South Florida Hospital News
Thursday October 18, 2018

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October 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 4



Greystone Healthcare Management, an industry-leading healthcare management company, has named Patrizia Pesce as Director of Nursing Services at the Kendall Lakes Health and Rehabilitation Center, scheduled to open this fall. The Kendall location is Greystone’s fourth health and rehabilitation center in South Florida and features an array of medical services as well as specialized orthopedic, cardiac and stroke rehabilitation programs.

Pesce brings significant nursing leadership experience to the position. Most recently, she served as the Director of Nursing Services for Greystone’s skilled nursing facility in Wilton Manors, having also been a Unit Manager and Clinical Educator there. While there, she spearheaded efforts that resulted in Wilton Manors’ accreditation by The Joint Commission. Prior to working at Wilton Manors, Pesce was the Director of Nursing for Greystone’s North Beach Health and Rehabilitation where she helped the center gain a five-star quality rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
As Director of Nursing Services, she will oversee the nursing staff, and work with the nearly 150 patients and their families to provide compassionate care and nursing services.
“Patrizia has proven to be a dedicated director of nursing services and has developed an outstanding reputation for her positive attitude and excellent care,” said Kimberly Pero, regional vice president of the South Florida Region. “We know she will bring that same sense of commitment and excellence as she helps us launch our new center in Kendall.”
“I look forward to working with the many professionals who are making the Kendall Lakes Health and Rehabilitation Center a reality,” Pesce said. “To achieve a goal and be successful, you need a team behind you pushing toward the same goal. I know I can count on Greystone to be that team.”
Pesce is a member of FADONA, the premier organization for the advancement of nursing executives and leaders to position them as key members of the health care leadership team.

The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA), a non-profit dedicated to helping South Florida’s aging community thrive, has announced the following new officers for its board of directors: Chair Lynn Brewer; Vice Chair Todd Radosevich; Secretary Ed French; and Treasurer Jim Walker.

Lynn Brewer, who previously served as board vice chair, is an associate principal in Kauffman Rossin’s Entrepreneurial Services Practice. With more than 25 years of experience in publicaccounting, she has comprehensive experience consulting, speaking and mentoring on tax compliance and reporting issues and is an Enrolled Agent (EA) authorized to practice before the Internal Revenue Service.
Todd Radosevich, who was previously treasurer of the board, is the regional director of payer strategies for Trinity Health. He has 25 years of experience in healthcare finance with large hospital systems and physician led organizations. Radosevich has served in several financial leadership roles, most recently as executive director of finance for Holy Cross Hospital.
Ed French has significant experience in strategic positioning for some of the world’s top brands. He is the former chief of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. and was previously senior vice president of Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards. He joined Marriott after leading the Advantage program for American Airlines.
Jim Walker, a senior loan officer for Florida Community Loan Fund where he underwrites community and economic development loans, has more than 33 years of experience in community development finance and lending. 


Delray Medical Center appoints Maggie Gill to the position of chief executive officer. Gill will be responsible for overseeing all strategic, operational and clinical activities at Delray Medical Center. She is also the new Palm Beach Group CEO for Tenet Healthcare.

Gill comes to Delray Medical Center from Novant Health UVA Health System where she served as the chief executive officer. Prior to her time in Virginia, Gill was with Memorial Health in Savannah, GA where she served as president and CEO since 2011. She initially joined Memorial in 2004 as vice president of finance and managed care and became Memorial’s chief operating officer in 2005.
Gill is a graduate of Florida State University earning her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. She then received her Masters of Business Administration from St. Leo University. 

Rendina Healthcare Real Estate is pleased to announce that Steve Barry has been appointed President.

