South Florida Hospital News
Friday December 6, 2019

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December 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 6




December 5, 2019 – After living what he describes as a health “rollercoaster” nearly his entire life, Alex Lacroix’s heart finally failed in late September. 
The North Miami resident had been living with end stage heart disease for more than two years, with a previously implanted left ventricular assist device (LVAD) helping his weakened heart pump enough blood to keep him alive. But, ultimately, even that technology wasn’t enough. “I had no choice but to be hospitalized until I got myself a transplant,” said the married father. “That’s how I ended up here under the care of all the great nurses and doctors who kept me afloat until I could get this wonderful miracle.”

 December 4, 2019 – TissueTech, Inc., a pioneer in the development and clinical application of regenerative human birth tissue products marketed through its subsidiaries Bio-Tissue, Inc. and Amniox Medical, Inc., announced today the appointment of Timothy Hunter to the position of Vice President, Reimbursement and Government Affairs to oversee enterprise-wide third-party payor and reimbursement activities. 

December 4 2019 - Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation has received another transformative donation towards their $250 million fund raising effort, Keeping the Promise The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Noted philanthropists Toby and Leon Cooperman have made a $25 million gift, one of seven eight-figure gifts received by the campaign that has already raised $152 million toward its goal. In recognition of their generosity, the new Medical Arts Pavilion at Boca Raton Regional Hospital will bear the Toby and Leon Cooperman name.

December 4, 2019 –  FIU Distinguished Professor Madhavan Nair has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Nair, an internationally renowned expert in nanotechnology and HIV research, is the founding chair of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s Department of Immunology and Nano-Medicine. He is also associate vice president of nanomedicine, associate dean of biomedical research, and director of the Institute of NeuroImmune Pharmacology at FIU.

December 4, 2019 – The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded FIU’s Biomolecular Sciences Institute $1.6 million to develop rapid diagnosis and improved treatment of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

December 4 2019 - Dr. LaTanya L. McNeal, Executive Dean for Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus, was recently appointed to the Lakeside Health Advisory Board, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s hospital advisory board. The board advises the Health Care District Board of Commissioners on issues related to the overall health and wellness of Glades residents, visitors and underserved members of the community. Dr. McNeal fills the seat vacated by Maria M. Vallejo, PhD who retired in March as Vice President for Growth & Expansion and Provost for the Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade and Loxahatchee campuses. 

December 4 2019 - Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) has announced the addition of Dr. Helena Gaviria to its Primary Care Center.
A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Gaviria is a fellow member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is part of the Chapters for Obesity, Children with Disabilities and Integrative Nutrition. Her passion for nutrition and wellness inspired her to also complete a certification as a health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2017. 


December 4, 2019 -  West Boca Medical Center welcomes Cory Harow, M.D. FACEP, as the new medical director of the emergency department. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.   Dr. Harow joined the West Boca Medical Staff in November 2017, and with 20 years of experience, he is well prepared to step into this leadership role.

Palmetto General Hospital hosted a food drive to gather donations for food baskets to be delivered to Centro Mater, a nonprofit organization that provides early childhood education and social services to low income families. The food baskets are to be divided among many families in need throughout the holiday season. “We are so pleased to be able to help provide a celebratory Thanksgiving meal to families in our community,” said Ana Mederos, Chief Executive Officer of Palmetto General Hospital.

December 4 2019  - Wellington Regional Medical Center has acquired 35 additional acres in Westlake from Minto Communities for the future development of a medical campus. The transaction closed November 25. Terms were not disclosed. 
The land is adjacent to a five-acre parcel on which the hospital built a freestanding emergency medical facility that opened to patients in April 2019. The ER at Westlake, located at 16750 Persimmon Boulevard, provides emergency medical care 24-hours a day, seven days a week with eight exam rooms, three rapid medical exam bays, one triage room, on-site lab services and on-site radiological services.

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