South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday October 23, 2018

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October 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 4




Cleveland Clinic Florida’s newly constructed hospital tower and expanded Emergency Services Department opened to patients on Saturday, Oct. 6. The $232 million five-story, 221,000-square-foot addition to the Weston campus expands capacity by 50 percent at the No. 1 ranked hospital in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market by US News & World Report for 2018-2019. 
“The expansion of our Emergency Services Department and the addition of 75 hospital beds was driven by demand for our services,” said Wael Barsoum, M.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “As a premier academic medical center known for providing complex care for the sickest of patients, it was vital for both the local community and the region that we expand. I’m proud of the incredible commitment of our caregivers to achieve clinical excellence through patient-centered care and thrilled that we are able to offer this innovative facility to our patients.”
A luminary stroke neurologist and researcher, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., MS, professor and chair of neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair of Neurological Disorders at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM). 
This extraordinary honor reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service in health and medicine. Dr. Sacco received the honor “for his instrumental involvement in policies promoting ideal cardiovascular health, brain health, stroke prevention, and non-communicable disease targets,” according to the Academy.

Family medicine physician Gabriel Suarez, M.D., MBA, has joined Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high-quality medical care to patients of all ages, as part of Baptist Health Primary Care. Dr. Suarez specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health issues, including simple and complex health conditions, chronic disease management, minor emergencies, urgent care and the coordination of specialty care. 


Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida has received a momentous $5 million unrestricted donation from Baycross Christian Family Foundation to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Little Red Wagon Fund and support its efforts to fulfill the region’s most critical pediatric health care needs. The Little Red Wagon Fund plays a key role in advancing innovative programs, technologies and services to strengthen the future of the hospital and meet the expanding health care needs of the region.

The national law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is pleased to announce that Aram C. Bloom has joined the firm as a partner in the firm's Miami office. Bloom joins the Hinshaw healthcare practice, which offers a national platform of services to providers in the highly regulated healthcare environment.


Sebastian River Medical Center, a Steward Family Hospital, announced today that Kyle Sanders, MBA, FACHE, has been appointed President. Sanders brings more than 30 years of leadership, finance and operations experience in healthcare settings.  

On Wednesday afternoon, the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association held its first of three Healthcare Legislative Briefs. The Broward County meeting was hosted by Memorial Healthcare System at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

Jaime Caldwell, President of the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association, opened the meeting and welcomed the 45 attendees. Representatives from the Office of State Senator Gary Farmer, State Senator Lauren Book, State Senator Kevin Rader, Rep. Shevrin Jones, Rep. Joe Geller and Broward Delegation Director Andrea Knowles were present. Also in attendance were Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, President and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System and from the South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners Douglas A. Harrison, Chairman and Karen L. Harrington, Commissioner.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the Florida chapters of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) held their Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner in Orlando. Two members of the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF) received the Regent’s Award for outstanding commitment and dedication to advancing healthcare

With a distinct eye on the future of health care, the University of Miami is pleased to announce the formation of the UHealth Board of Directors, a panel of highly respected leaders who will provide strategic oversight to the University of Miami Health System.
The University is making this bold move to position UHealth to be more responsive to its overall mission to its patients, research and medical education. As health care evolves rapidly, health care systems must operate in an environment of thoughtful decision making that is nimble and adaptive to the market. Building this Board, made up of experienced leaders in health care and business, creates a critical framework to guide the strategic vision of UHealth in order to serve better its patients and the community. 
Desmond Fonji, DO, has joined the staff at Indian River Medical Center. 
Dr. Fonji graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from The City College of New York and received his medical training at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in family medicine at St. Petersburg General Hospital, and served as residency preceptor for Lakeside Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program.
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