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florida doctor i connections Visit Florida Doctor – Central on Facebook to learn more about local medical events in the Central Florida community. http://www.facebook.com/FLDoctorCentral MD AnDerson CAnCer Center orlAnDo ProviDes Full-tiMe serviCes At south seMinole hosPitAl Cancer patients in and around Seminole County now have more options when it comes to receiving cancer care. MD Anderson – Orlando is beginning full-time medical oncology services at South Seminole Hospital under the care of oncolo-gist Dr. Asad Sheikh . In addition, thoracic surgical oncologist Dr. Luis Herrera and breast cancer oncol-ogist Dr. Rebecca Moroose will provide cancer care at the hospital on a part-time basis in their respective specialty areas. “For the past year Dr. Herrera has been providing thoracic oncology services one day a week here at South Seminole Hospital, but with the growing number of cancer patients in Seminole County this area needs additional oncology options,” Dr. Asad Sheikh said Clarence Brown, M.D. , President and CEO of MD Anderson – Orlando. “We continue to see the number of men and women diagnosed with cancer climbing. By having these services at South Seminole Hospital, cancer patients can now receive the best cancer care available right in their own neighborhoods.” The MD Anderson – Orlando oncologists will be housed in the Physician Medical Office Building adjacent to South Seminole Hospital. MD Anderson – Orlando’s main facility is located on the downtown Orlando Health campus and the cancer treatment facility already has a full-time oncology pres-ence at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that earn this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver and bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award. “For patients and families that go to a unit that is awarded this prestigious Beacon Award, it exemplifies better care and improved outcomes,” said Ken Bradley , administrator of Winter Park Memorial Hospital. “For the nurses, this award means a positive, healthy work environment and high morale. I am so very proud of our team.” The ICU team at Winter Park Memorial Hospital Winter PArk MeMoriAl hosPitAl reCeives BeACon AWArD The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred the Beacon Award for Excellence to Winter Park Memorial Hospital, a Florida Hospital. The Intensive Care Unit at Winter Park Memorial Hospital was awarded the desig-nation to recognize the caregivers on the unit for their excep-tional patient care and outcomes. The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work 4 florida doctor Pink Fire truCks roll into toWn to kiCk oFF Pink oCtoBer On October 1, 2011, a fleet of pink fire trucks rolled into Orlando area to draw attention to the fight against cancer and raise valuable dollars for life-saving care and research. The pink fire trucks were on display at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, pro-viding the public the opportunity to sign the trucks with mes-sages of support in the fight against cancer. •••• october 2011
Medical Community Connections<br /> <br /> Visit Florida Doctor – Central on Facebook to learn more about local medical events in the Central Florida community. Http://www.facebook.com/FLDoctorCentral<br /> <br /> MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER ORLANDO PROVIDES FULL-TIME SERVICES AT SOUTH SEMINOLE HOSPITAL<br /> <br /> Cancer patients in and around Seminole County now have more options when it comes to receiving cancer care. MD Anderson – Orlando is beginning full-time medical oncology services at South Seminole Hospital under the care of oncologist Dr. Asad Sheikh. In addition, thoracic surgical oncologist Dr. Luis Herrera and breast cancer oncologist Dr. Rebecca Moroose will provide cancer care at the hospital on a part-time basis in their respective specialty areas.<br /> <br /> “For the past year Dr. Herrera has been providing thoracic oncology services one day a week here at South Seminole Hospital, but with the growing number of cancer patients in Seminole County this area needs additional oncology options,” said Clarence Brown, M.D., President and CEO of MD Anderson – Orlando. “We continue to see the number of men and women diagnosed with cancer climbing. By having these services at South Seminole Hospital, cancer patients can now receive the best cancer care available right in their own neighborhoods.”<br /> <br /> The MD Anderson – Orlando oncologists will be housed in the Physician Medical Office Building adjacent to South Seminole Hospital. MD Anderson – Orlando’s main facility is located on the downtown Orlando Health campus and the cancer treatment facility already has a full-time oncology presence at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.<br /> <br /> WINTER PARK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL RECEIVES BEACON AWARD<br /> <br /> The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently conferred the Beacon Award for Excellence to Winter Park Memorial Hospital, a Florida Hospital. The Intensive Care Unit at Winter Park Memorial Hospital was awarded the designation to recognize the caregivers on the unit for their exceptional patient care and outcomes.