South Florida Hospital News
Monday November 30, 2015

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November 2015 - Volume 12 - Issue 5




Baptist Health South Florida, headquartered in Coral Gables, and Bethesda Health, headquartered in Boynton Beach, have signed an agreement to merge, pursuant to a 24-month transition period culminating on September 30, 2017. During the transition period, both organizations will collaborate to enhance effectiveness in their operations and share best practices to address the ongoing evolution of the healthcare industry.
“While significant challenges are ahead in healthcare, it is essential to forge partnerships that can ensure our organizations remain on the leading edge as providers of quality medical care,” said Roger L. Kirk, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Bethesda Health. “As not-for-profit hospitals, we share similar missions and a common vision for improving the health of our respective communities that can be significantly strengthened by this affiliation.”
“We are very optimistic about the steps we are taking to affiliate with Bethesda Health,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health South Florida. “Our organizations share similar values, and together we will develop and share best practices that can only enhance our commitment to our patients, employees and the communities we serve. Additionally, as the healthcare industry changes, it is essential for progressive healthcare organizations to adjust their operations to remain accountable and strong.”
Both Baptist Health and Bethesda Health have longstanding reputations in South Florida for being comprehensive healthcare organizations that provide high-quality, compassionate care to their respective communities. Both organizations will be actively collaborating over the next two years. Full affiliation is scheduled to occur on October 1, 2017, subject to compliance with contractual provisions and regulatory requirements.

At the ANCC National Magnet Conference® in Atlanta, GA, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, a part of Miami Children’s Health System, as the winner of the ANCC 2015 Magnet Prize® sponsored by Cerner.

This award recognizes innovative nursing programs and practices in ANCC Magnet®-recognized organizations. Cerner encourages cutting-edge nursing programs and practices by sponsoring the $25,000 purse attached to The Magnet Prize®. The prize money continues to advance or disseminate the innovation that was selected for The Magnet Prize.
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is recognized for the Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program. Pediatric safety prevention is a focal point of the educational endeavors at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. This facility is a leader in developing a tool to prevent pediatric falls and thereby enhance safety. This fall-prevention program is proven to be an effective tool in the prevention of unintentional injury due to falls and is used around the world.
This program exemplifies nursing excellence and is proven to help nurses deliver high quality health care for patients. The Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention tool is currently in use in more than 1,150 hospitals around the world, including facilities in all 50 U.S. states, all U.S. military branches and 18 countries situated in six continents. 

Palmetto General Hospital welcomes Barbara Vazquez as its new chief nursing officer. She has more than 12 years of experience in healthcare leadership positions and more than 10 years of nursing experience.

Vazquez earned her Associate of Science in Cardiovascular Science from the National School of Technology in Miami and her Associate of Science in Nursing from Miami-Dade College. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and her Master in nursing from Brandman University in Irvine, California, where she is currently pursuing her Doctorate in nursing.



Enrique A. Vicéns-Rivera, JD, MHSA, was recently named Chief Executive Officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami. Previously Enrique had served as chief executive officer for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Manatí which he joined on May 2010.

Enrique graduated from the College of the Holy Cross where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and he obtained a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. He obtained a master’s degree in health services administration in 2001 from the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico.

Enrique relocated to Miami from Puerto Rico where he served on the board of directors of the Puerto Rico Hospital Association and on the Board of trustees of the Carlos Albizu University.
Baptist Health South Florida announced the election of S. Lawrence “Larry” Kahn III as chairman of the founding board of directors for Miami Cancer Institute. Joining Kahn will be Phil Conway, managing director and U.S. southeast region head of the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, as secretary, and Ron Shuffield, president of EWM Realty International, as treasurer.
Kahn is president and founder of Coral Gables-based Lowell Homes. He serves on the board of directors for both Baptist Hospital and Baptist Health Medical Group. He proudly served on the design committee for Miami Cancer Institute’s new, state-of-the-art facility scheduled to open in 2016.
Phil Conway, the incoming secretary of Miami Cancer Institute, serves on the board of directors for Baptist Health Medical Group and is a member of the Baptist Health Community Benefit Committee.
Ron Shuffield, the incoming treasurer of Miami Cancer Institute, holds several board positions with Baptist Health, including vice chair of Baptist Health Enterprises and Baptist Health Outpatient Services, secretary of the Doctors Hospital board of directors and trustee of the Baptist Health board of directors. He sits on the Baptist Health Long Range Planning and Facilities Committees, as well as the Executive Committees for Baptist Health Enterprises, Baptist Outpatient Services and Doctors Hospital.



Hialeah Hospital’s Armando Sancho-Rafi, director of infection prevention, is recognized as a new member of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care committee (ECC) for the states of Alabama and Florida.
Sancho-Rafi has worked in the healthcare field for more than 30 years and has been a loyal Hialeah Hospital employee for nearly 20 years. He has been involved with the American Heart Association for more than 20 years as a provider in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.


Florida Medical Center welcomes Marvis “Ed” Price as its new chief nursing officer.

With nearly 30 years of healthcare experience, Price has served in various leadership roles. He spent the last three years as the chief nursing officer at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

Price received his Master of Business Administration from Regis University in Denver, CO and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. He is also a retired Major from the United States Air Force.
Todd D. Moritz has been named Director of Physician Services and Sales for Broward Health North (BHN).  He has worked for Broward Health for 13 years and began his career at Broward Health Imperial Point in 2002 where he served as Coordinator of Business Development-International and Men’s Health Navigator.
Moritz brings with him more than 10 years of experience in business development, physician relations, and community relations. In addition to being a member of the International Patient Program, Moritz currently serves as Secretary for the Rotary Club of Cypress Creek/Ft. Lauderdale chapter and a Board Member of the Pompano Beach Chamber.
Prior to joining Broward Health, Moritz was a securities trader on Wall Street.
Denise Rutherford has been named Regional Manager of Cardiac Services for Broward Health North (BHN). She has worked for Broward Health for 19 years and began her career at BHN in 2007 as a registered nurse for cardiac services. In July 2011, she became assistant nurse manager of cardiac services where she was instrumental in the implementation of the interventional cardiology program.
Denise earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Nursing degree from Nova Southeastern University and has obtained nursing certifications in vascular access.
Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel announced the addition of health care fraud and abuse attorney O. Benton Curtis. He will join the Miami office as senior counsel in the firm’s nationally recognized Health Law Practice Group. 
Prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Curtis served as an assistant chief for the Criminal Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice. Before his tenure with the Criminal Fraud Section, Curtis served as an assistant United States attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida.





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