South Florida Hospital News
Saturday August 8, 2020

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August 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 2


Ricky Ramirez is the Chief Nursing Officer at West Boca Medical Center. Ramirez is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the daily operations of West Boca’s nursing departments. He also ensures the hospital’s tradition of delivering high quality patient care is consistently maintained.

Judy Dellosa is the Service Line Director and Nurse Navigator of the orthopedics and spine program at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. In her role, Dellosa is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program at the hospital. She helped implement the nurse navigator program to guide orthopedic patients through the healthcare system

Donna Small, R.N., is the chief nursing officer at Broward Health Medical Center. Her passion for nursing has translated into 30 years of healthcare experience, much at the leadership level. As CNO during the COVID-19 pandemic, Small has focused on emergency preparedness and bridging the gap between nurses and patients.

When Michael S. Davis joined Tenet Florida Physicians Services as CEO in May, one of the first things he wanted to do was "a lot of listening." He said he wanted to get out and see as many people as possible, "with the ultimate goal of getting to all of our sites of service, meeting the clinical and non-clinical teams where the good work and service is being done."

In our recently published editorial in the American Journal of Critical Care, Dr. Aluko Hope and I highlight systemic racism and the global pandemic as challenges to health care providers’ personal, professional, and societal responses and responsibilities. We also assert that these challenges serve to affirm underlying values that drive practice, and can provide direction for the future.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgical technologists are projected to increase by 12% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being performed to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.

The need to institute incisive and resonating social media content in the healthcare sphere is past-due. The last decade has been a dynamic time social media became a vital source of information and news, often rivaling traditional mediums. Due to regulations and barriers in the healthcare industry, a synergistic relationship between healthcare and social media ceased to exist.

When the Cleveland Clinic was established in 1921, its founders envisioned a future where physicians could share their clinical expertise and devote themselves to educating new generations of caregivers.


As part of their COVID-19 reopening plans, city and state health agencies are now using what is known as “contact tracing” as a key tool to slow the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing involves the identification of people who have come in contact with a person who has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

There are a lot of challenges facing healthcare administrators today, including those who are tasked with raising funds for hospitals and patient care. Michelle Boggs, president of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, has found that having a resource like ACHE of South Florida has provided her with the tools she needs to keep up-to-date on the latest industry news.

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