South Florida Hospital News
Saturday May 23, 2015
May 2015 - Volume 11 - Issue 11




South Florida-based Link Construction Group recently completed the new construction of a Centralized Distribution Center for Baptist Health of South Florida. This project is located at 9001 NW 31st Street, Doral and is 151,948-square-feet of which approximately 15,000-square-feet are offices. BHDC was developed by Aligned Properties in a design-developer type project setting and designed by RLC Architects out of Boca Raton. LEED Certification by the USGBC is pending. This project is just south of the newly constructed Miami Herald Production Facility that Link Construction Group completed last year.
Broward Health is proud to announce that it is now a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) One & Only Campaign, a public safety campaign to promote safe injection practices in all healthcare settings. By teaming up with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition, the Campaign brings together professional groups, healthcare systems, provider groups, private companies and others dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of injection safety.
The One & Only Campaign seeks to eradicate outbreaks from unsafe injection practices by empowering patients and healthcare providers to insist on nothing less than “One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time” for every injection. Since its inception in 2009, the campaign has participated in national and state meetings and conferences to raise awareness of CDC guidelines for safe injection practices.
Douglas Gardens Community Mental Health Center of Miami Beach has been accredited by CARF International for a period of three years for the following programs and services:
- Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Adults)
- Community Housing: Mental Health (Adults)
- Community Integration: Mental Health (Consumer-Run)
- Crisis Intervention: Mental Health (Adults)
- Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
- Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
- Supported living: Mental Health (Adults)
- Community Employment Services: Employment Supports
- Community Employment Services: Job Development
This accreditation will extend through April 2018. This achievement is an indication of the organization's dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. Services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence.
Sandra Dilts was recently promoted to Vice President of Managed Care for Memorial Healthcare System.
Prior to this promotion, Dilts led other initiatives at Memorial Healthcare System, including Business Development & Physician Relations and Managed Care Contract Compliance. Before joining Memorial, Dilts held positions in contracting, network development, physician recruitment, marketing and managed care with InPhyNet/MedPartners, HCA/Columbia, HealthSouth and Prudential Insurance Company of America.
Dilts holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Barry University.


Jose Velez, MBA, has been appointed director of market development at VITAS Healthcare in Broward. Jose brings 22 years of business development, sales and strategic planning experience to his role.
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.


Florida International University’s (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences has appointed Tami Thomas, PhD, RN, CPNP, RNC, FAANP, FAAN as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
The appointment marks a return to FIU Nursing for Thomas, where she was an assistant professor in the graduate nursing program from 2006 to 2008. She honed her specialization in academic administration, pediatric care, community and family health care during her time on the faculty at Emory University’s School of Nursing (2010-2014) and the University of Florida (1998-2005). As an assistant professor at Emory, she served as Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and Specialty Coordinator for the Pediatric Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. At the University of Florida, Thomas worked as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the Student Health Care Center for the College of Medicine’s Division of Community and Family Medicine, and as a coordinator of research programs for the College of Medicine’s Division of Pediatric Nephrology.
Miami Jewish Health Systems recently hired Louise Moffett as the new Director of Nursing.
Moffett previously held the role of Director of Nursing as well as Assistant Director of Nursing for Miami Jewish Health Systems from 1999 to 2010. In the interim, Moffett worked at the Broward Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and IntegriGuard, LLC.
Moffett is a registered nurse, having graduated from Broward Community College, and holds a certificate in Advanced Cardiac Life Support; she is also a member of the Florida Association Directors of Nursing Administration and the Geriatric Nursing Association of Broward County.


Health Foundation of South Florida recently announced that Janisse Rosario-Schoepp, Ph.D., has been named Associate Vice President of Programs, Policy and Special Initiatives.
Dr. Schoepp, formerly senior program officer and director of research and policy, brings her nationally recognized proficiency in health care and policy to bear in achieving the Foundation’s goals.
In 2012, Dr. Schoepp was selected by Grantmakers in Health as a fellow of the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy. She is a member of the Miami- Dade Public Schools District School Wellness Committee, past chair/vice-chair of the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Committee and frequently serves as a speaker, panelist or moderator at professional conferences.
Prior to Health Foundation, Dr. Schoepp led a federally-funded childhood lead poisoning prevention project in inner-city neighborhoods while working at the Stempel School of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University, where she received her Masters and recently earned her Doctorate Degree in Public Health.
Hialeah Hospital appoints Gary Lee Nymoen as Chief Financial Officer of the 378-bed acute care hospital.
Prior to joining Hialeah Hospital, Nymoen served as CFO of sister hospital, Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore, between 2008 and early 2015, and Director of Finance from 2000 to 2008. Before working at Florida Medical Center, he served as a controller at Hialeah Hospital for five years.
Nymoen received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1982. 
Paul Pugliese, M.D., has been promoted to senior medical director at VITAS Healthcare in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Board certified in internal medicine and in hospice and palliative medicine, Dr. Pugliese has more than 20 years of medical experience.
Dr. Pugliese joined VITAS in 2000 as a team physician. He was promoted to associate medical director in 2008 and to medical director in 2013. Prior to joining VITAS, Dr. Pugliese served as medical director of Florida Acute Care Specialists in Coral Gables, and as lead hospitalist at Jackson North Medical Center in North Miami Beach.
Jeffrey Wallace, M.D., has been promoted to associate medical director at VITAS Healthcare in Broward. Board certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Wallace has more than 30 years of medical experience.
A highly experienced emergency room physician, Dr. Wallace joined VITAS in 2014 as a home care physician. Prior to joining VITAS, Dr. Wallace worked at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, serving as emergency room medical director for 12 years and as staff physician for 27 years. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wallace served as a staff emergency room physician for Plantation General Hospital and then for Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach.
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