South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday December 11, 2018

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December 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 6



Natalie K. Castellanos, JD to drive smart policy engagement in this new position
Health Foundation of South Florida, the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, has named Natalie K. Castellanos, JD as Director, Policy and Public Affairs.  In this new position, she will work closely with Health Foundation’s Vice President of Operations and Strategy Dr. Janisse Schoepp in various capacities including advancing an advocacy agenda as well as informing and engaging with community stakeholders on key policy issues impacting the health of vulnerable, low- to moderate-income South Floridians. 
Decision Marks Important Next Step in Affiliation Process
Baptist Health South Florida and Boca Raton Regional Hospital today announced that they have reached an agreement on a formal Letter of Intent regarding a strategic partnership between the respective organizations. This development marks an important step forward in structuring an agreement that would finalize the affiliation. 
“We are most pleased to have achieved this milestone in our discussions with such a prestigious and high-quality healthcare organization,” said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “It is an exciting development for our Hospital and our community and reflects the hard work and thoughtful interactions of our Ad Hoc Partnership Steering Committee, our Board and Baptist Health leadership.”
The Parkinson’s Foundation will host its first-ever conference focused on medical marijuana and Parkinson’s disease (PD) in Denver, CO, March 6-7, 2019.
“The Parkinson’s Foundation is bringing together experts from across the globe to discuss the implications and recommendations of medical marijuana use for people with Parkinson’s,” said James Beck, PhD, chief scientific officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “Now that medical marijuana is legal in 31 states and in many other countries, people are equating access to efficacy. It is imperative that we address the clinical implications of medical marijuana use among people with PD."
The University of Health System’s new Hypertension Clinic provides in-depth screening and personalized treatment for high blood pressure, the number one risk for heart attack and stroke, the leading causes of death in the United States.
“About 45 percent of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, but many don’t realize it until they show up in the emergency room,” said Maria Carolina Delgado-Lelievre, M.D., assistant professor of medicine. “Hypertension also runs in families, so it’s important for children and grandchildren to be screened, as well as adults.”

Lakeside Medical Center, a 70-bed, rural acute care teaching hospital accredited by The Joint Commission and operated by the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, is proud to be one of just five Palm Beach County hospitals to receive an ‘A’ Safety Grade from the The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Lakeside Medical Center’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. 

Hialeah Hospital paid tribute to its dedicated physicians on Cuban Doctors’ Day which commemorates the birthday of Carlos Finlay, a Cuban physician and scientist recognized as a pioneer in yellow fever research. The physicians at Hialeah Hospital enjoyed a special lunch and dessert spread as a thank you for their tireless work and dedication that they have shown to their patients. 

Only three children’s hospitals in the country have achieved this recognition for three consecutive years
Fort Myers - For the third year in a row, Lee Health’s Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has been named a “Top Children’s Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group. Only 13 children’s hospitals in the country - three in Florida - earned this prestigious distinction, which highlights each hospital’s highest commitment to safety and quality care of children. Only three children’s hospitals in the country have ever been recognized by Leapfrog for three consecutive years.
“We are honored to receive this recognition for the third year in a row. Thank you to all of the professionals who work tirelessly to create a safe and comfortable environment for the children and families in our community. We look forward to continuing to provide compassionate and quality health care for years to come,” said Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA, Lee Health President and CEO.

A team of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers are studying  why transgender women have exceptionally higher rates of acquiring HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. In a first-of-its-kind collaborative project, the LITE Study (Leading Innovation for Transgender Women's Health and Empowerment) examines behaviors and other factors that may increase disease transmission and poor health outcomes in this diverse, at-risk population.

FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work (Stempel), in collaboration with Florida State University’s (FSU) College of Nursing, have earned a $1.275 million grant to address health disparities in Native American communities in Florida.

As part of the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), FIU’s Community-Based Research Institute (CBRI), part of Stempel, will partner with the Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE), part of FSU’s College of Nursing.

Highlighting its outstanding patient safety and quality, Jupiter Medical Center is among an elite group in the nation named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.  

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