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Hospital Welcomes
Celina Holson as
Chief Operating Officer
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Trauma Medicine
Healthcare Construction/Real Estate
New Cancer Center to Augment
World-Class Care
Dr. Evan Boyar
Broward Health
Expects the
24/7 Emergency
and Trauma
Anyone who has ever channel surfed
has caught a made-for-TV medical
drama where ER doctors do everything
from open heart surgery to handling
security incidents to curing exotic diseases in a single episode.
Evan Boyar, M.D., MSE, FAAEM,
Chief of Staff for Broward Health North
and District Chief of Emergency
Medicine at Broward Health, describes
a more accurate account of what it’s like
in a high capacity hospital Emergency
Department that from minute to
minute may involve life-threatening
trauma care, pandemic medicine protocols, emergency planning, weather and
environmental related awareness, clinical teamwork, safety education; and, of
course round-the-clock compassionate
high-tech care for anyone from infants to
seniors who needs sophisticated, immediate expertise after suffering a trauma.
It’s the stuff that can make the TV storyline seem tame.
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Memorial Healthcare System has
been providing world-class care to
patients for decades, and now future
patients seeking care can look forward
to a consolidation of those services
when the new Memorial Cancer
Institute is completed. According to
Mark Greenspan, the purpose of this
facility, which is currently under construction, is to coordinate all of the
cancer care under one roof.
As he explained, “Care was being
provided in multiple facilities, so the
purpose of the project is to create a (l-r) Mark Greenspan, director of construction
consolidation of care, bringing togethand design services, and Dr. Brian Hunis,
er our experts in cancer care, and cremedical director of oncology and
ating a healing environment for the
hematology, Memorial Healthcare System
patients. It will help to ease their burden during their journey with the disease and create a patient and family center healing environment where we can provide
world-class cancer care. It’s also where our physicians and clinicians can collaborate,
and where the patients have the amenities to make their journey easier.”
Greenspan, director of construction and design services at Memorial Healthcare
Julie Danna
Severity of Jury
Verdicts Should
Concern Florida
Dr. Aniruddh Setya
The Reliance on Formula
Breastfeeding is not something we can take for granted.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only about a quarter of U.S. infants born in 2017 were exclusively breastfed during their first six months.
There are many reasons why a mother won’t or can’t nurse. Maternal illness, absence or
an infant’s own intolerance are some examples. And if a mother has to stop nursing temporarily, it can be difficult to resume breastfeeding exclusively.
Infants and children with artificial feeding tubes, metabolic disorders or protein allergies may not thrive on breast milk and require specialized formulas, which are limited.
Alternative approaches, including those suggested on the internet, can be harmful to
infants. For instance, adding extra water to the formula is dangerous. During the first
1,000 days of life, nutrition is vital for a child’s health and development. Powdered infant
In March of this year, an Iowa City family was awarded $97.5 million in a medical malpractice case, the largest award of
this kind in state history. This verdict,
along with a new Florida House bill on
the horizon, should send up red flags to
Florida physicians, according to Julie
Danna, senior vice president, National
Health Care Practice, Danna-Gracey, a
Division of Risk Strategies.
“Verdicts that used to be $1 million are
now $10 million or higher,” she
explained. “What this means for doctors
is that their premiums are going up
because most carriers are running at a
loss. For every dollar in, they are not
bringing in enough to cover every dollar
Because the state of Florida did away
with tort reform in 2017, it means that
doctors are particularly at risk as caps on
non-economic damages in medical malpractice actions litigated in Florida courts
have been eliminated.
“Since 2017, we have completely lost
tort reform in Florida, which a lot of doctors are not even aware of,” said Danna.
“When we had tort reform, everything
was stabilized, and premiums were drastically lower. However, since 2017, when
it was decided that it was unconstitutional to put a cap on pain and suffering
cases, these rates have been going up
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Feeding Baby When Formula
Is Hard to Come By
Formula shortages and empty store shelves have sent parents and caregivers into a panic. Some are stocking up with
help from family and friends while others struggle to buy just
one can.
Problems with the formula supply began when an Abbott
Nutrition facility abruptly closed after Similac, Alimentum,
and EleCare formulas were suspected of bacterial contamination. This led to a shortage of almost all infant formulas
across the United States.
Publisher ’s Note
What Are We
Waiting For?
The following Publishers Note was
first published in March 2018 just two
weeks after the tragedy in Parkland at
Marjorie Stone Douglas High School.
At the time, both Carol and I naively
thought surely now something would be
done to control guns in the United
States. Although we recently lost Carol’s
dad Ralph, we consider ourselves a
lucky family. We have wonderful grandchildren, grandnephews and grandnieces
– all of whom go to school each day. It is
time to find a path forward, no matter
how small. The majority of Americans
favor universal background checks. We
will accept any small step to save our kids, everyone’s kids, from the terror of active
shooter drills and children being murdered in their classrooms.
The Road to
Your Child’s Best Health
The dedicated caregivers at KIDZ Pediatric
Multispecialty Center provide children with the
most advanced care, right in the heart of Naples.
Our medical team includes pediatric specialists in:
Critical Care
Infectious Disease
Otolaryngology (ENT)
Our Inaction Has Been Deafening
Gun violence is a notoriously American problem – this cannot be disputed
(so please don’t try.) And once again, it’s happened right here in our South
Florida community, forever affecting our relatives, friends and co-workers. And
each time an American massacre occurs, half-hearted declarations are debated
about new bipartisan bills, laws and regulations … ad nauseam. But then the
gunshots fade, the visible wounds heal, the funerals end … and we all forget.
But I believe this time, thanks to a brilliant, articulate, still-traumatized
group of Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, we are all being held accountable. Much like my 60s generation who affected the Vietnam era culture shift,
these children are tired of being sacrifices to impotent politicians and 2nd
amendment scare tactics. Does it make sense to say a person is too young to
buy a handgun, but an AR15 is acceptable? Not one student has even whispered that all guns should be banned, but rather it’s time for sensible gun control and effective mental health screening with regard to guns in the State of
Florida and the United States.
As the students of MSD and #neveragain, asked so eloquently,
“How could it hurt
… to ban assault weapons?
… to reinstitute regulations that make it more difficult for the mentally ill to
obtain guns?
… to save more children and adults like the 17 we lost in
Parkland, Florida?”
Look in the mirror and ask yourself, how could it hurt?
Charles Felix
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June 2022
New DCMA President
Exhibits Love for Profession
Rafael J. Fernandez, Jr., comes from a
family of physicians – he’s the grandson
of a physician, and the son and the
nephew of one. In addition, his brother,
spouse, and one son are all physicians.
(He also pointed out he is equally proud
of his other son, who is an attorney in
Miami.) But while some offspring might
feel pressured into following in the family footsteps, that wasn’t the case with
Dr. Fernandez. As he commented, “I
think it was in the genes, but I’m most
fortunate, my family didn’t force me
into medicine, it was my own choice.”
No, Dr. Fernandez wasn’t forced but
rather has shown a love for the profession, as evidenced by the fact that he
took over as president of the Dade
County Medical Association in June. He
said that process began a few years prior
when he was invited to be a representative from the South District for the
DCMA. “I came on board during a time
of transition,” he said; and during that
time a few highly qualified directors,
along with several top physicians and
leaders, “really re-energized this organization. That motivated me to continue.”
He appreciates the opportunities the
association has provided, such as participating in the Physician Leadership
Academy, which he said exposed him to
an area not normally received in medical education and training. The continuing medical education (CME) programs that allow physicians to maintain
their licensure in Florida have also been
expanded. Additionally, the organization’s journal was reborn as a peer
review journal, Miami Medicine, allowing both students and residents, as well
as physicians, to publish their research
to educate the patients, community in
general, and physicians.
Finally, Dr. Fernandez said he would
be remiss not to recognize the challenge
of the COVID-19 pandemic the past two
years, which has been stressful to everyone associated with healthcare. The
DCMA sought to get Personal
Protective Equipment for family members of physicians who were on the
front lines, taking care of the sick but
then going home and possibly exposing
their own family. “They were able to get
a grant to manage some things like that
for family members. The physical and
mental health of physicians has also
been taxed as a result of the pandemic,
something DCMA is assisting physicians with through the development of
a Wellness Program. Those kinds of
accomplishments are what really motivated me to continue forward in this
For those reasons, Dr. Fernandez stated some of the things he hopes to
accomplish as president: “I’d like to
reach out to both members and physicians who are not members. To the
Rafael J. Fernandez, Jr.
physicians who are not members, I’d
like to highly encourage them to join.
