South Florida Hospital News
Monday December 17, 2018

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December 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 6



Thanks to generous donors, the $300 million Vision. Innovation. Impact. Campaign has surpassed its halfway mark and the groundbreaking ceremony for the state-of-the-art, five-story patient tower that will proudly stand as the new main entrance to Jupiter Medical Center was held on Nov. 28. The new patient tower will feature the new Level ll De George Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

The tower will open in 2019 and will include 12 semiprivate areas for pediatric patients, and two private family rooms, thanks to the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust and Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The fourth floor will house beautiful, new patient rooms, and the fifth floor will accommodate seven stunning concierge suites complete with family rooms.

The Newbern Suites at Good Samaritan Medical Center are premier private rooms that combine the high quality, compassionate care Good Samaritan is known for, with the latest technology and luxury amenities. The hospital underwent a complete renovation of the rooms giving patients an elegantly appointed and tastefully furnished private rooms with beautiful views of the Intracoastal. It encourages recovery in an atmosphere of quiet relaxation.

Patients can personally choose their meals from an exclusive, upgraded menu and everything is prepared under the discerning eye of our highly trained Newbern Suites' chef. Other amenities include:
• Entertainment center with flat-screen television
• Wireless internet
• Plush robe and premium toiletries
• Mini refrigerator stocked to your specifications
• Daily fruit basket with afternoon coffee/tea service
• Library stocked with books, magazines and DVDs
As a guest of the Newbern Suites, our personal patient representative helps to ensure any hospital stay at Good Samaritan Medical Center is as easy and stress-free as possible. At the Newbern Suites, the hospital is committed to your health and recovery, and your comfort and peace of mind is the main concern.

Two doctors have been added to the Holy Cross Medical Group.

Angelle Brebnor, M.D., joins Holy Cross from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at SUNY University at Buffalo in New York, where she served as a clinical assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. During her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Brebnor received the Vincent J. Capraro, M.D. Award for outstanding performance in obstetrics while serving as administrative chief resident. She received her medical degree and Bachelor of Science in biology from Howard University in Washington, DC. During time at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Brebnor served as an advisor to the UB Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Student Interest Group and as a Diversity and Inclusion Advocate.
Felipe Albuquerque, M.D., has joined the Holy Cross Medical Group as an interventional cardiology and structural heart disease specialist. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Albuquerque performed a research fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, followed by an internal medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. He obtained his cardiovascular fellowship training at Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, followed by interventional cardiology training at the prestigious Andreas Gruentizig catheterization laboratory at Emory University in Atlanta, followed by dedicated structural heart fellowship training at the University of Miami. 

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., has been named chief medical officer of Broward Health Medical Center.

Lenchus is board certified in internal medicine and has physician leadership experience, serving for six years as chief of staff at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He previously served at Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Miami Hospital and Jackson Memorial Hospital as an internal medicine physician. He was also a former associate program director for the UM/Jackson Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Lenchus has authored several medical publications and books, and served as the principle investigator on many research studies. He earned a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from University of Florida and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University.

Transplant surgeon Jason Vanatta, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been named Surgical Director of Abdominal Transplantation at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Vanatta was director of liver transplantation at the Methodist University Transplant Institute in Memphis, TN. He served as a transplant surgeon at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare in Memphis, TN, and St. Thomas Health in Nashville, TN. He also served as a general surgeon at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, CA, and as an Associate Professor for the Department of Surgery in the Division of Transplantation at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Dr. Vanatta graduated magna cum laude at MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Vanatta completed his surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and a fellowship in multi-organ abdominal transplantation at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, where he also served as a clinical instructor in general surgery.

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.

Hospital leadership and representatives of the organization hosted the grand opening, and even blessed the pantry by installing a "mezuzah" at the entrance. Individuals of the Jewish faith believe this artifact provides special protection for their homes and other spaces, and have followed this tradition for thousands of years. 

The leadership team at Coral Gables Hospital transported themselves to another time by dressing up as characters from the hit TV show, Game of Thrones, to celebrate Halloween. The team wished all employees and patients a Happy Halloween by passing out goodies around the hospital. “We wanted to bring the spirit of Halloween to everyone who is hospitalized during a holiday, and help brighten their day,” said Cristina Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer of Coral Gables Hospital.

Pictured (l-r) are Madison Workman, Henry Capote, David Araya, Jessie Miller, Cristina Jimenez, Peter Iriarte and Patty Vila.

St. Mary’s Medical Center recently celebrated the 10 year mark of providing community members with award-winning stroke care. As a comprehensive stroke center, the hospital offers the highest level of care for stroke patients, and has performed more than 3,100 neurointerventions throughout its history.

During the celebration, Dr. Ali Malek, the stroke center’s medical director, and his team were presented with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This designation, along with the stroke center’s various other awards, is a testament to the high level of stroke care the community has been able to rely on for 10 years and counting.

Graça Machel, African stateswoman whose decades long professional and public life is deeply rooted in the international advocacy for woman and children’s rights, recently visited patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Her visit to the hospital included a tour of the cardiac intensive care unit, where she met patients, the global telehealth center, where she was able to experience first-hand the innovative technology used to connect doctors and patients across the world, and the Michael Fux Family Center, where she interacted with some of the young patients and their families.
Machel was inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame during the 2018 Diamond Ball – Beyond Tomorrow. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation and each inductee has demonstrated a passionate commitment to ensure the health and happiness of children everywhere.
Machel has created three non-governmental organizations in her own right. She founded and serves as President of the Foundation for Community Development and the Zizile Institute for Child Development. She founded the Graça Machel Trust in 2010 where she focuses on advocating for women’s economic and financial empowerment, food security, nutrition and education for all, as well as good governance.
Among numerous awards, Machel has received the United Nations’ Nansen Refugee Award, she was made an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and awarded the World Health Organization’s highest honour, the WHO Gold Medal, for her enormous contributions to the health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents.

Good Samaritan Medical Center reports it is the first hospital in Palm Beach County now performing the High Intensity Focused Ultrasound procedure for prostate cancer patients. HIFU directs high-frequency sound waves that heat up and burn off cancerous tissue, with a low risk of triggering the common side effects of impotence or incontinence.

"This procedure is designed to bring a safe and effective minimally invasive option to patients, who in the past, had to deal with the side effects of impotence or incontinence," said Tara McCoy, chief executive officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center. "The oncology program at Good Sam is a signature service of our hospital that continues to implement cutting edge technology to enhance the lives of our patients.”
In 2015, the FDA cleared HIFU for prostate tissue ablation. Urologists are now using it to ablate parts of the prostate on patients with localized prostate cancer, that is, cancer that has spread in but not beyond the capsule of the prostate gland, and has not reached other parts of the body. According to the Urology Care Foundations, more than 90% of men who are told they have prostate cancer have localized disease, meaning a majority of these patients could benefit from a minimally invasive procedure like HIFU.
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