South Florida Hospital News
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July 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 1

Three University of Miami Physicians Form One of
Nation’s Largest Divisions for Skin of Color
July 14 2020 - When dermatologist Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D., FAAD became director of University of Miami’s Ethnic Skin Care Division in 2002, it became one of the first cosmetic skin centers for people of color. Today, she heads a three-physician team – all women of color – under a newly named Skin of Color Division in the Dr. Philip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Health System. Only a handful of dermatology programs across the country have so many physicians specializing in skin of color care.

July 14 2020- The good news continues for Clinics Can Help (CCH) with another $10K grant to support the organization’s Kinder Project, for the medical equipment needs for children with disabilities. The money comes from a grant from Admirals Cove Foundation and will be used to purchase children’s wheelchairs for those in need across Palm Beach, Dade, Broward, Saint Lucie and Martin counties

FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science Receives NSF RAPID 
Grant to Work with LexisNexis Risk Solutions to Predict COVID-19 Spread    
July 14, 2020 - Public health efforts depend heavily on predicting how diseases like COVID-19 spread across the globe. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science in collaboration with LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a global data technology and advanced analytics leader, have received a rapid research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a model of COVID-19 spread using innovative big data analytics techniques and tools. The project leverages prior experience in modeling Ebola spread to successfully model the spread of COVID-19.


July 13, 2020 – HCA East Florida Division hospitals in Miami-Dade County will delay certain inpatient and hospital-based outpatient surgeries and procedures, effective Friday, July 10. This allows the facilities to create additional capacity for COVID-19 patients, preserve PPE and support staffing needs. This change does not affect surgeries performed at HCA Healthcare Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

July 13 2020 - The Florida Medical Association PAC (FMA PAC), Florida’s leading advocate for electing pro-medicine candidates to office, today endorsed Democrat candidate, and current State Rep. Tina Polsky in her bid for Senate District 29.  

Brad Prechtl, MBA to Retire as CEO; Nathan H. Walcker Named
Successor of Statewide Community Oncology Practice
July 13, 2020 - Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (“FCS” or the “Company”), announced that FCS Chief Financial Officer Nathan H. Walcker has been named Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2020. Walcker will succeed current Chief Executive Officer Brad Prechtl, MBA, who will retire from FCS, effective July 30, 2020, but continue to serve as a consultant through April 2021.

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), at least one million surgical hernia repairs are performed each year in the U.S. alone. The FDA reports about 800,000 of those hernia repairs are inguinal hernias. 

July 13 2020 - The coronavirus disease is wreaking havoc on the health of communities throughout the world and may have lasting cardiac effects on those who have recovered from the virus. Early observations show that up to a third of patients who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 have evidence of heart involvement.

July 14, 2020 - West Palm Beach - South University announces that it will offer a Contact Tracing course (at no charge) to fight to contain the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease.
Contact Tracing is an investigative strategy designed for finding and informing those who have been exposed to contagious diseases. Agencies across the country are focused on combating the pandemic and need support to expand their workforce to conduct contact-tracing interviews to slow the spread of the disease and save lives.

JULY 10 2020 - The Panda Cares Foundation, the charitable arm of Panda Express, has donated nearly 20,000 protective masks to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Florida and protective gear supplies still in record demand, the generous mask donation will continue to keep frontline healthcare workers and patients safe.

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