For members, I want to make clear that
I am not the DCMA; I have just been
provided the privilege and the responsibility to sit in this position for one year.
But the real DCMA are the members;
and as members, our goal is to help
physicians in Dade County address
challenges that we face, to help educate
the public and the legislature – regardless of party – and guide medicine in the
county so that we can provide the best
quality care for our patients and advocate for them in their times of need.
“I will do my best to get the message
out there, to both the public and physicians, and encourage them to be active
members in this organization.”
With all of the benefits of being a
member, why wouldn’t the medical
community want to join? Dr. Fernandez
said sometimes people may not be
aware of the organization. “Unfortunately, medicine is complex, there are
a lot of moving parts, and it creates a lot
of challenges. Commitment to the delivery of healthcare eats up a lot of our
time, more so now than it did 50 years
ago.” He said one way to attract people
who have been on the fence is to continue offering enhancements such as the
Miami Medicine journal, providing
CMEs so they can see the value of membership, and showing them the opportunities that are available, because Dade
County is such a diverse community.
While Dr. Fernandez realizes the benefit of being part of such an organization, he emphasizes the support he has
received along the way. “I want to make
sure I point out that where I am today
probably has more to do with the love
and support I’ve had from my family,
friends, and colleagues in South Florida.
I also need to recognize my dedicated
staff, who help me run a solo practice
here in Coral Gables.”
The DCMA can provide similar support as well.
For more information,
call (305) 324-8717, or visit
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Ready to Grow
Your Career?
Miami Dade College
Offers Nursing
Opportunities for Education
“We’re reaching out to retired
clinical practitioners and nurses
who have a wealth of information
to share with the students and
we are having some success
with that.”
Florida, along with the rest of the United States, is in
the midst of a severe and long-standing nursing shortage. The shortage has affected the number of clinical
preceptors as well as nursing faculty who prepare
nursing students.
Population growth, retirement and the
COVID-19 pandemic have all impacted
the growing demand for more nursing
educators. Colleges and universities are
now recognizing the need for innovation
to reduce the nursing shortage and
attract qualified nurses as teachers and
faculty. Miami Dade College is one
statewide college that is taking a proactive approach to this problem.
“Right now, it is rather difficult to
recruit and hire qualified, experienced
faculty,” says Dr. Tommie Norris, Dean of
the Benjamin Leon School of Nursing at
Miami Dade College. “There’s so much
competition with travel nursing as well
as the gap of pay between private practice and academia that we’re finding it
really difficult to hire faculty who have
teaching experience.”
She says burnout from COVID is also
an issue with people who want to enter
academia. Most of these individuals who
have a Master’s degree or a Doctorate
degree are working in hospitals already
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where they are clinical experts and moving to teaching as a novice educator may
cause concern.
To counter this, she says that Miami
Dade decided to cultivate its own nursing faculty.
“One way we plan to do this is by hiring nursing experts in the clinical area
who need the opportunity to grow into
becoming a nurse educator,” explains Dr.
Norris. “We’re going to provide mentorship and extra training for those faculty
to make sure they understand the role of
a nurse educator, how to be effective in
the classroom, and how to communicate
with students. We know that’s something
that is going to take extra resources from
our side, but I feel like it’ll be well worth
it when we have those individuals who
have that experience behind them.”
Dr. Norris expects that it should take a
year for these clinical experts to be
trained as nursing educators. However,
as they are learning, she says that they
will teach side by side or work with
-Dr. Tommie Norris
another faculty member in a course to
have that real live experience.
“The lecture component of teaching is
the most challenging,” she adds. “We’ll
provide classroom resources and online
programs to help them become comfortable.”
If nothing is done to alleviate the nursing faculty shortage, it will impact nursing students, and ultimately, patient outcomes.
“The fewer faculty you have, the fewer
students you can take to the clinical setting,” says Dr. Norris.
Miami Dade is also looking to recruit
retired nurses to serve as adjunct faculty.
“We’re reaching out to retired clinical
practitioners and nurses who have a
wealth of information to share with the
students and we are having some success
with that,” says Dr. Norris. “We’ll need to
really get a robust pipeline of those
adjuncts to come back each semester to
help. There are many who still want to
remain at the bedside in the hospitals,
but also really want to share their knowledge and expertise with students.”
The other thing that’s unique with
Miami Dade is that it has strong practice
partners—hospitals and community
agencies that are partnering with MDC to
give the students a broad and hands-on
clinical experience.
“What we’re finding is some of our
practice partners are allowing their nurses to have clinical groups because it
allows our nursing students to have an
immersion in that hospital,” says Dr.
Nursing education is a great career, Dr.
Norris notes.
“It’s never too late to go into a career in
nursing education,” she says. “What we
have to do is make sure that nurses know
the benefits of becoming a nurse educator, whether it’s a full-time position or a
part-time position. There are so many
joys and rewards.”
For more information, visit
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North America’s Leading Patient-Centric Digital Health and Data
Management Platform from Thrive Health Launches in Florida
Floridians take their
came together to help
health seriously and
patients going through comexpect access to the latplex health journeys, workest digital solutions to
ing to put people at the center
make their healthcare
of their care.
experiences better. Did
Thrive Health is on a misyou know that 37% of
sion to make healthcare work
patients who changed
better for everyone.
“Thrive is all about
reported that a lack of or
empowering patients in a way
outdated digital tools
that makes life better for cliwas a leading factor in
nicians and health system
their decision? And that
operators. Having already
number increases to 61%
helped over 10 million people
for patients under the
through their healthcare jourage of 30. Healthcare providers can no neys, we’re excited to be growing across
longer overlook the importance of regu- the continent.” – David Helliwell, Colar reviews of their digital health plat- Founder of Thrive Health
With Thrive, clinicians provide their
Now, Florida healthcare institutions patients with a tailored digital experican access Thrive Health’s leading plat- ence. Utilizing assessments, integrations
form for care management, health data with existing data, real-time intelligence
interoperability, patient-reported out- for decision-making, and customizable
come measures and evidence-based Care support resources, Thrive aids the
Journeys that prioritizes the patient patient in understanding each stage of
experience with the latest in smart tech- their Care Journey.
“We believe that technology as a tool
Thrive Health was founded in 2016 by can have an incredible impact on peoa diverse group of patients, clinicians, ple’s health outcomes and that it is still
researchers, parents, and students who far too difficult to bring the most basic of
digital health solutions into the hands of
patients. We aim to make it easier and
play a humble role in enabling the amazing healthcare professionals we interact
with every day to provide even more
meaningful care to their patients.” – Alec
McCauley, CEO
St. Paul’s Hospital and the Providence
Health System in British Columbia utilize Thrive Health in multiple environments, including pre-admissions, general surgery, colorectal screening, complex
pain, and perioperative quality improvement. Thrive has also been integrated to
deploy care management for new and
emerging treatment methods, such as
with NeonMind Biosciences for their
innovative intravenous ketamine (IVKet) treatments for mood, anxiety, and
mental wellness. Thrive’s technology has
also been used throughout the COVID19 pandemic for citizen communications, resource sharing, and self-assessments by numerous governments and
academic institutions.
Thrive Health has partnered with
emTRUTH, a California-based company
that develops patented software using
blockchain technology to power seamless data interoperability and increased
data security for Thrive Health’s front-end,
patient-facing platform. emTRUTH’s API
advances blockchain technology to
address the challenge of how healthcare
data is collected in siloes. They simplify
the process of integrating and sharing data
for care coordination and getting that data
into the hands of the patient to own,
understand, and manage – building a
more robust view of individual health
over time.
“The Thrive team focuses on delivering improved patient outcomes while
reducing operational inefficiencies and
re-admissions. Our platform embraces
the rapidly increasing demand for
hybrid-care and is also helping healthcare institutions across America make
direct progress towards the Healthy
People 2030 targets” – Michael Rhiness,
Director of Sales.
Florida healthcare providers can learn
more about deploying Thrive Health in their
facilities by contacting or visiting our
website at
Marie Horgan is Manager of Marketing
& Communications at Thrive Health.
