South Florida Hospital News
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May 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 11




Although the renowned D.O. program at Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic (NSU-KPCOM) has been the college’s cornerstone since its establishment in 1979, the KPCOM also offers an array of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs that span the health care spectrum.

Individuals who are affected by scleroderma can learn about their disease and about helpful strategies for living and caring for someone with a chronic illness at the 21st annual Scleroderma Patient Education Day, June 2, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, 1200 North Ocean Boulevard in Pompano Beach.

We live in an exciting era where healthcare is undergoing a continuous digital transformation. As a faculty member at FIU’s Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, and a Research Associate at the VA HSR&D/RR&D Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, my research involves the use of innovative analytics methods to augment provider effectiveness and improve patient experience.

Allyssa Tobitt is the Assistant Vice President of Operations of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, a 407-bed acute care facility of HCA East Florida. As Assistant Vice President of Operations, Tobitt leads process improvement and special projects in support of the Chief Operating Officer for all Ancillary, Support and Peri-Operative services.

The nation’s leading hospice provider has developed the first mobile scanning referral app for practitioners. As easy as aim-snap-send, referrals to VITAS Healthcare are quick, secure and simple, eliminating the need for outdated, time-consuming faxing.

Boris Serrano is a continuous care team manager and registered nurse with VITAS Healthcare of Miami-Dade, where he leads a team of practitioners, nurses, and nursing assistants who care for patients in nursing home facilities or their private homes. Patients under his care are in crisis, needing continuous, around-the-clock care.

On a daily basis, Crystal Allwardt cares for mothers and babies post-partum at Memorial Hospital West. “It’s exactly the hospital and department I dreamed of working in since I decided to become a nurse. I landed my dream job.”

Mayra Guerrero joined the Coral Gables Hospital family three years ago, and has been employed with its parent company, Tenet Healthcare, since 2004. She works in the surgical step down unit, and is also an assistant nurse manager. Mayra says that she wanted to become a nurse because she worked at a nursing home and saw how much the elderly needed help, and that was her motivation and inspiration.

Friends and family always told Eric Binder he would make a great nurse. When he finally listened to their suggestion, he quickly realized they were right. Eric has been a nurse on staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center’s emergency department for the past eight years. 

As the Director of the OR at West Boca Medical Center, Zofia Gianelli is considered the straw that stirs the drink when it comes to everything going smoothly for the doctors, nurses and patients who are having surgery at the hospital. Zofia has 32 years of experience as a nurse, and has provided the last 22 of them at West Boca Medical Center. 

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