South Florida Hospital News
Friday September 30, 2016

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September 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 3




Palmetto General Hospital, part of the Advanced Neuroscience Network (ANN), earns recognition from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. As one of only two in South Florida and four in the state with this distinction, the hospital is part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly specialized stroke care.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is the only hospital from Miami to Jacksonville to commercially utilize the Abbott Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold in the treatment of coronary artery disease. The innovative device is inserted into a patient’s clogged artery to keep it open and restore blood flow, and then gradually disappears in about three years. It is made of naturally dissolving material and is designed to reduce the risk of future blockages that can occur with traditional metal stents.

Kaufman Rossin announced that it has once again been recognized as one of the Top 100 firms nationwide by INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA).  

For 2016, the firm ranked 51st with a net revenue of $75 million. IPA’s annual list recognizes the accounting firms with the highest net revenue in the United States.
“Our dedication to providing the best possible client experience and innovative service delivery has helped our firm to continually rank among the top CPA and advisory firms in the U.S. and in Florida,” said Blain Heckaman, CPA, managing principal of Kaufman Rossin. 

Statewide law firm Broad and Cassel announced Shachi Mankodi, senior counsel in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the Broward County Bar Association’s (BCBA) Women in Leadership Committee.

As a member of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group, Mankodi represents individuals and organizations in licensure disputes and proceedings as well as compliance and reimbursement matters involving the Medicaid and Medicare programs. She also has been involved in coordinating state health care policy for the Office of the Governor and has provided legislative policy analysis and recommendations to executive agencies.

Broward Health North would like to welcome Robyn Huebsch, B.S.N., R.N., as the new full time EMS Liaison. Robyn began her career on a medical/ surgical unit at Broward Health Medical Center after graduating from Broward College with Associates in Nursing. She always knew she wanted to be an ER Nurse; she then transitioned to BHMC’s ER in 2011.

After completing her Bachelor in Nursing in 2015, Robyn started to search for a position that would combine her nursing knowledge with her passion for quality healthcare. She currently serves as the liaison between the hospital and emergency service providers to improve quality through communication and building stronger relationships.

West Boca Medical Center welcomes Barbara Bzura as director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and pediatrics department.

During her nine-year tenure as director of the NICU and maternal addiction program at another South Florida hospital, she served on several committees, including staffing, ethics, patient safety and infection control.
Bzura earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette. She continued her education at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, where she earned her master’s in nursing and graduated with honors.

Florida Medical Center welcomes Tri Nguyen as the Director of Continuous Quality Improvement.

With nearly 10 years of healthcare experience, Tri is certified by the National Association for Healthcare Quality Association and is working on her American College of Healthcare Executives Association certification.

With over 30 years of healthcare human resources experience, Timothy Howard is Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s new chief human resources officer.

Prior to his appointment at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Howard served as the chief human resources officer at Tenet’s Fountain Valley Regional Hospital in California for 10 years.
Howard achieved his Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He is currently finishing up his Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. 

The South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners, that oversees all actions of Memorial Healthcare System, elected its officers at the July board meeting. Laura Raybin Miller was elected Chairman, Doug Harrison was elected Vice Chairman and Karen Harrington was elected Secretary/Treasurer. The board members serving alongside the officers are Jose Basulto, Hobel Florido, Vic Narang, and newly appointed board member Frank Ledee.

West Boca Medical Center welcomes Robin McCarl-Galbavy as director of the Medical Surgical Unit.

McCarl-Galbavy joins West Boca with nearly 40 years of healthcare experience under her belt. In her most recent role, McCarl-Galbavy served as the director of medical, surgical and telemetry services at a hospital on Florida’s west coast, where she was responsible for six nursing units and over 250 employees.
McCarl-Galbavy earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Towson University and a master’s in health management from St. Thomas University in Miami.
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