development Coordinator, or 305-351-7084.
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