South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday September 17, 2019
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May 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 11

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The South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum, Inc. (SFHEF) is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. While its members come from many different backgrounds, board member-at-large Simone Fearon, MD, would like to see more participation from physicians, 

Ricky LeBaron, RN

His coworkers in the VITAS inpatient hospice unit at North Broward Medical Center praise Ricky LeBaron for his warm bedside manner, his compassionate care and his willingness to go above and beyond his regular nursing duties when a need arises.

Marlo Proctor, RN, MSN

Over the past 32 years, Marlo Proctor, RN, MSN, has worked as a nurse at Broward Health Medical Center.
“I became a nurse because I wanted to learn about caring for people and to help heal the human body,” she said, adding that her passion for nursing began when a relative became infected with the AIDS virus and was treated at Broward Health. 

Kaitlin Wilkerson has been close to medical field since she was five years old. Her sister was diagnosed with cancer as a two year old, and Kaitlin always remembers the nurses being so kind and caring during her sister’s illness. She knew then that nursing was what she wanted to do. Kaitlin is a nurse at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital on the oncology unit. 

Carole Tordi has been a nurse for 10 years, with four of those years spent at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Carole cities the desire to help people and their families as to why she wanted to become a nurse. Carole says as a nurse, no matter who it is that you’re taking care of, always apply kindness, love and compassion. 

Yasuko Henderson takes care of the tiniest of patients in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at West Boca Medical Center. Yasuko has been a part of the staff at West Boca for nearly 16 years. Yasuko always finds joy when she teaches a mom how to bond with their baby while they’re being treated in the NICU.

Rebecca Washam didn’t always know she wanted to be a nurse. In fact, when she first attended college, she went to become a physical therapist. However, Rebecca started volunteering at a hospital, and that’s what sparked her interest in becoming a nurse. Rebecca loves being able to spend time with her patients, and then at the end of the day, reflect on the impact and difference she made on them. 

Jennifer Constanza has been a nurse at Delray Medical Center for the past 9 years. Jennifer started to think about becoming a nurse in high school. Several of her loved ones got sick at the same time, and she felt compelled to help them during their difficult time of need. From there, she never looked back. Jennifer loves how every day is new, different and presents a challenge. 

Friends and family always told Karen Rodriguez that she would make a great nurse. Her dream as she was growing up was to work in healthcare. As an assistant nurse manager in the ICU at Coral Gables Hospital, she oversees the department and makes sure that everything is going smoothly. She has a passion for helping her colleagues that she works with every day.

Pattie Kissoon loves making people happy and caring for others. That is why she became a nurse. Pattie has been working at North Shore Medical Center for the last three years. She oversees two units, and is the Director of Telemetry. In this role, she supervises the nursing staff and she assists patients and family members with their needs.

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