South Florida Hospital News
Friday August 18, 2017

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August 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 2




Cleveland Clinic Florida, Broward County’s largest provider of solid organ transplantation, conducted its 500th organ transplant on June 29, making it the fastest growing center in the state. The living donor kidney received by 21-year-old Jazmine Serrano of Port St. Lucie, Florida, was donated by her 24-year-old sister Naraly Serrano.

“Achieving this milestone in four short years is a testament to both the need for transplantation services in South Florida and the caliber of complex care available at Cleveland Clinic Florida,” said Wael Barsoum, M.D., President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “Our team of nationally recognized transplant specialists has done outstanding work to provide the highest quality care and outcomes for patients in need of adult kidney, liver and heart transplantation.”
Cleveland Clinic Florida received approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing to perform adult liver and kidney transplants in 2013 and adult heart transplants in 2014. To date, the center has completed 297 kidney, 157 liver and 46 heart transplantations.

Gastro Health, LLC has acquired the practice of Digestive Health Physicians and Outpatient Anesthesia Specialists, LLC in Fort Myers. The acquisition marks Gastro Health’s first office outside of South Florida and poises the company for growth in new geographic markets.

Digestive Health Physicians is comprised of four physicians, as well as two physician assistants. The office will become Gastro Health’s 25th location and the company’s first in Southwest Florida.
Led by James W. Penuel, Jr. M.D., providers for this practice include Andree A. Dadrat, M.D., Mark S. O’Konski, M.D. and Paul L. Yudelman, M.D. All four physicians have had board certifications with the American Board of Internal Medicine as well as the ABIM/Gastroenterology and many hold leadership roles at the hospitals for which they provide service 

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously re-elected its Board Chair and officers: Philip H. Ward, III, as Chair of the Health Care District Board, Brian R. Lohmann as Vice Chair, and Nancy C. Banner, Esq. as Secretary. Ward was appointed to the Health Care District Board by Florida Governor Rick Scott in October 2011 and was re-appointed in May 2016. He also serves on the District’s Quality Patient Safety and Compliance Committee.

Ward is president and managing partner of Ward Damon, a multi-disciplined law firm which he co-founded in 1987. He is Chair of the county’s Infrastructure Surtax Independent Citizen Oversight Committee, the Vice Chair and member of the Board of Trustees of BIZPAC, former Chair of the Palm Beach Business Development Board, as well as a member of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.

NAI/Merin Hunter Codman, Inc., Palm Beach County’s leading commercial real estate services firm, is proud to announce, Managing Director, Barbara LeBrun’s 2017-2018 elected appointment to Leadership Palm Beach County’s Board of Governors.

Since 1983, Leadership Palm Beach County, a nonprofit organization, has brought together select leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to deepen their civic commitment and awareness of diverse issues and industries.
“For over three decades, NAI/Merin Hunter Codman has been a leader in both Palm Beach County commercial real estate and civic involvement. Our success is largely due to the firm’s belief that only through civic leadership can NAI/Merin Hunter Codman’s partners, brokers and staff gain a deep empathy and understanding of the community and market in which they serve. Barbara LeBrun, SIOR encapsulates this belief. I congratulate Barbara and her accomplishment, it is an honor to work closely with someone of her caliber, who is truly dedicated to the success of Palm Beach County“, stated Jordan Paul, CEO of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman.

Todd Lengnick, a licensed clinical psychologist, has been appointed director of Care and Counseling, a comprehensive behavioral health program at Baptist Health South Florida. Formerly known as Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center, the program has provided behavioral health support to our community for more than 40 years.

Lengnick was clinical director of the STAR Program at Citrus Health Network-Community Mental Health Center in Hialeah. His work experience includes conducting psychological evaluations in crisis units and detention centers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to determine placement needs and develop recommendations. Lengnick, who is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University and Barry University, is fluent in English and Spanish and competent in American Sign Language.

Palmetto General Hospital has appointed Leisha Peters as its new compliance officer. Peters has extensive experience in corporate compliance working in a similar role for the past four years at a children’s hospital in South Florida as an ethics and compliance specialist.

Peters has a certification in health care compliance and health care privacy compliance from the Health Care Compliance Association. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry and her Masters of Health Services Administration from Florida International University. 

Baptist Health South Florida has named Joe Natoli as its new executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

Natoli is a proven leader with vast experience in healthcare, higher-education, and media. Most recently, as senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer for the University of Miami, he was responsible for finance and treasury, information technology, human resources, real estate and facilities, research administration, campus security, supply chain, risk management and auxiliary operations. From 2013 to 2015, he also served as interim chief operating officer for the University of Miami Health System.
Prior to joining the University of Miami, Natoli worked for Knight Ridder, Inc., serving as chairman and publisher of company’s largest newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, president and publisher of San Jose Mercury News, and president of The Miami Herald Publishing Company.  He is a respected community leader who has chaired or co-chaired community-wide United Way campaigns in Miami-Dade County, Silicon Valley and Philadelphia.

Good Samaritan Medical Center welcomes Heather Schneider, DBA, as its new chief financial officer.

Prior to coming to Good Samaritan, Schneider served in the same position at Tenet sister hospital Florida Medical Center, a campus of North Shore in Broward County. She also worked as the CFO at The Hospitals of Providence East Campus in El Paso, TX.
Schneider received her Associates Degree from Florida State University in Accounting. She then went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Business at Florida Institute of Technology. Schneider completed her Master’s in Business at Nova Southeastern University, she also received her Doctorate in Business Health Services from Nova Southeastern University.  

Genesis Community Health, Inc. recently welcomed Keisha Henry as its new Director of Social Services. A licensed clinical social worker, Henry joined Genesis in June.

Henry was drawn to social work after being advised by two different mentors – the chair of the Social Work Department at St. Leo University, where she earned her B.A. in Public Administration, and a nun at Catholic Charities, where she worked as a professional guardian before earning her M.A. in Social Work at Barry University. Although initially driven to become an attorney, Henry changed paths after one year in law school.
Prior to joining Genesis, Henry worked as a Youth Services Coordinator for the Palm Beach County Youth Services Department and as a Casework Supervisor and Case Manager for the Palm Beach County Human Services Department. Her career also includes working as an Inpatient Counselor for Palm West Hospital and a social worker I, MSW.

Gastro Health welcomes Andres Gelrud, M.D., as its newest gastroenterologist. Dr. Gelrud will also serve as Director of the Pancreatic Disease Program at Baptist Health System’s Miami Cancer Institute.

Dr. Gelrud is board certified in gastroenterology. He performed his internship and residency at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. He also completed his fellowships in gastroenterology, pancreatology and interventional endoscopy at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also obtained his Master’s degree in Clinical Investigator Training at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
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