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November 18, 2017

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South Florida | Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beaches

Boynton Beach doctor's license suspended over 4 patient deaths

A 73-year-old doctor in Boynton Beach had his license suspended for his alleged involvement in the deaths of four patients, the Florida Department of Health said. South Florida Sun-Sentinel [11/14/17]

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Sexually-transmitted Zika case confirmed in Miami-Dade County

The Florida Department of Health on Friday confirmed the state’s first case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted. An unidentified person in Miami-Dade County, who had recently visited several countries, including Cuba, FOX News [11/7/17]

‘From one disaster to another’: Sick Puerto Rican baby left in medical limbo in Miami

Victoria Malave, a 10-month-old baby who relies on a ventilator, and feeding tube and suction and medications, was evacuated from the crisis in Puerto Rico but is now facing another crisis in South Florida as she isn't getting access to the medical care that she needs. Miami Herald [10/31/17]

Miami hospital to halt patient admissions as it seeks capital

The Miami Medical Center said it would temporarily suspend all patient services at the end of the day Oct. 30 as it seeks more capital or a sale. South Florida Business Journal [10/24/17]

HOPE 4 L.Y.F.E. A Success in South Miami

If you weren’t already aware, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Saturday, October 7, the HOPE 4 L.Y.F.E. 3K Walk Fundraiser took place at the Gibson-Bethel Community Center in South Miami. Miami's Community Newspapers [10/17/17]

Baptist Health South Florida and Bethesda Health finalize merger

Bethesda Health, headquartered in Boynton Beach, has become a part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region. After two and a half years of extensive due diligence, the merger of the two organizations became official effective Oct. 1. Miami's Community Newspapers [10/10/17]

Stranded in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, infants flown to Miami for heart surgery

Three infants from Puerto Rico with defective hearts are treated at Nicklaus Children's Hospital after Hurricane Maria tore through the island. Miami Herald [10/3/17]

Jury orders Leon Medical Centers pay $13 million to man blinded after cataract surgery

When his eyesight became clouded by cataracts in 2013, 80-year-old Miguel Diaz of Miami Beach turned for help to the company he has trusted for years to provide his healthcare: Leon Medical Centers, one of South Florida’s most popular Medicare clinics. Miami Herald [9/26/17]

South Florida snag makes HCA an unlikely suitor for Tenet

As Tenet Healthcare considers a possible sale, HCA has emerged as a potential buyer. HCA, the nation's largest health system with 177 hospitals, is big enough to acquire assets from 77-hospital Tenet, including Tenet's 10 hospitals around Miami. Modern Healthcare [9/19/17]

Hialeah Hospital 'all set on fuel for generator' after politicians step in to help

Hialeah Hospital has plenty of fuel left for its generator after it received some help from South Florida politicians. "Just got report @HialeahHospital has less than 2 hours of diesel left to run generator," U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, tweeted Sunday night. WPLG [9/12/17]

University of Miami Health CEO Altschuler to resign

Dr. Steven Altschuler will resign as executive VP for health affairs and CEO of the University of Miami’s health care system UHealth on Sept. 15. South Florida Business Journal [9/5/17]

Friends and colleagues remember Miami healthcare champion Bill Enright

When William “Bill” Enright III died on June 8 of a rare cancer of connective tissues called liposarcoma, the 70-year-old left behind a legacy of healthcare development in Miami. Miami Community Newspapers [8/29/17]

Broward Health names new CFO, COO on heels of exec resignations

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Broward Health tapped Alan D. Goldsmith as CFO and Gino R. Santorio as COO. The embattled health system filled the positions within the same week that three executives resigned. Becker's Hospital Review [8/22/17]

Miami doctor honored with Notre Dame alumni award named for the man who inspired him

The Alumni Association of Notre Dame has honored a West Miami-Dade doctor with an award named for the medical legend who inspired him both personally and professionally. Miami Herald [8/81517]

Jupiter Medical Center launches telemedicine platform

Jupiter Medical Center, a not-for-profit institution with capacity to treat more than 500 patients at a time, is the latest organization to launch an online platform to treat patients remotely – think Skype, but for when someone needs help with a sudden cold or rash. South Florida Business Journal [8/8/17]