During his 14 years with Rendina, Steve has worked in nearly all areas of healthcare real estate, including development, leasing, and property management – and was previously the Executive Vice President of Business Development and Leasing.
Throughout his career, Steve has driven the development of more than 1 million square feet of outpatient facilities. In addition, as a member of the Health Care and Life Sciences Council (HCLSC) of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Steve collaborates with industry leaders on matters related to investing, developing and operating acute care and specialty hospitals, medical office buildings, outpatient service centers, ambulatory surgery facilities, and life science/research facilities.
Before joining Rendina, Steve began his career with JPMorgan in New York after graduating with a finance degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Baptist Health South Florida has named Matthew Arsenault as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer. He succeeds Ralph Lawson, who recently announced his retirement after 30 years with Baptist Health.

Arsenault has been with Baptist Health since 2006 and has held various roles during his 12 years with the organization. Most recently, as corporate vice president of Finance.
Prior to joining Baptist Health, Arsenault earned two masters degrees, in accounting and teaching, and worked in public accounting for Deloitte & Touche and Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Co. He holds various designations, including Certified Public Accountant and HFMA Certified Healthcare Financial Professional.

Officials at Catholic Hospice, Inc. are proud to announce the promotion of Rochelle Clarke, PhD, LMFT, MSHR, as the new Director of Quality and Organizational Development for Catholic Hospice. Dr. Clarke has been with Catholic Hospice since 2014 starting as a bereavement coordinator. She was responsible for developing bereavement and counseling programs for patients and their caregivers.  She also worked collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team to provide psychosocial care to patient-family units. In 2015, she was promoted to Supervisor of the Bereavement team as well as Bereavement Camp Director. Dr. Clarke will now be in the position for managing and supporting the assessment of organizational needs and the design of programs that facilitate the professional development and continuous learning of team members, senior management and emerging leaders.


Catholic Health Services proudly announced that it will join the Alzheimer’s Association® Southeast Florida Chapter as Presenting Sponsor in the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Miami-Dade. The walk in Museum Park, downtown Miami on Saturday November 3rd, draws thousands of participants from throughout the community, all committed to finding the cure and ending the scourge of this awful disease.

“As CHS is a leading provider of post-acute care and senior care services, we recognize firsthand the impact this awful disease has on the individual and the multi-layered burden it places on the family and caregivers. About 67% of persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia spend their final days in a nursing home and over 50% of residents in assisted living facilities or nursing homes suffer from the disease. These people are in our lives every day. It is in our Mission to care for and support them, their families, their caregivers and our staff who not only care for these people at work, but many at home in their own families as well.” said Joe Catania, President and CEO of Catholic Health Services. “The Alzheimer’s Association provides valuable support services, while also supporting critically need research. We are fully committed to support the Alzheimer’s Association.”

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center recently hosted a meet and greet for new CEO, Trey Abshier at Salute Market. A “Talk with Trey” brought out Palm Beach Gardens leaders to learn about the new CEO, changes to the hospital, and what the future holds for the hospital.

Pictured (l-r) are Jack Lighton, CEO Loggerhead Marine Life Center; Tim Burke, Publisher Palm Beach Post, and Trey Abshier, CEO Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital at Martin Health will unveil its new name and brand as part of its company’s name change and rebranding initiative. Beginning Oct.1, the inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be known as Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Martin Health and will continue to provide the same high-quality, post-acute care for patients overcoming a variety of debilitating illnesses and injuries.

“Our new Encompass Health brand reflects more than the change of our name. It reinforces our commitment to working together to continuously improve the care we provide our patients,” said Ivette Miranda, CEO of Encompass Hospital at Martin Health. “With a focus on clinical collaboration and strengthening relationships, we will continue to play an important role in making a difference in the lives of our patients.”

Catholic Hospice is pleased to announce Dr. Tracy Romanello, D.O., as their new Medical Director.

Dr. Romanello is now responsible for the medical operations at Catholic Hospice Inc. and Catholic Palliative Care Services. She provides oversight of the necessary medical management that is consistent with the plan of care and the patient’s needs. She supports guidance to the interdisciplinary team and works closely with other physicians in the community to assist with consultation and education.
Dr. Romanello achieved her Board Certification in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and she is Fellowship Trained and Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Romanello earned her doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in October of 2011 from Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida. She also has earned her Bachelor of Science, Psychobiology (Minor in Biology/ Neuroscience) from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.
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