South Florida Hospital News
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January 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 7




January 20, 2020 - Maria E. Franco, MD, pediatric pulmonologist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, has been elected president of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee (MEC) for a three-year term.  The MEC serves as the governing body of the hospital’s 800-member medical staff. 

January 20 2020 - The Conine All-Star Golf Classic, now in its 26th year, raised $262,000 to underwrite expenses at the Conine Clubhouse at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. The clubhouse is a hotel-like facility that provides free lodging to parents and siblings during a child’s hospital stay. Since 1995, fundraising done at this tournament by former major league ballplayer Jeff and Cindy Conine has raised nearly $7 million to underwrite the facility’s operating expenses.

January 21, 2020  - The BocaCare Physician Network, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high-quality medical care to patients of all ages, has added preventive cardiologist Heather Johnson, M.D., to the medical staff of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida. She specializes in cardiovascular medicine, preventive cardiology, hypertension management and vascular health.  

This event offers Miami-Dade physicians an opportunity to ask questions about current issues, the DCMA legislative agenda and ongoing membership initiatives. 
2020 Legislative Session Update
Discussion of DCMA Legislative Agenda
Ongoing Membership Initiatives
Miami Medicine journal
DCMA Delegation to the FMA
Physician Leadership Academy
...and more!
Open Microphone on Hot Topics that need to be addressed by the DCMA
Date and Time:Wednesday, February 12, 2020  - 6 - 8 pm
Location:  Jackson Memorial Hospital 

January 21 20202 - The HCA Gulf Coast Division has appointed Mujtaba Ali-Khan, D.O. to the position of chief medical officer for HCA Gulf Coast Division. Ali-Khan, who began his new role last week, replaces Stephen Nesbit, D.O., who recently announced his intention to retire this month. 

Jacksonville, Fla., January 21, 2020 – Bringing extensive clinical and leadership experience, Timothy Groover, MD, MBA, CPE, FACHE, has been promoted to president of physician alignment at Baptist Health in Northeast Florida. 

January 20, 2020 - An alarming 33 percent of Americans currently suffer from cardiovascular disease. Throughout Heart Health Awareness Month, The Holy Cross Wound Healing and Hyperbarics Program, a member of the Healogics network, will work to spread awareness about how cardiovascular diseases can affect the wound healing process. Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States and, if left untreated, an unhealed wound on the foot or leg can lead to a diminished quality of life and possible amputation. As many as 82 percent of leg amputations are due to poor circulation of the affected limb.

Wayne Brackin has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Kidz Medical Services, which provides physician specialty services, pediatric emergency services and international air ambulance transportation. Kidz Medical employs more than 200 physicians in 17 locations throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Lee and Collier counties, and the Caribbean. 

The Memorial Cardiac & Vascular Institute recently reunited formerly acutely ill patients with those who helped save their lives, in larger part through the use of an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine. The technology enables doctors to bypass a compromised heart and lungs and keep patients alive, even when their own organs can't sustain them.

January 16, 2020 - Blooms of toxin-producing algae exploded in both fresh and salt water ecosystems in southern Florida during the summer months of 2018, impacting wildlife and humans living in these marine environments. During harmful algal blooms, species of cyanobacteria release toxic peptides, including microcystins and nodularin into waterways.

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