South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday January 22, 2019

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January 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 7




Greystone Healthcare Management has named Donna-Lee Fabian as Executive Director of the new Kendall Lakes Health and Rehabilitation Center, scheduled to open soon.

Fabian has been working in the skilled nursing industry for the past 16 years, and in other aspects of nursing for 15 years before that. She most recently served as the Nursing Home Administrator for Greystone’s North Beach Rehabilitation Center, a 5-Star Facility.
Fabian received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her RN degree from Foothills Hospital School of Nursing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is on the Everest University Advisory Board, is a participating/consulting Administrator at the University of Florida Long Term Management Program and a member of the Florida Health Care Administration (FHCA).

Dianne Rosario, BSN, MS, LHRM, joins the staff of Florida Medical Center as the hospital’s new Chief Nursing Officer. Dianne has more than 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in nursing.

Dianne’s experience includes being the Vice President of Quality Management at HCA’s Aventura Hospital and Corporate Quality, Risk and Compliance Officer for the HIMA San Pablo Health System in Puerto Rico. She has been instrumental in the implementation of numerous Nursing, Quality and Patient Safety initiatives, which led to the overall improvement at her organizations. Her focus is on the Patient Experience, Quality of Care, Culture of Safety and Employee Engagement. Dianne has a BS in Nursing from Interamerican University in Puerto Rico and a Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Risk Management from Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences, Chicago, IL. She is also a member of numerous professional organizations.

Delray Medical Center names Stephen Garner as its Chief Operating Officer beginning in 2019, and he will also be the Group COO for Tenet Health’s Palm Beach hospitals.

Garner previously worked for 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.
Prior to his promotion to COO, Garner served in Tenet Healthcare’s Executive Development Program at Abrazo Arrowhead. He also completed a seven-month residency at RegionalCare Hospital Partners in Tennessee.
Garner holds a Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctorate, and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Baylor University.

The University of Miami Health System is pleased to announce Stephen L. Demers as its new chief operating officer.

Demers has more than 30 years’ experience leading operations in academic, community, and military health care systems, and new business ventures. His career has stemmed from a lifelong interest in health care and business. As an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire, he majored in Health Management and Policy, which enabled him to combine those interests. He then earned an MBA at Northeastern University.
Demers’ professional career began in the military, where he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps, rising over five years to become director of administration at a naval branch medical clinic.
Following his service in the Navy, Demers joined Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute — both affiliates of Harvard Medical School — in 1996 as administrative director for the Division of Thoracic Surgery and the Thoracic Oncology Program, and then went to the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1999 as chief administrator for the Department of Surgery.
Demers became an entrepreneur in 2005 as founding principal/COO of the Surgical Safety Institute. In 2007, he returned to academic medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health Care System as COO of the Department of Surgery. He joined Lahey in 2009 as vice president and executive director for cardiovascular and musculoskeletal services.

Edward G. Sabin is the newest Commissioner appointed to the Board of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. Sabin is Chief Operating Officer of Southern Implants North America, Inc.

The Board appointed Commissioner Sabin, who is a Certified Public Accountant, to serve as Chair of the Finance Committee. Commissioner Sabin serves on the Florida Atlantic University Foundation Executive Committee and is its Investment Committee Chair. He also is Chair of the Village of Tequesta’s Public Safety Pension Board. Commissioner Sabin received a master of business administration from the University of Central Florida and his bachelor of science in accounting from Florida State University.
At the Health Care District Board meeting, Commissioner Lohmann recognized two outgoing Lakeside Health Advisory Board members, Donia Roberts, Esq., former Chair, and Angela K. Pope, for their respective eight years of dedicated, volunteer service and leadership.
At the Finance Committee meeting earlier in the day, Commissioner Lohmann recognized R. Michael Smith, outgoing Finance Committee member, for his eight years of volunteer service and commitment.

Local doctors Jeffrey Simmons and Yolangel Hernandez Suarez have made a $2 million gift to FIU to establish the Simmons+Hernandez Suarez Fellowship Program at FIU Embrace.

The fellowship will support professionals who take an interdisciplinary approach to solving the complex and multi-faceted issues facing adults with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. One and two-year fellowships will combine research and clinical work with leadership training to help prepare the next generation of leaders for organizations focused on the developmentally disabled. The program also will work to create evidence-based models for “systems of care” to support developmentally disabled adults as they seek to become more fully engaged community members.
For the donors, the mission of FIU Embrace is very personal: Hernandez Suarez, the vice president for clinical innovation at Conviva Care Solutions, and Simmons, a cardiologist and an executive at Humana, have two children who are participants in FIU Embrace. The two doctors are former faculty members of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and among the founders of FIU Embrace.
FIU Embrace is one of the only university-based programs in the nation to promote the health, wellness and overall functioning for adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. Started in 2012, the program works to develop a model to integrate adults with developmental disabilities as full participants in the community.

Stroke patients in northern Palm Beach County and Martin County can now receive lifesaving interventions much closer to home. Thanks to a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor, Jupiter Medical Center has assembled the most advanced facilities, technology and specially trained physicians to improve patient outcomes in the most complex stroke cases.

