Volume VII, Issue 42 | Oct. 19, 2018    
South Florida Healthcare Professionals on the Move:  
Promotions, Achievements, Engagements & Accolades
Current Events
South Florida Hispanic Coalition for Aging presents
Luncheon Event
Thurs., November 8, 2018 
UM Miller School of Medicine 
Contact Mario Tapia
305-647-1150 to learn more.
WHEN presents
Career and Professional Development Summit of Modern Healthcare
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Boca Raton
BCMA Foundation presents
92nd Presidential Inauguration & Dinner
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina
Ft. Lauderdale
For more information, call the BCMA Office at (954) 714-9477.
Top University of Miami Neurologist Dr. Ralph Sacco Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Medicine
A luminary stroke neurologist and researcher, Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS, professor and chair of neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair of Neurological Disorders at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM). This extraordinary honor reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service in health and medicine. Dr. Sacco received the honor "for his instrumental involvement in policies promoting ideal cardiovascular health, brain health, stroke prevention, and non-communicable disease targets," according to the Academy.

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The Campbell Foundation Awards $75,000 to University of Texas Researcher
Dr. Utay
The Campbell Foundation, based in Ft. Lauderdale, has awarded a $75,000 grant to Dr. Netanya Utay, an assistant professor in the department of Internal Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, to study the role lymph node fibrosis may play in HIV eradication. Research has shown that people with more scarring have less improvement in T-cells on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Dr. Utay and her team have been testing telmisartan, a drug that can decrease, or even prevent fibrosis in other conditions. She found that although telmisartan had no effect, lymph node fibrosis decreased in some patients but not in others with antiretroviral drugs alone. Now, she plans to take her research a step further by using two other key drivers of fibrosis: Interleukin 13 (IL-13), which activates cells involved in tissue repair and contributes to fibrosis in other diseases, and Interleukin 33 (IL-33), which stimulates other cells as well as IL-13 production. The goal of this grant is to determine the contribution of the IL-13 and IL-33 pathways of fibrosis and different cell types to changes in lymph node fibrosis.
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 Cleveland Clinic Florida Opens $232 Million Hospital Tower and  Expanded Emergency Services Department in Weston 
Cleveland Clinic Florida's newly constructed hospital tower and expanded Emergency Services Department opened to patients on Saturday, Oct. 6. The $232 million five-story, 221,000-square-foot addition to the Weston campus expands capacity by 50 percent. Located on the first floor of the newly constructed tower, the expanded Emergency Services Department consists of 42 emergency bays designed to accommodate more than 70,000 patients a year. Several patient care design elements were incorporated to support patient safety, comfort and experience.

The recently completed expansion includes a new hospital tower with a 24-bed surgical intensive care unit (ICU) on the second floor and 26 medical/surgical and telemetry beds for oncology and acute care patients on the third floor. The fourth floor of the tower, with 24 medical ICU beds, is scheduled to open by the end of the year. The fifth floor will be brought online when demand requires additional capacity.

The new hospital tower and expanded Emergency Services Department are part of a major expansion announced in 2015 and fueled by $302 million in capital investments. Other capital projects launched this year include the establishment of a medical office in Wellington and the opening of the 73,000-square-foot Coral Springs Family Health Center.
Modernizing Medicine's EMA EHR Earns ONC Health IT Certification from Drummond Group LLC
Modernizing Medicine's specialty-specific electronic health record (EHR) systems EMA v. 5.10 and EMA Mobile v. 5.10 have achieved Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC-Health IT) 2015 Edition Health IT Module Certification via Drummond Group LLC, an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) that has been empowered to test software for compliance with the requirements of the federal government's program. The stamp of approval designates that the software offers the functionality that enables eligible providers and hospitals to meet the requirements of various regulatory programs that require use of certified EHR technology. To earn the certification, EMA and EMA Mobile were tested to be in accordance with applicable standards and certification criteria put forth by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Modernizing Medicine is based in Boca Raton.
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