South Florida Hospital News
Sunday March 18, 2018

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March 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 9




Broward Health has appointed Eileen O’Brien, SPHR, SHRM-SCP as its new associate vice president of talent acquisition. As a part of the corporate team, O’Brien will provide leadership and support through planning and direction of all employment and staffing functions at Broward Health. She will also have direct oversight of talent acquisition for Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Coral Springs, and will oversee all temporary contracting involving staffing for the system.


Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) has been awarded full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the next eight years, the maximum possible term.

“This is an exciting and important milestone for our college of medicine,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “It recognizes that we have an established and successful program that is preparing outstanding physicians.”
Broward Health has named Thomas Kester, RN, MSN, DNP, CNOR, chief nursing officer (CNO) of Broward Health Medical Center. As CNO, Kester will be responsible for providing nursing and clinical leadership and ensuring that clinical staff needs are met.  

Institution now entering Phase Two of process to accelerate and elevate its position as the preeminent academic tertiary referral medical center in the region

Officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) today announced that it has established a list of five healthcare providers as potential partners in its quest to elevate and accelerate its position as the preeminent academic tertiary referral center in the region. Culled from a group of twelve health systems that responded to the Hospital’s Request for Proposal, the providers selected include: Baptist Health South Florida, Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Healthcare System, Novant Health and Orlando Health.
“This group represents some of the most accomplished and respected healthcare systems in the country,” said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “We believe it is an affirmation of our capabilities and strengths as well as our attractiveness as a potential partner.”

Wellington Regional Medical Center (WRMC) recently announced that it has acquired the da Vinci Xi™ Surgical System, which is a sophisticated robotic platform offering  advanced minimally invasive option for major surgeries in the areas of gynecologic, urologic, thoracic, bariatric and general surgery. This is the second da Vinci Surgical System at WRMC.

“The da Vinci Xi Surgical System is an upgraded, more sophisticated version of the system that WRMC has utilized since 2013,” said Robbin Lee, CEO at WRMC.  “By providing the most up to date technology for our surgeons, they are able to provide patients with a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that reduces many of the costs and complications associated with open procedures.” 

 The Florida Department of Health is pleased to announce $2 million in research funding as part of the Live Like Bella Pediatric Cancer Research Initiative. Awarded to five universities and cancer research centers across the state, these funds will support researchers in their efforts to improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment and to develop cures for childhood cancer.

"The Live Like Bella Pediatric Cancer Research Initiative will go a long way in supporting Florida's world-class cancer researchers in making vital advancements in pediatric cancer treatment and prevention,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. "I look forward to seeing the progress made through these research grants in further protecting children fighting this deadly disease.”


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