<br /> <br /> The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work Environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that earn this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver and bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.<br /> <br /> “For patients and families that go to a unit that is awarded this prestigious Beacon Award, it exemplifies better care and improved outcomes,” said Ken Bradley, administrator of Winter Park Memorial Hospital. “For the nurses, this award means a positive, healthy work environment and high morale. I am so very proud of our team.”<br /> <br /> PINK FIRE TRUCKS ROLL INTO TOWN TO KICK OFF PINK OCTOBER<br /> <br /> On October 1, 2011, a fleet of pink fire trucks rolled into Orlando area to draw attention to the fight against cancer and raise valuable dollars for life-saving care and research. The pink fire trucks were on display at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, providing the public the opportunity to sign the trucks with messages of support in the fight against cancer.<br /> <br /> The pink fire trucks are traveling the nation to spread cancer awareness as part of the “Pink Heals Tour.” The tour is manned by professional firefighters in full pink gear who call themselves the “Guardians of the Ribbon.”<br /> <br /> “MD Anderson - Orlando was honored to be a stop on the Pink Heals National Tour,” said Clarence Brown, III, M.D., President and CEO of MD Anderson – Orlando. “Events like this not only help us move closer to finding a cure for cancer but also provide hope and support for Central Floridians battling this disease.”<br /> <br /> “Saving lives and raising awareness about cancer is fundamental to the wellness of our community, so it is our honor to wear our pink with pride and support this worthy cause,” added Jamal Afrifa, Orange County Firefighters Benevolent Fund.<br /> <br /> NEMOURS ANNOUNCES HOW FAMILIES VOTED TO SPEND $500,000 TO HELP KIDS<br /> <br /> A program designed to help families struggling with a child’s complex medical condition will be enhanced with a $500,000 grant from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. Hundreds of Central Florida families selected ‘KidsTRACK Care Coordination” by voting in a specially designed Facebook poll. Families were asked to choose between three worthy programs that could have been expanded with the half million dollar grant. The other two programs will still be a part Of Nemours Children’s Hospital when it opens in Lake Nona Medical City the fall of 2012.<br /> <br /> “We are thrilled that so many families took part in the voting and helped shape the Nemours Children’s Hospital,” said Roger Oxendale, CEO of Nemours Children’s Hospital. “This involvement helps us achieve Nemours’ mission of being a hospital built for families, by families.”<br /> <br /> Through Nemours KidsTRACK (Teaching, Research, Advocacy, Community and Knowledge), a care coordinator will provide a single point of contact for families. Whether it’s helping set up doctors’ appointments and talking to insurance agencies, or preparing families to return home by providing training on proper use of medication, Nemours care coordinators will be there for families every step of the way, ensuring a smooth transition from hospital to home life.<br /> <br /> “It is a challenge to keep track of visits, appointments and medications. KidsTRACK will make this process a lot more manageable for so many families,” said Marina Molito, whose 12 year old daughter was born with Spina Bifida and sits on Nemours Family Advisory Council. “Nemours has always taken our recommendations into account. It’s impressive that they put this decision in the hands of those who know best, the families.”<br /> <br /> ORLANDO HEALTH AND PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATES SIGN AFFILIATION AGREEMENT<br /> <br /> Orlando Health and Physician Associates have signed an affiliation agreement that will improve patients’ access to primary care physicians, enhance the quality of care they receive, and better coordinate care between the in-patient and outpatient setting. The non-exclusive agreement became official July 1, 2011.<br /> <br /> Through the affiliation agreement, efforts are currently underway to implement programs to address the four most costly chronic diseases facing Americans and Central Floridians: diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients who suffer from these ailments will be part of a joint initiative between Orlando Health and Physician Associates designed to better manage their symptoms to avoid episodic hospital visits.<br /> <br /> “The role of the primary care physician is immensely important in providing healthcare that helps keep patients healthy,” said Jennifer Endicott, vice president, clinical integration, Orlando Health Physician Partners. “This affiliation agreement makes it possible for us to work more closely with Physician Associates, as well as our own primary care practices, to provide timely and seamless care to patients.”<br /> <br /> This new agreement also encourages primary care practices to become accredited as patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). A PCMH is especially helpful to patients who might require additional services such as those provided by social workers or dieticians in order to maintain their health. This could include patients who are elderly, suffer from chronic Disease, or reside in strained social situations.