South Florida Hospital News
Thursday February 11, 2016

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February 2016 - Volume 12 - Issue 8




Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel announced Kristina Maranges has been elected as a board member of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) for a one-year term.

Maranges is an associate in the Miami office of Broad and Cassel and is a member of the Firm's Commercial Litigation and Health Law Practice Groups. In addition to her work with CABA, Maranges is also a member of the Dade County Bar Association.
Maranges holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and earned her juris doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law, where she served as articles editor for the St. Thomas Law Review and received several accolades for her advocacy skills.
Kaufman Rossin, one of the top 50 CPA firms in the U.S., continues the expansion of its business advisory practice with the addition of Kevin Fine, MHA, as a director of healthcare advisory services.
Previously, he was the Healthcare Deals Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Advisory department, where he focused on hospital-physician alignment and integration, strategy, service line, facilities, operational planning, and hospital/system facility mergers and integration.
Fine currently leads the healthcare strategies advisory group. He helps physician practices, hospitals and health systems to develop business infrastructures and improve quality and efficiency in today’s challenging business environment by increasing accountability, responsibility and transparency.
He has 18 years of healthcare experience in the areas of executive management, business development, program planning, strategic cost management and business process improvement.
Fine earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of South Florida and a Master’s in Health Administration from St. Thomas University.

Mark Racicot joins the administrative team at Palmetto General Hospital as chief operating officer.

Prior to joining Palmetto General Hospital, Racicot served as the associate chief operating officer at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick, MA. He also previously served as MetroWest’s senior director of support services and director of facilities. In addition to his experience in healthcare administration, Racicot is a licensed civil engineer.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he also completed a project management certification program. Racicot is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration.

Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale has named Sherelle Washington as its executive director of ambulatory care centers.

Prior to joining Holy Cross, Washington served as administrator of two free-standing emergency departments for the HCA East Florida division. Washington also brings extensive ambulatory operations and business development experience as a former regional director of outpatient services at Baptist Health South Florida. Before relocating to South Florida, Washington served as director of ambulatory care centers, including a free-standing emergency department, lab, imaging facility, rehabilitation center, and pharmacy, in Raleigh, NC.
Cleveland Clinic Florida is pleased to announce that Orlando L. Alvarez, Jr. has joined the organization as Chief Strategy Officer.
Alvarez has 23 years of experience with health systems in multiple markets, including Indiana, Arizona, Ohio and Florida. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Florida, he was Senior Vice President for Strategy & Business Development for Sisters of Charity Health System headquartered in Cleveland, OH. Prior to joining the Sisters of Charity Health System, Alvarez was Regional Vice President for Business Development for Vanguard Health Systems in Nashville, TN. For almost 10 years, Alvarez served as Vice President of Marketing and Development for Mercy Health System in Miami.


Following Linda Quick’s retirement on December 31, 2015, the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association Board of Directors named Jaime Caldwell the Interim President.

Caldwell served as the Association’s Vice President for the past seven years. He has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry including: health care regulation through the Florida Department of Health, management of a multi-state emergency medical transportation company, and health care policy analysis with the Association.
Caldwell stepped into his position at the beginning of the year with a new vision for the SFHHA that will focus on cultivating stronger relationships with members and the South Florida community. 

Eleanor Lanser, LCSW, has been appointed the Douglas Gardens Community Mental Health Center’s Chief Executive Office by the Center’s Board of Directors.

Lanser is a long-term employee of the Mental Health Center and currently serves as the Center’s Director of Community Services (Clinical Director). Lanser has a BSW from Barry University and a MSW from Florida International University. Lanser will be able to combine a comprehensive familiarity with the Mental Health Center with her extensive knowledge and involvement in the Miami Dade County’s health and social services network.  

Broward Health has appointed Mark Sprada Interim Chief Executive Officer of Broward Health Medical Center and Chris Evert Children's Hospital. Sprada also holds the position of Vice President and Corporate Chief Nursing Officer for Broward Health.

Prior to his current role, he served as chief operating and nursing officer for Broward Health Imperial Point and as the hospital’s interim CEO during a leadership transition. He began his career with Broward Health as a nurse manager of Medical Intensive Care and Trauma Step-down. He has since served in system-wide director roles and as the executive director of nursing for Broward Health Medical Center. Additionally, Sprada has served in various clinical roles in critical care and interventional cardiology.
With over 18 years of experience in health care finance, Heather Pasitoniu joins Delray Medical Center as the director of revenue analysis.
Prior to her current role, Pasitoniu most recently served as a disputed claims manager for Conifer Health Solutions and was responsible for 12 Tenet hospitals across the Florida and Philadelphia regions. When she first started at Tenet in 2004, she worked as an appeals specialist in the disputed claims department at the National Insurance Center in Boca Raton. She was then promoted to disputed claims supervisor the following year.
Pasitoniu earned her bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Florida Atlantic University.


Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida has named three new executives: Jeff Boyd, PH.D., director of Translational Research and Genomic Medicine; Leonard Kalman, M.D., deputy medical director and chief clinical officer; and Michele Ryder, R.N., chief operating officer/chief nursing officer .

Dr. Boyd was most recently senior vice president for Molecular Medicine, executive director of the Cancer Genome Institute and the Robert C. Young, M.D., Chair in 

Cancer Research at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, where he also maintained a research laboratory. Previously, he served as attending biologist anddirector of the Diagnostic Molecular Genetics Laboratory and the Gynecology and Breast Research Laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Following the completion of his medical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City in 1982, Dr. Kalman became a practicing community medical oncologist, and joined the staffs of Baptist Hospital and South Miami Hospital. As the practice grew under his leadership, he eventually served as the Chairman of the Board of Managers of what became Advanced Medical Specialties (AMS).
Ryder’s extensive professional background encompasses more than 37 years in both patient care and executive positions. She is a clinical expert in hospital operations and has been responsible for the growth of the renowned neuroscience and surgical programs at Baptist Hospital of Miami, where she began her career 29 years ago in surgery and the post-anesthesia care unit.


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