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March 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 9



Tenet Healthcare was recently one of the platinum sponsors for the 2019 National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NALHE) Leadership Summit in Orlando.

This was NALHE’s third annual Latino Healthcare Leadership Summit. The theme of the 2019 program was the importance of health equity. The conference focused on how healthcare organizations across the country are optimizing performance and promoting health via the integration of health equity, diversity and inclusion into everyday practice.
The following Tenet executives participated in the conference:
• Marie Quintana, Tenet’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, discussed Tenet’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and company initiatives that address health equity challenges.
• Nicholas Tejeda, Tenet’s El Paso Market CEO and CEO of The Hospitals of Providence, addressed the importance of Latinos in leadership, and ways to raise our community’s voice to inspire change and foster equity.
• Sally Hurt-Deitch, Tenet’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, spoke about the importance of diversity between genders in the workforce. Hurt-Deitch is the immediate past President of NALHE.
• Monica Vargas-Mahar, Tenet’s El Paso Market COO and CEO of The Hospitals of Providence East Campus, discussed health equity’s impact on saving lives, money, increasing productivity and improving the healthcare delivery system. Vargas-Mahar is Chair-Elect for NALHE.
Quintana said, “Improving health equity is not only central to our mission as healthcare providers, but fundamental to how we serve our communities and how we live our lives. At Tenet Healthcare, we are, first and foremost, focused on the families and individuals in our communities, including how we can foster a nurturing and healing environment to better serve their diverse healthcare needs. We applaud NALHE for raising awareness of this very important topic and helping to create a platform to reduce health inequities.”

Accessible, connected, and computationally powerful, smartphones aren’t just for “selfies” anymore. They have emerged as powerful evaluation tools capable of diagnosing medical conditions in point-of-care settings. Smartphones also are a viable solution for health care in the developing world because they allow untrained users to collect and transmit data to medical professionals.

Although smartphone camera technology today offers a wide range of medical applications such as microscopy and cytometric analysis, in practice, cell phone image tests have limitations that severely restrict their utility. Addressing these limitations requires external smartphone hardware to obtain quantitative results – imposing a design tradeoff between accessibility and accuracy.
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science have developed a novel cell phone imaging algorithm that enables analysis of assays typically evaluated via spectroscopy, a highly sophisticated and powerful device used in scientific research.
Through the analysis of more than 10,000 images, the researchers have been able to demonstrate that the saturation method they developed consistently outperformed existing algorithms under a wide range of operating field conditions. Their findings, published in the journal Analyst of the Royal Society of Chemistry, is a step forward in developing point-of-care diagnostics by reducing the need for required equipment, improving the limit of detection, and increasing the precision of quantitative results.

Lee Health announces the opening of the expansion of obstetrical services and new and renovated OB rooms at HealthPark Medical Center.

“This move completes a large-scale renovation project aimed at expanding the OB service line while also creating a more comfortable experience for expectant families. The unit’s proximity to Golisano Children’s Hospital provides convenient access to the area’s only Level II and Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for high-risk pregnancies, and moving these beds to HealthPark allows us to best meet the needs of our Southwest Florida community,” said Susan Ryckman, RN, MS, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
The health system will now feature 107 OB beds, and all of the newly renovated rooms at HPMC will be fully private with family sleep capabilities. In addition to adding more beds, this move helps meet several other goals of Lee Health’s OB service line. The renovated delivery rooms are located near the unit’s operating suites should they be needed, and the OB Emergency Department and OB triage located in HealthPark’s emergency department is being expanded from three to seven beds, with a completion date of July 1, 2019.

Rogers Behavioral Health, a leading nationwide, not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services, has expanded its presence in Florida with a new clinic in Miami at 5805 Blue Lagoon Dr. in the Waterford at Blue Lagoon corporate park. Based in Wisconsin, Rogers now has locations in seven states, including a clinic in Tampa that opened in 2014.

The Miami clinic is now offering treatment options for children, teens, and adults challenged by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, and general mental health.
Recognizing the diverse South Florida population, Rogers is committed to not only offering bilingual (English and Spanish) treatment, but ensuring that staff members understand the variety of cultures present and how to most effectively communicate with and support a diverse population of patients, families and caregivers.

Leaders and administrators at Jupiter Medical Center realize that nurses play a critical role in every patient’s treatment, recovery and ongoing health. As part of the hospital’s strategy to deliver an enhanced patient experience through relationship-based care, Jupiter Medical Center hosted the first annual “State of Nursing” meeting.

