South Florida Hospital News
Saturday November 17, 2018

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November 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 5




On November 2nd 2018, Good Samaritan Medical Center reported that it was the first hospital in Palm Beach County now performing the High Intensity Focused Ultrasound procedure for prostate cancer patients.  HIFU directs high-frequency sound waves that heat up and burn off cancerous tissue, with a low risk of triggering the common side effects of impotence or incontinence. 

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., has been named chief medical officer of Broward Health Medical Center. In this role he will work with medical staff to provide patients of the 716-bed acute care hospital with the highest quality of care. He will also act as medical liaison between physicians and Broward Health leadership and administration.

Baptist Health South Florida is proud to announce that Jobic Ray Butao, BSN, RN, CCRN, has received the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s 2018 Magnet Nurse of the Year Award for Empirical Outcomes. 
Butao, a clinical nurse in the intensive care unit at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, is the first Baptist Health nurse to receive the prestigious award and the first recipient in the state of Florida. 

The North Broward Hospital District (NBHD) Board of Commissioners, which oversees Broward Health, elected its officers at the October board meeting. Andrew M. Klein was re-elected Chairman, Christopher Ure was re-elected Vice Chair and Ray Berry was re-elected Secretary/Treasurer. Additional board members serving the NBHD are Stephen A. Wellins, Nancy Gregoire and newly appointed commissioner Stacy Angier.

Coral Gables Hospital proudly honors pulmonologist Dr. Jaime Avecillas, as the hospital’s Physician of the Second Quarter for 2018. Dr. Avecillas was nominated because his colleagues describe him as highly engaged and he is beloved by both staff and patients

The leadership team at Coral Gables Hospital transported themselves to another time by dressing up as characters from the hit TV show, Game of Thrones, to celebrate Halloween

North Shore Medical Center joined with the Village of Miami Shores for Green Day and offered health screenings for all in the community.  Green Day is an annual event with over 150 vendors. Families came out and enjoyed live music, shopping and all things green and good for the environment. 

With the health insurance marketplace open enrollment beginning on November 1, 2018 and running through December 15, 2018, Palmetto General Hospital community education and outreach program aims to raise awareness and understanding of the Marketplace, as well as the insurance options available for those currently without insurance or looking to change plans.

Broward Health North was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Broward Health North’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.


Orthopedic trauma surgeon Howard Bar-Eli, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high-quality medical care to patients of all ages, as part of Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Bar-Eli specializes in orthopedic surgery following trauma, such as an injury sustained in a fall or an accident.


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