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Thursday December 14, 2017
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December 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 6

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Jupiter Medical Center is pleased to announce Donald McKenna will become the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective January 2018. McKenna currently serves as the President and CEO of St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens, GA.

This is a return to Palm Beach County for McKenna. He began his career in the early 1990’s as a Director at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. He went on to serve as Chief Operating Officer of North Ridge Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. In all, McKenna has more than 26 years of progressive and diverse health care experience, including serving as administrator and Chief Operating Officer of Wuesthoff Medical Center in Melbourne, FL.
 
McKenna earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as his master’s degree in public administration from Long Island University in Brookville, New York. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and serves on the Metro Hospitals Governing Council of the American Hospital Association.

With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Teresa C. Urquhart is the new chief operating officer at Delray Medical Center.

Prior to her current role, Urquhart was the chief operating officer at sister hospital Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Prior to her time at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Urquhart was the chief operating officer at North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, GA. Before moving to Georgia, she served as chief executive officer at, Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, SC.
 
Urquhart received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Records Administration at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. She continued her education and earned her Master of Arts in Health Services Administration from Webster University in El Paso, TX.
 

Karen Davis, a Senior Director of Alvarez and Marsal, a national leader in healthcare consulting, was selected to be Interim President and CEO of Indian River Medical Center by the IRMC Board of Directors.

Davis will take the helm of IRMC from Jeffrey Susi, who is retiring from the CEO role on December 31 after nearly two decades of distinguished service.
 
Davis has also been CEO of Metro West Hospital in Framingham, MA, and has been Interim CEO at other acute care hospitals, as well as serving as President and COO of the Imaging Division of HealthSouth.  Davis has a Master in Health Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
 
 

The Lee Health Auxiliaries, including Cape Coral Hospital Auxiliary, Gulf Coast Medical Center Auxiliary and Lee Memorial Auxiliary (which includes HealthPark Medical Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Lee Memorial Hospital), recently installed their new boards of directors and officers for 2017-2018. 

The auxilian leaders installed for the 2017-2018 year include:
 
Cape Coral Hospital Auxiliary
Carol Anderson, President
Tom Grippe, President-Elect
Lynne Benson, Vice President – Membership
Jocelyne Pickel, Vice President – Fundraising
Arlene Tompkins, Recording Secretary
Jack Hess, Treasurer
Ginny Cappucci, Assistant Treasurer
 
Gulf Coast Medical Center Auxiliary
Eileen Winter, President
Gary Gold, President-Elect
Ned Bolton, Vice President
Mary Callaway, Treasurer
Kathleen Capobianco, Secretary
 
Lee Memorial Auxiliary
Jim Andrews, President
Sandy Heise, President-Elect/Vice President – Membership
Jean Perkins, Vice President – Fundraising
Karen Endersbee, Vice President – Lee Memorial Hospital
Ketki Shah, Vice President – HealthPark Medical Center
Bob Lotz, Vice President – Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
Nancy Sammons, Secretary
Ron Currie, Treasurer

Broward Health welcomes Jennifer S. Cohen as its Associate Vice President of Benefits and Wellness.

Cohen has extensive experience in employee benefits. She was most recently the Director of Benefits for Memorial Healthcare System. Prior to that she spent 10 years at the University of Miami as the Executive Director of HR-Benefits. At the University, she oversaw all aspects of benefits for faculty, staff and students and led the group that launched two onsite health and wellness clinics for employees.
 
Cohen earned bachelor’s degrees from both the University of Florida and Florida International University. She is a Certified Financial Planner and holds a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation.
 
 
 
 

Delray Medical Center is the first hospital in South Florida to implant a new device used to seal off the left atrial appendage (LAA) — a small appendage connected to the left atrium — in patients diagnosed with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). The device, the Abbott AMPLATZER™ Amulet™ Left Atrial Appendage Occluder, is currently being evaluated in the AMPLATZER Amulet U.S. IDE Clinical Trial to determine the device’s safety and effectiveness.

