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June 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 12




June 25, 2019 - Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce that Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, Susmitha Apuri, MD will be joining the statewide practice on July 1, 2019, and will be seeing patients in Inverness, (2231 Highway 44 West, Unit 203). FCS CEO, Brad Prechtl, MBA said, “Dr. Apuri brings much needed expertise in medical oncology and hematology to the central Florida community of Inverness. We are pleased to have her join the FCS family.”

June 25. 2019 – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is pleased to announce it will be hosting the Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan Community Meeting to share the assessment results. The purpose of the Community Meeting is to gather a diverse mix of public health professionals, community members, state and local health officials and community organizations so they can take a collaborative approach to discussing the needs of the community and to develop strategies and interventions. The Community Meeting will take place at the Fire Fighter Memorial Hall at 8000 NW 21st Street, Suite 222, Miami, FL 33126 on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM. 

June 26, 2019 – Florida is home to approximately 1.5 million military veterans and has the third largest veteran population in the United States. Now, veterans will care for other veterans with a project designed to train veteran nursing students to provide primary care services to veterans in rural and underserved communities. 

June 26, 2019 - The Lee Health Board of Directors and The Florida State University College of Medicine are announcing plans to create an internal medicine residency program in Cape Coral. This marks the second collaboration between the two organizations, following Lee Health’s family medicine residency program which welcomed its first class in 2014. 

June 26, 2019 - Hyundai Hope On Wheels® and the South Florida Hyundai Dealers Association presented a $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award Grant to Dr. Brian Cauff and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to help fund pediatric cancer research and programs in South Florida. The Hollywood-based facility is one of only 77 pediatric oncology departments nationally, and the only one in the region, to receive the award. 

June 25, 2019 – VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, will accept hospice-eligible patients in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties through its new office in Stuart, Florida, starting Monday, July 8, 2019. Healthcare professionals may contact the Stuart office at 772.281.5293 for referral information or download the VITAS referral app at for one-touch referrals, VITAS locations and hospice eligibility guidelines.

June  25, 2019 – The New Jersey-based nonprofit organization, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group and world renowned Cleveland Clinic Florida announced this week a new joint venture that provides expanded home health care services for residents in Broward County, Florida. The newly formed affiliation will be called Cleveland Clinic Florida Visiting Nurses.  

June 25, 2019 – Worldwide, about 44 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or a related form of dementia. Although 82 percent of seniors in the United States say it’s important to have their thinking or memory checked, only 16 percent say they receive regular cognitive assessments.   

Report on June 25 by the VA  - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ recent release of the 2018 data for the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) confirms the call center continues to outpace last year’s metrics by providing faster, more effective assistance to Veterans and their loved ones.
VCL’s fiscal year 2018 performance metrics show that since 2017, the number of calls routed to contingency crisis call centers decreased from 44,263 to 1,056, and the average speed to answer calls decreased from 8.44 seconds to 7.23 seconds.
Notice of Funding Opportunity will award 18-month planning grants to at least 10 State Medicaid Agencies
June 25, 2019 - the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity that provides State Medicaid agencies with information to apply for planning grants that will aid in the treatment and recovery of substance use disorders (SUDs), including opioid use disorder (OUD). Fighting the opioid epidemic is one of CMS’s top priorities, and the planning grants are an important step in that effort.
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