Timely News From UF Health Jacksonville: Fall 2020
Dear Colleagues and Heroes,

It’s my pleasure to bring you greetings from UF Health Jacksonville, where you spent time training. Given the times, we hope you are well. This update from our campus is intended to provide you with some insights on how we are growing and adapting as a health care system.
Caring for Invisible Wounds of War 
Thanks to a generous $12.5 million grant from the Avalon Fund (supported by The Marcus Foundation and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation), I am pleased to announce the development of the UF Health Brain Wellness Program – Jacksonville, which will be dedicated to helping veterans and their families. The program will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

This is a collaborative effort with the Marcus Institute for Brain Health at the University of Colorado and the Boulder Crest Foundation, which specialize in delivering transformative care for veterans and others.

The UF Health Brain Wellness Program – Jacksonville will officially open next year in renovated space on the third floor of the Professional Office Building. It will be an interdisciplinary effort that uses intensive outpatient treatment led by a comprehensive team of behavioral neurologists, physical therapists, neuropsychologists, case managers and integrative therapists, using programs including healing arts, equine therapy, pet therapy, yoga, sleep analysis and more.

Our team is grateful for the opportunity to provide this life-changing care to our heroes and patients in need. We will share more information as we get closer to the opening in 2021.
A Veteran Leader
Join us in recognizing Col. Michael Sorna Jr., MD, has joined UF Health and is retiring from the Army Reserves after serving 33 years as an aviator and physician. Along with his time in the military, Sorna has more than 13 years of psychiatry experience and subspecializes in addiction psychiatry/addiction medicine. He serves as co-interim medical director of the UF Health Brain Wellness Program – Jacksonville where his ability to connect and empathize with veterans and their families will be invaluable. We applaud Sorna for his service in the military and his transition to focus on serving patients in this new role. 
Giving Beyond Borders
The community has been kind to our health care heroes during these unprecedented times, and we are beyond thankful. In turn, one of our own took it upon herself to give back to her hometown when it needed it most.

The devastating explosion in Beirut on Aug. 4 really hit home for UF Health Jacksonville otolaryngologist Dr. Akabar Halawi, as the blast struck the hospital she was born. With the help of her UF Health colleagues and the Supply Chain Services department, a donation of medical supplies totaling about $4,000 was gathered and shipped to the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital.

“This kind, thoughtful contribution and compassion goes a long way for me,” Dr. Halawi said. “UF Health stood by me and made me feel that I am not alone in Jacksonville, but that I have a whole UF family of support. It fills my heart with hope, love and optimism of a better future.”
HERO Research Registry
The HERO Registry, formally called the Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry, collects information from essential workers in health care to better understand the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has on you, your colleagues, family, and friends.

The HERO Registry is open to all clinical and non-clinical personnel who work in health care across North Florida.

Participation is entirely voluntary and there is no cost to join. It takes only a few minutes to sign up. To sign up, start the online form here or continue to read this page to learn more.
ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS
AND RESOURCES
Like Father, Like Son
One father-son physician duo at UF Health is closer than most. Guy Benrubi, MD, and Daniel Benrubi, MD, are proud to work in the same department at UF Health Jacksonville. They are providers at UF Health Gynecologic Oncology – Jacksonville, and are inspired by one another every day.

Click here to read full story.
Celebrating 150 Years
From our humble beginning as Duval Hospital and Asylum to making history with new health care breakthroughs as UF Health Jacksonville, our mission-driven goal to provide high-quality patient care has not changed. Click here to learn more.
UF Health Jacksonville has been recognized as an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader for the second year in a row by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This prestigious designation was included in the 2020 Healthcare Equality Index report.
Health care workers are essential to caring for the community, but stress, anxiety and exhaustion can lead to burnout.

Acknowledging feelings of stress, supporting each other and knowing when to ask for help are all strategies to build resilience and cope throughout the pandemic and beyond. 
UF Health Jacksonville has been recognized as an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the second year in a row that the organization has not only received the honor, but also achieved a perfect score. 
Specialists at UF Health Psychiatry have transitioned to online telemedicine appointments through the UF Health Virtual Visit program. Stephanie Sims, MD, explains the benefits of telepsychiatry.  
At the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, philanthropy has been the bedrock for thriving research, excellence in patient care and extraordinary educational leadership. Contributions, at both the individual and corporate level, have propelled the mission of the college forward to national prominence. 

If you’d like to learn more about scholarships or talk with a gift officer about making a contribution, please reach out to our office by emailing Development@jax.ufl.edu. Thank you for Considering!
Thank you for the care and guidance you provide. Your service and resilience in times like these are valued and we are proud to call you UF Health family.
 
Take good care,
Leon L. Haley Jr., M.D., MHSA, C.P.E., FACEP
CEO, UF Health Jacksonville
Dean, College of Medicine – Jacksonville
Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Florida


P.S. I’d like to invite you a special, virtual, event series. Details are below. 
A Virtual Night at UF Health

Please join us for a virtual evening featuring an intimate, exclusive inside look at the region’s leading academic health center.

2020 FALL EVENT SERIES:
Oct. 20: Teaching and Learning in a Pandemic: Graduate Medical Education
Featuring David Caro, MD; Linda Edwards, MD; and Elisa Zenni, MD

Nov. 18: Emergencies Don’t Stop
Emergency Department, UF Health TraumaOne and the UF Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research
Featuring Steven A. Godwin, MD, and Leigh Neumayer, MD

Events are scheduled for 6 –7 p.m. and will be held via Zoom. A link for each event will be emailed to participants. We look forward to "seeing" you!

Kindly reply by email to the Office of Development at development@jax.ufl.edu or call 904.244.1090. PLEASE RSVP AS SPACE IS LIMITED.
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