<br /> <br /> “As we move toward becoming a patient-centered medical home, physicians and hospital must work more closely together,” said Erik Walker, M.D., Chairman of the Board of Directors of Physician Associates. “Our goal through this new affiliation is to broaden patients’ access to primary care, enhance care coordination and patient satisfaction, and ultimately, improve our patients’ health.”<br /> <br /> ORLANDO HEALTH SUPPORTS THE HEART WALK<br /> <br /> More than 2,035 Orlando Health team walkers took steps to improve the community’s heart health on September 17 when they participated in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, held at Loch Haven Park. Orlando Health ranked second overall as a top fundraising company, contributing more than $151,000 to fight heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 3 killers of Americans. Orlando Regional Medical Center’s Patty’s Heroes team ranked fifth among all teams, raising $11,286 with 47 participants.<br /> <br /> “Heart disease and stroke are our nation’s leading killers and impact our local community as well,” said Shannon Elswick, senior vice president and president, adult hospitals group, Orlando Health and executive champion for Heart Walk. “Joining the American Heart Association and others in the community was an opportunity for us to educate the community about the diseases and prevention and raise funds for research and programs.”<br /> <br /> In addition to the walk, teams participated in various fun and effective activities to reach the organization’s goal. Some of the unique fundraising activities included a garage sale which raised more than $5,000; a dunk tank with executive leaders; a talent show; and heart healthy bake sales. Some teams incorporated fitness by performing a number of pushups or cart wheels based on donations.<br /> <br /> WINTER PARK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL DEDICATES CYSTIC FIBROSIS PATIENT ROOMS<br /> <br /> Winter Park Memorial Hospital, a Florida Hospital, recently held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony in order to celebrate the opening of some new, unique patient rooms. These Two rooms are not ordinary rooms, but have been created specifically for patients that are diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) and other diseases that need intensive care for a long period of time in a hospital. The rooms were donated by Lois Adams and Beverley Donelson from Cystic Fibrosis Pharmacy/Freedom Pharmacy and Kevin Przybyl and Erin Taylor from the Breathe Easy Foundation.<br /> <br /> The new rooms at Winter Park Memorial Hospital are unique spaces that allow for a comfortable environment for both patients and visitors. CF patients often require frequent isolation when they are hospitalized which makes their healing environment very important. The rooms allow for patients to remain in one location, and include amenities such as flat screen televisions, chairs that transform into beds for extended family member stays, walls painted in soothing colors and new flooring.<br /> <br /> “Winter Park Memorial Hospital is very pleased to be a recipient of one of the Breathe Easy Foundation and Freedom Pharmacy’s first grants,” said Jacqueline McDonald, a clinical nurse manager at Winter Park Memorial Hospital. “It has been such a great opportunity to work with these two donors to make these rooms designated for cystic fibrosis patients more comfortable and welcoming for long term stays.”<br /> <br /> VHA RECOGNIZES ORLANDO HEALTH FOR SUCCESSES IN TRANSITION SERVICES<br /> <br /> Orlando Health has been recognized as a healthcare leader in Transition Services by VHA Inc. a national network of not-for-profit healthcare organizations working together to improve clinical and economic performance. The organization’s model will serve as roadmap to others as part of VHA’s Leading Practice Blueprints™ that capture and explain leading healthcare practices in a visual format that includes clinical, engineering, social science and design components.<br /> <br /> Orlando Health’s Transition Services manages the coordination of continued care after a patient’s hospital discharge. Key components include: Visiting Nurse Association, the home health division, and Orlando Health Housecalls, a home-based physician practice as well as several other innovative programs.<br /> <br /> “We are honored to be recognized among the best practices in healthcare,” said David Sylvester, Vice President, Post Acute And Transition Services for Orlando Health. “Our successes reflect years of collaborative efforts of clinicians, social workers, other committed team members and leadership to put patients first, and ensure safe and effective discharge planning for the continued health and wellness of our patients.”<br /> <br /> The hospital’s Transition Services include several programs to improve health outcomes and efficiency of care, reduce the cost of healthcare services, reduce preventable hospitalization and reduce hospital-readmissions. Programs include Telemedicine Heart Failure Monitoring Technology (an inhome service) that alerts nurses to changes in vital signs so appropriate steps can be taken; Medication at Bedside Predischarge Delivery Service; Spiritual Care Home Volunteers; and Social Work Field Unit.