South Florida Hospital News
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July 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 1




The American Cancer Society announced Orlando E. Silva, M.D., JD, as its 2016 event chair for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk October 8, 2016 at Marlins Park, Miami. This event unites the community with a shared determination to finish the fight against breast cancer and celebrate the lives of those who have courageously survived it.

“I feel a strong and personal commitment to the American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Having treated breast cancer patients for over 25 years and seeing firsthand the suffering that thousands of families have to endure when yet another woman is diagnosed with this disease, makes this cause even more pressing,” said Dr. Silva, a hematologist/oncologist in Miami. So when the American Cancer Society asked me to lead their breast cancer awareness walk in Miami, I did not hesitate.”
Dr. Silva recently launched a new cancer center at Larkin Community Hospital. Before that, he was on staff at the University of Miami Hospital for 14 years in the clinical role of Attending Physician in Medical Oncology and Hematology and Director of Breast Cancer Education with a special focus in fighting breast cancer.
To learn more about the Miami Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event and how you can become involved, visit or contact Brittany Perets at (305) 779-2847 or

Dr. Jonathan Hersch, a Palm Beach County based orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS), is currently involved in a clinical research study for a new technique using biotechnology, a tissue engineering process and regenerative medicine for the treatment of knee injuries. Dr. Hersch is participating in a Phase III FDA trial to measure the success of NOVOCART® 3D autologous chondrocyte implant system vs. microfracture surgery for cartilage injuries of the knee. Dr. Hersch, on-staff at West Boca Medical Center, is studying the NOVOCART® 3D where cells are extracted from the patient in specialized laboratories, multiplied by way of natural growth processes and eventually re-transplanted into the patient. Those autologous chondrocyte implants received by each patient consist of an implant populated with their own cartilage with the application of chondrocytes. 


The new Gunterberg Family Foundation/Culliton Family Cardiac Rehabilitation facility was recently unveiled at Cape Coral Hospital. Featured in the 4,000 square foot space is all new exercise equipment and 12 monitors, a 120’ track, men’s and women’s locker rooms, reflection room and consult rooms. Pictured (l-r): Scott Kashman, CAO of Cape Coral Hospital; Wendy Piascik, Cindy Brown, Keith Callahan, Therese Everly, Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors; Skip Leonard, CFO, Lee Memorial Health System Foundation; Carol Rae Culliton, Richard Metzger, Charlie Culliton, Adam Culliton, and Sandy Childress.



Kendall Regional Medical Center (KRMC), an HCA East Florida facility, is proud to announce that effective May 1, 2016, the Florida Department of Health has designated the hospital as a provisional Level I Trauma Center.

This new designation allows KRMC to now treat pediatric trauma patients in addition to the adult population. Prior to this decision by the state, KRMC was operating as a Level II Trauma Center since November 2011 and has treated more than 12,800 adult trauma patients.
Kaufman Rossin won the “Best Health & Wellbeing Program” award at the Excellence in HR Awards ceremony hosted by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
The Excellence in HR Awards honors human resources professionals and teams who are responsible for combining the essential components of diversity, talent management, retention and teambuilding to create the perfect blend for their companies. Kaufman Rossin was nominated by the firm’s health insurance representative, Sean Dugan of Hays Companies.
Kaufman Rossin’s wellness programs include annual health fairs as well as an onsite gym, massage, yoga and physical therapy. And during tax season, the busiest time of the year, an annual weight-loss competition and pedometer contest motivate employees to stay active. The firm has also given employees the opportunity to participate in mindfulness training in collaboration with the University of Miami.

Three medical imaging leaders in Miami-Dade County — Baptist Health South Florida, Radiology Associates of South Florida and UHealth - the University of Miami Health System — are among a select group now part of IBM Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative, which includes sixteen leading health systems, academic medical centers, ambulatory radiology providers and imaging technology companies. The collaborative aims to bring cognitive imaging into daily practice to help doctors address breast, lung, and other cancers; diabetes; eye health; brain disease; and heart disease and related conditions, such as stroke.

In the future, members of the collaborative will put Watson to work to extract insights from previously ‘invisible’ unstructured imaging data and combine that with a broad variety of data to help physicians make personalized care decisions relevant to a specific patient while building a body of knowledge to benefit broader patient populations. This information may include data from an electronic health record, radiology and pathology reports, lab results, doctors’ progress notes, medical journals, clinical care guidelines and published outcomes studies, among the sources. As the work of the collaborative evolves Watson’s rationale and insights will evolve, informed by the latest combined wisdom of these organizations.  

The K.I.T.E. (Knowing the Importance of Treatment Effects) Center at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital is the only survivor resource available for children who have completed cancer therapy 2+ years ago. This multidisciplinary center is the first of its kind in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Led by Dr. Matthew Ramirez, pediatric hematologist/oncologist, this outpatient cancer survivorship program is dedicated to empowering survivors by providing them with information about their post-cancer medical care, monitoring them for potential late effects from cancer therapies and helping them reach their life goals.

Holy Cross Hospital will open the doors of an Urgent Care and Imaging Center in Boca Raton in August. This is the third Urgent Care and Imaging Center for Holy Cross; additional centers are in east Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale.

In addition to treating non-life threatening conditions, Holy Cross will offer outpatient rehabilitation at the state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot center.
Holy Cross rehabilitative services offer personalized one-on-one care in 40-45 minute treatments, which are among the longest in the industry. The new center will be able to provide an improved patient-centric continuum of care for those Holy Cross patients who are post-surgery, were hospitalized or were in home health. The center’s therapists know the physicians, have access to their treatment notes and can contact them easily should the need arise.

Some of the most leading medical professionals from around the world recently gathered at The Paley Institute for the 5th International Research Conference on Multiple Hereditary Exostoses (MHE). Top doctors, scientists and researchers from around the world joined the physicians from The Paley Institute to find cures and treatments for this rare, progressive bone disease which can cause debilitating bone and joint disorders.

Dr. Dror Paley, founder and director of The Paley Institute, said, “The physicians at The Paley Institute and I want to thank the researchers and specialists from around the world that joined us for the 5th International Research Conference on MHE. It's an honor to host some of the top scientific and medical minds in the world in South Florida. Our collaborative work will result in research and medical advances for those afflicted by this debilitating disorder that cause bone tumors and skeletal malformations.”

The Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center recently held an open house to reveal the new décor of its pediatric emergency room. Updates include “under the sea” themed patient rooms and a floor-to-ceiling banner featuring the hospital’s new campaign messaging, “We Heal for Them.” The ER was designed specifically to make children and their parents feel as safe and comfortable as possible.

In addition, the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital has dedicated Child Life Specialists who provide support and advocacy for patients and their families during their time in the pediatric ER and throughout their entire stay. These developmental experts work to normalize children’s hospital experience and provide them with activities that help them understand the treatment process. 
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