On Thursday, February 14, deans and program directors from nursing schools across the region gathered at Jupiter Medical Center for a summit to build the relationship between academic institutions and the practice environment, and to create a blueprint for the future of nursing.
“We need to build a new generation of nurses who are prepared for challenges and have the skills of empathy, critical thinking and resilience,” said Dr. Joanne Miller, Chief Nursing Officer at Jupiter Medical Center. “If we can incorporate teaching these techniques into the curriculum and residency programs, we will create a win for everyone – the patients, the nurses, the medical staff and the hospitals.”
Representatives from South University, Florida Atlantic University, Keiser University and Palm Beach Atlantic University learned about opportunities for their institutions to collaborate with Jupiter Medical Center through its summer extern program, undergraduate and graduate practicums, and adjunct faculty programs. The breakfast meeting also gave program coordinators a chance to discover the caliber of services and staff at Jupiter Medical Center, and hear about advances the hospital has made to provide world-class health care for residents in South Florida.
Jupiter Medical Center’s $300 million Vision. Innovation. Impact. Campaign has allowed the hospital to develop and launch a Comprehensive Stroke Center, the De George Pediatric Unit, and the newly opened James J. Felcyn & Louise Brien Felcyn Observation Unit, as well as plan for future development.
“These expansions not only serve our patients, they also offer recent graduates and established nurses more career choices,” said Dr. Carol Milliken, Director of Excellence in Nursing Professional Practice and Education at Jupiter Medical Center. “Nurses seeking competitive careers at medical centers that offer highly specialized care supported by leading-edge technology, don’t have to look outside of Palm Beach County.”

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is the first in the United States to use technology, developed with Philips, that makes it easier for doctors to perform image guided procedures for heart and vascular disease.

Institute clinicians unveiled the new Azurion with FlexArm by Philips at the annual International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET) in South Florida in January.
"With FlexArm, Philips' engineers have overcome near-impossible geometric and mechanical barriers to enable clinicians to achieve clinical excellence in image guided therapy," said Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder and chief medical executive of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida.
The Azurion with FlexArm makes its debut at a time when cramped quarters are the norm in an interventional procedure room. The FlexArm gantry enables clinicians to quickly and easily visualize critical anatomy and identify changes to the patient during a procedure. Azurion with FlexArm includes a set of innovations that makes it easier for clinicians to perform imaging across the whole patient in both 2D and 3D. 

Wellington Regional Medical Center announces the promotion of Pam Tahan to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Tahan has served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Wellington Regional since 2015.

With nearly 20 years of experience in hospital administration, Tahan has played an integral role as COO in helping Wellington develop new service lines, recruit key physicians and achieve accreditation for a number of clinical programs.
Earlier in her career, Tahan held positions with Community Health Systems’ Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Pennsylvania; Summit Medical Center in Van Buren, Arkansas; Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Haines City, Florida; and Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West, Florida.
Tahan received both her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. 

Good Samaritan Medical Center names Joseph Lopez-Cepero, MBA, BSN, RN, as Chief Nursing Officer.

Lopez-Cepero comes to Good Samaritan after serving in the same position at Tenet hospital San Ramon Regional Medical Center in San Ramon, CA. While there, Lopez-Cepero was responsible for all nursing operations including patient care, quality, patient satisfaction, staffing, productivity, budgeting and clinical documentation improvement with oversight of 350 hospital staff members.
Lopez-Cepero earned his Associate of Science in Nursing from Pasco-Hernando College in New Port Richey, FL. He then went on to get his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, UT and also received his MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.

Lee Health is pleased to announce the newly elected officers of its Board of Directors for 2019.

Stephen R. Brown, M.D., will continue to serve as Board Chairman for 2019. Dr. Brown is a retired radiologist and was first elected to the Board in 2008. Dr. Brown served as Mayor Sanibel Island (2002-03) and nine years on the Sanibel City Council.
Donna Clarke will continue to serve as Vice Chairman. She is a former Florida State 
Representative and has served as an adjunct professor with State College of Florida. 

David F. Collins will continue to serve as Treasurer. He has been a mortgage banker for over 20 years and has served as a board member for PACE Center for Girls of Lee County, and as treasurer for the PACE Capital Campaign. 

Therese Everly will continue to serve as Secretary. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and licensed Florida Realtor who also serves on the board of the Lee County Homeless Coalition and the Advisory Board for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc.



Greystone Healthcare Management, an industry-leading healthcare management company, has named Dr. Lori Cardona Care Ambassador for the Wilton Manors Health and Rehabilitation Center. As Care Ambassador, a newly created position, Dr. Cardona will be available to all staff, residents and families to address spiritual, emotional, psycho-social and personal care needs.

Reverend Dr. Lori Cardona is the founder and spiritual leader of LMC Interfaith Ministries and is the Co-Founder, Executive Director and Senior Dean of Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary. She served for more than 25 years as an executive administrator, counselor, consultant and educator in the field of human services before getting her call to ministry in 1998. LMC Interfaith Ministries is the ordaining body for Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary.
At Wilton Manors Health and Rehabilitation Center, she will be involved in program development and facilitation in areas of wellness, palliative care, stress management and all initiatives related to person-centered care.
Dr. Cardona holds a BA in Psychology, an MA in Counseling and a Doctorate in Holistic Theology.
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