<br /> <br /> GIRL GETS ONCE IN A LIFETIME BIRTHDAY PRESENT: A CURE TO HER SICKLE CELL DISEASE<br /> <br /> Jasmin Baker is getting a very special present for her 8th birthday this year: a life without sickle cell disease. Jasmin recently recived the bone marrow transplant to cure sickle cell disease just in time for her special day. Now, Jasmin’s dreams of swimming and playing outside with her brothers are possible thanks to the Pediatric Cellular Therapy Program at Florida Hospital for Children.<br /> <br /> “Jasmin has spent most of her life in and out of the hospital because of the effect that the sickle cell disease had on her body,” said Mariah Baker, Jasmin’s mother. “I couldn’t have imagined a better birthday present for my little girl than a life without sickle cell disease.”<br /> <br /> On September 30, Jasmin turned eight years old and on October 1, she celebrated the 100th day since her bone marrow transplant. The 100th day is a major milestone that patients look forward to after transplant because it marks a successful transplant and an end to an intense regimen of medications.<br /> <br /> Unlike most little girls, Jasmin was never able to play sports or play outside in the Florida summer sun because of her sickle cell disease. Patients with sickle cell disease must be careful in extreme temperatures and cannot become overheated because the cells in their blood can become easily clotted causing a variety of severe medical issues, including death. Jasmin was also prone to infections and spent a majority of her time in and out of the hospital. But now her sickle cell disease is officially a thing of the past.<br /> <br /> “People who have sickle cell disease often face a wide range of health issues from shorter life expectancies to constant hospitalizations from infection to intense pain,” said Dr. Paul Gordon, medical director of the Pediatric Cellular Therapy Program at Florida Hospital for Children. “Post-transplant, she is doing wonderfully and is expected to live a normal life. She can now do many of the activities that she couldn’t do before, such as sports.”<br /> <br /> Jasmin will no longer have to suffer through constant infections and hospitalizations as a result of her sickle cell disease. “I have always wanted to go swimming but I never could because of my sickle cell disease,” said Jasmin. “But now that I am better, I can do a lot more things that I couldn’t do before. I’m really excited to also play with my brothers and my dog.”<br /> <br /> ROCK PINK® DONATION BRINGS UNIQUE BENEFITS TO PATIENTS<br /> <br /> Rock Pink, a 501(c) (3) charitable organization whose mission is to raise breast health awareness and support local breast cancer charities, has donated Apple iPads to MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando to serve cancer patients undergoing treatment. The donations are part of Rock Pink’s music and humanity initiative.<br /> <br /> The 10 Apple iPads donated by Rock Pink will provide patients at MD Anderson - Orlando the opportunity to watch Television and movies, stream live music, play games, read books, and surf the web all in the hopes of offering a positive distraction during chemotherapy, radiation and other difficult cancer treatment sessions. Rock Pink Roster Bands megaphone, Traverser, and Tina Nicole Band, amongst others, donated their albums for the music and humanity project and will be featured on the iPads.<br /> <br /> “Given the commitment of MD Anderson - Orlando to do everything possible to provide the highest level of quality and compassionate care to cancer patients,” said Mark Hollamon, Rock Pink Founder, “a partnership with Rock Pink was a natural fit. We look forward to giving more in the future and intend to be a long-time supporter of MD Anderson - Orlando.”<br /> <br /> TRIAD ISOTOPES HONORED FOR PHILANTHROPY<br /> <br /> Triad Isotopes, Inc. a national provider of radiopharmaceuticals headquartered in Orlando has been selected as the Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation by the Central Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award will be presented National Philanthropy Day in November.<br /> <br /> Triad Isotopes was nominated for the award by Shepherd’s Hope, an organization that provides free medical care to the uninsured through the efforts of more than 2,500 dedicated volunteers. Dom Meffe, founder and CEO of Triad Isotopes is a past board chair for Shepherd’s Hope, and with his wife Kalani continues to support the organization.<br /> <br /> “We are humbled to be selected for this award,” said Meffe. “We don’t seek recognition but maybe other organizations can see how adopting this type of culture of giving is good for all stakeholders.”<br /> <br /> With over 1,000 team members in 70 locations nationwide, Triad is the second largest provider of radiopharmaceuticals in the United States. And the company uses this size and scale to drive home a culture of giving, encouraging team members to get involved and volunteer their time and talent.<br /> <br /> “Our team works hard executing our business plan because that’s what we do. But we work equally hard on our culture of giving, because that is who we are.” said Meffe. “This disciplined focus not only makes a positive impact on our communities but downstream increases employee satisfaction and customer loyalty.”