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September 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 3




Eminent pediatric neurosurgeon Gregory W. Hornig, MD, has joined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Brain Institute and Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. 
Prior to joining Nicklaus Children’s, Dr. Hornig served for more than 20 years as the section chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Dr. Hornig is a nationally and internationally renowned expert in pediatric neurosurgery,” commented John Ragheb, MD, director of the Division of Neurosurgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. “We are delighted to have him on board.” 

North Broward Hospital District, d/b/a Broward Health, has been awarded the Health Center Quality Leader certificate of achievement by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in recognition of exemplary service and commitment to quality healthcare.

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County recognized five of its founders and five veteran staff members at its 30th Anniversary Legacy Awards reception on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the West Palm Beach Hilton. The honorees have dedicated years of service in supporting this unique public health care system.

Miami Cancer Institute, a next-generation cancer treatment destination and Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, proudly announced today that Albert H. Nahmad has been named chair of the Institute’s Board of Directors. He succeeds S. Lawrence “Larry” Kahn III, the Institute’s visionary, founding Board chair and founder of Coral Gables-based Lowell Homes, who recently passed away following a long battle with lymphoma. Mr. Nahmad shares Mr. Kahn’s passion for philanthropy and a desire to continue to help elevate Miami Cancer Institute as a cancer treatment destination both here in Miami and in neighboring regions.

Kara S. Nickel has Joined Nicklaus Children’s Health System (which includes Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and a network of outpatient centers) as Associate General Counsel.  In this role, she will be responsible for employment, regulatory and general contracting matters.  Prior to joining the System, Kara was in private practice in South Florida. 


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


Broward Health Community Health Services will receive $337,400 as part of a $60 million grant awarded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to community health centers located in hurricane-ravaged states and U.S. territories.
The grant will enable Broward Health to hurricane-proof two Broward Health Community Health Services centers affected by hurricane Irma, the Cora E. Braynon Family Health Center and the Bernard P. Alicki Health Center, both in Fort Lauderdale.
Wellington Regional Medical Center (WRMC) recently became the first hospital in Florida to utilize the Medtronic superDimension™ system with Fluoroscopic Navigation technology.  The upgraded technology enables the physician to better visualize the targeted area and find lung tumors sooner.
“The superDimension™ navigation system allows me to use a minimally invasive approach to access difficult to reach areas of the lung, which can aid in the diagnosis of lung disease,” said Mark Meyer, MD, thoracic surgeon at WRMC.  “Fluoroscopic navigation is a significant advancement in the SuperD system that enhances the visualization of the targeted area, thereby maximizing accuracy and tissue diagnosis.” 
Cleveland Clinic Florida, one of the leading institutes for heart, liver and kidney transplantation in South Florida, has been recognized as a Blue Distinction® Center for Transplants for Adult Liver as part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community. 

The Team Tommy Foundation Board of Directors attended the Myositis Association’s Annual Patient Conference in Louisville, Kentucky earlier this month in an effort to learn more about the rare auto-immune disease that took the Foundation’s namesake, Tommy Worthington in July 2012.  Since Tommy’s death due to Dermatomyositis, a form of Myositis disease the all-volunteer Board have raised funds for patients with Myositis diseases and their caregivers to attend this single, expert laden event each year. 

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