South Florida Hospital News
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March 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 9




Interim Broward Health President/CEO Beverly Capasso has been named its President/CEO.

Capasso was appointed Broward Health’s interim President/CEO after serving on the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners. Capasso previously served as CEO at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami. She has also held senior management positions at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston and as Chief Nursing Officer at Miami’s North Shore Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare. In addition to her executive positions, she has years of experience as a registered nurse working in critical care and emergency departments.

Bo Boulenger, Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer for Baptist Health South Florida, announced the appointment of Patricia Rosello, R.N., as the new Chief Executive Officer for Baptist Hospital. Roselle has served as CEO for Baptist Outpatient Services since 2003. In this role, she has led a division of more than 1,100 employees and 800 physicians that included Baptist Health’s freestanding diagnostic imaging centers, urgent care and express care centers, Care on Demand, executive health, sleep and endoscopy centers, as well as ambulatory surgery. Under her leadership, BOS has attained some of the highest levels of patient, employee and physician satisfaction in the system while undergoing unprecedented volume and revenue growth. 



Tami Thomas, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAANP, FAAN, was appointed Associate Dean of Research at Florida International University (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences. She will transition from her former post as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to spearhead the college’s research and faculty development initiatives. Dr. Thomas will also serve as Director of the PhD in Nursing program in this new role.

Dr. Thomas is an award-winning nurse educator and prolific researcher who is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in health promotion. Her work has been credited with improving adolescent health and access to primary care for underserved populations.
Dr. Thomas’ move from the College’s Academic Affairs office to the Research office was seeded from her time on the nursing faculty at Emory University (2010-2014) and the University of Florida (1998-2005). She was director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and Specialty Coordinator for the Pediatric Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. At the University of Florida, Dr. Thomas was a coordinator of research programs for the College of Medicine’s Division of Pediatric Nephrology and Addictive Health Behaviors Institute at the University of Florida.

HCA East Florida announces the appointment of Jesse Gabuat as CNO of Plantation General Hospital (PGH).

Jesse has most recently served as the ACNO at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center since 2012. Prior to that, Jesse served as the AVP of Acute Care Services at St. Lucie Medical Center.
Jesse has been with HCA for 25 years and holds an MSN from Florida Atlantic University. Jesse received his Nurse Executive board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (MHAPBC) announced that it has hired Jeremy Morse as its new CEO.

Jeremy has most recently served as the Director of Institutional Support at Palm Beach Atlantic University and holds more than 10 years’ experience in philanthropic sector fundraising and management. Prior to that he served as VP of Social Enterprise for The Lord’s Place, where he helped grow the organization’s annual budget from $3.2 million to over $8 million in just four years. During this time, he also founded their Social Enterprise Division which created 25 jobs for formerly homeless individuals. 

Lee Health is pleased to announce the newly elected officers of its Board of Directors for 2018.

Stephen R. Brown, M.D., was unanimously elected to serve as Board Chairman for 2018. Dr. Brown was first elected to the Board in 2008, and serves as the Board’s liaison to Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, the Quality & Safety committee, Lean Transformation (process improvement) and Behavioral Health. He is a retired radiologist. Dr. Brown served as Mayor Sanibel Island (2002-03) and nine years on the Sanibel City Council. He is a member of the Sanibel Captiva Kiwanis, and serves on the Boards of Sanibel Community Housing Resource and Sanibel Captiva Charitable Foundation of the Islands.
Donna Clarke will continue to serve as Vice Chairman. David F. Collins will continue to serve as Treasurer. Therese Everly will continue to serve as Board Secretary.
In addition to the officers, other Board members include: Sanford Cohen, M.D.; Diane Champion; Jessica Carter Peer; Chris Hansen; Nancy McGovern, RN, MSM; and Stephanie Meyer, BSN, RN.

Alissa V. Fuller, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy services at Holy Cross Hospital, has been named the 2017 Director of the Year.

Fuller began her career at Holy Cross Hospital in 1992 as a clinical pharmacy specialist. Since 2014, the Delray Beach resident has served as director of pharmacy at the non-profit hospital where she manages and oversees more than 37 associates at the 24-hour hospital pharmacy and outpatient cancer center pharmacy.
Fuller was recognized for her willingness to embrace change and for taking on new administrative responsibilities successfully. She was lauded for her strong focus on customer service and for always bringing back her new knowledge to her areas of responsibility in order to respond to the ever-changing needs of the health care industry.

Broward Health Medical Center has been recognized as a Blue Distinction® Center for adult liver donor transplant care, as part of Florida Blue’s Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that demonstrate expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

In order to be named a Blue Distinction Center for transplants, hospitals must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety criteria as well as transplant-specific quality measures in one or more of the following transplant types: adult heart, adult lung, adult deceased donor liver, adult living donor liver, adult pancreas, pediatric heart, pediatric liver, or either adult or pediatric autologous/allogeneic bone marrow/stem cell transplant.
Broward Health Medical Center has performed liver transplants since February 2004, offering patients hope for a longer, more active life. The hospital provides adults with severe liver disease a care plan that is tailored to the needs of each individual patient in a dedicated unit offering state-of-the-art transplant care. 

After an intensive months-long evaluation process, members of the Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) Board of Directors and the Indian River County Hospital District (IRCHD) have selected Cleveland Clinic as the best partner to help secure the future of Indian River Medical Center.

“We were extremely fortunate to be choosing from among four exceptional organizations, all of which have unique strengths,” said IRCHD Chair Marybeth Cunningham. “We believe that a partnership with Cleveland Clinic, a world-class organization, is the best way to grow upon the foundation of quality clinical care that has been built at IRMC.”
“Throughout this process I have been incredibly impressed with the hard work, dedication, and professionalism of the IRMC physicians and staff,” said IRMC Board Chair Dr. Wayne Hockmeyer. “It is because of their commitment and the culture they’ve built that we had strong interest from terrific organizations. Cleveland Clinic shares our team’s patient-first focus, and we look forward to working with them on building a partnership that makes sense for our community.”
IRMC leadership, IRCHD trustees and Cleveland Clinic will begin preparing a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) that outlines plans for the partnership. In the months ahead, IRMC, the Trustees and Cleveland Clinic will work to finalize the terms of an agreement and will perform the detailed legal and financial due diligence that is part of reaching a definitive agreement, the next step in this process.

Darci McNally, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Director of Oncology Support Services and Community Outreach at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, has received the Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society.

McNally was recognized and rewarded for her leadership in providing care and support to patients at the Lynn Cancer Institute through support groups and one-on-one therapy.
In addition to her direct clinical interactions with patients and loved ones, McNally has spearheaded the creation of a number of signature events and programs designed to address the myriad needs of those battling cancer. Most notably, she developed the League of Ribbons at the Institute, which offers a host of different initiatives such as providing gift cards for groceries and gas, health and wellness programs for patients and the community –at –large and guided imagery, yoga, and massage therapy for patients in treatment. Concurrently, she developed the Run for the Ribbons, a highly successful 5K and one-mile Run/Walk that helps to fund the League’s offerings.     
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