<br /> <br /> ORLANDO HEALTH REHABILITATION INSTITUTE USES THEME PARK RIDE-LIKE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE BALANCE, PREVENT FALLS<br /> <br /> It may feel like an amusement park ride, but it’s really innovative technology to restore balance in patients and keep them on their feet. Physical therapists at Orlando Health are using SMART EquiTest® — a system that provides an objective assessment of balance control and stability along with training exercises to treat patients after a stroke, traumatic brain injury, total knee or hip replacement and other medical conditions. The technology can also identify patients at risk for falls.<br /> <br /> The EquiTest uses interactive technology inside equipment that looks similar to an oversized phone booth. The walls, Which shift forward and backward, have a mural type design of the sky, clouds and mountains. The floor, which moves in various directions, has a special platform embedded.<br /> <br /> “Balance problems are common – approximately 90 million Americans suffer from imbalance and dizziness over their lifetime,” said Marissa Conrad, MS, PT, physical therapist, Rehabilitation Institute. “The EquiTest challenges, tests and treats a patient’s balance impairments in novel ways. The system uses technology that assesses a patient’s fall risk and overall balance control to help therapists gain a better understanding of balance deficits and pinpoint specific problem areas in a way not possible before.”<br /> <br /> For example, a patient may be asked to stand as steadily as possible on the platform. The platform has sensors that measure how well the patient is able to maintain their balance as the walls move around them and the platform moves under their feet.<br /> <br /> The series of tests quickly help measure how well a patient maintains their balance under different conditions similar to everyday living activities such as reaching for a glass from a cabinet, placing a book on a top shelf or walking at night.<br /> <br /> ORLANDO HEALTH NAMES NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE<br /> <br /> Cindy Reed was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Orlando Health’s Cardiovascular Institute (CVI). The CVI will provide a new model of cardiac care that is overseen by cardiovascular and vascular specialists to improve outcomes for adult and pediatric cardiac patients.<br /> <br /> In her new role, Reed will oversee operations of the CVI for outpatient services, and will coordinate with inpatient cardiology services at Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) and MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando.<br /> <br /> During her 24-year career at Orlando Health, Reed has served in many positions including administrator of ORMC Ancillary and Diagnostic Services, manager of Corporate Radiology and director of ORMC Radiology, and has provided leadership over several key improvements in patient care, including oversight of the technological implementation of PACS (Picture Archiving And Communication System), CVIS (Cardiovascular Imaging and Information Systems) and Laboratory and Radiology Information Systems.<br /> <br /> Reed received an associate of science degree in radiologic technology from Valencia Community College, a bachelor of science in business administration from Florida Southern College and a master of business administration in healthcare administration from Northcentral University.<br /> <br /> FLORIDA HOSPITAL EAST ORLANDO WELCOMES DR. TERESA DEBECHE-ADAMS<br /> <br /> Florida Hospital East Orlando is pleased to welcome colon and rectal surgeon Dr. Teresa C. deBeche-Adams. Dr. deBeche-Adams specializes in advanced diagnosis and treatment of colorectal diseases, including minimally invasive surgery. Her addition to Florida Hospital East Orlando’s surgical staff helps continue the hospital’s mission to provide high quality medical treatment to the Central Florida community.<br /> <br /> After completing her medical degree at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Shreveport, La., Dr. deBeche-Adams went on to complete a general surgery internship and residency at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. She joins Florida Hospital East Orlando’s team of digestive health specialists after finishing a fellowship at the Center for Colon and Rectal Surgery in Orlando, Fla.<br /> <br /> Dr. deBeche-Adams is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.<br /> <br /> “Dr. DeBeche-Adams joins our team with a vast amount of knowledge in advanced colorectal practices and techniques,” said Mike Thompson, administrator of Florida Hospital East Orlando. “We look forward to having her help us continue our mission of excellence as we provide Central Floridians with quality medical care.”<br /> <br /> SURGEON JOINS ORLANDO HEALTH TRAUMA SURGERY FACULTY PRACTICE<br /> <br /> Chadwick Smith, M.D., FACS, recently joined the Orlando Health Trauma Surgery Faculty Practice. His role includes performing trauma and burn surgeries.<br /> <br /> Dr. Smith, board certified in general surgery, earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency and surgical critical care fellowship at Orlando Health. He completed a bachelor of science degree in engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.