South Florida Hospital News
Thursday July 19, 2018

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July 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 1




Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed Ray Berry to the North Broward Hospital District (NBHD) board of commissioners.
Berry is the founder and chief executive officer of Health Business Solutions (HBS), a denial management and transitional outsourcing company empowering organizations to build financial strength through performance-based revenue cycle management.
With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare revenue cycle management in both the hospital and payer environment, HBS is Berry’s third start-up company as a founding executive. Prior to HBS, he was the Florida regional administrator of behavioral healthcare for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services and remains active serving on various boards in the behavioral healthcare sector. Berry is a graduate of University of Central Florida.

Jupiter Medical Center is pleased to welcome Joanne O. Miller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, as the organization’s new vice president and chief nursing officer.

Miller has 28-years of nursing and health care executive experience, and she comes to Palm Beach County from Washington, DC, where she served as chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care for Sibley Memorial Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine.
In addition to Sibley, Miller has held Chief Nursing Officer positions in New York City, Maryland and Connecticut.
Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Hartford School of Nursing, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Drexel University.

St. Mary’s Medical Center names Denver Hopkins as its new chief human resources officer.  

Hopkins most recently served as Vice President of Human Resources for a large hospital in Nashville, TN with more than 700 beds and 3,000 employees. Known as an employee advocate, she is focused on performance management in a healthy work environment. Earlier in her career, Hopkins was also an HR leader at two other hospitals in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and a Master of Business Administration with a healthcare leadership concentration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. 

Greystone Healthcare Management, an industry-leading healthcare management company, has named Alexis Morfa as Executive Director of the new 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.

Morfa has been working in the skilled nursing industry for the past 15 years, most recently as the Executive Director for Greystone’s Wilton Manors Health and Rehabilitation Center.
“I am excited to bring my experience and leadership skills in delivering unsurpassed quality care and superior customer service satisfaction to our premier healthcare center,” Morfa said. “I am confident we will be setting higher quality standards for facilities in the nation and we will become the best skilled nursing facility in South Florida.”
As Executive Director, Morfa will oversee all operational aspects of the facility, from patient care to new hires to quality assurance.
“Alex is the ideal person to launch our Kendall Lakes location,” said Kimberly Pero, regional vice president, South Florida Region, Greystone Healthcare Management. “His extraordinary compassion, attention to detail and experience in the industry give us confidence that this new skilled nursing facility will exceed all our expectations.”
Morfa received a Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration with a concentration in Gerontology from Florida Atlantic University, where he is working on his Master’s in Public Administration.

West Boca Medical Center names Elaine Sorensen as its new patient safety officer. 

Prior to her appointment at West Boca, Sorensen was the vice president of quality and risk at a hospital located in Kissimmee, FL. 
Sorensen is a registered nurse who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villa Maria College. She then went on to earn her Master’s in Health Administration and Master’s in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University. 

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Board of Commissioners recently elected its new Board Chair and officers. In a unanimous vote, the Board elected its Vice Chair, Brian R. Lohmann, to serve as Chair, along with Nancy C. Banner, Esq. as Vice Chair and Sean O’Bannon as Secretary. The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners appointed Lohmann to the Health Care District Board in September 2011 to represent the rural, western part of Palm Beach County known as “the Glades.” Lohmann, who was reappointed for a second four-year term in 2016, also serves as Chair of the District’s Finance Committee.

Lohmann is Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, which he joined in 2008. Prior to that, he spent three years with Pioneer Growers Cooperative and previously was the owner of B.R. Lohmann, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida. 

Broward Health’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, Alan Goldsmith, CPA, MBA, and executive vice president and chief operating officer, Gino Santorio, have been recognized as leaders in the healthcare industry.

Alan Goldsmith was listed among the “150 hospital and health system CFOs to know” in 2018 by Becker’s Healthcare. Individuals featured were selected for the vital role they play in the strategic planning and growth of the health systems and hospitals they lead. As CFO of Broward Health, Goldsmith oversees $1.2 billion of operating revenue. He has implemented financial plans that have brought economic stability to the system and a strategy for continued growth.
Gino Santorio was honored as a local Up & Comer in Healthcare by South Florida Business and Wealth magazine. The Up & Comer awards honor young professionals under the age of 40 for their professional achievements, industry leadership, and commitment to the community. As COO, Santorio has implemented strategies and procedures that have improved the day-to-day operations of Broward Health. He also leads by example, encouraging employees to maximize their performance and dedication.

Marilyn Alfaro, Ph.D., former owner and operator of Neurology Mobile Systems Associates (NMSA) which she established 27 years ago, has sold NMSA which is now under new management. Alfaro’s new company Sunset Neurological Group LLC, will focus upon innovative patientcare treatment approaches to a wide spectrum of neurological diseases.



United HomeCare® honored Champions of Aging at its 24th Annual Dinner & Claude Pepper Awards at the beautiful Jungle Island venue in Miami Beach. The charitable dinner honored the legacy of the late Senator Claude Pepper for his advocacy on behalf of the elderly and disabled. United HomeCare® bestowed the 2018 Claude Pepper Awards to an outstanding group of individuals and companies that have shown extraordinary leadership, and exemplify the spirit and ideals of the award’s namesake.

Pictured (r-l): Presenting the Awards, Carlos Martinez, President & CEO of United HomeCare; Claude Pepper Honoree Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, President, Florida International University, Education/Advocacy; Elizabeth Dudek, Director of Health Care Affairs, Greenberg Traurig P.A., for Lifetime Achievement; Juan and Maria Del Busto, The Del Busto Family Foundation; Thelma Gibson Community Service Award; Honorable Keon Hardemon, City of Miami Commissioner - District 5, Community Builder; José Milton Foundation, Ana and Cecil Milton, Philanthropic Service; Honorable Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami Dade County Commissioner – District 13, Public Service; Dr. Penny S. Shaffer, Market President, South Florida - Florida Blue for Corporate Service Healthcare and Bacardi U.S.A., Corporate Service Award accepting Maggie Gonzalez; UHC Board Chairperson, Barbara Gray; and UHC Board Member, Jose K. Fuentes.

Director of Clinical Quality Improvement, Rebecca Creighton, teaches community member, Michele France Cloutier, hands only CPR at a recent event at Good Samaritan Medical Center in honor of National CPR and Automated External Defibrillation awareness week. Hands Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths.

It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park).
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