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September 24, 2017

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| 9/19/2017

South Florida | Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beaches

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]

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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]

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Celebrates 50th Birthday

Boca Raton Regional Hospital celebrated its 50th birthday on Monday July 17. What originated from tragedy has saved countless of lives and offered the local community aid when needed. Boca Raton Tribune [7/25/17]

New director at the helm of Broward's treatment center

Stacy Fruhling recently took the helm of Broward Addiction Recovery Center as its division director. The former Baltimore resident brings more than 10 years of experience in healthcare, managed care and nonprofit industries to her role in Fort Lauderdale. South Florida Sun-Sentinel [7/18/17]

Munro Appointed UM School of Nursing Dean

Cindy Munro, an accomplished health care researcher and a leader in the field of nursing, has been named the new dean at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. UMiami News [7/11/17]

CareCloud breaks into telemedicine game

Health care technology company CareCloud is expanding its offerings with a new telemedicine feature. South Florida Business Journal [7/3/17]

AHF Expands Services in Miami-Dade County to Address Florida’s Increasing HIV/AIDS Epidemic

In continuing to address the increasing HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Florida, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will expand its services in Miami-Dade county, opening a new health care center in Miami’s Liberty City community. Miami's Community Newspapers [6/27/17]

Coral Gables Hospital’s Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive Collected 2,525 Servings of Cereal

Coral Gables Hospital is pleased to announce that it donated 2,525 servings of cereal and collected $9,729.80 for Feeding South Florida, a member of the Feeding America network during its Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive, which ran from June 2-9, 2017. Miami's Community Newspaper [6/20/17]

VA hospital hosts drill to train hundreds in event of hurricane disaster

With forecasters are predicting an above average hurricane season this year, agencies are preparing for the worst. That's why a first-ever hurricane disaster drill by the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is being held this week called the Sunshine Endeavor. WPTV [6/13/17]

Baptist Health South Florida announces 6 promotions

South Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida appointed six leaders to executive positions. Becker's Hospital Review [6/6/17]

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

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]

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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]

Tampa Bay health care leaders wary of getting too far ahead in disruptive times

The legislative sinkhole in Washington has left many area health care leaders wary of the lack of industry direction. But this is not a new thing for hospitals, doctors, health insurers, health care workers or consumers. Tampa Bay Times [7/25/17]

Florida Hospital summer academy helps train Tampa Bay area students to be future doctors

Your doctor of the future might be one of the Tampa Bay Area high schoolers who graduated from a special academy on Friday at Florida Hospital. WFTS [7/18/17]

Some services shift to new provider at Hernando Health Department

Some faces have changed, but the services at the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County haven't, as the agency has begun a significant transition. Tampa Bay Times [7/11/17]

Former Tenet Executive Takes CMO Role In Florida

Dr. Dana Kellis, the former regional chief medical officer at Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, has been named senior vice president and CMO of Clearwater, Fla.-based BayCare Health System. He replaces Timothy Jahn in the position. D Healthcare Daily [7/3/17]

Tampa Bay area doctors seeing more babies addicted to heroin

The opioid crisis that’s ravaging the Tampa Bay area is now claiming the tiniest of victims. Hospitals around the region are seeing a spike in babies that are addicted to drugs like heroin. Doctors are desperately urging pregnant drug users to get help. WFLA [6/27/17]

Golisano Children’s Hospital hires chief administrative officer

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida hired Armando Llechu as chief administrative officer. He was previously vice president of clinical operations at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. Business Observer [6/20/17]

Lee Health CEO Nathan retires

Jim Nathan, CEO of Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Health, retired last week after nearly 35 years at the helm of the health system. Lee Health grew from a single, struggling downtown hospital to a dominant regional player in southwest Florida during Nathan's tenure. Modern Healthcare [6/13/17]

Estero veterinary clinics uses human-grade tech for animal care

Specialty clinics almost have more in common with a full human hospital than a general veterinary practitioner, said Alexandra Parra, operations assistant for the Florida Veterinary Referral Center. Naples Daily News [6/6/17]

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

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]

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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]

