April 2014

Apr 08, 2014 at 12:00 am by Staff


Nemours Launches Nemours Children’s Urgent Care

The thousands of Central Florida families who receive care at five different After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care centers will now be directly connected to Nemours, one of the nation’s leading pediatric health systems. The centers located in Altamonte Springs, Dr. Phillips, Hunter’s Creek, Sanford and Waterford Lakes will now be known as Nemours Children’s Urgent Care. Nemours purchased the centers from After Hours Pediatrics, Inc., based in Tampa on March 1, 2014.

Nearly 200,000 Central Florida families will now be within five miles of a Nemours Children’s Urgent Care Center.

The board-certified pediatricians who currently provide care at the centers will join Nemours. Prices are not set to increase and the convenient hours of service will also remain the same.

Nemours Children’s Urgent Care will continue to provide children the treatment they need for flu, broken bones, cuts, burns and sports injuries during evenings, weekends and holidays. Nemours will also add to each center its award-winning electronic health record system. As a result, when doctors at Nemours Children’s Urgent Care enter information, the team at Nemours Children’s Hospital can immediately see every detail, should the child be sent to the hospital.

Nemours will be able to connect and coordinate every aspect of a child’s care through this shared electronic health record according to Winder. This means less chance of a duplicated test.

Nemours will also offer a new approach when a child receives an X-ray. The scan will be read by an urgent care physician and, within 24 hours, it will also be reviewed by a board-certified pediatric radiologist at Nemours Children’s Hospital.

Nemours has a track record of success when it comes to electronic health records. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics awarded Nemours Children’s Hospital its highest possible honor for best practices in implementing electronic health records. Nemours is the first pediatric hospital in Florida to attain this designation.

ST. CLOUD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER NAMES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

St. Cloud Regional Medical Center (SCRMC) has announced that Brent Burish has been named the new Chief Executive Officer effective April 1, 2014.

Burish comes with nearly a decade of healthcare management experience, most recently serving as chief executive officer of Shands Starke Regional Medical Center in Starke, Fla. During his tenure, the hospital provided high quality care as demonstrated by recognition from the Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures based on Core Measure outcomes. He oversaw renovations to the Med/Surg floor and pharmacy, expanded surgical services, and successfully recruited specialty physicians to the community, including establishing full-time Cardiology in collaboration with UF Health.

Burish previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Haines City, Fla. and Chief Operating Officer at Barrow Regional Medical Center in Winder, Ga. Active in the community, Burish served on the Boards of CareerSource North Florida, Haines City Economic Development Council and Barrow County Family Connections/Communities in Schools as well as participating membership in Rotary and Kiwanis. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from University of Notre Dame.

LRMC Names New Chief Clinical Officer

Central Florida Health Alliance is pleased to introduce Teri Keel, RN, MSN, Chief Clinical Officer [CCO] at Leesburg Regional Medical Center [LRMC]. Keel joined the LRMC team in June 2013 as the interim director over the Intensive Care Unit and Intermediate Care Unit. In October 2013, she stepped into the interim CCO role. Under her leadership, LRMC has begun to see positive traction around patient perception scores and operational improvement in ER flow metrics according to Central Florida Health Alliance Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer, Saad Ehtisham. Keel has over 25 years of leadership and executive experience within multiple hospital settings inclusive of community based tertiary and academic institutions. She has

previously served as a Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer.

Throughout her career, Keel has successfully demonstrated her leadership abilities and capacity to motivate those around her. She holds a BSN/MSN in Nursing Administration from The University of Akron College of Nursing in Akron, OH.

Anesthesiologists of Greater Orlando (AGO) welcomes Interventional Pain Medicine Physician

Anesthesiologists of Greater Orlando, has announced that interventional pain medicine physician, Jessica Sola-Acevedo, M.D., has joined their Pain Physicians of Greater Orlando (PPGO) team.

