South Florida Hospital News
Saturday October 31, 2020
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October 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 4
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Physician-researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have begun a new Phase 3 clinical trial to test another investigational vaccine for COVID-19.

Part of a large-scale international trial in partnership with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the clinical trial to test the Janssen vaccine is the Miller School’s second in human study of its kind.
How Healthcare Organizations Can Support Their Providers and Patients
1. Provide Staff Support
The effects of COVID-19 go far beyond healthcare. It has impacted every aspect of our daily lives, such as school and daycare facilities that provide support for working parents.

Collective trauma – the psychological reactions by an entire society or group of people to traumatic events such as war, pandemic, or social unrest – is a current reality that few of us have experienced to this degree before. For us as mental health professionals, the ramifications of COVID-19 and other recent circumstances will be felt for years, if not decades.

The last thing Rachelle Duchatelier expected to hear from her doctor when she went for a routine gynecological exam was that she had a lump in one of her breasts. At 38 years old, breast cancer was the furthest thing from her mind. She had no family history of the disease and was feeling fine; but that day would change her life.

For more than 30 years, oncologists have used immunotherapy to treat cancer, harnessing the strength of the patient’s own immune system to fight the disease. For many, it has been a welcome alternative or supplement to more traditional chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical options.

Every year, more than 30,000 people in South Florida receive a dreaded cancer diagnosis. It’s a startling number and often causes families to worry about their loved ones, the cost of treatments, and the disruption to their lives and livelihoods. Thankfully, breakthroughs in oncology research and treatments continued to advance at a remarkable pace, benefiting patients and the health care professionals who work tirelessly to care for them.

Harlyn Rodriguez is a case manager with Coral Gables Hospital. She joined Coral Gables Hospital in January 2020. She became a RN in 2010, and a nurse practitioner in 2019. She is responsible for all reports in the case management department. She also assists the hospital with compliance issues. 

Ingrid Cedeno is a registered nurse case manager at Florida Medical Center. Ingrid is responsible for the clinical assessment for all of the patients admitted in her unit related to the functional abilities prior to admission. She also reviews patient treatment plans for continued hospital stays, and discharge planning.

Thais Azevedo is the Director of Case Management at Hialeah Hospital. She leads and oversees the development and execution of policies and procedures, practices workflow, and directs the standardization of CM policies and practices throughout the Hospital. She also maintains quality patient care and adheres to all relevant compliance activities

Suzanne Gaumer is the manager of case management for Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Gaumer’s responsibilities include facilitating and coordinating assistance for patients who are undergoing treatment at the hospital, helping with access to care and using appropriate utilization of resources. 

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