Donations at Florida Hospital breast milk depot on the rise

Thanks in part to a drive-through, drop-off system at Florida Hospital for Women in Orlando, contributions to the institution’s milk depot have more than doubled since last year, spokeswoman Claudia Arbona said. Orlando Sentinel [7/25/17]

Orlando Health provides surgical updates to families through mobile app

Communicating clearly and directly with patients is key during surgery, and one Florida hospital is finding success in deploying mobile apps to improve the process. Fierce Healthcare [7/18/17]

Fetal surgery program coming to Central Florida

A rare surgery that could help improve the quality of life for kids born with exposed or damaged spinal cords is coming to Orlando. WFTV [7/11/17]

Orlando Health partnering with Orlando area CareSpot urgent cares

Orlando Health is boosting its presence in Central Florida’s urgent care market by partnering with the Florida-based CareSpot Urgent Care chain. Orlando Sentinel [7/3/17]

Keeping the faith: Free clinic marks 10 years

In the summer of 2007, a vision for health care in West Volusia was just coming to fruition. That fruit — impelled by a desire to assure that quality medical care is available to people who can’t afford to pay — has now been on the vine for a decade. West Volusia Beacon [6/27/17]

Maternal fetal care office to open in Kissimmee, add high-wage jobs

A new maternal care provider is headed to the Kissimmee Medical Arts District and will create 10 high-wage positions.Orlando Business Journal [6/20/17]

Most of UCF's first round of medical doctors to stay in Florida

The University of Central Florida will graduate its first internal medicine residents Thursday night. Most of the graduates will stay in Central Florida to practice medicine. WFTV [6/13/17]

Post Pulse ORMC To Make Interpreters More Visible

Orlando Regional Medical Center has more Spanish interpreters today than it did during the Pulse tragedy nearly a year ago. ORMC has 71 Spanish interpreters now, up from 57 last year. WUSF [6/6/17]

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North Florida | Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Panama City, Pensacola

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]

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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//17]

Dr. Edwin Davis, founder of Volusia’s Florida Health Care Plans, dies at 92

Dr. Edwin Davis, the orthopedic surgeon who reshaped the health care landscape in Volusia County by starting the first HMO — the Holly Hill-based Florida Health Care Plans — died last week. He was 92. Daytona Beach News Journal [7/25/17]

Florida Blue plans to hire 600 contractors for open enrollment season in Jacksonville

Florida Blue announced Thursday afternoon that it will be hiring more than 600 contractors in Jacksonville for the upcoming health insurance open enrollment season. Jacksonville Business Journal [7/18/17]

Humana, UF launch faith-based health-wellness initiative in Jacksonville

North Florida religious leaders gathered Monday and endorsed a new Humana Foundation-funded, faith-based project designed to improve community health by addressing barriers, such as access to health services and behavioral health support. Florida Times-Union [7/11/17]

Tallahassee firefighter named state's top EMT

A Tallahassee firefighter is getting top honors for her life saving work. Jena Perdue was named Florida's EMT of the year by the Florida's Department of Health. WCTV [7/3/17]

Web.com to employees: Get healthy, stay healthy

Web.com CEO David Brown wants his employees to get moving. In his new role as chairperson for the American Heart Association's First Coast Heart Walk, he hopes the event will culminate years of effort to overhaul employee wellness. Jacksonville Business Journal [6/27/17]

Capital Regional Medical Center plans to open two new ER facilities

Capital Regional Medical Center is building two new ER facilities in response to Tallahassee's growth and health care needs in pockets of the city. Tallahassee Democrat [6/20/17]

Baptist Health Appeals To US Supreme Court In Medical Records Case

Arguing that a Florida Supreme Court ruling “undermines” a federal patient-safety law, a Jacksonville hospital system is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a legal battle about the disclosure of medical records. WJCT [6/13/17]

Escambia Community Clinics a health care portal for poor

Escambia Community Clinics offers a variety of services throughout the county. Thanks to its partnership with both Baptist Health Care and Sacred Heart Health System they serve many of the area's poor and uninsured population. Pensacola New Journal [6/6/17]

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