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August 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 2



August 21, 2019 – Hammes Company, the nation’s leading healthcare developer as ranked by Modern Healthcare’s Construction and Design Survey, has added Operational Readiness to its integrated service platform. Hammes Company’s Operational Readiness service provides a comprehensive overlay to clients’ capital projects, working with the clinical and operational leadership to be “patient ready.” The program integrates numerous multi-functional work teams and leads them in much the same way Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) teams are led. 

August 20, 2019 - What if we could treat obesity or Type 2 diabetes by changing the way our cells take out the trash?
Just as a household can’t function well if it’s filled with garbage, a cell becomes unhealthy if it can’t scrap what it no longer needs. So the cell breaks down these components and uses them as energy, hence the scientific term for the process—autophagy—which comes from the Greek for “self-eating.”

August 20, 2019 — Neurosurgeon Raul A. Vasquez, M.D., is the new director of complex spine surgery at Baptist Health Neuroscience Center and a new member of Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high-quality medical care to patients of all ages. Dr. Vasquez specializes in the surgical treatment of complex spinal conditions, including tumors, degenerative spine diseases, spinal deformities, scoliosis, kyphoscoliosis and neurotrauma. He has unique expertise in minimally invasive techniques that result in less pain and complications in a quicker recovery time.

August 20, 2019 - Jackson Memorial Hospital celebrated the opening of two newly renovated cardiac catheterization suites during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 19.  The suites feature the new state-of-the-art Alphenix Core+ from Canon Medical Systems, which provides diverse imaging without compromising image quality or performance. Jackson Memorial is the first hospital in Florida offering this new technology. 
August 19 2019 - He’s run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, completed the Ironman Triathlon, been a two-time World Series champion and All-Star Game MVP, but to families with children being treated at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Jeff Conine’s most important legacy has little to do with sports. 

August 19 2019  -  Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) Secretary Mary Mayhew recognized Governor Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump for their commitment to putting patients first. Both have taken critical steps to transform the health care system and provide pricing and quality enhancements to better empower and support Floridians in need of medical services.

August 19 2019 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing plans to update the quality measurement methodology of the Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings located on CMS’ popular Hospital Compare website in 2021. In the interim, CMS will next refresh the Star Ratings using the current methodology in early 2020, ensuring patients have timely access to the most up-to-date hospital quality information while a new methodology is being finalized. Today’s announcement represents a major step forward in delivering on President Trump’s recent Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First, which seeks “to enhance the ability of patients to choose the healthcare that is best for them.”

AUGUST 19, 2019 – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation has appointed Ed Jachim as Director of Development – Major Gifts at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. In this role, Jachim will assist, develop, and implement initiatives for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual and corporate gifts to support the work of the nonprofit Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the region’s leading pediatric specialty hospital. His focus is to support the South Florida region while honing in on Palm Beach County, its Boynton Beach Care Center and the Palm Beach Gardens Urgent Care Center.

August 16, 2019 - "Yesterday, President Trump suggested once again that the solution to violence in America is to put more people with mental illnesses into institutions. There are so many flaws in this logic.

August 15, 2019 - The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced that Todd Askew has been named as its new Senior Vice President of Advocacy. After serving as AMA’s Director of Congressional Affairs for more than 13 years, Askew will now oversee the organization’s legislative, government affairs, political, health policy and private sector advocacy activities.

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