South Florida Hospital News
Friday December 14, 2018

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December 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 6




Diane Psaras, a human resources executive with more than 26 years of experience across multiple industries, is the new Chief Human Resources Officer for VITAS® Healthcare.

Psaras will oversee talent acquisition, benefits, compensation, payroll and employee relations at VITAS, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. Since 2014, she held the same title at wound-care provider Healogics Inc. in Jacksonville, FL.
Psaras spent six years as senior vice president of HR at Darden Restaurants in Orlando, and 14 years in HR roles at specialty materials firm Avery Dennison in Cleveland, where she spent three of those years as HR global vice president

Martha Musino has been appointed General Manager of VITAS Healthcare in Broward County, responsible for VITAS’ program operations in Fort Lauderdale, Miramar and throughout Broward County.

Musino brings more than 30 years of healthcare management and operations experience. Prior to joining VITAS, she served as chief nursing officer for Westchester General Hospital in Miami, administrative director of surgical inpatient units and director of cardiovascular telemetry for University of Miami Hospital in Miami, and director of community relations for SightlineWorks, LLC in Boca Raton.
Musino holds a master’s degree in nursing from University of Miami, a bachelor’s degree from Columbus College in Columbus, GA, and an associate degree from Miami Dade College (MDC). 

MediXall Group Inc., creator of, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kuldeep Hajela, CPA, as CFO of and to the MediXall Group Board of Advisors. Hajela brings more than 20 years of executive-level financial leadership in the healthcare industry to MediXall and holds a CPA and law degree.

Most recently, Hajela was Chief Financial Officer of NationsHearing, a national hearing care network of 1,500+ locations that offers comprehensive hearing aid and hearing services solution for patients, health plans, partners and providers. Prior to his role at NationsHearing, Hajela served as Chief Financial Officer of MDLive. Previously, Hajela served as CFO and COO of MTI America. In addition, Hajela previously served as CFO and Senior Vice-President of Liberty Medical Supply.

South Florida-based Community Care Plan (CCP) is pleased to announce the promotion of Jessica Lerner to President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, as the former Chief Executive Officer, John A. Benz, announces his retirement. Lerner, who will take over the leadership role immediately, previously served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Benz will transition to the role of President Emeritus and Chief Strategic Officer of the organization.

Benz and Lerner, who have worked together in the healthcare industry for over 23 years, will continue to work together to ensure a seamless transition. The two were part of the original leadership team who cofounded CCP. As President and CEO, Lerner will continue to grow CCP and provide quality-based healthcare to the South Florida community.
Alongside Benz, Lerner co-founded CCP and played a major role in the operations and monitoring of local activities of the health plan to ensure that CCP is in accordance with contract requirements. She was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2016. Prior to joining CCP, Lerner served as Executive Director for Memorial Integrated Health for more than 19 years.
Lerner received a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing and management from Florida International University’s College of Business, and a Master’s of Healthcare Administration Degree from Florida Atlantic University. She also serves on the Board of Trustbridge Hospice Foundation and the Association of Community Affiliated Plans.

The North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners has named Gino Santorio acting CEO of Broward Health. Santorio has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of Broward Health since 2017.

Beverly Capasso, who resigned as President/CEO of Broward Health on Oct. 3, 2018, will remain with Broward Health in a consultative role until January 2019 to assist with Santorio’s transition. During that time, the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners will determine next steps for permanently filling the role of President/CEO of Broward Health.
Before joining Broward Health in September 2017, Santorio served as senior vice president and chief executive officer for Jackson North Medical Center and was VP/COO of Jackson Memorial Hospital. He has served as COO and CFO/Hospital Compliance Officer at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Spring Hill, FL, and Assistant CFO at Brooksville Regional Hospital.
Santorio has a master’s degree in public administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany in New York, a bachelor’s degree in business leadership from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, where he graduated magna cum laude, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a professional certification sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Jupiter Medical Center in Palm Beach County recently named Karen Davila its new general counsel.

Prior to joining Jupiter Medical Center, Davila served as senior associate general counsel for Walmart Inc., providing regulatory compliance advice on its health and wellness related products and services. Davila has previously served as executive and general counsel for several other hospitals/health systems, including Mercy Health Partners, in Cincinnati, OH; Wuesthoff Health System (now part of Steward Health Care), in Rockledge, FL; and Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL. In these roles, Davila served as strategic advisor and business partner, advising on complex health care law issues and strategy.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in economics, Davila earned a Juris Doctorate from IIT Chicago Kent College of Law and a Masters of Business Administration from Case Western University in Cleveland. She is a frequent speaker on various health care topics and former adjunct professor at University of Central Florida.

With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Teresa C. Urquhart returns to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center to serve as the hospital’s chief executive officer.

Previously, Urquhart was the chief operating officer at Delray Medical Center. Prior to her time at Delray Medical Center, Urquhart served as the chief operating officer at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, chief operating officer at North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, GA, and as chief executive officer at Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, SC.
Urquhart received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Records Administration at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. She continued her education and earned her Master of Arts in Health Services Administration from Webster University in El Paso, TX. 

Paul Simeone, Ph.D., has joined Lee Health as Vice President of Mental and Behavioral Health. Dr. Simeone has more than 30 years’ experience in mental and behavioral health as an educator, administrator and practicing clinical psychologist.

Dr. Simeone most recently served as the Program Coordinator for the Cultural/Linguistic and Fee-For-Service Teams in Adult Outpatient Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) in Somerville, MA. He has also held several faculty positions at universities in the Boston area and most recently served as a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Simeone has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and master’s degree in school psychology from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY and a master’s degree in psychology from Mount Holyoke College near Springfield, MA.

Bethesda Hospital East, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, has purchased 276 beds to provide greater comfort to patients. The new beds promote safety, reduce the possibility of falls and help to prevent pressure ulcers.

Bethesda has purchased a full complement of 234 Medical Surgical Beds, 26 Critical Care Beds, 13 Labor and Delivery Beds and 3 Bariatric beds – all manufactured by Stryker Medical.
To promote patient safety, the beds come with the iBed awareness system that ensures the right technology is in place to prevent falls. This technology includes a green light at the end of the patient’s bed that indicates whether the side rails are placed in the up position. In addition, they are equipped with a system that tracks the patient’s position and alerts caregivers if the patient is at risk of falling.
In addition, the beds are made to reduce pressure ulcers. The mattresses come with an open gel column that allows air to flow freely throughout the surface without obstruction. This air flow assists in managing the microclimate, heat and humidity, of the patient’s skin.
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