Quantum in the Community Plans to Invest $1 Million
in Grassroots Funding
Quantum Foundation is once again
calling for local grassroots nonprofits to
apply for its 12th annual Quantum in the
Community (QIC) program. Each year,
the program gifts grants to nonprofits
that help support food, shelter, transportation, clothing, and financial assistance to improve quality health in Palm
Beach County. In 2021, QIC gave $1 million in unrestricted funding to local
organizations that were harshly hit by
COVID-19 setbacks, and to date has
awarded a total of $8.5 million through
this targeted initiative.
Quantum Foundation’s mission is to
inspire and fund initiatives that improve
the health of Palm Beach County residents. Quantum Foundation is a health
foundation that was formed from $135 million in proceeds from the sale of JFK
Medical Center. Now in its third decade of community investment, the foundation
has assets of approximately $175 million. Since its inception, Quantum Foundation
has awarded $160 million to hundreds of Palm Beach County nonprofit grantees.
Every dollar the foundation grants stays in the county to benefit local communities.
“It’s a privilege to reinforce the good work that tends to underserved residents of
Palm Beach County,” said Eric Kelly, president of Quantum Foundation “We are
arriving at another unique time where organizations and individuals are feeling the
weight of rising rent, food, and gas costs as well as overall inflation. It is our goal to
help these grassroots organizations meet ongoing and increasing basic needs in our
communities in order to maintain and improve quality health.”
A committee of foundation staff and board members will carefully consider each
application. Strict criteria are set up for those nonprofits applying. Organizations
must be registered as a 501(c)(3), have been working in Palm Beach County for at
least six months, and have an annual operating budget not exceeding $500,000.
In addition, Quantum Foundation will be accepting nominations for the Marie
Thorpe Above & Beyond Award, also in its third year, in memory of staff member
Marie Thorpe, who served the foundation for 22 years. The recognition will be given
to an individual and everyday hero who exemplifies incredible service and sacrifice
to improve Palm Beach County. At the annual QIC breakfast celebration on
November 10, a $2,500 award will be presented to an individual for their selfless
services that go beyond the call of duty, and $2,500 will be presented to their nominating organization, which can be a past or present QIC grantee.
This year’s QIC committee is co-chaired by board members Ethel Isaacs Williams
and Dr. Gerald O’Connor. All applications must be submitted using the foundation’s
online system by July 29, 2022, and grantees will be announced in the third week of
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Photo Credit: Tracey Benson Photography
To apply, please visit the Quantum Foundation website at
For more information, please email
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June 2022

MIPS Reporting –
The Importance of Selecting the
Right Reporting Methodology
As much as the right CCM
Program will increase practice
revenue and MIPS scores,
working with the right MIPS
reporting partner is also an
essential element in maximizing reimbursement for the
work that you perform every
day. Starting with the 2022
reporting period, 1 out of
every 2 clinicians will be
penalized up to 9% based on
performance in the MIPS program. With what’s at stake and
given the program is even more complex, you need a comprehensive solution to
maximize MIPS points. This year you must earn at least 75 out of the possible 100
MIPS points to avoid penalty so it’s imperative to have a strategic plan to understand the impact the reporting methodology has and to choose the best methodology and reporting partner.
A superior reporting methodology, known as Certified EHR Technology
(CEHRT), has emerged and should be strongly considered for use by all practices
participating in the MIPS program. Reporting through CEHRT dramatically
improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the reporting process especially when
done using ONC certified software. A CEHRT utilizes eCQMs (electronic Clinical
Quality Measures), which are better at optimizing the MIPS points to be earned.
Unless you select a reporting partner that will help you earn the most points by
leveraging technology to facilitate the ease, accuracy, and completeness of tracking
and reporting to maximize your score, you risk leaving points on the table and significantly sub-optimizing your MIPS score. Reporting via a CEHRT, like Health
eFilings, is the best approach because it optimizes the points that could be earned
and therefore, maximizes Medicare reimbursements.
Health eFilings, a CEHRT, is the best choice for a reporting partner. Our cloudbased ONC certified software automates the process and does all the work without
IT resources, administrative support or workflow changes. Health eFilings service
is an end-to-end electronic solution that will save significant time, be a turnkey
submission process and maximize the financial upside for providers.
Sarah Reiter is SVP Strategic Partnerships, Health eFilings, and
Dr. Scott Rice is Chief Medical Officer, Your Doctor In Touch.
For more information, please contact Richard Grosso
at or call (561) 935-9000.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist,
Kathleen Berkowitz, MD, Joins
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health welcomes board-certified maternal-fetal medicine specialist, Kathleen
Berkowitz, M.D. Upon earning her medical degree at
Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Berkowitz
completed the OB/GYN Residency Program at Columbia
Dr. Kathleen Berkowitz
Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, and the
Maternal/Fetal Medicine Fellowship at University of California Medical
Center/Irvine. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Dr. Berkowitz was
Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic
Fairview Hospital.
June 2022
Let’s Connect:
ACHE of South Florida Spotlight
ACHE of South Florida Member
Spotlight: Rudy Molinet
As a registered nurse, Rudy Molinet was
able to follow his passion for helping people. And while he appreciated being able
to play an important role in patients’ lives,
he realized that a career in healthcare leadership offered the opportunity to make a
difference in an even bigger way.
“As a nurse, I was having a one-on-one
impact on patients and families, but as a
healthcare leader, I could make a difference to an even larger group or an entire
healthcare system,” he said.
Molinet returned to school to earn his
master’s in healthcare administration at
Rudy Molinet
Columbia University, and worked in
healthcare operations, marketing and
sales, and strategic planning before starting his own consulting company,
Artemis Synergies. He now provides services in all aspects of management,
including strategic planning, management development, corporate restructuring and reorganization, executive coaching and more.
“I’m a novelty seeker; it’s never boring because there are always new things
happening,” he said of the myriad roles his position requires.
Molinet also provides stand-alone coaching to healthcare executives at all
stages of their careers. “Clients may include late-careerist CEOs facing challenges who value my level of experience or mid- and early careerists figuring
out where they want to go and how to get to the level they want,” he said.
As the first openly gay board member at Holy Cross Health in Fort
Lauderdale, FL, Molinet is also focused on the importance of diversity, equity,
and inclusion (DEI), and provides education on the needs of the LGTBQ+
community. “In this way, I am able to merge my two passions—social justice
and equality within the healthcare system,” he said.
An adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, he also teaches MBA and
MHA students leadership, marketing and strategic planning, and has incorporated ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives) into his role at FAU.
“One of my proudest achievements, in addition to becoming an ACHE fellow, is that I was able to convince FAU Executive Education to pay for the first
year of each student’s membership in ACHE,” he said. “There are so many
benefits, from learning how to comport yourself, to having high ethical values,
to knowing what an elevator speech is, to networking with other healthcare
“No one is going to come knock on your door and ask you if you want to
be a CEO,” he laughed. “No matter how old you are, or your station in life, or
what you think you know, every day should be a learning opportunity or experience, and ACHE provides that.”
Molinet is such a firm believer in this tenet of lifelong learning that at the
age of 62, after years in the healthcare industry, he decided to pursue his own
ACHE Fellow credential. “I feel so strongly about the importance of the
FACHE credential that I decided to become board-certified,” he said. “I hadn’t
taken a six-hour board exam in many, many years, but I passed it on the first
“Not only has it helped my consulting practice, but it adds gravitas to my
role as a healthcare executive,” he added. “When you have those initials after
your name, it says it all in terms of this industry and our profession.”
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Tampa General Hospital’s Health Ambassador Program
Is a Personal Guide to World-Class Care
The Health Ambassador Program reduces stress on patients and families,
so they can focus on what matters most.
The Health Ambassador Program at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) provides world-class medical care with white-glove service. When patients from
across Florida need to be transferred to TGH, a TGH health ambassador will
handle all the details for them, whether they need help making a general
appointment, scheduling a test, or preparing for surgery and/or an inpatient
stay. Simply give TGH a call, and they will take care of the rest.
