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January 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 7
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The Astreea Hand Sanitizer Dispenser Will Help to Keep Kids and Officers Safe and Healthy  
 
January 13, 2021 - The Florida Mental Health Coalition (FMHC) has donated a state-of-the-art sanitizing station to the Police Athletic League of North Miami (PAL of North Miami). The Astreea pedal hand sanitizer was given to the PAL of North Miami free of charge to help everyone at the facility stay healthy and protected against COVID-19. 
 
Dedicated weight loss surgical program now available at top South Florida hospital  
 
January 13, 2021 - Mercy Hospital, an industry leading, acute care hospital that has been providing high quality services in South Florida for more than 60 years, is proud to announce that it has officially launched a dedicated metabolic and bariatric surgical program. The bariatric program within Mercy Hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Center is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program that offers Harvard fellowship trained bariatric surgeons, minimally invasive surgical options, a dedicated bariatric coordinator, expert dietitians, psychologists and much more.
 
Foundation will also welcome Melida Akiti as first Black, Latina Board Chair in the organization’s 28-year history
 
January 13, 2021 — The Health Foundation of South Florida, the region’s largest philanthropic organization focused on achieving health equity in historically disadvantaged communities, today announced Loreen Chant as its new president and CEO, effective March 1st. Chant will replace Steven E. Marcus, who retired in December after having led the foundation for 20 years. Her appointment by the Board of Directors concludes a rigorous five-month search that drew candidates from across the country. Chant assumes the role as COVID19 cases continue to surge, exposing deeply entrenched health inequities and socioeconomic disparities in South Florida and posing unprecedented risk to our region’s most vulnerable communities.
 
Do you know someone who has heart disease? Chances are you do. More than 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with the condition. If you don’t want to join this group, you can take steps to reduce your personal risk of heart disease.
 

January 12 2020 - Coral Gables Hospital promotes Jose Molliner to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Molliner is responsible for the daily operations and implementation of strategic initiatives for the 245-bed acute care facility.

January 12 2021 - After 41 years of distinguished leadership at Nicklaus Children’s Health System (NCHS), Jackie Gonzalez, health system senior vice president and chief nursing officer, has announced her retirement. Ms. Gonzalez is recognized nationally and internationally for her longstanding leadership and commitment to patient care and safety.

FAU Schmidt College of Medicine’s Rapid, Reliable Protocol Offers Distinct Advantages with Less Labor, Expertise and Equipment Needed 
 
January 12, 2021 -  To properly monitor and help curb the spread of COVID-19, several millions of diagnostic tests are required daily in just the United States alone. There is still a widespread lack of COVID-19 testing in the U.S. and many of the clinical diagnostics protocols require extensive human labor and materials that could face supply shortages and present biosafety concerns.
 
 

January 12, 2021  — Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) welcomes Board-certified gynecologic oncologist Jessica Stine, MD. She is caring for patients at the FCS New Port Richey location at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey, FL and in Wesley Chapel at 2391 Oak Myrtle Lane, Wesley Chapel, FL.

COVID-19 vaccine questions contributing to longer wait times
 
January 8, 2021 - -Lee Health contact centers are experiencing an influx of callers due to the COVID-19 vaccine. The increased call volume has led to prolonged hold times and has placed a strain on the health system’s switchboard, leading to difficulties making appointments, reaching patients in the hospital, and communicating with your medical provider.
 

January 8, 2021 – Chad A. Perlyn, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP, has been named president of Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists (NCPS), the physician-led multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. In this role, Dr. Perlyn will provide leadership in the development of the vision and strategic growth of the health system’s more than 250 employed physicians, 24 pediatric specialty practices and outpatient care centers.

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