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July 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 1
Pedretti will oversee grant activities that support
increased COVID-19 testing and education throughout Collier County
July 1, 2020 - Julie Pedretti, APR, FACHE, has joined Healthcare Network as the new COVID-19 community relations director. The position is funded by a federal grant awarded to the organization by Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Pedretti will be responsible for directing grant activities that support increased COVID-19 testing and education throughout Collier County. 
July 1, 2020 - Florida Atlantic University has named Justin Perry, Ph.D., as the new dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. Perry will begin his new role starting today. 
Perry brings with him broad experience in academic leadership, applied research, grant funding, development, PK-12 education, and mental health practice. 
“The Wilkes Honors College is witnessing rapid, progressive changes, from the growth of its student body to new degree tracks and expanded research partnerships with Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Scripps Florida,” said Bret Danilowicz, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at FAU. “Based on his administrative experiences and drive for success, Dr. Perry is the right leader to leverage this array of new opportunities for FAU students and faculty.”
Dr. David Krieger performed the innovative procedure at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
July 1, 2020 - HCA East Florida’s Physician Services Group is proud to announce neurosurgeon David Krieger, MD, MS, FAANS, FACS is the first physician in South Florida to utilize a new device to treat degenerative disc disease, degenerative scoliosis and Grade I spondylolisthesis. The Mojave™ PL 3D expandable interbody system is the first expandable cage that allows for independent control of the anterior and posterior heights to aid in matching the fit of the implant to a patient’s anatomy, which can help treat these conditions. Three cases were performed last month at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, Florida, utilizing both traditional open as well as minimally invasive approaches.

July, 1, 2020 - Devinder Singh, M.D., joins the University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine today as chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery and professor of clinical surgery.

MIAMI, FL – June 30, 2020 – Progressive Care Inc. (OTCQB: RXMD) (“Progressive Care” or the “Company”), a personalized healthcare services and technology company, today announced the launch of ClearMetrX, the Company’s first wholly owned data analytics company with services designed to support health care organizations across the country.

Hospital Will Name Patient Admissions Area to Recognize Gift 
June 30, 2020 – Boca Raton Regional Hospital has received a significant commitment from Mason Slaine, in the amount of $1.5 million, towards Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Mason joins other notable philanthropists throughout our community who have generously contributed seven and eight-figure gifts to the capital campaign that now boasts $163 million raised thus far. In recognition of Mason’s generosity, the new Patient Admissions Area in the new patient tower will be named in his honor.
Breakthrough technology to preserve live pancreatic tissue for at least 10 days
provides a window into the organ’s ability to regenerate
June 29, 2020 – Scientists from the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have developed a method allowing for the long-term culture of “pancreatic slices” to study the regeneration of the human pancreas in real time. The results, published today in the journal of Nature Communications, demonstrate for the first time that extended cultures of near-intact human pancreatic tissue retain the ability of the live organ to replenish insulin-producing beta cells. The use of this system as a model to study pancreatic regeneration could have important therapeutic implications for the treatment of diabetes.

June 20, 2020 - By delivering comprehensive, expert care to patients with a life-threatening disease, the University of Miami Health System and Jackson Memorial Hospital now offer the first accredited Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center program in South Florida.

FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science Researchers Use
Flow Visualization to Qualitatively Test Facemasks and Social Distancing      
June 30, 2020 - Currently, there are no specific guidelines on the most effective materials and designs for facemasks to minimize the spread of droplets from coughs or sneezes to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. While there have been prior studies on how medical-grade masks perform, data on cloth-based coverings used by the vast majority of the general public are sparse. 
June 30, 2020 – Gov. Ron DeSantis approved $800,000 in funding for the Bitner Plante ALS Initiative of Florida in the 2020-2021 budget released yesterday. The Initiative provides support for ALS patients seeking treatment at the multidisciplinary clinics located at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville; University of South Florida, Tampa; University of Miami, Miami; and UF Health Jacksonville.
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