As an integral part of the TGH team, a designated health ambassador will:
• Schedule patient appointments and testing
• Arrange hotel and other travel needs if the patient and their family are
coming to TGH from outside the Tampa Bay area
• Help patients with any business needs they may have during their stay
• Coordinate any follow-up care, imaging, or further tests a patient may
Tampa General Hospital is committed to becoming the safest and most
innovative academic health system in the country. It is working to achieve that
Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg, Senior Vice President of Network
by offering the latest treatment options available, utilizing evidence-based
Lynn Stockford, RN, BSN,
practices, providing full transparency every step of the way, and extending perDevelopment & Chief of Oncology at Tampa General Hospital,
Manager, Physician Network
sonalized, white-glove service to each patient.
sees patients in Palm Beach County and from across the Treasure
Business Development, educates
“Patience, empathy and servitude are the basis of our program. We underCoast. When needed, he refers patients to Tampa General
healthcare providers and patients
stand and respect each of our patients’ unique medical and personal needs,”
Hospital for complex care.
on the complex care TGH’s
said Lynn Stockford, RN, BSN, network development manager at TGH. “Our
expert physicians provide and
goal is to reduce stress, so patients and their families can focus on what matwhere appropriate, facilitates
“The communication at TGH was unbelievable,”
ters most.”
through TGH’s ambasWhen K.C. Austin, a resident on Florida’s East Coast, was battling the Delta variant of Danielle said. “The fact that I was able to speak to a
transfer teams.
COVID-19, he was rushed to a Palm Beach County hospital’s intensive care unit. Austin
was in West Palm Beach, was unbelievable. I never
was intubated, and he and his family were soon facing life-or-death decisions.
“They started talking about him needing a transfer for ECMO (extracorporeal mem- felt like I didn’t know what was going on. I never felt
brane oxygenation through a heart-lung machine), and that made it more real,” said that they weren’t doing everything they could.”
All of the right decisions were made at the right time for Mr. Austin, and that continDanielle Austin, K.C.’s wife. “Luckily, the doctors had started the paperwork for the
transfer pretty early on. When I got that phone call that he was being transferred to TGH, uum of care at TGH is why he is alive today.
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When It Comes to
Patient Care –
How Does the
Patient Feel?
Let’s face it, when people go to the doctor, the
test, visit or procedure they are having results in
receiving either good news or bad news. Several
years back, I received a phone call from a customer with a unique request. One of this person’s responsibilities was to oversee the imaging department at the hospital.
“Can you get us Boca Terry robes for the patients who come in for their
mammograms? We want to create a spa like experience.” Well, I had to see
this. Upon arriving, my contact showed me a renovated area that truly did
look like an upscale Day Spa – complete with laminate hardwood floors,
dim lighting, and posh furniture in the waiting area. He was right. The
patient gowns we had been delivering for years, would no longer work in
this environment. When I told him of course we would be able to help him,
but that embroidered robes were going to cost him much more, he simply
stared at me. After a few moments, he replied (and this is when I really got
it) “Jay, I don’t care what it costs, I care about how women will feel when
they come here for a mammogram.” Getting any test, including an annual
cancer screening, can be stressful. In the back of someone’s mind, they are
always thinking, I hope this goes ‘ok’. Focusing on how patients feel during
these times is extremely important and goes directly to the human experience we are all trying to influence. Punchline of the story is interesting.
About 9 months after we introduced the robes at this client, another customer, in another hospital called me to complain. “Jay, we are losing
patients to hospital X, it seems they are giving patient’s Boca Terry robes!”
I kept the fact that it was my company providing the robes close to the vest.
But it is clear, focusing on how you make patients feel, can have a dramatic
impact on overall perception of your organization.
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A message from our President
Technology Can’t Care
for Patients Alone
I think the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has opened many eyes to what
has been predicted for more than 30 years. That is, our current processes, work
environment, educational system, you name it, will not close the gap between the
future demand for healthcare practitioners and the supply. Moreover, while technology might be a wonderful assistant, it can’t empathetically hold a patient’s
Where have we gone wrong? In the 1980’s while I worked for the Florida
Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (now the Florida Department
of Health and others), I worked in the Office of Comprehensive Health Planning
and one of our responsibilities was to evaluate and make recommendations about
Florida’s supply of healthcare practitioners. Yes, now almost 40 years ago, we
knew back then that we were going to need more doctors and nurses. Our growing population, our aging population all spelled out for us that we weren’t doing
enough to keep up.
The pandemic brought those issues into clear focus. We managed through the
first round of COVID and by the time we got to the Delta strain, there was no
more hiding what was so obvious … the tenuous staffing situation had gone critical.
“According to an article in the Nursing Times, the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics projects that more than 275,000 additional nurses are needed from
2020 to 2030. Employment opportunities for
nurses are projected to grow at a faster rate (9%)
than all other occupations from 2016 through
2026.” In looking at the source documents on the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website, over the
next decade it is projected that there will be
194,500 job openings per year for registered
nurses. I dare say that the pandemic has probably
affected that number as greater numbers of experienced registered nurses have chosen to retire or
to make a career change moving from direct
patient care to administration.
So, what is the plan for meeting the need for
Jaime Caldwell
additional healthcare professionals? While the
statistics for nursing are more readily available, all health professions were
impacted by the pandemic. It isn’t only more registered nurses we are seeking,
but all healthcare practitioners.
Some things are being done to attempt to correct the situation. Florida has
recently appropriated $125 million to help with nursing education. While this
one time investment will help, everyone needs to be thinking about longer-term
solutions. The challenges associated with healthcare staffing aren’t going to be
solved in one day, one month, one year, or with one legislative appropriation but,
rather, it is going to take long-term effort to make a difference.
Over the next few years, the SFHHA will be working with our community partners to explore the challenges and to construct sustainable solutions that will
allow us to narrow the future gap between the supply and demand of healthcare
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Continued from page 1
formulas mimic human milk, so every nutrient, vitamin, mineral, protein, and carbohydrate is measured for optimal growth
and brain development. Diluted formulas can lead to malnutrition, electrolyte abnormalities, and other serious complications.
Cans of formula that are past their “best before” date should
not be used either. The product could be at risk for contamination and protein disintegration, which can cause complications.
Homemade Formulas and
Other Commercial Products
The FDA, CDC, and the Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend against homemade formulas since they may lack
essential nutrients for proper infant growth. For example,
some recipes call for unpasteurized cow or goat’s milk, which
are not fit for consumption. And homemade formulas may not
be prepared or stored in a sterile manner, resulting in a high
risk of bacterial contamination.
Unfortunately, toddler formulas are not an appropriate alternative because, unlike products made for infants, they vary
quite a bit in nutritional composition and may not meet an
infant’s needs.
Almond milk, oat milk, and similar products are beverages
and not milk. Most do not have an adequate amount of nutrients, vitamins, carbohydrates, and fats, and some could cause
other problems. For example, 10 to 20% of children allergic to
cow milk are also allergic to soy milk. Almond milk should not
be given because of nut allergies. Oat milk contains phytic
acid, which prevents the body from absorbing iron, zinc, and
Although popular in some cultures, goat milk is deficient in
vitamin B12 and folate and is very high in protein, which puts
extra pressure on the baby’s kidneys to eliminate. This should
be avoided under 12 months of age.
Purchasing formula from overseas is a gray area. Formulas
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from overseas are not regulated by U.S. standards and may not
be completely hypoallergenic. Furthermore, most use metric
measurements, making them trickier to prepare. I will consider
an overseas formula for my patients but may need to verify the
ingredients and modify the recipe for an individual infant.
Shortage May End Soon – Things Are Looking Up
I see a light at the end of the tunnel since President Biden
invoked the Defense Production Act, which requires suppliers
to direct resources to formula manufacturers before other customers. A second government program, “Operation Fly
Formula,” is using aircraft to import formulas that meet U.S.
Abbott’s Sturgis plant is set to reopen, although it will take
time for the new products to hit the shelves. For now, Abbott
is importing formula from its FDA-registered facility in Ireland.
In the meantime, it’s important for parents and caregivers to
communicate openly with their doctor, who can guide them to
the best option for their baby. The North American Society for
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition issued a
chart listing several formulas that are comparable to the
recalled brands. While the list doesn’t include every formula on
the market, it serves as a good starting point to research alternatives.
Parents may also be able to find formula locally by:
• Contacting their nearest Community Action Agency.
• Calling 2-1-1 for municipal referrals to non-profits that are
providing supplies.
• Reaching out to Mother’s Milk Bank of Florida which has
depots throughout the state (
Finally, while online research is helpful, it’s essential to first
speak with the baby’s doctor before making any decisions
about your child’s nutritional needs.
Dr. Aniruddh Setya is a board-certified Pediatric
Gastroenterologist with KIDZ Medical Services.
