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August 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 2
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Leadership Profile: Amit Rastogi, MD, MHCM, CEO of Jupiter Medical Center

Last September, Jupiter Medical Center announced the appointment of physician leader Amit Rastogi, M.D., MHCM as the next Chief Executive Officer of Jupiter Medical Center. Dr. Rastogi is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the medical center’s expanding clinical programs, state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies.

Prior to coming to Jupiter Medical Center, he held several executive roles at Yale New Haven Health, serving as Chief Medical Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and interim Chief Executive Officer for the 700-provider clinical enterprise (NEMG). During his tenure, Dr. Rastogi instituted numerous safety and quality initiatives and helped implement healthcare technology solutions.
 
He is board certified in internal medicine and has more than 15 years of clinical practice experience. He earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He went on to pursue postgraduate work in anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School and internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Rastogi also holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Management from Harvard University and a certificate in Artificial Intelligence from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 
As he approaches his one-year anniversary, Dr. Rastogi took time out of his busy schedule recently to answer a few questions for South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report.
 
What attracted you to the position of CEO for Jupiter Medical Center?
As a result of the incredible physicians, nurses, clinicians and team members who have worked tirelessly on behalf of our patients and community, Jupiter Medical Center is recognized nationally and locally by The Leapfrog Group, CMS and The Palm Beach Post as the safest, highest quality medical center in our region and in the top 6% of hospitals nationwide.
 
When I was offered the opportunity to lead Jupiter Medical Center, I knew of its reputation as one of the best not-for-profit hospitals in the country. The opportunity to take the organization to even greater heights and expand service for the region was a challenge that greatly appealed to me.
 
Can you tell us about some of your goals for Jupiter Medical Center in the short and long term?
The COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges we have faced, as have all healthcare systems, in our history. In the short-term, navigating this crisis is our highest priority. In early January, and not long after my arrival, our entire team began implementing a comprehensive range of safety measures to keep our patients, medical staff and team members in the safest of environments possible.
 
In the long-term, we want to continue expanding the breadth of services we provide to the residents of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast region. We have made strategic investments in our infrastructure with the opening of our new Anderson Family Cancer Institute in March of this year and the development of a new Surgical Institute slated for opening in 2023.
 
We also have made significant investments to broaden and optimize our centers of excellence, including cardiology, oncology, orthopedics and pediatrics. Most recently, we’ve expanded our cardiac care program with the addition of Arthur Katz, M.D. as the medical director of cardiac surgery at the Robson Heart & Vascular Institute and Timothy and Jayne Donahue Cardiac Surgery Program. Dr. Katz is highly regarded as a national leader in off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. Another specialty within the cardiac care program is our electrophysiology procedure which assesses the heart’s electrical system and helps treat arrhythmias. We now also have the ability to perform heart valve surgery.
 
We continue to build relationships with the best and the brightest of our region's physicians, nurses and caregivers. We also are heavily investing in state-of-the-art safety technologies, including the Tru-D disinfecting robots and thermal facial screening temperature detection devices called Care.ai, but also clinical treatment technologies such as GE's 3T MRI, Phillips' Allura Biplane technology, the Makoplasty Robotic-Arm, Clarity HD high-resolution 3D imaging technology, the Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator and the CyberKnife M6. We continue to lead our region and are often one of the earliest adopters in Florida to implement new technologies to improve patient outcomes.
 
What has been the most important lesson you have learned in your career to date?
Never compromise your values or integrity. Many of my professors at Harvard (both during my tenure as a resident and as a student) and my colleagues at Yale impacted me greatly. They taught me that because of culture or inertia, sometimes doing the right thing is counterintuitive, perhaps even hard. They often stated, "Don't worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved, instead worry about the individuals you have helped become better people and whose lives you've touched." They also taught me the importance of building a strong team that augments one another’s strengths, and are also aligned to the same vision and share the same values, both personally and professionally.
 
Are there community partners who are crucial to the mission of the hospital?
We are also fortunate to have a fantastic assemblage of affiliated physicians within the region who are innovators in their respective specialties. They are essential to our ability to provide the safest, highest quality of care in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast region. We continue to build relationships within the physician community to serve their needs as well as the needs of their patients.
 
We are the only independent not-for-profit community hospital in our region and we are fortunate to have such a talented board of trustees, and many benefactors who have donated their time and financial resources so that we may continue to make significant investments in improving patient care and extending our leadership in healthcare for the benefit of the region.
 
What is the greatest challenge facing Jupiter Medical Center today?
There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest challenge facing us today. Protecting the safety and well-being of our patients, medical staff and team members is our highest priority. We have carefully managed two distinct patient populations to serve patients undergoing critical elective procedures while treating those with COVID-19. Our leadership team is proud of our entire organization, how they have risen to the occasion and continue to put our patients' needs first. They have rightly earned the moniker of #HealthCareHeroes.
 
In all of your experiences in the healthcare industry, what has helped prepare you most for your role as CEO of Jupiter?
I have been fortunate to have studied, worked and learned from a tremendous number of incredibly talented people over the course of my career. Working with Jupiter Medical Center’s Board of Trustees, who have distinguished track records of success in their own right, has been incredibly valuable. As a physician leading this organization, I have a unique perspective: everything we do is focused on our patients and improving their lives. That is why we are here. It is that service mentality that drives all team members at Jupiter Medical Center to strive for "excellence always" in everything we do.
 
If you had to name three facts that you would want the community to know about Jupiter, what would you say?
Many of our community board members and trustees often say we are the best-kept secret in Palm Beach County. And they are right. We are in the midst of a comprehensive effort to raise awareness of this great institution and the services we provide, across our region and the state of Florida.
 
We are considered by The Leapfrog Group to be in the top 6% of hospitals nationwide. We consistently are recognized nationally and regionally for quality, safety, patient satisfaction and innovation in orthopedics, cardiology, stroke, pediatrics, oncology and emergency care.
 
Jupiter Medical Center is ranked among and provides the same level of comprehensive care as many of the nationally recognized brands in healthcare. Earlier this year, we marked a new era by expanding access to world-class cancer care in Palm Beach County with the opening of the Anderson Family Cancer Institute. Situated on the campus of Jupiter Medical Center, the Anderson Family Cancer Institute is designed to bring together multidisciplinary cancer experts, leading-edge technology and amenities to ensure the highest levels of patient comfort and healing, all in one integrated location.
 
Additionally, we lead the market in orthopedic care and most recently, were named one of only two hospitals in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast region to receive the highly coveted Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, which recognizes healthcare providers for their quality care, expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care and patients results. Unlike many other healthcare facilities, Jupiter Medical Center patients transition from surgery to recovery and rehabilitation all in one integrated unit.
 
Our community can expect to receive the same level of advanced treatments, access to the best physician experts and the most advanced technologies they might receive in New York, Boston or Cleveland closer to home right here in Jupiter, Florida.

 For more information, visit www.jupitermed.com.

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