South Florida Hospital News
Sunday August 19, 2018

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August 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 2




Officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced that its Board of Trustees has selected Baptist Health South Florida as its recommendation for further strategic partnership discussions. The move culminates an initiative that began over one year ago to accelerate and elevate the Hospital’s position as a preeminent academic tertiary referral center in South Florida.

“We are pleased with the Board’s decision to move forward with Baptist,” said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “While this was a most difficult choice, one that was between two of the finest healthcare providers in the country, our Trustees believe Baptist is the best fit for Boca Regional.”
The process to secure a strategic partner for Boca Regional was spearheaded by the Ad Hoc Partnership Steering Committee and was comprised of community and medical staff leaders, trustees and volunteers. Chaired by Dick Schmidt, former Boca Regional Board Chair and noted civic leader and philanthropist, it was responsible for vetting 12 potential partner proposals, winnowing down the list of suitors based on stringent criteria and advancing recommendations to the Boca Regional Board for final discussion and decision.
Assessment of partner candidates included site visits between the respective organizations and robust dialogue and meetings between medical staff leadership, senior executives, Board members and volunteers.
According to Schmidt, the Committee found great synergy with Baptist from a programmatic perspective and strategic approach to the delivery of care in South Florida. “We are most confident we can reach a final agreement and that our inclusion in the Baptist System will make the whole of the new organization greater than the sum of its parts,” he said.

Cleveland Clinic announces the opening of the Coral Springs Family Health Center, a new 73,000 square-foot facility offering specialty care, outpatient surgery, endoscopy and advanced imaging services.

The addition of the Coral Springs Family Health Center is part of a $302 million capital expansion, driven by growth and the demand for Cleveland Clinic’s services in Florida.
“The Coral Springs Family Health Center provides convenient access to world-class care to residents in Coral Springs, Parkland, as well those in northern Broward and southern Palm Beach County,” said Wael Barsoum, M.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “We continue to build on our 30-year history of providing an advanced level of care to patients in South Florida, and we are proud that a growing number of patients are seeking the specialized services we provide.”
Constructed in partnership with Jupiter-based Rendina Healthcare Real Estate, the state-of-the-art facility has 40 exam rooms, four operating rooms (plus two in reserve), two endoscopy suites, 24 prep and recovery bays, 15 full-time physicians, 20 rotating physicians, and 95 total clinical and administrative staff. Services spanning 17 medical specialties are available at the Coral Springs Family Health Center, including breast, colorectal, general, gynecological, hand, orthopaedic, ear, nose and throat, plastic, urological, and vascular surgery.

At a time when the nation is experiencing a growing physician shortage, Lakeside Medical Center, Palm Beach County's only rural teaching hospital, celebrated the graduation of five residents from its Family Medicine Residency Program. Stephanie Dardanello, Hospital Administrator, welcomed the more than 130 attendees June 22nd at the Wanderers Club in Wellington, Florida. This is the sixth class of residents to graduate from the program, which was established at the acute-care facility in Belle Glade in 2011 and is one of the few of its kind to focus on the health care needs of rural, underserved areas.

“Through your training, you’ve learned to identify the importance of improving health disparities and expanding access to care for all, including the most vulnerable,” said Darcy J. Davis, Chief Executive Officer of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, in a video address played at the event. “You’ve embraced the Health Care District’s commitment to delivering high-quality care.”
The five graduates, Bralin Bean, DO, Roberteen H. McCray, DO, Stephen Perez, DO, Tyler Provost, DO and Elena Herschdorfer-Rodriguez, DO, completed a rigorous three-year curriculum that included rotations in emergency medicine, women’s health care, pediatrics, psychiatry, general surgery, internal medicine, community and sports medicine, cardiology, dermatology, women’s health, radiology, orthopedics, ENT, urology, ophthalmology and critical care. Lakeside Medical Center, which is accredited by The Joint Commission and owned and operated by the Health Care District, is the program’s primary clinical training site.
“It is my hope you will always practice the art of compassion as physicians and that you be the very best you can be despite any challenges you may face along the way,” said Nikerson Geneve, DO, Lakeside Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program Director and Director of Medical Education.
The graduation comes at a time when physicians are in great demand. Just this past April, the Association of American Medical Colleges published a report that shows by 2030 the U.S. could see a shortage of 120-thousand physicians and of that number, as many as 49-thousand are primary care doctors. 