<br /> <br /> After completing his residency at Orlando Health, Dr. Smith practiced general surgery for four years in Savannah, Tennessee. While in Savannah he served as chief of staff at Hardin Medical Center.<br /> <br /> His clinical and research interests include abdominal compartment syndrome and massive transfusions in trauma patients.<br /> <br /> PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGEON JOINS FLORIDA HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN<br /> <br /> Board certified pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. James Baumgartner recently joined the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children as the surgical director of the Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center. Dr. Baumgartner has earned an international reputation in the epilepsy field for his surgical skill and positive patient outcomes. With Dr. Baumgartner’s leadership, the team at Florida Hospital will offer comprehensive patient care by utilizing the most advanced tools and treatment options for children with epilepsy as well as a variety of other neurological problems.<br /> <br /> Dr. Baumgartner specializes in minimally invasive surgical procedures for children and adolescents suffering from epilepsy or seizure-related disorders. With Dr. Baumgartner’s experience, the team at the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children hopes to relieve the severity of the symptoms of the young patients and allow for a life without seizures.<br /> <br /> Dr. Baumgartner earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He then completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also served his neurosurgery residency and pediatric neurosurgery fellowship. Prior to joining the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, Dr. Baumgartner was a pediatric neurosurgeon at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. Dr. Baumgartner also held the position of a clinical associate professor in the department of pediatric surgery at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School.<br /> <br /> Dr. Baumgartner is board certified in neurosurgery and has authored numerous articles. He was awarded the Power Exchange Scholarship from Cambridge University in England, and is a member of several national and international societies including the American Epilepsy Society and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.<br /> <br /> “We are thrilled about the addition of Dr. Baumgartner to our medical staff, as we continue to establish Florida Hospital for Children as a leader in advanced surgical services and patient care,” said Marla Silliman, administrator of Florida Hospital for Children. “Dr. Baumgartner’s experience in pediatric neurosurgery will help to enhance our epilepsy program at Florida Hospital for Children to better serve the children of Central Florida and beyond.”<br /> <br /> ORMC NAMES NEW PATIENT CARE ADMINISTRATOR FOR MEDICINE<br /> <br /> Jennifer Herman, MSN, RN, NEABC, was recently named the new Patient Care Administrator for medicine at Orlando Regional Medical Center’s Lucerne Pavilion. Herman will be responsible for the day-to-day nursing services for the Lucerne Pavilion and will be a member of the Orlando Health Executive Nursing Operation’s council.<br /> <br /> Herman was previously the manager of the medical/ Surgical and progressive care unit areas at South Lake Hospital in Clermont.<br /> <br /> Herman received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from The University of Akron and her master of science degree in nursing from the University of Central Florida. Herman is certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a nurse executive - advanced and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (nursing honor society) and the American Nurses Association.<br /> <br /> TWO PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS JOIN ORLANDO ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER<br /> <br /> Two new physician assistants (PAs) have officially joined the Orlando Orthopaedic Center (OOC) team, bringing the total number of physicians and Pas up to 17 and six, respectively, for the five center practice.<br /> <br /> Jaroslava Svoboda Teet, one of the new Pas, will be assisting Jeffrey P. Rosen, M.D., with the management of his orthopaedic practice in both the clinical and hospital settings. Lynn Coetzee, the practice’s other new PA hire, will serve as the group’s corporate PA. Her main role will be to evaluate, treat and then refer patients to the appropriate physician at the practice. Teet dual majored during her undergraduate career at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and the University of California, San Diego in San Diego, CA, where she earned her B.S. in biology and her B.A. in psychology, respectively. From there she went on to Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, where she completed her M. S. in physician assistant studies.<br /> <br /> She joins OOC after spending time in various PA roles across the world. In her early career she served as the Senior PA for the joint replacement specialist at University of California Irvine College of Medicine and worked with the joint replacement surgeon at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, CA. From there she spent several years working in Okinawa, Japan, where she worked at Camp Lester Naval Hospital in their Orthopaedic Surgery Department as well as serving as the Red Cross Volunteer PA at Torii Station Special Forces Unit. She is a nationally board certified physician assistant and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants.