South Florida Hospital News
Sunday November 18, 2018

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November 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 5



With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Teresa C. Urquhart returns to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center to serve as the hospital’s chief executive officer. She will be responsible for overseeing all strategic, operational and clinical activities at the hospital. 
“Teresa’s return to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is a homecoming for her,” said CEO of Tenet Healthcare’s Palm Beach Group, Maggie Gill. “We are thrilled to have her back in this role, serving in the community where she lives.”

Susan G. Komen South Florida based in West Palm Beach, Florida has significantly expanded its reach to become Susan G. Komen Florida.  The new state-wide organization will serve the entire state, except for Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, which will continue to be supported by Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. 

MediXall Group Inc., (OTCQB: MDXL), creator of, a new generation healthcare marketplace platform designed to address the growing need of self-pay and high deductible consumers for greater transparency and price competition in their healthcare costs, is pleased to announce today the appointment of Kuldeep Hajela, CPA as CFO of and to the MediXall Group Board of Advisors. Mr. Hajela brings more than 20 years of executive-level financial leadership in the healthcare industry to MediXall and holds a CPA and law degree.

Broward Health has recently seen growth in its employed physician group. Since January 2018, Broward Health Physician Group has added 20 physicians to its employed medical staff. With specialties that include adult and pediatric primary care, cardiology, interventional cardiology, infectious disease, vascular surgery, transplant surgery, thoracic surgery, hematology/oncology and adult and pediatric endocrinology, the Broward Health Physician Group continues to meet the growing and diverse healthcare needs of Broward County residents.

Press Ganey, a national leader in healthcare performance improvement, recently recognized The Lennar Foundation Medical Center of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, Guardian of Excellence in patient engagement. 
“Our dedicated Lennar team is setting the standard for clinical and service excellence throughout UHealth and throughout South Florida,” said Edward Abraham, M.D., executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of UHealth. 

Transplant surgeon Jason Vanatta, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been named Surgical Director of Abdominal Transplantation at Cleveland Clinic Florida, a leading institute for adult liver, kidney and heart transplantation and the largest provider of solid organ transplantation in Broward County. In addition to maintaining the Transplant Center’s high standard of care, Dr. Vanatta will focus on expanding the living donor program at Cleveland Clinic Florida to augment opportunities for patients on the organ transplant waiting list. 

The brain’s neural network is a complex electric circuit of interconnected neurons – there are about 80 billion neurons in just one brain. A defect in the circuitry leads to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Controlling neurons remotely might be a way of treating the millions of people who suffer from neurodegenerative diseases. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded FIU $450,000 to research wirelessly controlled nanotransducers that repair the neural circuitry in the brain.

Two dedicated members of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County team have received special recognition for their work improving the health of the Glades communities. Sandra Gove Chamblee, Vice Chair of the Lakeside Health Advisory Board and Terri Calsetta, Lakeside Medical Center’s Director of Patient Experience and Hospital Communications were honored by the Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network in October for their achievements supporting rural health.

The Palm Beach Children’s Hospital recently hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Kosher Pantry, made possible through the hospital’s partnership with Chai Lifeline. In efforts to adequately meet the needs of the hospital’s Orthodox Jewish patients and visitors, many of whom travel from all over the world, this space will provide the resources they need for their nutrition habits.

An innovative study by the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute of the Department of Neurology in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine aims to determine what factors contribute to successful aging in seniors 85 and older.
“We are looking for super-agers who are socially active, engaged in hobbies, exercise regularly and are brain healthy,” said Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and public health sciences, and the principal UM investigator for the collaborative McKnight Brain Aging Registry study.
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