Broward College is proud to announce that its Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC) has been granted Provisional Accreditation in Teaching and Education from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Broward College’s HSSC is now one of 20 simulation centers and simulation labs in Florida. The Provisional Accreditation has been granted for a two year period and will allow the HSSC to continue future growth with a major focus on faculty development in simulation, along with simulation research.
“Achieving provisional accreditation is a major milestone and we are extremely proud of our Health Sciences Simulation Center and the team behind it,” said Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. “This accreditation positions Broward College as a premier center for academia, simulation research and community healthcare simulation.”
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s national review accreditation team identified several strengths in Broward College’s HSSC program including the quality improvement committee, internal data analytics, creative architectural design of the Simulation Center and central geographic location to all campuses with classes for nursing and Allied Health Sciences students. It was also recognized for its state-of-the-art hospital equipment, high fidelity mannequins, audio and video recording system, all which allow the students to experience real-life acute care in a clinical environment.
Broward College HSSC’s Provisional Accreditation in Teaching and Education was made possible under the leadership of Kathleen King, retired district director, Health Science Simulation Center, Broward College and Dr. Jennifer Jackson, medical director and key simulation specialist along with Deisy Mercado, Joseph Suarez and Thierry Montalbo from the Health Sciences Simulation Center team.

Broad and Cassel LLP, which will combine with Nelson Mullins on Aug. 1, announced Fort Lauderdale Associate Jamie Gelfman has been voted on to the Florida Bar Health Law Section Executive Council.

Gelfman currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Health Law Updates for The Florida Bar.
Additionally, Gelfman has been selected as a participant in Leadership Broward Class XXXVII. Leadership Broward offers programs that help emerging and recognized leaders expand their skills and enhance their knowledge of local and state issues, as well as leverage their individual passion to make positive changes in the community.
Certified in Health Care Compliance (CHC) by the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), Gelfman practices in the arenas of administrative and regulatory law serving as a member of the Health Law Practice Group. 

Broward Health has named Kim Braxl Cole, CPA, as chief financial officer of Broward Health North.

With more than 20 years of financial experience in the healthcare services industry, Cole most recently served as controller of Delray Medical Center. Prior to that, Cole served as vice president and controller at CareGuide in Coral Springs and was also manager of financial services at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
Cole has a Bachelor of Science in both accounting and finance from Florida State University.

Susan G. Komen® South Florida announced the appointment of Melissa Dixon, Breast Health Navigator. The position is a first-of-its-kind in the nation to support the new Community-Based Breast Health Navigator Pilot Program for the global Susan G. Komen organization.

Dixon is located in Delray Beach, Florida to provide education and patient navigation services to primarily African American women who are at greater risk for triple negative breast cancer—an aggressive form of the disease—and have a 40% higher mortality rate than white women. Dixon has a personal connection to the women she will reach as an African American breast cancer survivor herself.
Dixon spent nearly a decade with Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida as a breast health navigator and supporting employee relations and training in her last role as HR Manager. She possesses a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration as well as a Master of Business Administration, and is an alumna of Non Profits First Rising Leaders.

Abigail Goodwin, vice president of grants and community investments at Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., has been honored with a fellowship from the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.

Fellows will gather at a retreat in Washington, D.C., on October 10-11, 2018 to network with other fellows, participate in leadership development sessions and connect with seasoned leaders from the field of health philanthropy, many of whom are past fellows. The criteria for becoming a fellow was based on a number of factors including creativity, critical thinking, innovation, leadership skills and contributions to their respective foundations.

Michael Wukitsch has joined Lee Health as Chief Human Resources Officer.

Wukitsch most recently served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Northwestern Memorial Healthcare in Chicago. Before that, Wukitsch served as the Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Cadence Health in the Chicago area, and Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado, located in the Denver metro area. He also served as Director of Human Resources – Operations for Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado.
Wukitsch has an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and is completing his Ph.D. in Organizational Learning, Performance and Change at Colorado State University.

Officials at Catholic Health Services welcome Thomas J. Piszczatoski, SPHR, as the new Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Compliance Officer.

Tom comes to CHS with almost 30 years of innovative human resources experience, mostly in healthcare, including key leadership positions with Tenet and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare systems.
He is a native of New Jersey and earned his BBA at William Patterson University in Wayne, NJ. Tom is a highly skilled strategic business executive who has helped lead several organizations through significant growth and expansion. Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, he is a Lean Practioner and Associated Safety Professional, in addition to his affiliations with the American Society for Healthcare HR Administration and the Society of HR Management. During Tom’s career he has designed and implemented numerous programs that have resulted in significant cultural change, established processes for identifying high permormance, increased effectiveness in organizational structure and process, improved retention and turnover while also improving employee engagement.
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