Dr. Alfredo Lopez-Gomez, the doctor who just would not quit, dies at 86

As the calendar announced the start of his 80s, Dr. Alfredo Lopez-Gomez ignored the rustling of its falling pages in favor of turning pages in medical books and journals. Miami Herald [8/1/17]

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West Florida | Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Naples, Fort Myers

Hospital software provider faces billing fraud allegations in Tampa court case

Software provided to more than 300 hospitals nationwide by Epic Systems Corp. incorrectly bills Medicare and Medicaid, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Tampa. Tampa Bay Business Journal [11/14/17]

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USF using video games to improve patient care

University of South Florida nursing professor Dr. John Clochesy has teamed up with engineers and researchers to design interactive video games to improve patient care. FOX 13 [11/7/17]

Former Cape Coral Hospital patient sues Lee Health system over alleged rape

A Lee County woman who accused a nurse of raping her last year while she was a patient at Cape Coral Hospital is suing the health center and the nurse over the attack. Fort Myers News-Press [10/31/17]

Coming soon at two Tampa Bay area hospitals: a cancer treatment that could replace chemo

A new cancer treatment that could eventually replace chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants — along with their debilitating side effects — soon will be offered at two of Tampa Bay's top-tier hospitals. Tampa Bay Times [10/24/17]

Pinellas emergency manager has issue with Rick Scott’s emergency generator rule

Sally Bishop, director of Pinellas County’s emergency management department, told state legislators Monday that there is an unintended consequence to Scott’s emergency declaration: health care facilities canceling their agreements with other counties that offer shelter to evacuating facilities. Florida Politics [10/17/17]

Florida Hospital buys 100 acres in Polk to connect Tampa and Orlando hospitals

Adventist Health System, the parent company of Florida Hospital, purchased a large tract of land in Polk County this summer with plans to expand and connect its hospital systems in Tampa Bay and Orlando. Tampa Bay Times [10/10/17]

Tampa General Hospital reviews emergency plan after mass shooting

Local hospitals in the Bay Area continue learning from tragedies like the mass shootings in Las Vegas and the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Tampa General Hospital is a trauma 1 facility which means they treat the most serious of injuries. WFTS [10/3/17]

Optimal timing for a career shift

Patrick Marston created Optimal Outcomes LLC in 2000, following a career in banking in the Boston area. Since then, the company has expanded with partner Andrew Boggini and developed more than a dozen medical-related projects around the Gulf Coast. Business Observer [9/26/17]

Moffitt cancer center trying to partner with researchers in Cuba

People who are working in Tampa and Havana on the fight against cancer say they have a lot to learn from one another. And now, with relations between their two countries expanding, if still tentative, they're ready to formalize a partnership. Tampa Bay Times [9/19/17]

NCH Healthcare System juggles roles as hospital, evacuation shelter

The NCH Healthcare System juggled two roles Sunday, keeping hundreds of storm refugees safe and taking care of patients with power flickering off and on and generators kicking in. Naples Daily News [9/12/17]

Charitable arm looks to separate from Bayfront Health. Could a sale of the hospital be next?

The charitable organization that owns a 20 percent stake in Bayfront Health is pushing for city approval to separate from the downtown hospital. Tampa Bay Times [9/5/17]

Florida VA gets critical review for thoracic surgery

A complaint that the St. Petersburg Veterans Affairs hospital employs an incompetent thoracic surgeon was not substantiated after an investigation, but the hospital did not follow standards for physician evaluations, according to a recent report. Naples Daily News [8/29/17]

Valeant’s Tampa manufacturing plant on track for a better bill of health

The giant pharmaceutical company that owns a Tampa manufacturing plant that makes Bausch & Lomb products says it’s on track to fix the problems at the facility that kept it from winning approval for a new glaucoma drug. Tampa Bay Business Journal [8/22/17]

Health care IT firm chooses Tampa for new office

Think Anew picked Tampa over locations in Florida and in other states mainly because of its stream of potential workers coming from local colleges and universities, said Don Glidewell, the company's chief executive officer. Tampa Bay Times [8/81517]

Hearing on fate of Venice hospitals underway

An administrative law hearing — set to take three weeks and aimed at deciding whether the Florida Department of Health was correct in approving two new hospital campuses in Venice — began Monday in Tallahassee. Sarasota Herald-Tribune [8/8/17]

