South Florida Hospital News
Thursday December 12, 2019

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December 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 6




The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance (GFLA) has named Broward Health SVP and Chief Financial Officer Alex Fernandez to its Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 term.

The GFLA is the primary public and private sector partnership dedicated to the economic development of Broward County.
The board, comprised of officers and directors, serve a one-year term from October 2019 to September 2020.

Tracy Edelstein, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been named vice president and chief nursing officer of Bethesda Hospital.

Dr. Edelstein brings more than 20 years of nursing experience to this leadership position. Most recently, she served as associate vice president of nursing services and interim regional chief nursing officer for Geisinger Health System in Scranton, PA. She also has extensive teaching experience, serving as an adjunct professor of nursing at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Edelstein earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Nutrition Science from Syracuse University in New York, a Master of Science in Nursing from Pace University in New York City and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Carlow University.
Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, the County’s prenatal and infant care coalition, recently announced Heather Baker as the new Program Manager.
As an experienced professional in improving the health and wellbeing of prenatal mothers, infants, children and families in a not-for-profit arena, Baker brings 26 years of professional experience to her new position at the Coalition. Prior to transitioning into her newly appointed role at the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade, Baker was a director of a Healthy Start program, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations for the statewide program with the mission of reducing incidence of infant mortality, pre-term labor and low birthweight babies.
Baker earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Florida and earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Florida International University. She also holds several certifications in the area of maternal, infant and child health.
Darcy Allen, MBA, BSN, RN,has joined Lee Health as the Vice President of Operations and Chief Nurse Executive at Lee Memorial Hospital.
Allen brings nearly 20 years of nursing experience, including leadership roles to her position with Lee Health.
Prior to joining Lee Health, Allen served as Chief Nursing Officer at Inova Medical Center in Fairfax, VA. She also spent seven years at Kaiser Permanente in California, where she held multiple positions, including Assistant Nurse Manager, Department Manager, Clinical Adult Service Director and Director of Nursing.
Allen earned her associate degree at the University of Hawaii, her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix and her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare administration at Northeastern University. She is a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. 

A. Luis Soto, MHA, CMRP, has joined Lee Health as its first vice president of supply chain management.

Most recently, and for the past five years, Soto served as the vice president, supply chain management for MaineHealth in Portland, Maine. Before that, Soto served as the vice president for supply chain services for ARIA Healthcare System in Philadelphia.
He earned his bachelor’s degree at Baruch College/School of Business and Public Administration in New York, NY, and his master’s degree in Health Administration at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC. He is a Certified Materials Resource Professional.

Javier Hernández-Lichtl has been named Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. The seasoned healthcare leader currently serves as CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He will succeed Nelson Lazo, who has been named CEO of Baptist Health’s Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West.

Almost a decade ago, Hernández-Lichtl assembled and led the team that opened West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Miami-Dade County’s first new hospital in more than 35 years. Under his leadership, the hospital has become both a community hub and a center for innovation earning national accolades for quality, safety and service.
Hernández-Lichtl began his career with Baptist Health as an administrative resident. In addition to his leadership at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, he has also served as CEO of Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Enterprises, Chief Administrative Officer of Baptist Health and CEO of South Miami Hospital.
Hernández-Lichtl’s dedication to the South Florida community extends beyond healthcare delivery to the education and the arts. He currently serves on the Board of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum. He previously served on the United Way of Miami-Dade Board, the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board and the Adrienne Arsht Center Board. In addition, he chaired the Florida Sterling Council and Miami International University of Art & Design Board.

University Hospital & Medical Center is excited to announce Ben Harris had assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer for the organization.

Harris has held leadership positions with University Hospital’s parent company, HCA Healthcare, for the past eight years. He recently served as the Chief Operating Officer at Medical City Las Colinas in Irving, TX. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Business Development for Medical City Plano and in several leadership roles within government affairs and pharmaceuticals.
Harris received his Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas, and a Master of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University. Along with his extensive experience working in the healthcare industry, Harris served on the Plano Texas City Council for eight years.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation has appointed Oscar Feldenkreis, Mojdeh Khaghan, Adam Schimel, Jeffery A. Thornton, Brett Trembly, and Christine Valls to its board of directors.

Oscar Feldenkreis is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Perry Ellis International, Inc., a leading global fashion house representing a diverse portfolio of lifestyle brands.
Mojdeh Khaghan recently stepped down as Vice Chair for the Public Health Trust of Jackson Health System after eight years of service, and she is Chair of the Commission, Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach.
Adam Schimel is a Managing Director of Bayside Capital, the distressed and special situations investment group of H.I.G. Capital.
Jeffery A. Thornton is the Vice President of Planning and Engineering for FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division.
Brett Trembly is the founder of Trembly Law Firm, a franchise and business law firm in Miami. Trembly has served as President of the South Miami Kendall Bar Association and as Vice-Chair of the Florida Bar 11th Circuit Grievance Committee 11 “I.”
Christine Valls was named Vice President of Sales for American Airlines in Florida, Latin America, the Caribbean and U.S. Latin in 2018.

Baptist Health Medical Group has added internal medicine physician Aldo Ribeiros Jr., M.D., to its Baptist Health Primary Care team. He specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum – from health to complex illness. He has expertise in numerous specialty areas, including rheumatology, infectious diseases, nephrology, cardiovascular disease, endocrinology, neurology, dermatology, gastroenterology, non-operative orthopedics, palliative medicine, sleep medicine, geriatrics and rehabilitation medicine, making him uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive care. He also focuses on wellness and prevention strategies to help patients avoid disease, decrease disability and maintain good health.

Dr. Ribeiros earned his medical degree from Escuela Autonoma de Ciencias Medicas de Centro America in San José, Costa Rica and completed a three-year residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.

Family medicine physician Sophia Malary Carter, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group.

Dr. Malary Carter is a board certified family medicine physician. She completed medical school at the University of Rochester where she developed a passion for providing care to the medically underserved and graduated with a distinction in community service. She completed her residency training at the University of New Mexico where her focus centered around her efforts in teaching (earning an award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine). In addition, she was a resident director at a non-profit community health clinic that served the Albuquerque community. 
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