South Florida Hospital News
Thursday October 17, 2019

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October 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 4




Holy Cross Hospital, in collaboration with partners West Palm Beach Veteran Affairs Medical Center, C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, FAU Community Health Center and Community Health of South Florida, Inc., has announced a new Health Research and Services Administration Award at Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

The award, the Caring-based Academic Partnerships in Excellence: Veteran RNs in Primary Care (CAPE-V), is open to veterans who would like to earn their BSN degree to practice in a primary care setting and work with vulnerable and underserved populations. With CAPE-V, BSN students who are veterans will receive stipends, enriched curricula and a 180-hour clinical immersion experience in a community-based primary care center. RNs working in primary care and the College of Nursing faculty and students will receive professional development training focused on veterans and primary care.
This project aims to create healthier communities through educating and clinically training nursing students, specifically veterans, in primary care to better serve the unique needs of veterans and who are ready and willing to serve rural and underserved communities.
Veterans who would like to earn a BSN degree can apply for the award here. For more information, contact Dr. Beth King at

Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, the County’s prenatal and infant care coalition, recently announced Jeannette Torres as the new director of programs.

As an executive leader, Torres brings more than ten years of professional experience to her new position at the coalition. Prior to joining the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, Torres was the education director at the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, supporting educators, childcare professionals and parents committed to the highest standards of early education.
Torres earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida International University and two years later earned a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, graduating with honors from both institutions.

Patrick A. Taylor, M.D., MBA, President and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital has decided to leave his position, effective October 30, 2019. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Taylor has been dedicated to serving the Holy Cross community.

"It has been my honor, and I have been blessed, to serve at Holy Cross," said Dr. Taylor. "No words will capture how significant a part of mine and my family’s life Holy Cross has been. I have the deepest gratitude to so many people who have supported me and us along the way. The Sisters of Mercy have left such an indelible mark on my life."
Dr. Taylor joined Holy Cross Hospital in 1988 as an emergency medicine physician and served in multiple positions of increasing responsibility such as Executive Director of Medical Affairs for the Holy Cross Medical Group, a multi-specialty employed physician group; Vice President of the Medical Group, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Operating Officer of Holy Cross Hospital. In 2010, he became President and CEO.
Under Dr. Taylor's leadership, Holy Cross also launched and completed several new investments to serve the community better. This includes completing the $26 million Moran Challenge (The Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Research Institute); The Phil Smith Neuroscience Institute; Doreen Koenig Blessed Beginnings Maternity Unit; Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center; and the Patricia R. Guerrieri Pavilion. Holy Cross also developed an affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital in clinical areas of oncology, cardiovascular and neurosciences and was recognized as a national leader in orthopedic excellence.
Dr. Taylor has been a long-standing supporter of the South Florida community, serving on numerous non-profit Boards: Catholic Health Services; Broward Partnership for the Homeless; Jack and Jill Children’s Center; The Broward Workshop. He has received a number of recognitions including the 2007 Valor Award, American Diabetes Association; the 2010 Leadership Broward Foundation Leader of the Year Award; the 2015 Broward Partnership James J. Blosser Community Trusteeship Award and the 2018 Junior Achievement, Melissa Aiello Character Award.

Michelle Happer has joined Lee Health as its newest system director of diversity.

Happer most recently served as the manager of compliance and cultural diversity for the Sentara – Optima Health Plan in Virginia Beach, where she was responsible for cultural diversity and inclusion program initiatives. Before that, she was a physician relations executive for Inova Health System in Falls Church, VA.
Happer has a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She also earned and a Master of Arts degree in communication and public relations and Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is completing her Master of Arts in Health Care Law from Regent University.

Doug Strong has been named Interim Chief Executive Officer of Holy Cross Hospital. He will work alongside Patrick Taylor, M.D., MBA, to transition the hospital until Dr. Taylor's October 30 departure. 

Strong is the former CEO of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (now called Michigan Medicine), where he led the system to become nationally known for excellence in quality and safety.
Prior to his work in Michigan, Strong held senior executive positions at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Medicine, and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania, and he received a BA from Franklin and Marshall College.

Jupiter Medical Center announced the appointment of physician leader Amit Rastogi, M.D., MHCM, as Chief Executive Officer of Jupiter Medical Center.

Dr. Rastogi held several executive roles at Yale New Haven Health, serving as Chief Medical Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and interim Chief Executive Officer for the 700-provider clinical enterprise (NEMG). Most recently, Dr. Rastogi served as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Growth and Innovation at Inova Health, VA.
Dr. Rastogi is board certified in internal medicine and has more than 15 years of clinical practice experience. He earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He went on to pursue postgraduate work in anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School and internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Rastogi holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Management from Harvard University and a certificate in Artificial Intelligence from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As way to take the stress and anxiety out of waiting, Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Breast Institute is now offering same day mammography results for patients who undergo a mammogram. 

“Women have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer at some time in their lifetime. Having this new option will give women the peace of mind not to worry about their results, or take the proper steps to get treatment as soon as possible.”, said Good Samaritan Medical Center chief executive officer, Tara McCoy. "The Breast Institute at Good Samaritan is a signature service of our hospital that continues to implement new ways to enhance the lives of our patients.”
As part of a comprehensive approach to cancer care, the Good Samaritan Breast Institute is a full-service breast cancer screening and treatment facility within Good Samaritan Medical Center. The Breast Institute offers low-dose screening and diagnostic mammography, breast cancer surgery, stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound, CT scanning, PET-CT, bone densitometry and support groups for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients or patients with advanced breast cancer.

The Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital is proud to announce the arrival and commissioning of state-of-the-art radiotherapy equipment. The success of radiotherapy is dependent upon the ability to methodically create a safe and effective radiotherapy plan and thereafter ensure that treatment delivery is both accurate and precise. In order to achieve the aforementioned goals, highly trained, certified and experienced medical teams along with the finest equipment are necessary.

Radiotherapy begins with the CT simulation process. This step is done to help plan one's radiotherapy by obtaining a CT scan that is used for subsequent treatment planning. Holy Cross Hospital’s CT simulator is being upgraded with further 4-D capability to help follow and track one's breathing. This is particularly useful for treatment of thoracic malignancies. Furthermore, Holy Cross can utilize approaches such as breath hold for treatment of breast cancer.
Once a CT scan is ascertained, treatment planning ensues. Previous diagnostic information including scans such as MRI, CT, and PET/CT are uploaded and fused by Holy Cross Hospital’s physics and dosimetry team. At this time, the medical team reviews the imaging and utilizes software to contour or draw the tumor as well as the rest of the patient's anatomy. The hospital is currently utilizing the treatment planning computer and electronic medical record systems of Pinnacle and Mosaiq for this purpose and are looking forward to the addition of the advanced systems of Eclipse and ARIA. The purpose of treatment planning is to ensure a plan that delivers curative doses of radiotherapy while minimizing side effects. Once a plan is reviewed and found to be optimal, Holy Cross will move on to the treatment delivery step.
As a complement to the established Elekta equipment, Holy Cross is currently in the process of installing the Varian True Beam linear accelerator for treatment delivery. Advanced treatment techniques such as volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), and stereotactic radiotherapy (SRS) will be delivered on this True Beam device. This machine will not only be the newest in the region, but also one of the most upgraded units in the country. As such, Varian, the radiotherapy company, even proposed utilizing the Holy Cross cancer center to showcase the innovative radiotherapy program. The hospital is also upgrading its brachytherapy units in order to provide not only traditional treatments for gynecological and genitourinary malignancies, but also the treatment of skin and gastrointestinal diseases. These resources will also provide an opportunity for more clinical trials at Holy Cross Hospital, which will have a unique department that supports both Varian and Elekta machines to ensure that patients receive individualized care and are treated on equipment that provide optimal and personalized treatment.

Broward Health has been recognized for achievements in Supply Chain Savings from Vizient. Broward Health received both the Participation Leadership and the Impact Standardization Executive Awards, which recognize health care organizations for demonstrating excellence in lowering costs in the supply chain, streamlining purchasing practices, earning additional rebates and overall lowering pricing from manufacturers.

“Congratulations to our Supply Chain Team, as well as the Supplier Diversity Program at Broward Health, for their hard work,” said Broward Health Chief Financial Officer Alex Fernandez. “Lowering prices in the supply chain and streamlining purchasing practices results in better financial health for our system resulting in better care for our patients.”
In addition, Broward Health received the Supplier Diversity Excellence Award. This award recognizes members that best champion inclusion in their supply chain and accelerate economic growth in the local community through the engagement, empowerment, and utilization of minority, women, and veteran-owned business enterprises.
“I am very proud of our team’s hard work and resulting achievements,” said Jorge Hernandez, vice president of supply chain services and chief procurement officer at Broward Health. “Inclusion in the supply chain through the engagement of minority businesses helps foster diversity not just within Broward Health, but for our community as a whole.”

ImageFIRST, the largest national linen rental and laundry service specializing in the healthcare market, announced today the launch of the Comfort Care® Maternity Gown. A portion of the proceeds from each gown rental will be donated to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) to aid in their efforts to find a faster cure for pediatric cancer.

ImageFIRST is the first national linen rental provider to offer a gown specially designed with input from Mother & Baby departments across the nation to better meet the needs of expecting mothers. The Comfort Care® Maternity Gown features a lightweight, premium polyester/nylon blend fabric and front snaps to allow for skin-to-skin access and optional breastfeeding. Developed with modesty in mind, the gown also includes shoulder snaps and a full cut for extra coverage and to accommodate a variety of body types. The Maternity Gown was designed for commercial laundering and comes with a fully-managed rental and laundry program.
“In designing the Comfort Care Maternity Gown, we spoke with countless clinicians who spend their days working with women in Mother & Baby units to obtain real, honest feedback on what they are looking for in a maternity gown,” said Jim Cashman, President of ImageFIRST. “We took this input into account and the result is a modern take on the traditional garment, which better meets the needs of today’s mothers and the healthcare facilities who serve them. We are proud to offer this more comfortable solution that will significantly improve patient experience, while also making an impact on the fight against childhood cancer through our partnership with NPCF.”
Funds raised by ImageFIRST through this program will benefit the Sunshine Project, a collaborative research initiative out of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. By partnering with doctors and researchers from the country’s top institutions, the Sunshine Project is fast-tracking the development of new drugs and therapies that will ultimately lead to the cure of childhood cancers.
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