South Florida Hospital News
Wednesday September 19, 2018

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September 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 3



Holy Cross Hospital has partnered with the United Methodist Church’s Florida Conference to promote the health and well-being of its members through the hospital’s Faith Community Nursing Program.

The program is designed to assist faith communities in the development and growth of their health ministries through dedicated nurses who promote health and wellbeing by providing education, preventative care and improved access to healthcare services.
Known as faith community nurses, the role of these specialty healthcare professionals varies from institution to institution, ranging from part-time volunteers to permanent paid staff.
Faith community nurses often serve as health counselors, referral specialists, patient advocates, healthcare liaisons, support group facilitators, volunteer coordinators, visitation planners, and organizers of health and wellness activities such as blood pressure screenings, exercise programs and informational classes.
Practice guidelines for faith community nurses are outlined by the American Nurses Association.
As part of the new partnership, Holy Cross will provide nurses serving in local churches of the United Methodist Church’s Florida Conference, and particularly, its South East District, with access to educational programs, networking opportunities, and important information about community resources, including:
* 38 hours of continuing education through the Westberg Institute’s Foundations of Faith Community Nursing virtual course,
* expert consultation in the development of a faith community’s health ministry,
* and ideas and sample health information for bulletin boards, health-related posters, newsletters, and access to professional curriculum for use in health promotion and disease-prevention education.
For more information about Holy Cross Hospital’s Faith Community Nursing Program, visit or call (954) 267-9551.

The Florida Medical Association (FMA) installed Corey L. Howard, M.D., FACP, as its 142nd President during the 2018 FMA Annual Meeting. Dr. Howard is the founder of Howard Health & Wellness, a private practice with a focus on lifestyle medicine in Naples, Florida.

Dr. Howard has been an organized medicine leader at the county, state and national levels throughout his medical career. Prior to becoming FMA President-Elect in 2017, Dr. Howard had served as Speaker of the FMA House of Delegates since 2014, and as Vice Speaker from 2011 to 2014. He has been Chair of Florida’s Delegation to the AMA since 2011, and he previously served as Vice Chair (2010-2011) and Secretary (2007-2010). Dr. Howard is also a Past President of the Collier County Medical Society.
He earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology. He is Board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Three internists have joined the Holy Cross Medical Group.

Paula Arciaga, D.O., joins Holy Cross from Broward Health Medical Center, where she served as chief resident and academic committee chair while completing her internal medicine residency. Dr. Arciaga received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.
Samantha Gonzalez, M.D., joins Holy Cross from the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she served as internal medicine/primary care chief medical resident during her internal medicine and pediatrics residency. Dr. Gonzalez received her bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Miami.
Armand Rodriguez, M.D., a member of the American College of Physicians, has been serving the Broward County community for nearly 30 years. He received his medical degree from the University of South Florida, his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, and completed his residency in internal medicine at University of South Florida-affiliated hospitals in Tampa. 

Michael J. Paidas, M.D., professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and vice chair of obstetrics at Yale University School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth.

Dr. Paidas holds a number of prominent positions at Yale, including interim director of the Section of Maternal Fetal Medicine, interim section chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, program director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship, and founder and director of the Yale Women and Children’s Center for Blood Disorders and Preeclampsia Advancement.
Dr. Paidas received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University, cum laude. He completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York. He held positions at Tufts and New York University before joining the Yale faculty in 2002.

Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida has expanded its comprehensive Patient Support Services team with the addition of psychosomatic medicine physician Constanza Martinez Piñanez, M.D. Board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, Dr. Martinez Piñanez specializes in the prevention, assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders and emotional conditions ranging from anxiety and depression to fear of recurrence and cognitive deficits, which can directly affect a patient’s condition and overall health.

