South Florida Hospital News
Sunday January 20, 2019

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January 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 7



Flu-like illnesses have arrived in South Florida. To help keep the flu in check, Baptist Health is providing free virtual visits in January through its telehealth service, Care On Demand (use code: FREEFLU).
The Baptist Health Care On Demand application is a virtual medical consultation service available around the clock that allows people to see a physician through a video chat over smartphones, tablets and personal computers. The diagnosis and prescribed treatment take place immediately, helping family members get back on the job or to school more quickly.
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) has appointed Dr. Carmel J. Barrau as chairman and Dr. Albert R. Taño as vice-chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council (the   Council).
The Council serves as the principal advisory board for HWCOM. With their leadership and commitment, board members assist the college in matters of strategic importance, including community outreach, partnerships, and resource development.
Mr. Davis has been with Nicklaus Children's Health System for nearly a decade having served in various leadership roles including Senior Vice President of Strategy, Business Development & Innovation as well as Vice President of Service Lines and Director of Professional Services. He has served as interim President for PSA for the last 10 months, overseeing day-to-day and financial operations, as well as business strategy.
“Michael’s wealth of experience in healthcare management has been invaluable in guiding our ever-growing pediatric subspecialty group practice. We look forward to his continued leadership and commitment to the patients and families in our care,” said Dr. Narendra Kini, CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System.

Cerner Corporation (Nasdaq:CERN) announced today that Cliff Illig, company co-founder and vice chairman of the board of directors, has retired from Cerner to focus on outside interests.

Illig co-founded Cerner in 1979 and has served on the board since 1980. He has been vice chairman since March 1999, except for July 2017 through February 2018, when he was chairman of the board and interim CEO. Illig previously served as the company’s chief operating officer until October 1998, and as president of Cerner until March 1999.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is the presenting sponsor for the 2019 Palm Beach Gardens Greenmarket which is celebrating its 17th year.  Each vendor at the market donated a cake to pass out to mark the occasion.
The hospital will provide nurses to perform blood pressure checks the first and third Sunday of each month for the community. 

Boca Raton Regional Hospital today announced the appointment of David G. Forcione, MD, to its medical staff as Medical Director of Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy, joining Dr. Stephen Steinberg as a member of The Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy (CATE) and BocaCare® Physician Network. Dr. Forcione is a nationally known expert who specializes in interventional endoscopy, including disorders of the pancreas and bile ducts, early gastrointestinal malignancies (Barrett’s esophagus and complex colon polyps), and minimally invasive endoscopic therapies.  He has a special interest in new device and technology implementation.  Dr. Forcione most recently served as the acting head of Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he has been since 1998. 

VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, celebrated its 40th anniversary, the company’s crucial role in the South Florida health care industry and its influence on the national hospice movement, with a ceremony at the Miami Dade College (MDC) Freedom Tower on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The National Historic Landmark was illuminated purple to honor VITAS’ four decades of advancing the American hospice movement and compassionate care for hospice patients and families. 

Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death in the U.S., with an average of one death every 40 seconds, according to the American Heart Association. Broward Health is offering a variety of events, some at no cost, during the month of February to help raise awareness on heart conditions. 

Community responds with five eight-figure gifts spearheading support
of half-billion dollar medical campus transformation
Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) officially unveiled a $250 million campaign that will support the most ambitious period of growth and expansion in its history, valued at more than half a billion dollars.
The fundraising effort, entitled Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital, is highlighted by eight-figure philanthropic gifts to date from five long-tenured members of the BRRH family, including Christine E. Lynn, Stanley and Marilyn Barry, Richard and Barbara Schmidt, Elaine J. Wold, and Louis B. and Anne W. Green.
Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, College of Business and College of Education are listed in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report national rankings for “Best Online Graduate Programs.” 
FAU’s College of Nursing climbed from the No. 39 spot in 2018 to the No. 23 spot nationwide for the “2019 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs,” and is the top-ranked program in the state of Florida. FAU’s College of Business is ranked No. 51 in 2019 nationwide for the “Best Online MBA Programs,” and No. 43 in 2019 for the “Best Online Business Programs – Non MBA. The College of Education is ranked No. 77 nationwide for the 2019 “Best Online Education Programs,” up from the No. 83 spot in 2018 and the No. 193 spot in 2017. 
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