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Miller School Researchers on the Trail to Unraveling Long COVID-19
Long COVID-19 syndrome, in which
symptoms last a year or longer beyond
infection, impacts about 30 percent of
survivors of the coronavirus. It is a multifaceted systemic condition characterized by fatigue, “cognitive fog,” and often
heart, lung and neurological complications.
Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., professor of
medicine in the Interdisciplinary Stem
Cell Institute and Division of Cardiology
at the University of Miami Miller School
of Medicine, received a $1 million grant
from the American Heart Association to
study long COVID. Recognizing the substantial public health impact and burden
of this syndrome, the American Heart
Association awarded three-year grants to
10 research programs in the nation with
proposals for unraveling long COVID’s
etiology and molecular mechanisms.
“When you have an impact that is systemic — not confined to certain organs
— you think about the circulatory system, since its function affects everything
else,” Dr. Shehadeh said. “We have
observed signs that the endothelial function of the blood vessels is abnormal in
preclinical models of long COVID. Now,
we are working to connect the dots and
explain this cascade.”
As part of her research, Dr. Shehadeh is
using a mouse model and human blood
samples to interrogate a chain of events
that may account for symptoms seen in
people with long COVID. This chain
begins with virus-induced lung inflammation and defective cholesterol homeostasis, and ultimately leads to endothelial
The team is investigating evidence that
there is an overzealous inflammatory
response from the mating of protein
spikes on the SARS-CoV-2 virus with
low-density lipoprotein receptors (LDLr)
on the infected cells. Central to this
response is the formation of neutrophil
extracellular traps (NETs), which are
net-like structures composed of DNAhistone complexes and proteins. These
form as the immune system activates an
overabundance of neutrophils in the
While they form as an overreaction to
real pathogens like the SARS-CoV-2
virus, they are also complicit in a number of autoimmune diseases, coagulation
disorders and thrombus, diabetes, atherosclerosis, vasculitis, sepsis and cancer.
“In COVID-19, when these neutrophils are overwhelmed or defeated by
the virus, they burst in the lungs, releasing their DNA material [netosis],” Dr.
Shehadeh explained. “From there we
think the NETs are carried through the
systemic circulation and become stuck
and then embedded in the vessel walls in
the limbs and in the organs. This would
explain the loss of normal homeostasis in
the vascular walls and the tendency
toward thrombus we see so often in
COVID long-haulers.”
(l-r) Dr. Leo Tamariz, Dr. Shathiyah Kulandavelu, Dr. Lina Shehadeh, and Dr. Jose Condor
Dr. Shehadeh is working with Jeffrey
Goldberger, M.D., M.B.A., professor of
medicine and chief of the Cardiovascular
Division, and Leonardo J. Tamariz, M.D.,
an internist in the COVID-19 Longhaulers Clinic at the Miami Veterans
Affairs Healthcare System. Dr. Tamariz is
obtaining blood samples and heart and
lung MRI images of 150 or so patients
from the clinic to sample the neutrophils
and check for markers of netosis, while
Dr. Goldberger is examining the MRIs
and other cardiac readouts to assess visi-
ble vessel anomalies.
“This ties in with work we have done
for years in studying battle fatigue in veterans, which can persist long after they
return from the field,” Dr. Tamariz said.
Other key team members are
Shathiyah Kulandavelu, Ph.D., a junior
faculty member at the Interdisciplinary
Stem Cell Institute whose expertise is in
endothelial function, and Jose Manuel
Condor Capcha, Ph.D, a postdoctoral
associate who is spearheading the lab
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Continued from page 1
despite the fact that Florida is already
one of the highest in the nation for medical malpractice insurance costs.”
Danna notes that while plaintiffs’ attorneys used to pursue more lawsuits, causing a frequency problem, courts are now
facing a severity problem, with attorneys
going for fewer cases that will result in
much higher awards.
An added concern for physicians is
House Bill 6011, which will allow parents of adult children to recover damages
for mental pain and suffering in a medical negligence suit. The bill will take
effect on July 1, 2022.
“Before when a child died due to loss,
the immediate family was allowed to
seek payment for mental pain and suffering,” explained Danna. “This new law
allows parents of adult children who
have no spouse or children to seek payment of those non-economic damages as
“This is going to cause even more
opportunity for lawsuits; attorneys going
after this money are going to cause chaos
in Florida,” she added.
Court cases are also being influenced
by changing jury demographics, which
now include younger millennials.
“Back in the day we had a jury of our
peers, but now these younger millennials, who are very compassionate, tend to
be more willing to award plaintiffs
money,” said Danna. “At meetings with
carriers, we now discuss ways to prepare
ourselves to work with the millennial
mentality versus a jury of our peers. You
have to consider how that age group
thinks when sitting on a jury panel, and
how to go to court with the younger generation making decisions.”
While many Florida doctors have chosen to carry low policy limits of
$250,000/$750,000, believing that attorneys wouldn’t pursue them if there
wasn’t as much of a reward, with out-ofcourt claims settling at an average of
$400,000, this still leaves them at risk.
“A lot of doctors share their $250,000
limits with their corporations and allied
professionals, which leaves them even
more vulnerable,” said Danna. “I strong-
ly suggest that they consider a separate
policy for the corporation and put the
allies under that. Doctors need a pure
policy for themselves, where they are not
sharing their limits.”
Danna advises physicians to carry a
$500,000 per claim/$1.5 million aggregate per year limit to meet the national
threshold. “We are seeing a lot of surgical
groups going for $1million/$3 million,”
she added.
For more information on policy limits,
contact Julie Danna at, call
(850) 530-3924 or visit
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Dane Clarke, MD
Cesar Carralero, DO
Dane Clarke, M.D., has wanted to be a doctor since he
was a child. “My mom told me that when I was 4 years old,
I said that I wanted to be a doctor in order for me to take
care of her when she got older,” he said.
Dr. Clarke is the medical director of emergency medicine at Broward Health Imperial Point. He has over 30
years of healthcare experience, not counting the time he
spent in the medical field shadowing his mother who was
a nurse.
One of the turning points for Dr. Clarke came during the
time he served as a teacher’s aide at the United Cerebral Palsy Association. It was
through his work with the children that he realized medicine was his calling.
Dr. Clarke received his medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in
Atlanta, Georgia. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine
and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Cesar Carralero, D.O., serves as chief of emergency medicine at Broward Health North. He is committed to offering
high quality patient care and working diligently to finding
solutions that benefit patients and the medical team.
“As an administrator, I like fixing things, streamlining
and improving processes,” Dr. Carralero said. “This helps
make the patient experience better and safer. It also creates
a better work environment for my colleagues.”
Dr. Carralero is part of the core faculty of the emergency medicine residency at
Broward Health North. The program is one of the latest residencies that Broward
Health has launched to attract and retain the country’s best residents.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of
Miami and completed his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.
He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine and
is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.
Gregory Dubrovich, DO
Dean Nottingham, DO
Gregory Dubrovich, D.O., is the assistant medical director of emergency medicine at Broward Health Imperial
He was among the first caregivers at the hospital to get
the Moderna vaccine when it was first made available in
late 2020. “I’ve been on the front lines battling this since
the onset,” said Dr. Dubrovich during an interview with
TV station WSVN.
Dr. Dubrovich was inspired to become a doctor by his
parents who immigrated to the United States to give him and his sister a better life.
“Living in the same city that I work in provides great motivation to help the people
of the community that I am so deeply rooted in,” he said.
Dr. Dubrovich received his medical degree from Michigan State University of
Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan, and is certified by the American
Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine.
Dean Nottingham, D.O., dreamed of becoming like his
father when he was a child. “My father was an orthopaedic
surgeon who dedicated himself to helping improve the
quality of life for others,” said Dr. Nottingham, who is the
associate director of emergency medicine and chair of the
credentialing and qualification committee at Broward
Health North.
Dr. Nottingham utilizes his expertise to provide exceptional care to patients going through different types of
emergencies, including trauma.
“My father’s lessons are my daily motivation to help others in their time of need and
give back to the community,” Dr. Nottingham said.He earned his bachelor’s degree in
political science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and received his medical
degree from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie. He is board
certified by the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians and is a
Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.
Gary Lai, DO
Gary Lai, D.O., is the chief of emergency medicine at
Broward Health Coral Spring and plays a pivotal role leading the medical team.