<br /> <br /> Lynn Coetzee is a native to the region and graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, with a B.S. in health science/athletic training. From there she went on to the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, to complete her M.S. in physician assistant studies.<br /> <br /> She joins OOC after spending time as a Rollins College Division II collegiate athletics trainer and a PA at both a level II trauma center and a general orthopaedic practice that included total joint replacement and sports related injuries. She is a nationally board certified physician assistant and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.<br /> <br /> “Our team is thrilled at the opportunity to welcome two new Pas to our dedicated staff,” says Kevin Joyce, executive director of Orlando Orthopaedic Center. “Our unique team Approach ensures every patient receives the highest quality care and personal attention available in our region. We strive to make our practice better every day and our two newest staff members are excited to join the team and help us continue to create the best patient experience available.”<br /> <br /> ORMC NAMES NEW PATIENT CARE ADMINISTRATOR FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES AND AIR CARE TEAM<br /> <br /> Leslie Line-Anderson, RN, BSN, CEN, was recently named patient care administrator for Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) Emergency Services and Air Care Team. In her new role, responsibilities include the ORMC Emergency Department, the Air Care Team, the transfer center and emergency preparedness.<br /> <br /> Line-Anderson began her career at Orlando Health in 1999 and held various positions including staff nurse, licensed risk manager, administrative supervisor and assistant nurse manager. Most recently she served as the nursing operations manager for the Emergency Department and the Air Care Team. In 2009 she received the ORMC Nursing Operations Manager Ancillary Collaboration Award.<br /> <br /> A certified emergency nurse, Leslie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and completed a master’s degree in healthcare services administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. She also completed the risk management program at the University of Central Florida.<br /> <br /> HEALTH SCREENINGS, EDUCATION, PRIZES AND MORE AT OSCEOLA REGIONAL'S WOMEN'S HEALTH FAIR<br /> <br /> Osceola Regional Medical Center recently hosted its annual Women’s Health Fair. The free health fair took place on October 1, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Osceola Regional Medical Center’s Classrooms.<br /> <br /> The health fair featured free blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI screenings along with seminars presented by various physicians. Attendees also received information about heart health, breast care, diabetes and more. Kids had an opportunity to have their bike helmets inspected for proper fitting. Presenters included Lucrecia Sta.Ana, M.D., Colorectal Surgeon; Magda Sanchez, M.D., Cardiologist; Sara Denardis, D. O., Gynecologic Oncologist; and Tejal Patel, M.D., Women Imaging Specialist.<br /> <br /> MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER ORLANDO'S CHIEF ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT<br /> <br /> After more than 36 years of service to the Central Florida medical community, Clarence H. “Buck” Brown III, M.D., will retire as President and CEO of MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando at the end of 2012. Dr. Brown has been at the helm as the leader of MD Anderson – Orlando since the facility opened its doors to the public twenty years ago becoming the first outreach program of the world famous MD Anderson in Houston and bringing internationally renowned cancer care to Central Floridians.<br /> <br /> Under Dr. Brown’s leadership and guidance MD Anderson – Orlando has provided cancer care and hope to more than 75,000 patients and continues to grow using the most advanced cancer fighting technology and treatments to beat the disease. Now, twenty years later, the cancer center has grown to more than 50 full-time employed and 14 contracted physicians on staff and more than 420 employees. In addition, the number of new patients each year has doubled with approximately 5,000 new patients visiting the cancer center each year.<br /> <br /> “We are so appreciative of Dr. Brown’s commitment to this community and his many contributions to Orlando Health and MD Anderson – Orlando over the years,” said Sherrie Sitarik, President and CEO, Orlando Health. “We wish him all the best as he embarks on this next phase of his life and his exciting new role with the Orlando Health Foundation.”<br /> <br /> Following his retirement as President and CEO of MD Anderson – Orlando, Dr. Brown will move into a new role with Orlando Health as President Emeritus of MD Anderson – Orlando and Vice President of Development, Orlando Health Foundation. In his new role, Dr. Brown will join the foundation’s development team and continue to support Orlando Health’s oncology programs.
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