South Florida Hospital News
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November 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 5




All County Health Care, Inc. is proud to report that it is a 4.5 star-rated home health agency with Home Health Compare at All County is constantly striving to provide the very best in patient care. All County is also very proud that it achieved a 5 of 5 star rating for the Patient Survey Question, “How do patients rate the overall care from the home health agency?” Kudos to the All County field nurses for their excellent work.

With a distinct eye on the future of health care, the University of Miami is pleased to announce the formation of the UHealth Board of Directors, a panel of highly respected leaders who will provide strategic oversight to the University of Miami Health System.

The University is making this bold move to position UHealth to be more responsive to its overall mission to its patients, research and medical education. As health care evolves rapidly, health care systems must operate in an environment of thoughtful decision making that is nimble and adaptive to the market. Building this Board, made up of experienced leaders in health care and business, creates a critical framework to guide the strategic vision of UHealth in order to serve better its patients and the community.
The Board will meet quarterly and is made up of eleven members, including current trustees of the University of Miami and a number of leaders in the national health care arena.
Members are Hilarie Bass, Esq., co-president of Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Isaac William (Will) Ferniany, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the UAB Health System of the University of Alabama at Birmingham; Chris Grant, chief operating officer for Kaiser Permanente; Manny Kadre, Esq., chairman and CEO of MBB Auto Group; Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, president and secretary of the Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation; Stuart A. Miller, executive chairman and former CEO of Lennar Corporation; Peter Slavin, M.D., president of Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School; and M. Roy Wilson, M.D., president of Wayne State University.
Ex-Officio Members are Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Julio Frenk, M.D., Ph.D., president of the University of Miami; and Edward Abraham, M.D., executive vice president for health affairs of the University of Miami and CEO of UHealth.

The Broward College Foundation appointed Community Care Plan President and CEO John A. Benz, BBX Capital President Jarett Levan, and financial consultant Beverly Yanowitch, CPA, to its Board of Directors.

Benz, who served on the Broward College District Board of Trustees for eight years, oversees all operations at Community Care Plan, which services Medicaid, Children’s Medicaid Services Network, and various self-insured employee health plans. Prior to working with Community Care Plan, Benz served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for Memorial Healthcare System.  
As president of BBX Capital, Levan heads up the diversified investment and asset management company. Levan serves on the boards of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, the Community Foundation of Broward, the Broward Workshop, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. He also is the founding Board Chair of Business for the Arts of Broward.  
Yanowitch, a Certified Public Accountant, served as a financial consultant to the Broward College Foundation for 11 years. She previously was CFO of Mackenzie Investment Management, Inc. (Ivy Funds).

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center welcomes Laurena Reese, MBA, BSN, RN, as its new emergency department director.

Reese most recently served as the Director of the Emergency Department at another South Florida hospital, where she was responsible for managing clinical staff, patient experience outcomes, and facilitating and directing quality of patient care. Reese has nearly 30 years of experience working as a nurse in the state of Florida.
Reese earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY, Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, NY and received her Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, UT.

The University of Miami Health System is pleased to announce Keith J. Murphy as its new vice president of Supply Chain Services.

With more than 30 years of experience in contract, inventory, and logistics management related positions, Murphy brings a wealth of experience to this position. He comes to the University of Miami from Yale New Haven Health System, where he was executive director of Corporate Supply Chain. 

The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA), a non-profit which creates planning and development strategies to deliver socio-economic support programs for South Florida seniors, has named Debbie Savage to its board of directors. Savage is founder and president of Responsive Home Care, a private duty home care agency exclusively serving Broward County.

Savage began her career in assisted living and served as president and a founding member of the Florida Assisted Living Association, where she assisted the state of Florida in the development of funding sources for assisted living through the Medicaid Waiver Program. Realizing most people would prefer to remain at home as long as possible, she opened her home health agency in 1994. From 1998-2002, Savage served on the national board of the Assisted Living Federation of America while designing, developing and managing two large assisted living facilities in Broward County.
A registered nurse, Savage received her degree in nursing from Barry University. 

South Florida Behavioral Health Network has announced that John W. Newcomer, M.D., has been named its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Dr. Newcomer was previously Professor of Integrated Medical Science at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. He has been a principal investigator on research grants funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more than 20 years and has held a series of leadership positions at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Miami Miller School, and at FAU where he served as Vice Dean and Interim Vice President for Research.

Dr. Newcomer has received numerous honors and awards, including an Independent Scientist Award from the NIH and placement on the Thomson Reuters List of Highly Cited Researchers in 2014. Dr. Newcomer has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology since 2006, has served as a reviewer for the NIH and other funding agencies, and since 2007, has been a member of the Metabolic Disorders Steering Committee of the Biomarkers Consortium of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). In the public sector for 13 years, he was Chair of the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board for the State of Missouri, supporting public oversight for more than $1B in pharmacy program expenditures. Dr. Newcomer completed his psychiatry residency at Stanford University, received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from Brown University. He is a Diplomate from the American Board of Psychiatry.

Marcelo Zottolo has been promoted to Vice President of Data Analytics and Continuous Improvement at Lee Health.

Zottolo has been with Lee Health for almost eight years. During the last three years he has led the Process Analytics team and prior to that held the role of process improvement engineer in the Lean Transformation Office. Before joining Lee Health, he worked as a consultant for PMC, an operations improvement consulting firm in Dearborn, Michigan.
Zottolo holds a bachelor’s and master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a master’s in Health Informatics from the University of South Florida.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center names Pat Rosenberg, R.N., M.S.N., as Chief Nursing Officer.

Rosenberg joins Palm Beach Gardens from sister hospital Florida Medical Center, where she also served as the Chief Nursing Officer. Prior to joining Tenet Health, Pat worked at the Trinity Health, in Livonia, MI, leading Trinity’s Clinical Transformation team. Rosenberg also served in CNO roles at McClaren Healthcare and The Detroit Medical Center. Her positions with Detroit Medical Center included Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner, and Administrative Director for the Cardiology and Nephrology Service lines.
Rosenberg earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit. 

Dr. Robert Sackstein, who grew up in Miami, will leave Harvard Medical School to join Florida International University, where he’ll be the dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and senior VP for health affairs.

Dr. John Rock, the founding dean of the college, established in 2006, will take a leave of absence to become the founding dean of the college of medicine at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Rock plans to return to FIU later and become the John and Mary Lou Dasburg Chair in Medicine.
Dr. Sackstein will become dean on Jan. 2, 2019. At Harvard, he is a professor in the departments of dermatology and medicine, and co-director of the Glycoscience Center, which focuses on the role of sugars in biological systems. He conducted clinical research at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
Born in Cuba, Dr. Sackstein immigrated to Miami at age 4 and graduated from Southwest High School. He graduated summa cum laude as a biology major at Harvard University, and then earned an M.D. and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He did his medical residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He was previously on the faculty of both the University of Miami and the University of South Florida.
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