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February 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 8

New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee is pleased to announce William Wims has assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer and President.

Wims comes to New Horizons from South County Behavioral Health in Delray Beach where he worked for 22 years to achieve high ratings in client care, employee satisfaction and leadership in the field of mental health. His most recent appointment was Director of Acute Care Services, which oversaw inpatient crisis programs and mobile response teams.
Over the past two years Wims successfully spearheaded a significant expansion of mobile response services in Palm Beach County, providing telephone support and dispatching mobile outreach to individuals in crisis across a diverse region of urban centers and remote agricultural communities. 

The Pap Corps’ Board of Directors is proud to announce that Sally Berenzweig, M.A., M.Ed, has been appointed the new CEO of the 68-year old South Florida nonprofit which raises funds for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Berenzweig, the co-founder and former CEO of KidSafe Foundation, will use her 14 years of nonprofit expertise to expand The Pap Corps’ fundraising base, develop new partnerships, increase membership, raise awareness through social media campaigns and explore grant opportunities.

Berenzweig is a very familiar face in the philanthropic world as she was the co-founder and former CEO of KidSafe Foundation and was recognized for her outstanding leadership as a 2019 L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honoree. Sally also received the distinguished Jefferson Award for Public Service.
In addition to her stellar nonprofit background, Berenzweig is a former Psychotherapist who has a Masters in Education and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Sally is the co-author of a parenting book, two award-winning children’s books, eLearn trainings and an 8-lesson curriculum for children that has been taught in Palm Beach and Broward County School Districts for over 10 years. 

Michael “Mike” Nordness is Delray Medical Center’s new Chief Administrative Officer as well as the Group Chief Operating Officer for the Palm Beach Health Network.

Prior to joining the team at Delray Medical, Nordness served as the Chief Operating Officer at Orange Park Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL. Before his time in Jacksonville, Nordness was the Assistant Administrator at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, NC.
Nordness is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a undergraduate degree in education. He went on to receive his Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with an emphasis in health education. Nordness then earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Helenemarie Blake has been appointed vice president and chief compliance and privacy officer at Nicklaus Children’s Health System.

Blake comes to the health system – parent organization of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – from University of Miami, where she served as data privacy officer for the university at large and chief privacy and data integrity officer for the University of Miami Health System. Previously, she served as a partner with the law firm of Fowler White Burnett, PA, representing health systems and hospitals in both litigation and regulatory proceedings.
Blake earned her bachelor’s degree from John Hopkins University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Miami.

Holy Cross Health has named Stonish Pierce, FACHE as Chief Operating Officer.

Pierce is a board-certified healthcare executive with diverse clinical and leadership experiences in acute and ambulatory operations spanning from not-for-profit, public, private, government, academic/teaching and faith-based hospitals to integrated delivery systems and for-profit physical therapy sectors.
Prior to joining Holy Cross Health, Pierce was System Vice President, Specialty Services for Beaumont Health in Michigan. Prior to Beaumont, Pierce served as Regional Chief Operating and Business Development Officer for Chicago-based Presence Health (Ascension). Pierce’s experience also includes positions with San Diego-based Palomar Health (Mayo Care Network) and the VA Medical Center in Los Angeles. 

Drew Grossman has been named Chief Executive Officer of Mariners Hospital and Fishermen’s Community Hospital, both part of Baptist Health South Florida. Grossman will assume his position on February, 25, 2021, succeeding the retirement of longtime leader, Rick Freeburg.

Grossman earned a Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. After completing his administrative residency at Parkway Medical Center in North Miami Beach, Grossman moved to Southern California to serve as Assistant Administrator at Centinela Hospital Medical Center, an acute care hospital serving Los Angeles and the South Bay regions. He returned to Florida in 2002 serving in leadership positions at Cleveland Clinic in Weston and Parkway Medical Center in North Miami Beach. Grossman then joined Broward Health as CEO of Broward Health Coral Springs and Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital. Grossman comes to us from St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO. Under his leadership as CEO, St. Mary’s Hospital has reached new levels of patient satisfaction, safety, quality and efficiency.

Joseph Motta, M.D., FACS, a cardiothoracic surgeon who co-founded the open heart surgery unit at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, has joined Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care.

Prior to joining Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care, Dr. Motta and Richard S. Faro, M.D., FACS, led a successful medical practice at Palm Beach Cardiovascular Associates.
Dr. Motta has been on-staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center since 1983. He was the Vice Chief of Staff at the hospital in 2001.
Dr. Faro, a highly experienced cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgeon and founder of the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Heart Institute has also joined Tenet Florida Cardiovascular Care.
Dr. Faro served as Founder and Director of Cardiac Surgery from 1983-2000 at the Palm Beach Heart Institute at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center where he and Dr. Motta established the open heart surgery unit at the hospital. During his medical career, Dr. Faro has operated with staff privileges at six different South Florida hospitals. Previously, Dr. Faro served as assistant professor, Department of Surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville, clinical instructor and adjunct attending at Rush Medical College in Chicago and as assistant instructor at the Department of Surgery, Creighton University. 
The North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to name Shane Strum the next President and Chief Executive officer of Broward Health.
Most recently, Strum has been serving as chief of staff to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Prior to his work with the state, Strum served as senior vice president at Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida, where he was part of an executive team that managed over 15,000 employees and an annual budget more than $2.4 billion. He also oversaw Memorial’s strategic planning, marketing, community relations and global health functions. Before he joined Memorial’s executive team, Strum served on the South Broward Hospital District Board for several years, including two terms as chairman.
In addition to his healthcare experience, Strum has exceled in higher education, having served as vice chancellor of Keiser University and director of corporate and government relations at Nova Southeastern University.

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health welcomes board-certified vascular and endovascular neurosurgeon Zeguang Ren, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Ren received training in both neurosurgery and endovascular neurosurgery. He completed a neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Washington, and a cerebrovascular/endovascular neurosurgery fellowship from Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester. He earned a Master of Neuroscience degree and PhD of Neuroscience at Beijing Neurosurgical Institute and Beijing Tiantan Hospital.
Prior to joining Martin Health, Dr. Ren has practiced as an attending neurosurgeon in Tampa, Fort Pierce and in Beijing. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Gynecologic oncologist Thomas Morrissey, M.D., FACOG, FACS, has joined the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, as director of gynecologic oncology. He is a specialist in the surgical and chemotherapeutic treatment of ovarian, uterine, cervical and other female genital tract cancers.

Dr. Morrissey joins the Lynn Cancer Institute from Cleveland Clinic Florida, where he was the head of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. He also served as clinical assistant professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He will continue his position as clinical affiliate associate professor at Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine. He is board-certified in obstetrics, gynecology and gynecologic oncology.
Dr. Morrissey earned his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine. He completed an obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences residency at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. He also completed a gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
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