South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday June 1, 2016
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May 2016 - Volume 12 - Issue 11

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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.

In addition, hospitals that receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designation have agreed to meet requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care. This includes initiating programs to promote successful breastfeeding as described in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative by Baby-Friendly USA or the Mother-Friendly Hospital program by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) through its “Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care.” The program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others.
 

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.

Schneider earned her Doctor of Business Administration in Health Services and Master of Business Administration in Management from Nova Southeastern University in Davie. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne and her associate’s degree in accounting from Florida State University in Tallahassee. 
 
 
 
Jorge Gonzalez, President and Chief Executive Officer of City National Bank of Florida, has joined the Board of Directors of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Health System.
 
Gonzalez has more than 28 years of experience in the banking industry, including 20 years with Wachovia, where he served in various leadership and management roles. Prior to joining City National Bank, he was Regional President of Wachovia for Southeast Florida.
 
 
 
 
 

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.

Fernandez has close to 40 years of experience in healthcare and brings exceptional knowledge in the acute care setting and hospital operations in both private and public management. Fernandez has been with the Memorial Healthcare System for the past nine years, serving first as CEO of Memorial Hospital Miramar before being promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Healthcare System in 2012. Effective March 1, 2016, he was named interim President and CEO.
 
Fernandez earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Florida International University. He currently serves on the Board of the Florida Hospital Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

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.

Tan previously served as the Regional Director with Enroll America, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that focused on finding as many of the uninsured as possible and connecting them with information and resources to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. He oversaw activity for the Get Covered America campaign in Miami-Dade, Collier, and Monroe Counties and has been on the ground working with partners and coalitions since the beginning of the first Open Enrollment period. Prior to working with Enroll, Jimmy worked on issue-based, mayoral, and presidential campaigns. 
 
 
 

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.

Nolen brings 23 years of laboratory experience to Key West. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.
 
 
 
 

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.

Shirley's achievements span 32 years of dedication to the most vulnerable and forgotten who are most in need. Shirley currently oversees Broward Health's Community Health Services (CHS) division, inclusive of 10 primary care centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center for the Homeless, a home health and hospice agency and an urgent care center. She is known for her early and continuous work in HIV/AIDS and for her dedication, passion, and relentless determination to provide quality healthcare to the most vulnerable. She is active in the community, serving in leadership roles for numerous organizations that work to improve health care in the community.

Fontaine Timmer, RN, MSN, BSW, FCN has been appointed director of the Volunteer Nursing Corps at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Supported by a grant from the Palm Healthcare Foundation, the Volunteer Nursing Corps (VNC) is a group of nursing faculty, graduate and undergraduate nursing students and nurses in the community devoted to the mission of improving healthcare in Palm Beach County.
 
Timmer earned her BSW from Bloomfield College in New Jersey and her BSN from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She earned her MSN-FNP from South University and currently is enrolled in Palm Beach Atlantic’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Previously, she worked at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis as a registered nurse in the cardiac rehabilitation center and as a registered nurse educator.
She has served on the board of Interfaith Health and Wellness since 2007 and the Women’s Board of Winners Church. She is a facilitator for Faith Community Nursing in Florida and a certified medication trainer in collaboration with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. In addition, she is involved with numerous local committees that serve the health needs of the underserved, elderly and vulnerable citizens in Palm Beach County.
 
For the past 15 years, Timmer and her husband, Gary, have owned Emerald Manor group homes in Broward and Palm Beach counties that provide 24-hour care for intellectually challenged patients.

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.

The first phase of this project was completed in 2015 when HCA East Florida built the first free-standing Emergency Room (ER) in Davie on the location of the now approved hospital. The hospital will be built around this existing ER.
 
In order to build the hospital, and in alignment with the CON, Plantation General Hospital (PGH), an HCA East Florida facility, will relocate 200 of its 264 licensed beds to the new hospital. PGH will continue to operate and offer its full range of services until the relocation of the new facility is complete.
 
After completion of the new hospital, PGH will still maintain emergency services at the current hospital location.  HCA East Florida also has several other services in the Plantation area including a surgery center, physician practices and Westside Regional Medical Center which is approximately four miles away. This will ensure the surrounding community continues to receive high quality medical care.

Richard Chazal, M.D., FACC, has been named President of the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Chazal is a senior cardiologist and the Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute for Lee Memorial Health System. He also serves as courtesy assistant professor of medicine for the University of Florida and clinical assistant professor of medicine for Florida State University. Chazal has practiced clinical cardiology in Fort Myers since 1983 with expertise in echocardiography, diagnostic catheterization and coronary computerized tomography angiography. During his tenure, he has been a participant in multiple clinical trials.
 
 
 
 
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