South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday September 22, 2020

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September 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 3


For Joe Stuczynski moving into the role of CEO for Memorial Hospital System Pembroke was the next logical step in his career.

“I have always been a motivated person striving for the next level of advancement,” he says. “Throughout my personal and professional life, I continue to seek the next challenge. For nearly two decades I served as CFO of multiple hospitals throughout the Memorial Healthcare System, previously spending 10 years at Pembroke. 

Though stay-at-home orders are lifting in certain areas of the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic is still greatly impacting healthcare providers and patients. As new cases spike, personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages still abound, and many providers face financial hardship due to the cancellation of elective surgeries and other in-person medical procedures. 

The University of Miami Health System has launched the UHealth Televigilance program, allowing providers to remotely monitor and care for COVID-19 patients who might otherwise need to continue care in inpatient settings.

The Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) announced it will provide $1.5 million in funding to local nonprofits to address COVID-19 racial and ethnic disparities by increasing outreach, education and access to diagnostic testing in some of the region’s most vulnerable communities. The investment is part of a coordinated, data-driven, targeted plan to help reduce coronavirus transmission

American Telemedicine provides Link+ to home healthcare agencies during COVID-19, to keep caregivers and patients safe during this unprecedented pandemic.

As President of the Dade County Medical Association (DCMA), I am in awe of the compassion and commitment being illustrated by my colleagues and the dedicated medical professionals throughout our community as we continue to fight COVID-19.

When mandates were issued postponing elective surgeries to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, preserve personal protective equipment and medical resources, many crucial surgical procedures were suspended. As an orthopedic surgeon who operates on patients suffering from painful hip and knee problems, I understand why these restrictions were enacted but still felt distressed that these surgeries were considered “elective.”

Charles Michelson can think of no other time in history when modern architect Le Corbusier’s “Form follow function” words are as relevant as they are today.

“All of us are experiencing the immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, touch nothing, temperature taken at the door, zoom meetings,” says Michelson, president of Saltz Michelson Architects.

Each day the news bombards me with stories and images of overwhelmed hospitals and healthcare workers battling COVID-19. While the coronavirus pandemic is full of unknowns and has created more questions than we have answers for, one thing is clear: many of our hospitals lack the flexibility to accommodate the surge of patients and the medical professionals treating them.

Behavioral health encompasses people’s psychological well-being and ability to function in everyday life. Behavioral health conditions include mental health disorders and substance use disorders. Counselors, social workers, therapists, specialized nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists help manage patients’ behavioral health needs.

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