Dr. Brij Maini, Regional Medical Director of Transcatheter Therapies for Tenet Healthcare’s Coastal Division, implanted the AMPLATZER Amulet occluder, which was designed to reduce the risk of stroke in patients suffering from non-valvular AF.
 
“We’re extremely pleased with the results of this technology, and what it can do to enhance patient care, said Dr. Maini. “This procedure can help extend lives and improve outcomes for those who are suffering from atrial fibrillation.”
 
The AMPLATZER Amulet occluder works by blocking the LAA at its opening, which minimizes the opportunity for blood clots to form in the LAA and migrate into the bloodstream. The occluder is built with a longer lobe and waist than the previous version and was designed to allow for easier and more stable placement, which could result in shorter procedure times for patients. The device is offered in eight sizes to accommodate varying anatomies and is designed to address a wider range of complex patient anatomies.
 

Thanks to a new partnership between the School District of Palm Beach County and Genesis Community Health, residents of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach – along with school students and staff – will have access to convenient medical clinics located inside Atlantic and Boynton Beach high schools.

Early next year, Genesis Community Health, a non-profit, long-term healthcare clinic dedicated to serving patients of all economic levels, will oversee two clinics inside Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach Community High School. The clinics will offer preventive health services including screening for vision, hearing, asthma, obesity, scoliosis, tuberculosis and other medical conditions, first aid, and required and recommended immunizations.
 
A Family Nurse Practitioner will be on site to diagnose conditions and prescribe medications, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker will be on staff to assist students and their families with issues related to mental health and poverty. Genesis CEO DeAnna Warren said Boynton Beach and Atlantic high schools were selected for their high numbers of students who receive free- and reduced-price lunches, an indicator of poverty.
 
Genesis will open the clinics to students, staff and parents of students and will expand its services to residents shortly afterward.
 
The clinics, which are free to students, will be open when school is in session. They will be closed on weekends and when school is closed for summer and other breaks, according to the contract with the school district. The clinics will bill Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance if adult patients are covered, and charge a sliding fee for the uninsured.
 
Genesis is securing funding from the Florida Department of Health for the new clinics and is currently seeking funding from other foundations and private donors to support the venture, Warren said.

Ana Silva, D.O., a specialist in diabetes, endocrine system diseases and disorders, has opened a Fort Lauderdale based practice with Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS). Dr. Silva is on-staff at Florida Medical Center, a Campus of North Shore, located in Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Silva is board-certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. She completed her education and training in South Florida. Dr. Silva finished medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie, FL. She went on to complete an internal medicine internship and residency at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, followed by a Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami.
 
In 2016, Dr. Silva successfully established the Endocrinology Department at Pinnacle Medical Group in Bradenton, FL. 

Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) welcomes board certified internist and dermatologist Lilia Correa-Selm, M.D., to its multi-specialty group of physicians.

Dr. Correa-Selm was the Chief Resident during her dermatology residency at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then completed a Mohs and Dermatologic Oncology fellowship in Affiliated Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons at the Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ. She is also an international dermatologist from her home country (Venezuela), where she attended medical school.
 
After graduating from medical school, she spent one year as a physician in a remote underserved area of South America. Subsequently, she performed research at Harvard's renowned Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, completed her Internal Medicine residency at Cornell New York Downtown Hospital and performed research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer in New York. 

Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA, Lee Health’s President and CEO, was recently appointed and installed to the 2017-2018 Florida Hospital Association’s (FHA’s) Board of Trustees.

Dr. Antonucci has nearly 35 years of leadership experience - both as a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) and as a health care executive.
 
In 2007, Dr. Antonucci joined Lee Health as Chief Administrative Officer for Cape Coral Hospital. By 2009, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Hospital Services for the health system and assumed responsibility for Physician Services in early 2010. In October 2011, Dr. Antonucci was named Chief Operating Officer for the health system, and assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2017.
 
 
 
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