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Sunday July 22, 2018
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July 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 1

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Century Ambulance Service is set to expand to South Florida where it will provide ambulance transport and patient logistics services in Broward County beginning July 9. A staple in the Florida healthcare community, Century Ambulance will serve patients and healthcare customers from a new station in Ft. Lauderdale.

“We’re not just an ambulance company, we’re the local community’s healthcare partner,” Century Ambulance General Manager Matthew Johnson said. “We bring not only high-quality ambulance service to the area, but logistics solutions through our Covalent Health brand.”
 
Century Ambulance’s latest expansion is the Jacksonville-based company’s second in as many years. In
June 2017, Century Ambulance opened a station in Panama City, Florida, from which it provides service to Bay County. Broward County will be Century Ambulance’s 12th county of operation and its first outside of North Florida and the Florida Panhandle, where it already provides close to 90,000 transports per year.
 
Ft. Lauderdale is the ideal location from which Century Ambulance will provide its comprehensive transport services to state’s second most populous county. In addition to inter-facility transport services ranging from basic life support (BLS) to critical care transports (CCT), Century offers logistics tools and services surrounding the transport process that streamline efficiency for hospitals and health systems.
 
Leading up to its latest operational rollout, Century Ambulance selected industry veteran Jonathan Pauwels to serve as its Broward County Operations Manager. Pauwels was one of the Florida’s first community paramedics and has nearly a decade of emergent and non-emergent ambulance transport experience, all in the South Florida region in which he will provide local leadership for Century.
 
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of Century Ambulance,” said Pauwels. “We hope to change how ambulance transportation is provided in South Florida.”

David Hurst, M.D., has joined the staff at Indian River Medical Center as a primary care physician.

Dr. Hurst earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Florida before completing his medical education at Cebu Doctors’ University in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. After a pediatrics clerkship at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, he completed clerkships in anesthesiology and infectious diseases along with an internal medicine internship at the Cleveland Clinic. He completed his residency in family practice at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.
 
Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Hurst is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Before joining the staff at Indian River Medical Center, he served patients at the Heart & Family Institute in Port St. Lucie.
 

Physiatrist Melissa Guanche, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group as part of Baptist Health Center for Spine Care. She specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation that aims to enhance and restore the functional ability of patients with physical impairments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons.

Dr. Guanche is Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She received her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where she served as chief resident. Her postdoctoral training also includes a fellowship in sports medicine at OSS/Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in York, PA.

Leading New York City cardiac surgeon, Allan S. Stewart, M.D., FACS, has been named chief of cardiac surgery at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida.

Dr. Stewart comes to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute from Mount Sinai Health System in New York, where he served as director of the Center for Aortic Disease, co-director of the Heart Valve Repair Center and medical director of International Medicine. He has been included on New York Magazine’s list of “Best Doctors” for ten consecutive years.
 
Dr. Stewart earned his medical degree at Rutgers University School of Medicine in Newark, NJ. He completed an internship and chief residency in general surgery at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, a research fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) dedicated the Center’s Family Living Center to the SMART Ride (Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride) in May. CDTC’s Comprehensive Family AIDS Program (CFAP) is one of seven programs in the state selected to benefit from the annual cycling event. Over the past seven years, CFAP has received more than $850,000 to provide vital medical and social services to women and children infected and affected by HIV in Broward County.

The SMART Ride is a two-day, 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West that raises funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS. Founder Glen Weinzimer and President & CEO John Rogatzki guarantee 100% of the funds raised provide direct services to those most in need. CDTC is one of seven HIV/AIDS agencies in the state chosen to take part in this year's ride.
 
Members of the CDTC Cyclones team ride and fundraise to help CFAP go beyond what insurance provides and enrich the health and lives of clients. SMART Ride dollars at the Center covers HIV testing, medical care and medications when insurance is not enough. Care Coordinators and Social Workers can also remove barriers to care thanks to funds from the ride. Transportation, support groups, retreats, summer camp, emergency assistance and HIV education are all provided by funds raised at the Ride.

Lee Health has released a free mobile app for Apple iOS and Android. Whether someone is searching for a physician, finding a facility, looking for upcoming events, reading the latest wellness information or making an appointment with their health care provider, the Lee Health Mobile App is the gateway to the health system.

Another valuable feature of Lee Health Mobile is the secure, personalized access to portions of the user’s medical record through MyChart. MyChart access enables users to:
· View test results and health summaries
· Request prescription renewals
· Communicate electronically and securely with their medical team
· Access trusted health information resources
· Manage and view statements and bills, and make payments
 
To download Lee Health Mobile, search “Lee Health” in the app store (iTunes or Google Play).

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has received a $2.8 million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for a four-year project titled, “Caring-based Academic Partnerships in Excellence (CAPE) RNs in Primary Care,” to recruit and prepare nursing students and registered nurses (RNs) to practice the full scope of their license in community-based primary care teams. This latest HRSA grant is the third awarded to FAU’s College of Nursing over three consecutive years and totaling $6.4 million.

FAU has partnered with the West Palm Beach Veteran Affairs Medical Center and their interprofessional health care teams who provide services in 26 primary care clinics; Community Health of South Florida, Inc. in Miami; Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale; Caridad Center in Boynton Beach; and FAU’s Community Health Center in West Palm Beach. FAU’s College of Nursing is working in concert with these partners to increase access to care while emphasizing prevention and control of chronic diseases in non-institutional settings.
 
“The overarching goal of our project is to create healthier communities in rural and underserved populations,” said Karethy A. Edwards, Dr.PH, ARNP, project director, associate dean of academic programs and a professor in FAU’s College of Nursing. “With this latest grant from HRSA, we will educate and provide clinical training to establish a primary care workforce of students with a bachelor of science in nursing degree who are practice ready and willing to serve our veterans and patients in rural and underserved communities.” 

Susan M. Newton has been named chief operating officer (COO) of Broward Health North.

With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare operations and financial management, Newton has served in several leadership positions within the Broward Health system, most recently at Broward Health Imperial Point, where she was the hospital’s chief financial officer (CFO) since 2005. She also held the director of finance position at Broward Health Medical Center for nine years and was assistant CFO at Easton Hospital in Pennsylvania.
 
Newton has an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree from Knox College in Illinois, where she graduated cum laude. She is a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), a Best Choice Plus board member at Broward Health, and president of Total Claims Administration, Inc. Newton is also a past president of the Rotary Club of Ft. Lauderdale/Cypress Creek. 
Susan G. Komen South Florida is proud to announce the addition of Josh Hirsch. Hirsch, who has worked in the Palm Beach County nonprofit community since 2006, will serve as the director of mission and communications.
 
Hirsch currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and will become President-Elect beginning in January 2019. He is a member of Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2017.
 
Hirsch has a Certificate in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from Bay Path College. He received a Master of Science in Family, Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida and received a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Florida. 
 
 

Compassionate Care Hospice is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexander Fiuza, Ph.D., as their new community liaison for Miami Dade County.

Dr. Fiuza has strong communications skills and the ability to build rapport with patients, families and physicians, He is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and French, and understands the dynamics of South Florida s diverse population base.
 
Dr. Fiuza serves on the Miami-Dade County Coalition on Aging, and a member of Rallying Points National Resource Center on Diversity. Before joining Compassionate Care, Dr. Fiuza was Director of Client Services at Matrix for Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and previously director of community services for Catholic Hospice in Miami, responsible for community outreach, fundraising, and marketing.
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