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June 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 12


June 10, 2021 – With an increase worldwide in clinician stress and burnout ― worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic ― Baptist Health South Florida has named Ana Viamonte Ros, M.D., as its first Chief Well-being Officer. Dr. Viamonte Ros, also medical director of Palliative Care and Bioethics Services at Baptist Health, will lead an initiative to make mental health wellness and overall well-being a priority.

FAU Schmidt College of Medicine Study Conducted on Older Adults with Familial and Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease  
June 10, 2021 — Increasing evidence shows that physical activity and exercise training may delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In aging humans, aerobic exercise training increases gray and white matter volume, enhances blood flow, and improves memory function. The ability to measure the effects of exercise on systemic biomarkers associated with risk for AD and relating them to key metabolomic alterations may further prevention, monitoring, and treatment efforts. However, systemic biomarkers that can measure exercise effects on brain function and that link to relevant metabolic responses are lacking.

June 8, 2021 – Contributions totaling $10 million to Florida Atlantic University from David J. S. Nicholson will welcome an era of unprecedented research, education and discovery at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter.

University Hospital Acquired Third Robotic System and is Part of HCA East Florida – 
Home to One of the Largest Robotic Fleets in the Region 
June 9, 2021– University Hospital and Medical Center, a 317-bed acute care hospital and a leader in breakthrough orthopedic care and joint replacement surgery in South Florida, has acquired another da Vinci Xi robotic system for minimally invasive surgery. The new addition will complement the organizations’ state-of-the-art existing da Vinci XI and MAKO orthopedic robotic systems to support more precise surgical procedures and shorter recovery periods.
Drs. Samantha Jean and Gerdie Jean-Smith offer convenient medical and holistic services for everyone, from children to seniors 
June 8, 2021 – With the recognition that lifestyle changes can have the greatest impact on health, Dr. Samantha Jean and Dr. Gerdie Jean-Smith have launched ReDefine Life, an online primary care concierge practice conveniently available around the clock for a monthly fee to patients with or without health insurance. 

June 8, 2021 – Gynecologic oncologist Eleftheria Kalogera, M.D., M.Sc., joins Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health. Dr. Kalogera specializes in treating gynecologic cancers, including the surgical and medical management of ovarian, uterine, cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers. She is fluent in English, Greek, French and Spanish. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

HCA East Florida Home to One of the Largest Robotic Fleets in the Region  
June 8, 2021– HCA East Florida, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, announced today that it has acquired 13 new surgical robots that include da Vinci Xi, Mako, CORI, Ion, Rosa and Monarch systems. The health system is now home to 42 total surgical robots, one of the largest robotic fleets in the region. This state-of-the art technology will further expand HCA East Florida’s robotics program while making surgical procedures more precise with shorter recovery periods.

June 8 2021 - Wellington Regional Medical Center has been named a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV, reflecting the highest level of accreditation for treatment of serious stroke events.
“With stroke care, you must have the best clinicians and resources, but also the ability to act with extreme efficiency because of the time-critical nature of these events,” said Pam Tahan, Wellington Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer.  “This certification is an indication of the hospital’s commitment to ensuring the health, safety and outcomes of our patients who might be experiencing stroke symptoms.”
Database to provide Floridians access to high-quality addiction care information 
June 8, 2021 – Florida Blue, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan of Florida, and New Directions Behavioral Health, a leading coordinated behavioral health care organization, announced a collaboration with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families.  Through their collaboration, the companies will offer Floridians access to ATLAS®, an easy-to-use database that highlights high-quality addiction treatment options available in the state.

Healthcare, Technology and the Aging Population

Nikki Austin-Shipp, CEO of South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA)
Anyone with older parents has experienced the frustration of trying to explain the hows and whys relating to any one of a number of technological devices. For our aging population, the digital divide is real. 
During the pandemic, the lack of technological knowledge among older adults was even further magnified. Telehealth became the primary connection between the elderly and healthcare professionals. Tech tools and apps became a primary method for communication and day-to-day functioning. The pandemic has undeniably underscored the importance of technology, which sits at the center of our world’s function. As technology accelerates the pace of everyday life, it’s important that we don’t leave our aging population behind.
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