Game Changers  
    Volume VII, Issue 28 | July 13, 2018    
South Florida Healthcare Professionals on the Move:  
Promotions, Achievements, Engagements & Accolades
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Do You Know a Healthcare Game Changer?
Nicklaus Children's Appoints Frank Garcia Vice President of Operations 
Frank Garcia has been appointed Vice President of Operations for Miami based Nicklaus Children's Hospital, responsible for overseeing the Emergency Department, LifeFlight Critical Care Transport Program, as well as the radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services for the 289-bed pediatric specialty hospital. In this role Mr. Garcia oversees nearly 500 staff members within the health system. Mr. Garcia has been with Nicklaus Children's for more than 13 years, most recently as Regional Director of Ambulatory Services, providing administrative and operational leadership for Nicklaus Children's ambulatory centers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Prior to joining Nicklaus Children's, he served as a Regional Operations Director for DaVita and Director of Managed Care for Mercy Hospital. Mr. Garcia has a master's degree in health services administration from Barry University and a bachelor's degree from Florida International University.

"We are grateful for Frank's commitment to advancing the well-being of the region's children. We look forward to his continued leadership in supporting teams that provide care for some of the most critically ill children in our community," said Mr. Michael Harrington, President and COO of Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
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Cleveland Clinic Florida Designated Center of Excellence for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy  
Cleveland Clinic Florida, based in Weston, has been designated a Center of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA), making it only the second organization in Florida to earn this designation. The HCMA is the premier organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by HCM.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a complex genetic disease that occurs when the heart muscle enlarges and thickens without an obvious cause, making it harder for the heart to pump blood. Roughly one out of every 500 people is affected by this disease, with the most common time for diagnosis occurring during infancy or adolescence.

"Achieving this recognition signifies our commitment to improving patient outcomes for those affected with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy," said Wael Barsoum, MD, CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. " Dr. Craig Asher and his team in our Heart and Vascular Center deserve recognition for earning this designation and for their dedication to providing support, education and advocacy for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy across South Florida."
John Roberts, MD, MBA, Joins Staff at Boca Raton Regional Hospital 
Boca Raton Regional Hospital recently announced the appointment of John Roberts, MD, MBA, to the medical staff of the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute and BocaCare Physician Network at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Dr. Roberts is a board-certified thoracic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including thoracoscopy, robotic surgery and other surgical treatments of lung and esophageal cancers.

Dr. Roberts earned his medical degree with honors from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and earned his Masters of Business (MBA) at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. His postgraduate training included an internship and residency program in surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as chief resident in surgery and completed an oncology and trauma fellowship. Dr. Roberts went on to complete an additional residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham & Women's Hospital, affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.