South Florida Hospital News
Monday April 19, 2021

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April 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 10


One year after the first U.S. death from coronavirus, there is finally a glimmer of hope and enthusiasm as the vaccine rollout continues. As an experienced epidemiologist, I recognize the rapid development of a vaccine for what it is: a scientific breakthrough of profound importance.

COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in all areas of our lives, but for those who have been infected, there is the added impact the disease may have on our heart. While it is impossible at this time to know the lingering effects COVID-19 has on the heart, there are patients who have tested positive for the disease that may experience heart complications as a result.

Ever think about a duck gliding smoothly across the top of the water? The duck moves effortlessly. The water of the pond, lake or canal barely ripples and behind the bird, there is typically a small v-shaped wake which emulates continuously as the duck meanders to its destination. That is what we see. What we do not see is what is going on under the water.

When it comes to disability insurance, many physicians either choose not to have it or don’t have enough. This is mainly because they don’t believe they’ll ever need it—or because they believe that if they do have a disability claim, the carrier won’t pay.


As I pulled out my gardening tools yesterday, I reflected on the changes we have experienced since I bought them a year ago. I realized that through the fog of uncertainty we faced, we have emerged, one year later, with some significant certainties: science and medicine have once again proven to persevere; Dr. Fauci is even more of a hero today than he was 39 years ago

A VITAS Healthcare volunteer for more than 12 years, Alfred Sasiadek still remembers his first patient interaction. “The man was an opera enthusiast, so every time I visited him, I would bring a CD of a different opera to listen to with him,” Sasiadek says.


Spielberg, Scorsese, Cameron, Tarantino. The Mount Rushmore of directors. While the title of "Director" is probably on their business card, if you were to ask them to describe what they do, they would probably answer you in one word. "Storyteller." While everyone has a story to tell, not everyone can tell a story.

Garry B. Gewirtzman, M.D., may be a dermatologist by day, but after hours he trades his lab coat for a detective’s hat as he and his wife Sheila conjure up medical mystery novels. He and Sheila, a retired accountant, have published five medical-murder mysteries, all components of Cliff Mandich, MD Murder Mystery Series.

One of the best ways to stay in business is by establishing a loyal customer base—and one of the smartest ways to do this is by creating a loyalty program that recognizes and rewards customers for their repeat business.   

The room in the Knott Building at the Capitol seemed empty, thanks to COVID restrictions and social distancing, when the Representative from Lee County, Spencer Roach, took the dais. For the next twenty minutes, he would explain HB 1455, a proposal that is “taking a wrecking ball to the state medical marijuana program,” according to Democratic Representative Carlos G. Smith of Orlando.

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