South Florida Hospital News
Monday April 23, 2018

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April 2018 - Volume 14 - Issue 10




Jonathan E. Watkins, MPA, FACHE, has been named chief executive officer of Broward Health Imperial Point (BHIP). 

Watkins will be responsible for the overall leadership of the 200-bed acute care hospital, which offers medical-surgical inpatient care, behavioral health services and a wide variety of outpatient services. He will also direct BHIP’s overall administration and related regional operations to assure quality patient care and service in collaboration with Broward Health’s executive team. 
“Jonathan is a dynamic leader and a strategic thinker who brings years of senior healthcare administration experience to Broward Health Imperial Point,” said Broward Health President/CEO Beverly Capasso. “We are thrilled that he’s joining our leadership team and I’m confident that he will lead BHIP’s continued success.” 

With Broward Health facing a growing demand for experienced nurses and top healthcare system managers, the Broward Health Board of Commissioners today took multiple steps to attract and retain top talent based upon fair market valuations. 

The Board reviewed wages and bonuses paid by competitive healthcare systems. According to a report by Aon, a risk, retirement and health consulting firm, 88 percent of healthcare organizations with greater than $1 billion net revenue have annual incentive plans for leaders.

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.


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.”
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