South Florida Hospital News
Thursday March 23, 2017

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March 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 9




Baptist Health South Florida and Fishermen’s Community Hospital have signed an affiliation agreement. The closing of the affiliation is expected to occur June 30, 2017 and is subject to various contingencies and approvals.

Both organizations have compatible not-for-profit cultures committed to quality and community benefit.
“Baptist Health and Fishermen’s Community Hospital share a similar mission of providing high-quality, compassionate care to our communities,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health South Florida. “This affiliation will help to complement the excellent care that Baptist Health already provides at Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, and will provide patients in the Florida Keys with expanded access to Baptist Health’s services and physicians across South Florida.”
“We are excited to become a part of Baptist Health South Florida and to continue our work in providing exceptional care to our community,“ said Peter Chapman, chairman of the Fishermen’s Community Hospital Board of Trustees. “Baptist Health is known throughout the region for their excellence in patient care and their community-focused mission. We share their vision and look forward to working with our new partner for the benefit of our patients and employees.”
The Partners in Breast Health program (PIBH) at the not-for-profit Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale has received a $22,000 grant from the 1000+ Club to Benefit Cancer, Inc.
Since 2011, PIBH has provided outreach education, clinical breast exams, screening mammograms and diagnostic procedures to uninsured, lower income and minority women age 40 and older who lack access to healthcare services. The program also offers services to uninsured symptomatic women who are younger than 40.
PIBH aims to reduce late stage breast cancer diagnosis, decrease death in minority populations and provide screening mammograms each year to uninsured individuals living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Martin Health System is pleased to announce that Amy Longar, R.N., M.S.N., is the new director of the Health and Healing program and bariatric services. Longar has been employed at Martin Health for 12 years and was formerly the director of patient throughput and staffing.

In her new role, Longar will oversee services designed to help keep people well by providing diabetes and nutrition education, nutritional counseling, weight management and tobacco cessation. The Health and Healing program at Martin Health is designed to address chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and lung cancer.
Longar is very excited to be working with the Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at Martin Health as she has had personal experience with this service line. In 2015, she underwent sleeve gastrectomy and has had great success in making significant lifestyle changes and losing weight. 

Lee Health is proud to welcome John Chomeau, chief population health officer.

In his career, Chomeau served as the president of Magellan Health where he managed the Commercial Division and led the transformation of the organization to deliver population-specific, risk-bearing clinical solutions through integrated behavioral, medical and pharmacy protocols. He formerly served as president and chief operating officer/head of Medicare of Aetna where he repositioned the Medicare segment for record growth and restored the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) post-sanction relationship for Aetna’s future success. He also served as the vice president/general manager of Medica where he led the Center for Healthy Aging, the Medicare and individual and family divisions and was an officer of Medica.

Good Samaritan Medical Center welcomes Cheryl Wild, RN, MSN, MBA, as its new chief nursing officer.

Cheryl has nearly 30 years of healthcare experience. She has held a variety of executive nursing positions throughout her career, most recently serving as the interim director for Clinical Research in south Florida; Coastal Region and for four years as the assistant chief nursing officer at sister hospital, Delray Medical Center. Previously, Wild worked as Delray’s director of cardiac telemetry services and director of medical oncology and medical surgical services.
Wild earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Trenton State College and earned her Master of Business Administration from Trinity University. Wild then earned her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Health Systems Management from Drexel University. 

At Quantum Foundation’s first board meeting of the year, Palm Beach resident Donna Mulholland assumed the position of Chair of the Board of Trustees for the next two years. Mulholland has served as a board member for the local private health foundation since 2008 and has served as Chair of the organization’s Grants Committee since 2000.

Quantum Foundation also welcomes new Board member, well-known local pediatrician Dr. Ronald Romear, joins the organization as a full trustee after serving for a year on the Grants Committee.
Ethel Isaacs Williams assumes the role of Grants Committee Chair with Daniel Alberttis as Secretary/Treasurer and Michael Dixon as the Chair of the Finance & Investment Committee.

Broward Health North’s Comprehensive Stroke Center welcomes Maida Castillo, RN, BSN, CNRN, SCRN, to her new position as Clinical Specialist/Stroke Coordinator.

Maida has been a Neuroscience Nurse for 10 years and Assistant Nurse Manager for the last 6 years on the Stroke Unit. Maida is also an instructor for the BHN Advance Stroke Life Support Training Center. Maida is President, Gold Coast Chapter, AANN. 

Genevieve Cua Boucher, PT, DPT, CWS, has been named Regional Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Broward Health North. Genevieve began her career at Broward Health North in 2000 working as a staff physical therapist. In 2009, Genevieve became the Coordinator of the Wound Care Center before helping to create the Wound and Hyperbaric Center. In addition to her new role as manager of Rehabilitation Services, Genevieve will remain as Regional Manager of the Wound and Hyperbaric Center. Genevieve received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of the Philippines, Manila and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in Arizona.


Bethesda Health is pleased to announce Shawn Franklin as the Executive Director of Integrated Networks.

Franklin was most recently the Executive Director of Holy Cross Physician Partners, LLC, in Fort Lauderdale where since 2012, he led efforts to establish one of Southeast Florida’s first Clinically Integrated Networks.
Prior to his tenure at Holy Cross, Franklin was Chief Operating Officer of Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches (MSPB). Franklin also served as the Compliance Officer and interim CEO for the organization. Prior to MSPB, Franklin held senior management positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida for nearly ten years.

Lee Health is pleased to announce the newly elected officers of its Board of Directors for 2017.

Sanford N. Cohen, M.D., will continue to serve as Board Chairman. He is former Chair of the Pediatrics Department at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Chief of Pediatrics for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He also served as dean and the university’s provost before retiring as a professor.
Donna Clarke will serve as Vice Chairman. She is a former Florida State Representative and has served as an adjunct professor with State College of Florida.
David F. Collins will continue to serve as Treasurer. He has been a mortgage banker for over 20 years.
Therese Everly will serve as Board Secretary. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and licensed Florida Realtor.
In addition to the officers, other Board members include: Steve Brown, M.D.; Diane Champion;
Jessica Carter Peer; Chris Hansen; Nancy McGovern, R.N., M.S.M.; and Stephanie Meyer, B.S.N., R.N.
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