His journey to medicine is a personal one. “Having asthma as a child, I landed in the ER a few times, and I
observed what the emergency physicians could do to help
me,” he said.
Dr. Lai is driven to do his best when caring for patients
in the Emergency Department. “Being able to make a difference in the lives of our patients when they are suffering
from a threatening condition is my daily motivation,” he said.
Dr. Lai received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida Atlantic University in
Boca Raton and his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in Davie.
Edmara Nieves, MD
Edmara Nieves, M.D., is an associate medical director in
the Emergency Department at Broward Health Medical
Center, where she focuses on caring for patients in the
Level 1 Trauma Center.
When Dr. Nieves was a child, her mother was diagnosed
with Guillain-Barre syndrome and that greatly influenced
her interest in medicine. While going to the hospital for
her mother’s frequent appointments, Dr. Nieves became
fascinated by the collaborative environment of physicians
from different specialties.
“Using science and medical knowledge to heal and improve a patient’s quality of life
is a daily rewarding experience,” she said.
Dr. Nieves earned her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine and Health
Sciences in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and is a certified by the American Board of Emergency
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Cover Story: Broward Health Expects the Unexpected
Continued from page 1
Response to Unique Locale
and Demographics
For example, because of its unique location Broward Health North, near Port
Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and Fort
Lauderdale – International Airport, is the
receiving facility for trauma or other tertiary care needs for major illness from the
islands where advanced lifesaving technology is not available.
“International Medicine requires technology that provides clear communications and readiness to handle severe
injuries and illness even while the patient
may still be airborne,” Dr. Boyar
explained. “Also, our location which is
close to highways and waterways, frequently provides scenarios for severe
trauma from auto and air accidents and
boating incidents,” he said.
Leisure living in the Fort Lauderdale
area undeniably includes the dangers of
children and pools and near drowning or
heat-related construction worker emergencies along with typical on-the-job
falls, cuts and mishaps.
Additionally due to the demographics
which include significant senior, tourist,
and immigrant populations, there can be
age and cultural barriers that need to be
addressed even when dealing with lifethreatening illness and injury such as
heart attacks, strokes, broken bones, and
blunt trauma.
Dr. Boyar explained, “Older, frail
patients who often suffer from several ailments and take a pharmacy of medications can present complex health hurdles
and that may complicate a course of care
when seconds count.”
Also, language and cultural barriers
can present serious consequences to a
seemingly straight-forward care plan.
Broward Health has considered the consequences of miscommunications and
has a solution.
“Since we live and work in a melting
pot of Haitian Creole, Eastern European
and French-Canadian influences we use
a robust audio/visual program at our fingertips to translate degrees of symptom
severity, share stat consults on iPads and
accelerate pre-hospital knowledge in
order to understand patients and translate to them and their families and the
first responder pre-hospital caretakers
regarding the appropriate treatment,”
according to Dr. Boyar.
Health Watch for Caregivers
Naturally, all the above—and more—
require a clinical readiness above the gold
standard. However, maintaining that level
of expertise and care delivery 24/7 can take
a toll on the front-line heroes who can suffer from a type of combat fatigue. To avoid
this, Dr. Boyar describes comprehensive
safety protocols to protect staff while onshift and intense behavioral checklists to
gauge their wellbeing in the aftermath of
tragedies like mass shooting incidents,
domestic, child and sexual abuse cases,
and other societal ills that often present in
the Emergency Department as causal diagnoses.
“Opportunities for recuperative time off,
staggered shifts, counseling, therapy, professional intervention and coaching is
practiced which encourages nurses, doctors, residents and all ancillary caregivers
including our first responders in the field
to follow wellness guidelines,” Dr. Boyar
said. “We coach our staff regarding mental
health tips to check their own well-being
for tell-tale signs of fatigue or clues of
burnout and offer other opportunities to
continue emergency careers without
endangering their own mental or physical
health,” he explained.
According to Dr. Boyar, the field of emergency medicine is popular because it offers
work schedules amenable to providers,
minus the need to get entangled in the
business side of a medical practice.
However, when burnout threatens there
are still vital hands-on administrative
input roles for emergency medical planning such as preparation for weather related catastrophes, active shooter incidents
and unexpected work calamities. An annual hazard vulnerability check is mandatory
and regular drills followed by analysis and
a sharing of best practices help formulate
process improvements and improved
readiness. Broward Health has frequently
participated in collegial conferences with
other hospitals regarding lessons learned
in the aftermath of tragic incidents.
A Look Forward
Looking toward the future, Dr. Boyar
predicts an accelerated trend to marry all
the stages of emergency and trauma care
delivery. “Using diagnostic and monitoring
technology during pre-hospital care to ED
and intensive care through post hospital
at-home care will enable us to elevate trauma and emergency care to a higher lifesaving level and improve patient outcomes.
We will be able to diagnose earlier, treat
immediately – often in the field – and monitor follow-up care with remote communications, advanced imaging, bio markers
and telehealth options. We already converse with stakeholders to enable specialists on-call to evaluate rapidly, advance
treatments and stimulate speed to care that
saves lives,” he concluded.
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Emergency Services, visit, call
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Advances in Mental Healthcare Facilities
Healthcare workers around
critical need. Waits of up
the globe have long realized
to three months for psythe additional need for
chologists and longer for
psychiatrists are now the
providers and clinics. With
norm, not the exception.
the ongoing pandemic, a sigExisting mental health
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been added to the public, in
addition to the general polarand obsolete. Modern
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facilities need to address
across the country. The
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results of stress, anxiety, and
philosophies and medBY CHARLES A.
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The need for more mental health behavioral health clinic acoustics, since
providers and newer facilities has never emotional conversation can be loud,
been more important. The increased tearful, and sometimes hostile as part of
need for this type of healthcare now con- therapy.
sists of long wait periods for those in
The design of behavioral health facili-
ties must also consider caregivers. Safety
features must be incorporated into the
design and appropriate barriers put in
place to protect caregivers and other staff
in the event of a potentially violent situation. Caregivers need to feel safe within
their center, knowing they will not be
Additionally, the design of a behavioral health center needs to have the
appropriate spaces, as much natural
light as possible, and outdoor spaces for
caregivers to decompress and prepare for
their next client.
As with any other modality of healthcare, changes and advancement require
the appropriately designed facilities to
best service our community, requiring
updated facilities than those designed in
the past. Mental health telemedicine is
also one component of improved treatment. Better outpatient facilities need to
be provided that offer a variety of treat-
ment opportunities under a single roof.
Be it individual sessions, group therapy
activity rooms, medical or drug therapies, the design of new facilities will
enhance treatment through a warm and
soothing environment.
As an architect, I have always believed
that good design can assist with positive
clinical outcomes. Our mental health
outpatient facilities should be warm and
inviting spaces, conveying a sense of
respect to facility clients. The interiors
of these facilities should allow the safety
and comfortable flow of people without
bottlenecks. As much natural light as
possible should also be incorporated
into the space, as the benefits of any biophilic architecture have been well documented.
Charles Michelson is President of Saltz
Michelson Architects.
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Health and Wellness Programs Just as Important
in Underserved Communities
The newest YMCA of South Florida
location now open in the historic Sistrunk
community of Fort Lauderdale offers facilities, programs and services the community said they wanted there. More importantly, it will become a community gathering
place that will nurture the potential of our
youth by providing positive environment
and opportunities and create a place that
provides complete health and wellness
programs for kids, families, adults and
seniors; afterschool programs, community events and meeting space; preschool;
workforce education through Broward
College; as well as making retail space
available to encourage economic growth
and create jobs.
One of those retail spaces will be a
home to Holy Cross Health which will
have a community health center to serve
the surrounding community. This is all
about creating an environment where the
entire community can gather, get healthy
and connect with one another. The
impact will be transformational.
We also are bringing awareness to the
importance of improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic communities.
Through programs and services at the
new YMCA and at Holy Cross Health, we
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can also shine a light on how we can
work together to reduce health disparities, which according to the Centers for
Disease Control Prevention, are preventable differences in opportunities to
achieve optimal health for people who
are disadvantaged by their social or economic status, geographic location or
The importance of encouraging healthy
living cannot be understated. The new
L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center
at Sistrunk will host more than 55,000
people annually, with the goal of providing
social, education and health services to
low-income families.