Dr. Martinez Piñanez earned her medical degree from National University of Asuncion in Asuncion, Paraguay. She completed a residency in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She also completed a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH. Prior to joining Miami Cancer Institute, Dr. Martinez Piñanez was a psychiatrist at Ozark Center-Freeman Health System in Joplin, MO.
Tenet Florida Physician Services (TFPS) is proud to welcome cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Hao Pan to the Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care (TFCC) office in Delray Beach.
Prior to joining TFCC, Dr. Pan was the Chief Resident in the Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX. Prior to his residency, Dr. Pan underwent internship training at the same health center. Dr. Pan graduated medical school from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in Phoenix, AZ.

Tenet Florida Physician Services is pleased to announce Lauren F. Schwartz, M.D., FAANS, FACS, an experienced and highly skilled adult and pediatric neurosurgeon, has opened an office with the Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute (PBNI). Dr. Schwartz is one of the few neurosurgeons in the country who specializes in both adult and pediatric neurosurgery.

Dr. Schwartz earned her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia PA. She completed her Internship in General Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH. She completed her neurosurgical residency training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH, with senior and chief residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University/Montefiore Medical Center, in the Bronx, NY. She completed a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, and an additional fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery with a focus on pediatric and adult neuro-oncology at The Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY. She has additional fellowship training in Cerebrovascular Surgery from the University of Texas-Southwestern in Dallas, TX.
Dr. Schwartz has held faculty appointments at two universities as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Chief Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery, at Drexel University’s College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Tufts University School of Medicine in Springfield, MA. She presently holds a faculty appointment as an affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Robert Larner M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

Gerald Lavandosky, M.D., FAAP, FCCP, senior partner at Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida, has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Lavandosky and his team at PCCSF operate JDCH’s pediatric intensive care unit. Dr. Lavandosky has been with PCCSF since 1996 and boasts 22 years of experience serving children and their families.
Dr. Lavandosky received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, and attended medical school at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, where he also served as chief resident. He went on to complete a pediatric critical care fellowship at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas/University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

HCA East Florida announces the appointment of Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar as the new Miami-Dade Market Medical Director of Cardiovascular Surgery. Drawing from his extensive experience as a cardiovascular surgeon, Farivar will lead the development of advanced cardiac programs and promote strategic growth initiatives at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, Kendall Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital.

Dr Farivar was Chairman of Cardiothoracic Services at Allina, and the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Prior to his time at Minneapolis Heart Institute, Farivar served as Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and the Surgical Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Valve Clinic and TAVR Clinic at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Farivar completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship and Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and General Surgery Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. from Boston University School of Medicine and his Bachelor of Arts, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry major from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. 

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center has announced the release of its 2018-2025 Strategic Plan. The medical center’s vision - We earn our Veterans' trust by consistently delivering compassionate and quality care – is in line with its renewed focus on putting Veterans first.

The plan outlines six detailed priorities to be implemented over the short and long term. The medical center cultivated the plan with the help of a diverse team and feedback from Veterans, Veteran Service Organizations and other stakeholders.
The priorities from the Strategic Plan include:
Priority 1: Provide excellence in care throughout the continuum of the Veteran’s life.
Priority 2: Develop a research program, cultivate academic partnerships to grow residencies.
Priority 3: Become a center of excellence in care coordination.

Priority 4: Commit to delivering exceptional care to our critical areas of need.
Priority 5: Advance our healthcare delivery system through innovation and adoption of technology.
Priority 6: Be recognized and perceived as a best place to work.
“Our strategic plan was developed through careful examination of our current operations, evaluation of the regional health care market and national trends in health care, and consideration of feedback provided from our stakeholders,” said Medical Center Director Donna Katen-Bahensky. “In line with the Veterans Health Administration Strategic Plan, our plan provides direction and aspiration for our future to ensure we provide the best care possible for Veterans.”
So far the medical center has begun implementing several actions to coincide with the Strategic Plan’s priorities to include incorporation of mandatory all staff customer service training; activation of a walk-in clinic; establishing a partnership with Palm Beach County’s Legal Aid Society to assist Veterans; expanding academic affiliations with Florida Atlantic University; becoming a Design Site for the VA’s Whole Health program; and establishing a partnership with the Area Agency on Aging to provide community resources for elderly Veterans.
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