Game Changers  
    Volume VI, Issue 7 | February 17, 2017   
South Florida Healthcare Professionals on the Move:  
Promotions, Achievements, Engagements & Accolades
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University of Miami School of Business Administration presents

The Business of Health Care: Post-Election

Friday, March 3, 2017

Watsco Center, University of Miami, Coral Gables

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South Florida Medical Marijuana Symposium for Physicians

Sat., 3/11/17

The Westin, Ft. Lauderdale

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2017 Alzheimer's Educational Conference

March 16 & 17, 2017

Palm Beach County Convention Center
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HeartWell's outpatient heart failure program reduces readmission, educates patients

Heart failure is a common disorder among the elderly population, and not uncommon in adults of all ages. Once diagnosed and treated, with the primary care physician kept apprised of the treatment, the patients are sent home. All too frequently, however, they return to the doctor - or the hospital - with recurrence days or weeks later.

In order to combat hospital readmissions, Dr. Jonathan Fialkow, managing member of Miami based HeartWell LLP, has established a program specifically for heart failure patients, encouraging them to come back to the office to monitor their progress.

"Education and communication have a tremendous impact in keeping patients healthy," said Dr. Fialkow. "We find that a large percentage of heart failure patients who return should have had their medications modified, needed to be educated about their condition, or were confused about prescriptions. This program keeps the patients informed - and calm." 

With the outpatient heart failure program, discharged patients come to the office to meet with a nurse practitioner who knows their case, and understands their fears - and their pathway to health. The nurse meets with the patients, reviews their charts, optimizes the medical dosage and answers questions they may have in a calm, conversational setting.

"We want our patients to be self-aware, to understand their symptoms, to maintain a schedule of medication, and to have access to good medical care on a regular basis," added Fialkow. 
Larkin Behavioral Health Services Receives Baker Act Receiving Designation for Adolescent Program

Larkin Behavioral Health Services, located in Hollywood, FL received official designation by The Florida Department of Children and Families as a Baker Act Receiving Facility for children and adolescents. The program in Hollywood, Florida has 10 designated adolescent beds, adding to Larkin Health System's existing 10-bed adolescent behavioral health program in South Miami.

Larkin Health System's Hollywood and South Miami Campuses are also adult Baker Act Receiving Facilities.

"We are excited to be able to offer this much-needed treatment option to adolescent patients in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties," says Natasha Anderson, MSW, CEO of Larkin Behavioral Health Services.
Boca Regional Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

Boca Raton Regional Hospital recently announced the appointment of Cristina Mata, MD, MBA, CPE, as its new Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Mata assumed her duties on February 6, 2017.

Dr. Mata completed her Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine degrees at the University of Miami. She performed her internal medicine internship and residency, as well as a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Miami.

Following her clinical training, Dr. Mata earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Health Administration from the University of Miami. She is a Certified Physician Executive having completed training with the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Dr. Mata is an endocrinologist who practiced clinically for 15 years. For more than two decades, she has held various physician leadership positions at many local institutions; most recently she was Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director of Informatics and Interim Medical Director of Graduate Medical Education at Palmetto General Hospital.