South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday July 1, 2015
June 2015 - Volume 11 - Issue 12




Florida Atlantic University and the internationally renowned Nansen Neuroscience Network (NNN) in Norway, a premier network of organizations dedicated to research into neuroscience in Europe, have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperative research and education in the areas of neuroscience and brain health.
Neuroscience is a strategic research and education focus at FAU, and this new collaboration will expand upon the University’s existing relationships with other leading scientific institutions such as Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Scripps Florida, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, and Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute. In early March, FAU, Max Planck and Scripps unveiled plans to transform FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter into a neuroscience and life science hub in Florida.
Delray Medical Center is now a designated NICHE Hospital. Through NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), a leading elder care nursing program, Delray is able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences and improved care for older adults. This allows the hospital staff to better tailor services for patients and their families.
As the only hospital in Southern Palm Beach County to receive the NICHE designation, Delray Medical Center is uniquely positioned in its ability to serve the growing older adult and elderly population in the surrounding communities.
Delray Medical Center appoints Mary Lou Berger, County Commissioner and Vice Mayor of Palm Beach County, to the hospital’s Governing Board.
Prior to her election to the County Commission in 2012, Commissioner Berger worked as a senior administrative assistant for Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson for nearly two decades. She was in charge of monitoring community issues and responding to constituent concerns in West Boynton, Boca and Delray Beach. Berger’s background also includes serving as a supervisor for the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court.
With 20 years of healthcare management expertise, Michael Leopold is St. Mary’s Medical Center’s new Associate Administrator.
Prior to his appointment at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Leopold served as the Director of Rehabilitation Services for sister hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center. While there, he held the following leadership roles: Administrative Director of Environmental Services, Chairman of the Environment of Care Committee, Emergency Management Coordinator and Program Director of Operations Performance Improvement.
Leopold earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, NY, and his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration from South University in Savannah, GA.  
Delray Medical Center promotes William Fagan from Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator to the Director of Pharmacy. 
Prior to his appointment, Fagan served as the Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator at Delray Medical Center for the past seven years. He is the preceptor of Pharmacist interns from Palm Beach Atlantic University and NOVA Southeastern University. He presently works as a Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice at Palm Beach Atlantic University and he is also a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor at NOVA Southeastern University. He previously worked as a pharmacist at several hospitals in Florida and Massachusetts. Fagan earned both his undergraduate degree and Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at Northeastern University in Boston.
Florida Medical Center has appointed Dr. Frank J. Vittimberga, F.A.C.S., as the hospital’s new chief medical officer.
In addition to being an experienced trauma and general surgeon, Dr. Vittimberga has three years of experience as a chief medical officer and has held numerous leadership positions in a hospital setting. He previously served as chief medical officer at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, TX and as director of the hospital’s Breast Care Center
Dr. Vittimberga earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He attended medical school and completed his surgical internship and residency at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. 

Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore and North Shore Medical Center, appoint Theresa A. Mouton as Enterprise Chief Financial Officer of both campuses.

Prior to joining Tenet, Mouton served as CFO at Wuesthoff Health System in Rockledge, FL.
Mouton received her MBA from Webster University in Missouri and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. 
Erika McCullough has been promoted to senior director of market development at VITAS Healthcare in Broward.
An experienced healthcare sales professional, Erika joined VITAS in 2009 as a representative serving VITAS’ Pittsburgh program. In 2010 she was promoted to director of market development and two years later, she transferred to VITAS’ Broward County program working in the same capacity. As a testament to going above and beyond her role, she was named to VITAS’ prestigious Leadership Council in 2009, and from 2012 to 2014. Prior to joining VITAS, Erika served as senior sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.
She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. Erika is a licensed Assisted Living Facility Administrator.
Jose Velez, MBA, has been appointed director of market development at VITAS Healthcare in Broward.
Prior to joining VITAS, Jose served as physician relations manager and then as associate administrator and director of business development for Tenet Healthcare’s Coral Gables Hospital in Miami. Before that, he worked for Humana for eight years, where he held several positions including Medicaid sales and marketing manager for Broward, Palm Beach and Belle Glades. Earlier in his career, he served as director of operations for Miami Dade Health and Rehabilitation Services where he assisted in developing strategic programs and sales efforts to increase annual sales.
Jose earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in Miami and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Fort Lauderdale.
Cindy Lang, MPH, RN, BSN, CIC, joined the Department of Veterans Affairs over 38 years ago after graduating from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She worked at the Syracuse, NY VA Medical Center for 18 years as a staff RN, critical care charge nurse, nursing supervisor, nurse recruiter, nurse epidemiologist and nurse manager. Lang worked for a year at the Phoenix VA on an Agent Orange Unit administering chemotherapy. She transferred to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in 1994 during pre-activation as the nurse manager of surgery. She later served as the nurse manager of acute care before becoming an Infection Control Specialist. Lang became the Senior Infection Preventionist and then Nurse Manager of Infection Prevention and Reusable Medical Equipment. This promotion will place Lang second in command for nursing.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center appoints Jeffrey M. Welch as the hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Welch has over 25 years of operational and financial leadership experience in major academic medical centers and community health systems. Most recently he served as the CEO of Coral Gables Hospital. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Coral Gables Hospital, Welch was the Chief Operating Officer at Delray Medical Center. Welch also previously served as the Vice President of Operations at Riverview Medical Center and Assistant Vice President of Operations at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, both in New Jersey.
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