South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday September 25, 2018

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September 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 3




As cesarean section rates increase in Florida, Maternity Place at Broward Health Medical Center has partnered with the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) to participate in the PROVIDE Initiative, aimed at reducing the number of low-risk nulliparous, term, singleton, vertex (NTSV) cesareans. 

September is National Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) awareness month; I want to take this time to emphasize the importance of detecting and treating AFib.
The heart has groups of specialized cells that generate electrical impulses which travel through natural pathways from the top chambers to the bottom chambers of the heart (from the atria to the ventricles). These impulses make the heart contract and pump blood efficiently. In AFib there are changes in the structure of the atria that result in abnormal electrical firing creating uncoordinated and ineffective atrial contractions. Blood can pool in the atria forming clots that, if dislodged can travel to the brain causing a stroke. The heart beat in AFib becomes irregular and can result in very fast or slow heart rates due to this abnormal electrical activation. 

Surgeon Sergio Villegas, M.D., FACS, 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 a general surgeon, Dr. Villegas cares for patients with a broad range of conditions that commonly require surgery. He has more than 35 years of surgical experience and is proficient in advanced techniques, including minimally invasive procedures that are associated with less pain, shorter hospital stays and fewer complications for patients.

Delray Medical Center appoints Maggie Gill to the position of chief executive officer.  Gill will be responsible for overseeing all strategic, operational and clinical activities at Delray Medical Center.  She is also the new Palm Beach Group CEO for Tenet Healthcare, which consists of a network of five hospitals.
“We are delighted to have a highly talented and seasoned healthcare executive like Maggie leading our operations in Palm Beach County,” said Tenet Healthcare’s President of Hospital Operations, Eric Evans.  “She is well positioned to help us continue to grow and build the wide-range of lifesaving, award-winning programs we offer including comprehensive stroke care, level I trauma and cutting-edge cardiovascular services both at Delray and throughout the county.”
The Joint Commission in collaboration with the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association recognizes Memorial Hospital West as the first hospital in Florida to receive the Thrombectomy –Capable Stroke Center Certification (TSC).
The certification recognizes hospitals that meet rigorous standards for performing endovascular thrombectomy and providing post procedural care.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center recently hosted a meet and greet for new CEO, Trey Abshier at Salute Market.  A “Talk with Trey” brought out Palm Beach Gardens leaders to learn about the new CEO, changes to the hospital, and what the future holds for the hospital.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is proud to show appreciation to its nursing staff by participating in the DAISY Foundation's nursing award celebration. This quarter, the hospital names Jaclyn Youngkin, RN and assistant nurse manager of the third floor its Daisy Award winner for providing extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care.


The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center has earned a perfect score on its recent annual inspection from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its mammography program.

The areas surveyed by the FDA inspector include but are not limited to medical records, quality assurance, medical audit and outcome analysis, staff education and credentialing and quality control. This year was the fifth year in a row that the medical center has received a perfect score in all areas surveyed.

Eminent pediatric neurosurgeon Gregory W. Hornig, MD, has joined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Brain Institute and Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. 
Prior to joining Nicklaus Children’s, Dr. Hornig served for more than 20 years as the section chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Dr. Hornig is a nationally and internationally renowned expert in pediatric neurosurgery,” commented John Ragheb, MD, director of the Division of Neurosurgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. “We are delighted to have him on board.” 

North Broward Hospital District, d/b/a Broward Health, has been awarded the Health Center Quality Leader certificate of achievement by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in recognition of exemplary service and commitment to quality healthcare.

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