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Thursday August 24, 2017
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August 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 2

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In late May, Dr. Richard Prentiss became the interim campus president of the Medical Campus at Miami Dade College. An 18-year faculty member, he most recently served as the director of the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and Accreditation Process, and was the department chairperson for the School of Health Sciences on the Medical Campus for 14 years.

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Master of Public Health program provides students with the knowledge, and skills to tackle issues across the globe, as well as in their respective communities. 

You didn’t have to pass statistics to deploy predictive analytics! But you must understand its value and use the right people to unleash its power.

Predictive analytics’ power comes from foretelling the future and taking action before events occur. 

Jerry Fedele, Boca Raton Regional Hospital President and CEO, announced at the beginning of the summer that he plans to retire in August 2018.

Since his arrival in 2008, Fedele has focused on restructuring and improving the then-financially challenged 400-bed hospital. In 2008, the hospital had lost $120 million. 

Let’s talk about Leadership and what it means in our industry and its peripheral businesses. First and foremost I think it’s very important to understand that we’re all in the people business. Even those of us sitting in front of screens all day, or “communing” with machines, our ultimate goal is to serve the best interests of the people under our care.

Risk is the probability or threat of damage, injury, liability, loss, or any other unwanted occurrence caused by external or internal forces, that may be addressed through preventative action. As consumers, we purchase insurance to protect against the things we fear. Any time you can mitigate risk with a check, you’ve made a good investment.

Planning is an essential part of growing and protecting your business. As many doctors grow their practices, they encounter legal opportunities to insulate themselves from risk and capitalize on cost-effective savings techniques. Doctors who fail to plan may not even realize that they are paying extra business costs. 

You finally pulled the trigger and purchased a half-page ad in your local newspaper or activated that Google AdWords account that has been dormant for months. Now that we are nearing the end of the year and patients have met their deductibles, you realized this is the right time to advertise your practice and increase your brand awareness. Bravo!

It’s a great Trivia question. Can you name the Seven Dwarfs from the Disney classic Snow White? I’ll fill some precious column space while you think … OK, here is the list that most only get to about four or five: Doc, Dopey, Bashful, Grumpy, Sleepy, Sneezy and Happy. How did you do? 

Individuals who have experienced a cardiac or pulmonary event may require higher levels of care and monitoring. Plaza Health Network, with seven rehabilitation and skilled nursing care centers throughout Miami-Dade County, is stepping up to meet the challenge of higher acuity care in the skilled nursing environment.

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