Dr. Sola-Acevedo specializes in interventional pain management and overseeing medication management to treat acute and chronic pain conditions. Dr. Sola-Acevedo is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. She completed her Pain Management Fellowship at Carolina’s Pain Institute. Dr. Sola Acevedo has privileges at South Seminole Hospital and Winnie Palmer Hospital.

PPGO centers offer a variety of ways to help relieve pain including epidural injections and nerve blocks, joint injections, radio frequency modulation and nerve stimulator implants

The doctors will provide pain relief from conditions, such as spine, back, neck, knee and hip pain, post laminectomy pain, cancer pain, neuropathic pain, joint pain, whiplash pain, and pain caused by chronic disease.

Dr. Jessica Sola-Acevedo is now welcoming new patients at the new PPGO office, at 691 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs.

Stroke Advocate Celebrates Milestone Year of Life’s Mission

Nearly twenty years ago, Valerie Greene almost died from two debilitating strokes. She was just 31 years old. Now, the Central Florida entrepreneur is celebrating many achievements including her 50th birthday in April, a milestone that may have never happened as result of stroke. Empowered by the grace of God, Valerie is rejoicing her blessed survival by improving the lives of the 15 million people who suffer strokes annually worldwide through Bcenter, the nonprofit global stroke resource center that Greene founded to serve stroke survivors and their families.

After being told she may never fully regain her ability to walk or talk, Greene explored and experienced diverse interventions on her quest to identify treatments to enhance her rehabilitation. Among many milestones, Greene was labeled a “Stroke Hero” by the American Stroke Association, raised the highest individual financial contribution in the history of the Train to End Stroke program, served as a lobbyist to pass the Florida Stroke Act (signed by Gov. Jeb Bush) and authored two educational stroke books. Her biggest accomplishment, thus far, is Bcenter’s online stroke center, which provides guidance surrounding cutting-edge therapies, support groups and offerings of inspiration.

Bcenter.com ‘is like a GPS for stroke survivors’ allowing easy navigation 24/7 through three main functions: Bwell, an outline of 20+ conventional and holistic therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen, nutrition, stem cell and physical therapy; Bempowered, motivational tools including testimonials and uplifting resources; and Bconnected, an interactive map populated with stroke-related professional providers.

Dr. Pamela Tronetti of Parrish Medical Group Receives AGS 2014 Clinician of the Year Award

This year the American Geriatrics Society Board of Directors and its 2014 Awards Committee has chosen Parrish Medical Group’s own Pamela Tronetti, DO for the AGS 2014 Clinician of the Year Award.

This award is intended to honor clinicians who make outstanding contributions to the delivery of quality healthcare to older people, who communicate well with patients and their families, and who make generous contributions to community health efforts. Because of the exemplary clinical care and sincere compassion that Dr. Tronetti provides to her patients, the committee felt she was the deserving recipient of this award.

Dr. Tronetti is well known for the way she and her staff care for patients. Her practice is built around the well-thought-out details that when added up, significantly increase the comfort level of her patients—such as carefully selecting magazines and providing warm blankets during cold weather. Dr. Tronetti and her staff are so focused on delivering quality of care they celebrate their patient’s birthdays and send sympathy cards to families when they lose a patient. Dr. Tronetti’s motto is, “Once you come through those doors you are part of our family too, so if you have to call here every day, call!”

The Clinician of the Year Award will be presented during the 2014 AGS annual scientific meeting on Friday, May 16 between 9:15 and 10:00 a.m. at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

WINDERMERE MEDICAL CENTER OPENS

Windermere Medical Center has announced that the practice is officially open and accepting new patients. Offering a comprehensive approach and complete access to primary care, pediatrics and chiropractic medical services for the entire family, the facility, located adjacent to Lakeside Village Plaza on SR 535, is a literal one-stop shop for Southwest Orlando’s healthcare needs.

The unique health concept also offers an urgent care facility for new and established patients open extended hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. A physician is always on-site to see patients and no appointment is necessary to visit the urgent care facility. For established patients of the practice, the co-pay for an urgent care visit is the same as for a regular visit.

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