South Florida Hospital News
Saturday December 20, 2014
December 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 6




Florida Blue recognized Miami Children’s Hospital with a Blue Distinction Center® designation for delivering high quality bone marrow transplant care as part of the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program. This designation is based on the delivery of quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes developed with input from the medical community.
In 2006, the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program was established to help patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers for Transplants® designation, a hospital must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety criteria as well as transplant-specific quality measures, including survival metrics.
Univita Health has announced the appointment of Brian Kelly as its Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Univita, Kelly served as Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Insurance Services where he oversaw group insurance and employee benefits operations. In his role at Wells Fargo Insurance, Kelly ran the day-to-day operations for South Florida. Prior to his tenure at Wells Fargo, he was a senior executive at United Healthcare in South Florida. Kelly also spent several years at PacifiCare.


Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center appoints Robert Dickens as its new chief operating officer.
Prior to becoming COO at Palm Beach Medical Center, Dickens worked as COO of Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, TX. From 2009 to 2012, he served as CEO and COO at Auburn Regional Medical Center in Auburn, WA. Dickens previously worked as a registered nurse, nursing supervisor, administrative intern and project director for several hospitals and healthcare providers in Texas. He started his healthcare career in 2001 as a nurse aid at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Apart from a career in healthcare, Dickens served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He was stationed in Texas and Oklahoma from 1998 to 2004.
Dickens is board certified in hospital management through the American College of Healthcare Executives. He received his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Texas State University in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2004. He is expected to receive a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University in December.
Effective October 1, 2014, Nathaniel Johnson was promoted to Administrator of St. John’s Nursing Center. Johnson began his career at Catholic Health Services in 2007 as director of special projects, where he coordinated numerous construction and organizational projects system wide. He was promoted to administrator of Villa Maria Skilled Nursing Facility in 2009 where through his excellent leadership and motivational skills he attained a 96% staff satisfaction and five star ratings.
Catholic Health Service announced that Brian Schultz was appointed to Director of Materials Management effective October 1, 2014. Schultz has significant career history with CHS, having first been with Healthcare Services Group as contractor in 2000 - 2005 and returned as Director for the CHS North Campus in 2008. One year later he was promoted to CHS corporate director of environmental services. He has since earned numerous credentials including CPSM (Certified Professional Supply Manager-ISM) and CMRP (Certified Material Resource Professional- ASA). Additionally, Schultz is a member of and sits on the board of several professional associations.
Two faculty members have recently joined Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM).
Kira Fenton, D.O., who joined the Department of Internal Medicine in November, is a 2010 NSU-COM alumna who completed her internship and residency at Broward Health Medical Center. She was previously associated with Dr. G’s Medical Weight Loss and Wellness Centers in the Florida area.
Jesse Singer, D.O., M.P.H., joined the faculty of the Biomedical Informatics Program in October and is a 1999 NSU-COM alumnus. Most recently, he worked in New York City, serving as the assistant commissioner for the bureau of the Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He is board certified in public health and preventive medicine.
Miami Jewish Health Systems recently appointed Franka Baird-Tirado to Director of Quality Assurance and Process Improvement.
Prior to joining Miami Jewish Health Systems, Baird-Tirado held various positions in quality, risk management and compliance; most recently having held the position of Administrator at Cascadia Courts Senior Assisted Living in Maryland.
Baird-Tirado received her Bachelor of Science in Gerontology and Masters in Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Maryland University College, and a Graduate Certificate of Health Care Corporate Compliance from George Washington University.
Florida International University’s (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences named David Hildreth as Academic Coach of the Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) Medic-to-Nurse Program.
Hildreth has over 25 years of leadership experience in both academic settings and in U.S. Army operation roles. Before assuming his position as academic coach, Hildreth served for two years as senior ROTC instructor on the FIU campus, working to ensure the delivery of college-level curricula to prepare cadets for careers in the U.S. Army.
Prior to his position with FIU ROTC, Hildreth was a senior technology advisor, commandant, operations chief and U.S. Army/Air Force liaison officer.
Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is pleased to announce Dr. Neil Galíndez, cardiothoracic surgeon, has opened his practice in Palm Beach Gardens. Dr. Galíndez is on staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Delray Medical Center and Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore and is a member of the Tenet Florida Heart & Vascular Network. Prior to joining TFPS, Dr. Galíndez completed fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
For his education and training, Dr. Galíndez completed a general surgery residency at Morristown Memorial Medical Center in Morristown, NJ. Dr. Galíndez completed his medical education at the University of Texas, Health Science Center Medical School, in Houston, TX.


Broward Health North (BHN) is pleased to recognize two outstanding doctors, Marc Aueron, M.D., and Steven Naide, M.D., as this quarter’s Most Valuable Physicians (MVP).
Dr. Aueron, a cardiologist who joined BHN in 1988, exemplifies the core values of a MVP by promoting collaboration among staff, working toward improving patient safety, demonstrating professionalism, ensuring privacy and dignity of patients, remaining calm and composed in situational crises and being a team player. He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma in Guadalajara, Mexico and went on to finish his internship, residency, chief residency and cardiology fellowship at Long Island College Hospital in Long Island, NY.
Dr. Naide, an orthopedic surgeon and medical director of orthopedic trauma, joined BHN in November 1999. He’s being honored for always being attentive and responding quickly to the needs of patients, staff and other physicians while demonstrating professionalism and supporting the hospital’s organizational goals. Dr. Naide earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA and completed his internship, residency and chief residency from Hahnemann University Hospital.
Broward Health North hospital has added Evelyn Berne, M.D., General Surgery/Breast Surgery, and Marc Ebersberger, M.D., Orthopedic/Trauma Surgery, to its medical staff.



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