South Florida Hospital News
Sunday January 20, 2019

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January 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 7




Miami Transplant Institute (MTI), an affiliation between Jackson Health System and UHealth – University of Miami Health System, was recently ranked the second largest transplant center in the United States by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) - the highest ranking the center has achieved since its founding in 1970. 

North Shore Medical Center is proud to announce its 2019 New Year’s Baby. Parents Brisa Tapias and Bertrand Piller rang in the New Year with the arrival of their baby boy at 9:58 am,  weighing in at 4 lbs. 8 oz.  “We congratulate the parents on their beautiful baby,” said Mark Racicot, CEO. “We are so happy and excited for this family. This is certainly a very special baby since he was born on New Year’s Day.” 

Palmetto General Hospital is proud to announce its 2019 New Year’s Baby. Parents Amanda Huesca and Sadiel Valdes rang in the New Year with the arrival of their baby boy Manuel Alejandro at 9:48 am, weighing in at 7 lbs. 11 oz. 


Internal medicine physician Stella Kokovic Villacorta, D.O., 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. Villacorta specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum — from health to complex illness. She has special training and interest in women’s health and preventive medicine that reduces the risk of disease and disability. 


In her new position, Hall will focus on securing major gifts, building strong relationships with donors and managing the hospital’s development team, reporting to Holy Cross Hospital Vice President of Development and Marketing Scott Ford. Previously, Hall was the director of major gifts at the American Cancer Society. A certified fundraising executive, Hall has more than 25 years of professional development experience with national renowned nonprofit healthcare organizations.

Cardiovascular expertise and training from UHealth-the University of Miami Health System helped save the life of a Maryland man spending the holidays in the Florida Keys.
It was the day after New Year’s Day and Richard “Ricky” Bryan had been enjoying a week-long camping and fishing trip with three of his closest friends. After some early-morning fishing, the group had returned to their Stock Island campsite. The last thing Bryan remembers was taking a shower and brushing his teeth.

After being born at 25 weeks weighing just 2 pounds, 4 ounces, Ramier Hezekiah Eusebio Devilus is heading home. At a press conference today at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center, the Devilus family shared how Ramier has experienced a miraculous recovery due to the intestinal rehabilitation provided by Debora Duro, M.D., director of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, and the specially-trained staff of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Salah Foundation’s Children Hospital.  

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has attained Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® for the fourth consecutive term. As of January 2019, Nicklaus Children’s is one of only six children’s hospitals in the nation that have received a fourth Magnet designation.

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, in collaboration with researchers from FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine and FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, one of the university’s four research pillars, has received a $652,820 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish the first NSF-funded Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning (AIDL) Training and Research Laboratory in Florida.  

Each year, Holy Cross Hospital recognizes an Associate who demonstrates leadership, serves as an inspiration to others, embraces new responsibilities and offers innovative and thoughtful insights. For 2018, the Director of the Year is Chrissy Marrero, RN, Holy Cross Hospital’s Executive Director of Surgical Services.

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