In our community, the Y is a leading
voice on health and well-being. With a
mission centered on balance, the Y
brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections
through fitness, sports, fun and shared
interests. As a result, more youth, adults
and families are receiving the support,
guidance and resources needed to
achieve greater health and well-being for
their spirit, mind and body.
The local Y here has been listening and
responding to our community’s most critical social needs for 100 years. Whether
Community Center. Prior to
that, from 1938 to 1964, the
site was where Provident
Hospital stood. At the time it
was the only hospital in
Broward County that provided
medical care to Black patients.
The YMCA has named this
new center the L.A. Lee YMCA
Mizell Center in order to preserve the community and center’s rich history. Here we will
meet the needs of the local
community and strengthen the
foundations of the community.
developing skills or emotional well-being
Strengthening communities is the
through education and training, welcom- YMCA cause. That’s why, every day, we
ing and connecting diverse demographic work side-by-side with our neighbors to
populations through community service, make sure everyone, regardless of age,
or preventing chronic disease and build- income or background, has the opportuing healthier communities through col- nity to learn, grow and thrive.
laborations with policymakers, the Y fosters the care and respect all people need
and deserve.
Sheryl Woods is CEO of the YMCA of
The L.A. Lee YMCA is the oldest
South Florida in Fort Lauderdale. She can be
YMCA in Broward County, serving Fort
reached at (954) 334-9622.
Lauderdale and the Sistrunk corridor for
more than 70 years. The beautiful new
Mark Doyle is President and CEO of Holy
YMCA is on the property that for decades
Cross Health. He can be reached at
was home to the Von D. Mizell
Des gn
( 54) 266-2700
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System, has been responsible for managing the design and construction of this project, as well as all projects in the System – which is the nation’s fifth-largest public
healthcare system and one that includes six hospitals. “I have the privilege of helping
to plan and execute these important clinical advancements for the community, so I’m
proud of what I get to do. We have an entire construction and design department, and
we see the projects from start to finish.” He said the department represents the entire
healthcare system and applies their expertise to the design firms, to manage and see
projects from concept all the way through to transition and operations. “It’s a great
role for us to play.”
He said Memorial Cancer Institute has been in the works for about five years, and
he and the members of the team initially had opportunities to visit other similar facilities. “We looked at benchmarks and brought back the best we could find; couple that
with the world-class care and services that we already provide, and that’s how the
project was born. It also happened by collaboration with our executive leaders, physicians, and nurses, as well as input from patients and families.”
Greenspan mentioned that feedback from the latter groups is important because
“first and foremost we’re here to serve them. That’s the art of what we do. We can’t
plan effectively without their voice in our projects. We’re here to advance the mission
of the organization and to create the care environment, and we can’t do that without
bringing together all those perspectives.”
Having been in the works for a few years means that the COVID pandemic came
into play right in the midst of the Memorial Cancer Institute project. Greenspan commented that the impact of the virus has been twofold. “We’re seeing price escalation
across all the construction commodities and we’re seeing supply chain disruption in
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terms of the delivery and availability of equipment and material. Those have been the
most significant impacts we’ve had to mitigate along the path of the project.”
He added, however, that he and his team have been proactive, identifying risk and
monitoring it in an effort to keep the project on schedule. “It’s been an area of focus
for our team and our design partners and our construction manager. We meet about
these issues on a weekly basis, and when things occur unexpectedly, we problemsolve and find solutions. We’re definitely dealing with things we never thought we
would be, but they’ve become the norm now.”
The projected date of completion for the 121,000 sq. ft. Memorial Cancer Institute
is spring 2023. Greenspan said the frame has just finished being built, and work has
now begun on the interior. When finished, it will consolidate resources such as radiation oncology, breast oncology, and hematology oncology. There will be 76 exam
rooms, 53 infusion bays, telehealth rooms, linear accelerators, a café, image recovery,
a meditation room, and a rooftop terrace where both providers and patients can get
away for a respite. In short, coordinated patient care will take place, and cancer
research will also be housed in the new facility.
Memorial Cancer Institute, along with its research partner Florida Atlantic
University, is already designated as one of only five Cancer Centers of Excellence in
Florida. The designation recognizes providers that exceed service standards and excel
in providing quality, comprehensive, and patient-coordinated care.
Of the work on this new project, Greenspan concluded, “Our time is invested in
helping the community and in helping to provide care, so it’s a satisfying mission.”
For more information,
call (954) 265-4325, or visit
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The Palm Beach Health Network
Is Expanding to the Treasure Coast
The Palm Beach Health Network is
pleased to announce the expansion of its
award-winning services to the Treasure
Coast. Plans are now underway to begin
building a new, technologically advanced
facility slated to open in Port St. Lucie in
2024. The 54-bed acute care hospital will
offer specialized surgical services including orthopedics, spine, robotics, general
surgery, advanced cardiac care, and diagnostic services. This expansion will allow
the Palm Beach Health Network to
extend its acute care health system capabilities to increase access to its services
locally across Martin and St. Lucie
The facility will be the cornerstone of
the newly developed Florida Coast
Health Network, a sister healthcare entity
that will benefit from the depth of
resources in the Palm Beach Health
Network. On the campus of the new hospital, the Florida Coast Health Network
will expand access to leading physicians in a convenient location with the addition of a new medical office building. There will also be greater access to outpatient surgical
services with affiliated ambulatory surgery centers through the Palm Beach Health Network’s relationship with United Surgical Partners International (USPI).
“Currently, many Martin and St. Lucie County residents travel south to seek advanced healthcare services,” said Maggie Gill, Chief Executive Officer. “With the future opening of the Florida Coast Health Network, we will be able to create a stronger healthcare infrastructure with high-quality care for the Treasure Coast community.”
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Our services range from complex catastrophic
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launched in 2015 as a two-week
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students, to ready them for residency training. Since then, word
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value of the boot camp, with the
result that the 2022 cohort of 50
students was the largest to date.
In 2023, the boot camp will
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course for all graduating medical students, and will include
specialty components such as
emergency medicine, internal
medicine, surgery, obstetricsPhlebotomy practice with
gynecology, and pediatrics. The
medical students.
course will be directed by Gauri
Agarwal, M.D., associate dean
of curriculum; Alecia Stein,
M.D., director of simulation
education; and Paul Mendez,
M.D., director of clinical skills.
Faculty members from the
Departments of Medicine,
Anesthesiology, Radiology, and
Medical Education, and the
Medicine, will also contribute
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“The goal is to provide students greater confidence in
beginning their internship year
by preparing [them] to communicate effectively in challenging
Medical students practicing intubation.
scenarios with standardized
patients, to handle acute emergencies using high-fidelity simulations at the Gordon
Center, to prepare for the professionalism required of residency training, and to consolidate the knowledge gained over four years of medical school,” Dr. Agarwal said.
Students taking the course can expect an interactive experience, performing simulations, procedure labs, and standardized patient sessions in “real” scenarios that they
will encounter in residency.
A favorite of the students has been emergency scenarios in which they are the first
person in the room and must make an assessment and begin initial management,
exercising a greater and unaccustomed level of independence. They also practice communication scenarios they may never have encountered, such as significant medical
errors or informing a family member of a patient’s death.
“I had been waiting for an experience like this throughout medical school,” said
Daniel Beckerman, a fourth-year student. “To be challenged with working effectively
as a team to navigate common yet extremely consequential scenarios is important. I
am glad the Miller School is leveraging the resources available to them through the
Gordon Center to improve the way medical education is delivered, and hope they find
more ways to integrate this type of learning into the new curriculum.”
The Department of Medical Education has been taking notes throughout the boot
camps, with an eye to the course’s launch in 2023. Many of the popular boot camp
lessons will remain as part of the course curriculum, while coverage will broaden to
encompass other needed areas and give students the best experience.
“We will have the time to create specialty paths within the course so students specializing in certain areas can add those skill sets,” Dr. Agarwal said. “We also hope to
add an interprofessional piece that existed before the pandemic, training with fellow
nursing and physical therapy students.
“The ultimate goal of the NextGenMD curriculum is to create transformational
leaders in medicine, but the most immediate goal at graduation is ensuring that our
students take outstanding care of their patients in residency and are prepared well for
that transition to more independent practice.”
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Around the Region… Around the Region… Around the Region…
Alan Oliver Named Chief Operating
Officer for Gastro Health
Alan Oliver has been named chief operating officer for
Gastro Health.
