South Florida Hospital News
Sunday July 21, 2019

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July 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 1




Florida is still in dire need of more nurses and is among the top states in the nation experiencing a shortage. Florida, Texas and California combined account for almost 40 percent of the national nursing shortage. According to the Florida Center for Nursing, more than 40 percent of Florida nurses are approaching retirement age in the next 10 years

Adam and Monica Adache knew something wasn’t right when their daughter, Maya, had a seizure at only six months old. When those seizures continued to happen, they became extremely concerned. During one episode, she also had a high fever and her pediatrician recommended she be admitted to the ER. After five nights in the hospital and a convulsion that lasted more than an hour, physicians put her on medications to control the seizures.

Nine years after Casey McGovern’s youngest daughter drowned in a backyard pool, the mother of three is still haunted by what she didn’t know then, and driven by what she wants parents to know today.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has awarded Kim Tieu, professor and interim chair of the department of Environmental Health Sciences at FIU’s Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, a $6.6 million grant to study how brain cells die in Parkinson’s disease and to develop effective drug therapies for this brain condition.

A relaxing getaway ended abruptly for the Kissick family when mom, Danielle, went into labor in the Cayman Islands just 25 weeks into her pregnancy. Fortunately for the Kissick family, baby Jackson was airlifted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Broward Health’s Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Ariana Urquia was recently appointed multisite chief financial officer of Florida Medical Center and North Shore Medical Center. She is overseeing financial operations as well as accounting, business office and case management. Ariana has been with Tenet Healthcare for most of her professional career.

Henry Capote is the chief financial officer at Coral Gables Hospital. Henry is responsible for overseeing the financial operations for the 245 bed acute care hospital and its departments. Before becoming CFO, he was the controller for three years at Coral Gables Hospital.

Stephen Garner is the Chief Operating Officer for Delray Medical Center and the group COO for the Palm Beach Market. Garner previously worked for Tenet sister hospital Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital, a nationally-recognized 217-bed acute care hospital in Arizona, where he was the COO for the last three years. 

Taylor Guittap is the Chief Financial Officer for Good Samaritan Medical Center. In her role, Guittap’s responsibilities include overseeing the financial operations for the hospital. Prior to her time at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Guittap worked as a controller at sister hospital Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

Maribel Torres is the chief nursing officer at Hialeah Hospital. Maribel is responsible for maintaining clinical and patient care standards, as well as offering the best insights to the management on how they can improve the quality of care in the facility. 

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