South Florida Hospital News
Saturday March 28, 2020

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March 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 9




Attila Hertelendy, Ph.D., MBA faculty, Florida International University (FIU), is a big believer in individuals broadening their horizons, whether through education, networking with peers, or exploring faraway places. Having lived in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and numerous places in the United States, he understands the importance of making personal and professional connections.

The challenges that healthcare systems have with maintaining an effective nursing workforce have changed. Patients are much more acutely ill, the technology required to care for them is increasingly complex, and consumerism has heightened customer expectations for care. At the same time, many of the highly skilled and knowledgeable nurses who can meet these demands are retiring faster than ever before. These factors have created quite a dilemma in healthcare.

Dr. Robert Borrego is the medical director of trauma, chief division of surgery, and a current board member at St. Mary’s Medical Center. With more than 30 years of experience as a general surgeon specializing in critical care and trauma medicine, Dr. Borrego offers time-sensitive, potentially life-saving care for patients in critical condition.

Dr. Fernando Bayron is a general and bariatric surgeon at Florida Medical Center. Dr. Bayron is also the medical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Excellence at Florida Medical Center. As medical director, Dr. Bayron helped the hospital earn accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) as a Comprehensive Center for bariatric surgery. 

Dr. Elena Rehl is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon on staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Dr. Rehl specializes in breast surgery, breast cancer surgery and benign breast disease. Dr. Rehl is certified by the American Board of Surgery. Prior to her time at Good Samarian Medical Center, she was a breast surgeon at Memorial Health Anderson Cancer Institute located in Savannah, GA.

Dr. Rachel Ciaccio is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist with Women’s Health Partners. Dr. Ciaccio specializes in a variety of surgical procedures focusing on a minimally invasive approach including robotic surgery for hysterectomy, fibroids, ovarian cysts and the removal of endometriosis as well as advanced hysteroscopy. 

Dr. Christoper Boyes is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon on staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Dr. Boyes focuses on open and endovascular surgery and specializes in vascular surgery, including complex aortic aneurysms, cerebral vascular disease, complex venous disease, dialysis access, critical limb ischemia, and amputation prevention.

Dr. Amadeo H. Cabral has been a member of the medical staff at Coral Gables Hospital since 2001. He serves as Director of the Robotic program run by the hospital and is currently Chief of Surgery at Coral Gables Hospital. Dr. Cabral is a Board Certified General Surgeon with a fellowship in surgical oncology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Joseph Ricotta is the National Medical Director of vascular and endovascular surgery for Delray Medical Center, Tenet Health and Professor of Surgery and Program Director of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship at FAU School of Medicine. Dr. Ricotta specializes in minimally invasive endovascular therapies, endovascular robotic surgery, aortic and peripheral aneurysms

Catholic Hospice and Palliative Care Services greeted the evening’s attendees with a violinist and opening reception to kick-off its 2nd Annual Physicians Dinner and Awards Meeting at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort and Spa in Aventura on Friday, January 24, 2020.

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