Alan’s leadership acumen and healthcare operations
expertise make him a natural match for Gastro Health and
its upward trajectory. During his distinguished career, Alan
spent 22 years with Mednax where he held several roles
there including serving as chief operating officer, as well as
chief financial officer, chief administrative officer, and
Alan Oliver
president of their national medical group.
Oliver graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from Temple University and a master’s degree in accounting and
finance with a minor in health services administration from Nova Southeastern
University. His professional affiliations include memberships within the Florida
Hospital Association Political Action Committee, American College of Healthcare
Executives, and Healthcare Financial Management Association.
HCA Florida JFK North Hospital
Welcomes Celina Holson
as Chief Operating Officer
HCA Florida JFK North Hospital has announced that
Celina Holson is now the Chief Operating Officer. Celina
has been with HCA Healthcare since 2018, first as an
Executive Resident and then as Associate Administrator
Celina Holson
and Co-Ethics and Compliance Officer at Largo Medical
Center. Most recently, she provided leadership at Riverside
Community Hospital in Riverside, CA as Vice President of Operations.
Celina earned her undergraduate degree at University of North Carolina ñ Chapel
Hill and obtained her Master of Health Administration from Georgetown University
in Washington, DC. She completed her internship at Georgetown University Medical
Center in the Quality Department and Atlas Research, LLC, a consulting firm.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical
Center Appoints Tiffany Berry
to the Position of Chief
Financial Officer
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center names Tiffany
Berry as its new Chief Financial Officer.
Berry comes to Palm Beach Gardens with 20 years of
Tiffany Berry
healthcare financial leadership experience. Most recently,
she served as the CFO of Northwest Health-Porter Hospital, a 301-bed hospital with
multiple campuses in Indiana. Prior to that, she served in various other healthcare
leadership roles where she successfully led the evaluation and turnaround of a surgical hospital, prepared and coordinated annual budgets and collaborated on the development of new service lines.
Berry received her Bachelor’s Degree from Austin Peay State University in Business
Administration, and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Business Administration
from University of Saint Francis.
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HCA Florida University Hospital
Announces Madison Workman as
New Chief Operations Officer
HCA Florida University Hospital announces Madison
Workman as the hospital’s Chief Operations Officer.
Workman has a bachelor’s degree in science with an
emphasis in health care from the University of Florida.
Additionally, he holds a master’s degree in healthcare
administration from the University of Florida and is a
Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
South Florida Hospital News
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June 2022
What’s New… What’s New…What’s New…
Broward Health Imperial Point Dedicates
‘Tree of Life’ in Celebration of Nurses Week
To kick off National Nurses Week,
Broward Health Imperial Point celebrated with a tree planting and dedication ceremony to honor and recognize the committed and caring team
of nurses at the Fort Lauderdale hospital.
A lignum vitae, also known as the
“tree of life,” was planted at the hospital’s main entrance with nurses
from various departments taking
turns adding dirt to ground the
sapling. The tree is a native species of
Florida and is known for its combination of toughness, resiliency and
adaptability, which is representative
of nurses’ career qualities.
“Remember, that the strongest trees
have weathered the greatest storms
just as nurses have over the last two
years,” said Netonua Reyes, MSN,
chief nursing officer at Broward
Health Imperial Point. “This has
made us stronger with deeper roots
that anchor us here, where we can
grow in our professional practice of
Netonua Reyes, MSN, chief nursing officer at
The tree will forever represent
Broward Health Imperial Point and Rachel
nurses at Broward Health. Its roots
RN, manager of the progressive care
spread out in all directions, as well as
unit at Broward Health Imperial Point
its branches, symbolizing how the
health system is connected to the
diverse community it serves. The trunk represents a single unit, linking healthcare
providers together for years to come and providing nourishment, shade and shelter, just
as nurses do.
“We specifically chose this tree because of its adaptability and individuality,” said
Rachel Chavez, RN, manager of the progressive care unit at Broward Health Imperial
Point. “Every tree is unique just like our nurses.”
“We all grow in different directions and will grow around something if it gets in our
way,” she said. “The roots that we have planted remind us that to grow, we need to be
grounded, and no matter how high we go, our roots will offer us stability.”
Lee Health Announces Alliance
with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart,
Vascular & Thoracic Institute
Lee Health has entered an affiliation agreement with Cleveland Clinic and is now an
alliance member of Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular &
Thoracic Institute, uniting Southwest Florida’s leading health care provider with the topranked cardiac program in the U.S. to elevate patient care in Southwest Florida.
This latest announcement follows the previously established strategic alliance between
Cleveland Clinic and Lee Health in November 2020 to enhance and improve care in
Southwest Florida by exploring opportunities for service line affiliations and strategic initiatives to improve quality and efficiency of care through clinical and operational
The alliance with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute will allow Lee
Health to continue to advance excellence in care for heart patients in the region.
This alliance through a new affiliation agreement with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart,
Vascular & Thoracic Institute makes Lee Health the exclusive Cleveland Clinic heart
alliance member in Southwest Florida. It allows for the sharing of best practices, enhancing opportunities to provide new treatments and therapies to patients, as well as exploring cutting-edge technologies and techniques in cardiovascular care that will accelerate
advances in treatments.
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June 2022
The Pap Corps Donates $3.5 Million
to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Pap Corps Board
You canít keep champions down! Rebounding from COVID-19, The Pap Corps
Champions for Cancer Research ( came back full swing with their
fundraising for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. The nonprofit recently donated $3.5 million to
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Almost 300 Pap Corps members, along with
leaders from Sylvester, enjoyed a beautiful breakfast at Boca West, where the check was
presented to Jayne Sylvester Malfitano on behalf of the center.
ìI am so proud of our amazing members,î declared Sally Berenzweig, CEO of The Pap
Corps. ìYour dedication and passion, especially during these past few years, has been
such an inspiration.î
Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, whose parents endowed the center, spoke eloquently about
the special partnership between The Pap Corps and Sylvester, and shared several of the
numerous scientific advancements that have occurred thanks to research, including the
rise of precision medicine, which is an approach to cancer treatment that is targeted at
genetic markers in each personís unique cancer.
Sylvester is the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in South Florida, and The Pap
Corps has donated over $110 million during the past 70 years to support cancer research.
To celebrate these seven decades of giving, Robert Weinroth, Mayor of Palm Beach
County presented a proclamation honoring the nonprofitís service.
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What’s New… What’s New…
2022 ACHE of South Florida Inaugural Chapter
Appreciation and Recognition Event
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Congratulations and a special thank you to the 2022 ACHE of South Florida (ACHE-SFL) Board of Directors and to the ACHE-SFL 2021
Healthcare and Community Impact Award recipient, Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE. (l-r standing) Peter Christiaans, Adrian Parker,
FACHE, Zunner Rios, FACHE, Niurka Diaz, Enrique Serrano, Haroula P. Norden, FACHE, David Morpeau, Mari Pantoja-Smith,
Neil Mangus, FACHE, and Kenneth C. Wong, FACHE (l-r sitting) Ralph Rios, FACHE, Marla Sanfilippo, FACHE, Jenna Merlucci, FACHE,
Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE, Oyinkansola “Bukky” Ogunrinde, Kristen Palanza and Carlos H. Ayllon, FACHE
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Congratulations to the 2021 ACHE of South Florida (ACHE-SFL) Board of Directors and Regent for their service, dedication and
commitment. (l-r) Adrian Parker, FACHE, Jenna Merlucci, FACHE, Ashley Vertuno, FACHE, Zunner Rios, FACHE, Kenneth C. Wong, FACHE,
Oyinkansola “Bukky” Ogunrinde, Ayana Stephenson, FACHE, Mari Pantoja-Smith, Haroula P. Norden, FACHE, Kristen Palanza,
Michelle Marsh, Charles Felix and Marla Sanfilippo, FACHE.
HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital Nationally
Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog
Hospital Safety Grade
HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital, formerly St. Petersburg General Hospital, received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital’s achievements in protecting patients
from preventable harm and error in the hospital.
“We are honored and proud to have achieved an ‘A’ grade from the distinguished Leapfrog Group. This ‘A’ is a testament to our
ongoing dedication to providing the safest, most high-quality care possible for those we are privileged to serve,” said Elizabeth
Rigney, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CCDS, Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital.
“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of HCA Florida
St. Petersburg Hospital for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of
The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievemeån…

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