South Florida Hospital News
Saturday March 24, 2018

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March 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 9




Dr. Ford is a Haitian-born pediatric surgeon who maintains close ties with his native country. In 2010 he traveled to Haiti after the earthquake to provide surgical care to children injured in the devastation. Since then, Dr. Ford has returned regularly to provide medical care to its residents. In May 2015, he performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins in Haiti, telling CBS News that it was “extremely gratifying” to be able to perform the operation in his home country alongside Haitian surgeons whom he helped to train.

He is currently the senior vice-president and chief of surgery at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), vice-dean of medical education, and professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Ford was professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine prior to joining CHLA in January 2005.

Broward Health has appointed Eileen O’Brien, SPHR, SHRM-SCP as its new associate vice president of talent acquisition. As a part of the corporate team, O’Brien will provide leadership and support through planning and direction of all employment and staffing functions at Broward Health. She will also have direct oversight of talent acquisition for Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Coral Springs, and will oversee all temporary contracting involving staffing for the system.


Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) has been awarded full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the next eight years, the maximum possible term.

“This is an exciting and important milestone for our college of medicine,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “It recognizes that we have an established and successful program that is preparing outstanding physicians.”
Broward Health has named Thomas Kester, RN, MSN, DNP, CNOR, chief nursing officer (CNO) of Broward Health Medical Center. As CNO, Kester will be responsible for providing nursing and clinical leadership and ensuring that clinical staff needs are met.  

Institution now entering Phase Two of process to accelerate and elevate its position as the preeminent academic tertiary referral medical center in the region

Officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) today announced that it has established a list of five healthcare providers as potential partners in its quest to elevate and accelerate its position as the preeminent academic tertiary referral center in the region. Culled from a group of twelve health systems that responded to the Hospital’s Request for Proposal, the providers selected include: Baptist Health South Florida, Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Healthcare System, Novant Health and Orlando Health.
“This group represents some of the most accomplished and respected healthcare systems in the country,” said Jerry Fedele, President and CEO at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “We believe it is an affirmation of our capabilities and strengths as well as our attractiveness as a potential partner.”

Wellington Regional Medical Center (WRMC) recently announced that it has acquired the da Vinci Xi™ Surgical System, which is a sophisticated robotic platform offering  advanced minimally invasive option for major surgeries in the areas of gynecologic, urologic, thoracic, bariatric and general surgery. This is the second da Vinci Surgical System at WRMC.

“The da Vinci Xi Surgical System is an upgraded, more sophisticated version of the system that WRMC has utilized since 2013,” said Robbin Lee, CEO at WRMC.  “By providing the most up to date technology for our surgeons, they are able to provide patients with a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that reduces many of the costs and complications associated with open procedures.” 
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