Health care facility integrates behavioral health

In the nearly three years that Samaritan Health & Wellness Clinic has been open, more than 4,000 patients have made more than 10,000 office visits. Meanwhile, community members have saved more than $1 million dollars in billable services. Cape Coral News-Press [8/1/17]

 

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Central Florida | Orlando, Treasure Coast, Gainesville, Brevard County

Opinion: Indian River County leaders face huge decision on future of health care

Is health care important to you? If so, you’re running out of time to get involved locally. You don’t have to go to Tallahassee or Washington to add your two cents. Friday afternoon, you should have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of health care in Indian River County. TCPalm [11/14/17]

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Florida Hospital Flagler receives "A" for patient safety from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Florida Hospital Flagler is ranked as one of the safest hospitals in the United States, as FHF was one of the only hospitals in the area to earn A ratings from The Leapfrog Group in the latest release of Hospital Safety Grades, according to a release. Palm Coast Observer [11/7/17]

Orlando Health's new cancer center; new senior living community at ChampionsGate

Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center — Dr. Phillips is going to be an 18,000-square-foot facility, at the space that used be occupied by Orlando Health Physician Associates, offering chemotherapy, radiation, medical oncology, laboratory services and support programs. Orlando Sentinel [10/31/17]

Wuesthoff hospitals to be renamed by recent buyer

The two Wuesthoff Health System hospitals will be getting new names, according to the company that recently purchased the medical facilities. Florida Today [10/24/17]

Marion County Hospital District trustees hope to attract new, innovative projects

The Marion County Hospital District is streamlining its grant application process and expanding its grant focus to include opioid treatment as well as trying to attract more innovative and effective programs to the community. District trustees are this year employing a two-step process to decide how to fund local healthcare initiatives. Ocala Star Banner [10/17/17]

UF research: Common antibiotics not associated with increased risk of Type 1 diabetes or celiac disease in children

Common antibiotics do not increase the risk of Type 1 diabetes or celiac disease among children who have a genetic susceptibility for developing those diseases, multinational researchers, including those from the University of Florida, have found. Florida Trend [10/10/17]

Central Florida doctors headed to Puerto Rico

Doctors from Central Florida have arrived in Puerto Rico to deliver aid. Jorge Lopez is an ER doctor is with a group of five bilingual doctors from Central Florida now in Puerto Rico. He plans to care for patients, and assess what the hospital needs as far as supplies. WMFE [10/3/17]

Nemours opens new pediatric primary care practice in Celebration

Families in Osceola County now have greater access to Nemours Children’s Health System through a new pediatric primary care practice in the area. Nemours Children’s Primary Care, Celebration opened its doors on September 25. Osceola News-Gazette [9/26/17]

Health pro: Fascination leads to medical career

Health First Dr. Sean Claeys is a hospital-based physician working primarily in Viera Hospital and Holmes Regional Medical Center. Florida Today [9/19/17]

Irma tests emergency response of Winter Park-based Holiday, other senior living providers

The nation’s second-largest independent living provider—which recently relocated its headquarters from Lake Oswego, Oregon, to Winter Park, Florida—has just under 80 senior housing communities that were projected to be in Irma’s path. Senior Housing News [9/12/17]

New Parrish Healthcare Center at Port Canaveral Provides Walk-In Clinic, Primary Care Services

Parrish Healthcare held a ribbon-cutting for its new healthcare facility at Port Canaveral that will provide a primary care and walk-in clinic. Space Coast Daily [9/5/17]

UF Health Shands experts work with Ocala NICU

UF Health Shands Hospital physicians are working in Munroe Regional Medical Center’s new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a tangible sign of Shands’ relationship with the 421-bed Ocala hospital. Gainesville Sun [8/29/17]

Polk may help develop physician-training program at Winter Haven Hospital

Winter Haven Hospital may receive funding to help develop a physician-residency program to bring much-needed primary care to uninsured and under-insured residents. Lakeland Ledger [8/22/17]

New LSSC Science-Health building gives students 'unprecedented' hands-on experience

Throngs of interested officials and students on Monday walked into the new Science-Health building at Lake-Sumter State College’s South Lake campus. Orlando Sentinel [8/81517]