The medical center is now in the final stages of completing requirements to be named a Comprehensive Stroke Center. It will be the only hospital in northern Palm Beach County and in Martin County to achieve this designation. Awarded by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), the Comprehensive Stroke Center designation will ensure that Jupiter Medical Center has developed system-wide initiatives on stroke prevention, rehabilitation, education, community awareness and research.
“We have reached the culmination of a year of intense effort to recruit the expertise and develop the technological infrastructure necessary to diagnose and treat the most complex stroke patients within minutes of their admission,” said Don McKenna, president and chief executive officer. “We are ready to bring the highest level of lifesaving care for stroke and other neurological problems closer to residents of northern Palm Beach County and Martin County.”
New technology, facility upgrades and the recruitment of neurosurgeons, as well as the appointment Dr. Jeffrey Miller, who is board-certified in neuroendovascular surgery, are essential to gaining the designation. Dr. Miller is one of the first 25 neuroendovascular surgeons in the nation certified by the Society of Neurological Surgeons Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training. He serves as medical director of Neuroendovascular Surgery, and co-director of the hospital’s Stroke Program. Dr. Jennifer Buczyner, a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training and a special interest in neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders, is Stroke Program director.

Athletic trainers are mainly recognized as the khaki-clad health professionals rushing out on the field or court to tend to an injured player. What is less recognizable are the sophisticated levels of active research and clinical practice needed to keep the dynamic profession at peak performance.

FIU’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences is moving the profession forward with the launch of the first Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) program in the southeast U.S. and one of only six in the country responding to the discipline’s growing need for post-professional degrees.
The program will be led by new chair of the FIU Department of Athletic Training, Shawn Dale Felton.
“The DAT is the academic progression of our profession toward higher levels of clinical, evidence-based practice, research and leadership,” Professor Felton said. “Graduates of our DAT will be applying advanced clinical skills to improve patient outcomes and engage in research to proactively develop and implement injury and illness prevention strategies to become health care innovators.”
Athletic trainers study the importance of science in sports and exercise to collaborate with physicians and other health professionals in providing the proper exercises needed to prevent injuries, as well as assist in rehabilitation and therapeutic intervention.
Most athletic trainers have a master’s degree in their field. However, trainers with doctoral degrees are desired by most employers for their advanced aptitude to assess, diagnose, treat and use rehabilitation for all types of injuries.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow 23 percent by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for athletic trainers is expected to increase as people become more aware of the effects of sports-related injuries, and as the middle-aged and older population remains active.

Kendall Regional Medical Center recently installed a new and innovative Infant Safety System. The proprietary system allows the hospital to capture high resolution newborn footprints which can be used for precise identification in situations like an abduction, lost baby or natural disaster.

The Newborn Safety System — which uses LiveScan Technology — has garnered the attention and praise from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and has been included as a recommendation for hospitals in its most recent Infant Security Guidelines.

The System is entirely safe for use on babies and provides outstanding footprint quality. Nurses prefer the System because it is easy to use, seamless to adopt and replaces the time consuming and messy ink and paper method. The digital foot prints and security photo can be stored efficiently in the newborn’s electronic medical record. And, much like finger prints, foot prints are a biometric, unique to each baby, so they can be used for identification throughout a lifetime.
Each new mom receives an attractive certificate of her newborn’s footprint during her stay. When she returns home, she can visit to enhance the certificate with colors, different fonts and borders. She can also download a digital copy of her baby’s footprint. These additional benefits are provided as a gift from Kendall Regional Medical Center and at no cost to moms.
Kendall Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in Miami and South Florida to provide this innovative service to moms and the community it serves.

Life in urban areas has many benefits but it also comes with some challenges. The loss of green space and the rise in food deserts has motivated people living in urban areas to explore innovative ways to engage in small-scale agricultural projects such as micro-farming. Dr. Debra Marcelle-Coney, a U.S. Army veteran, saw the need for micro-farming in her community and decided to take action by collaborating with community partners to develop the Veterans Community Micro-Farm Project.

“As a woman veteran who works with fellow veterans in a clinical setting and as a beginning farmer, I feel it is my duty to assist veterans and other interested individuals in learning how to grow their own veggies, herbs or fruit,” Marcelle-Coney explained. “The Veterans Community Micro-Farm Project is designed to foster relationships, stimulate camaraderie and encourage unity in our local areas.”
Marcelle-Coney who is also an addictions therapist at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center added more talents to her already extensive resume by becoming a certified horticulturalist and establishing the Community Faith Outreach Ministries organization. She established the non-profit organization with like-minded individuals who are grounded in their faith with have a strong willingness to give back to their local community. Marcelle-Coney and her team spearheaded the creation of the Veterans Community Micro-Farm Project through a collaboration with Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Agriculture Economic Development, Palm Beach County Libraries and the Quantum Foundation.
Volunteers from the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, Soldiers’ Angels and Recovery first worked together to install the first Veterans Community Micro-Farm on November 12, 2018 at the West Boca Library. According to Marcelle-Coney, it is the first of its kind in the southeast region of the United States.
Community Faith plans to provide regular produce distributions from the micro-farm to two area organizations who assist veterans experiencing homelessness. The organization will also conduct informational sessions on diseases such as diabetes, lung and heart cancers and mood disorders; and use the project to promote healthy eating, education and training.
Marcelle-Coney says that Community Faith will also provide samples of fresh produce to individuals and families who attend the monthly informational sessions on diseases and practical ways to prevent them through their 2-tier service delivery process.
When asked about her expectations for the future, Marcelle-Coney says that she hopes more people will join in growing healthy produce in their own yards, pooling their resources together, seeing the results of their labor and enjoying the benefits of a healthy mind, body and overall well-being. She also hopes the concept of the Veterans Community Micro-Farm spreads throughout Palm Beach County and the country.
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