Orlando hospitals improve rank in US News Best Hospitals report

U.S. News & World Report released its annual hospital-rankings report on Tuesday, bearing good news for Central Floridians who rely on local hospitals for routine care and surgeries. Orlando Sentinel [8/8/17]

New Orlando HIV clinic to improve access to treatment, fight stigma

A new healthcare center opening in Orlando aims to decrease the time between an HIV/AIDS diagnosis and a treatment start. Click Orlando [8/1/17]

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North Florida | Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola

Tallahassee facilities dispute being on state's noncompliance list

Several Tallahassee assisted living facilities have been flagged by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for failing to meet the Oct. 31 compliance deadline for the emergency rule, which includes on-site generators. Tallahassee Democrat [11/14/17]

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TMH, Apalachee Center host stress and anxiety workshop

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and the Apalachee Center hosted a stress and anxiety workshop at Goodwood Museum. At the workshop, experts talked about the stresses of work, family and current events and how they can impact mental health. WCTV [11/7/17]

Health department promotes breast cancer detection

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health in Leon County encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Tallahassee Democrat [10/31/17]

Video of dancing Jacksonville pediatrician goes viral

A video featuring a Jacksonville pediatrician trying to cheer up some scared siblings during a hospital visit has gone viral. The video, showing Dr. Chima Matthew, has received 10,000,000 views. WTLV [10/24/17]

The Taxol/FSU Connection

If you ask most people what Florida State University is known for, their answer is probably football. However asking that same question to those in the medical community gets you a very different answer. WCTV [10/17/17]

Tallahassee doctors reflect from the front lines of treating breast cancer

Aside from certain types of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, 236,968 women and 2,141 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S., the CDC reports. Tallahassee Democrat [10/10/17]

Vizient ranks UF Health Jacksonville 44th among country’s academic medical centers

UF Health Jacksonville’s ranking among academic medical centers in the United States has jumped significantly in 2017, with the hospital rising 33 spots in the latest rankings by Vizient, the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. Florida Times-Union [10/3/17]

UF Health Jacksonville names new Chief Executive Officer

Leon L. Haley Jr., M.D., MHSA, C.P.E., FACEP, has been named chief executive officer of UF Health Jacksonville following a vote of the organization’s board of directors today (Monday, Sept. 25). Florida Trend [9/26/17]

Dance Marathon to present $915K check to FSU medical school

Dance Marathon at Florida State University and Children’s Miracle Network at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital will present a check for more than $915,000 to the FSU College of Medicine to aid children throughout Gadsden and Leon counties. Tallahassee Democrat [9/19/17]

Pensacola students helping to take a bite out of medical debt

Just one catastrophic illness can leave a family in financial ruins. A couple of bold and savvy teenagers are drawing attention for their efforts to wipe away some of that burden. WEAR [9/12/17]

Tallahassee medical professionals heading to Texas to aid Harvey recovery

With tens of thousands in Texas in shelters and the extent of damage from Hurricane Harvey yet to be assessed, local medical professionals are adding their expertise to the efforts of legions of volunteers who are converging on the disaster area. Tallahassee Democrat [9/5/17]

Florida A&M University School of Nursing Receives $1.3 Million to Help Rural Communities

Florida A&M University (FAMU) will be placing new focus on preparing nursing students to serve in rural and underserved communities thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Daily Nurse [8/29/17]

West Florida Healthcare, Nemours announce partnership

The collaboration between the two health care providers will add a new pediatric wing at West Florida Hospital. Pensacola News Journal [8/22/17]

Pensacola hospitals face cuts to Medicare payments due to Obamacare program

Starting as early as October, each of Pensacola's three health care systems will face small cuts in funding from the federal government in the form of docked Medicare payments, a result of exceeding too many hospital readmissions through an Affordable Care Act program. Pensacola News-Journal [8/81517]

Jacksonville Considers Lawsuit Against Opioid Drug Makers

The city of Jacksonville is considering suing prescription drug makers for deceptive marketing. One city councilman believes pharmaceutical companies are complicit in Northeast Florida’s opioid addiction epidemic. WJCT [8/8/17]

New West Florida Hospital affiliation aims to attract 'top talent' to Pensacola

A new partnership at West Florida Hospital could play a significant role in the facility's ability to recruit and retain medical talent in the future. Pensacola News-Journal [8/1/17]

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