FAU Finds Simple Solution to Make Thousands of Face Shields for Baptist Health South Florida

FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and I-SENSE Team Up with Baptist Health South Florida for COVID-19 Pandemic

 

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FAU Face ShieldBOCA RATON, Fla. – April 8, 2020 – With major shortfalls of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers around the world, a team from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems (I-SENSE), one of the university’s four research pillars, have identified a simple solution to rapidly produce protective face shields for Baptist Health South Florida, the largest health care organization in the region with 11 hospitals, including Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

The disposable face shield developed by the FAU team only requires clear polyester plastic, elastic fabric bands, and a laser cutter. Unlike 3D printed solutions, the process developed by FAU is simple and quick. Baptist Health South Florida has requested an initial order of 4,000 face shields, which the FAU team expects to have completed within a week and will be followed by another order of 4,000 face shields.

Leaders from Baptist Health South Florida approached FAU leadership to help them ramp up their acquisition of PPEs for their health care force, which includes approximately 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

“Our colleagues at Florida Atlantic University are at the forefront of innovation and now more than ever we need to think ‘outside-of-the-box’ to come up with solutions to address this global pandemic,” said Mark Coticchia, vice president for innovation at Baptist Health South Florida. “Our collaboration with FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and I-SENSE is a great example of academia and industry coming together to improve patient care for the greater good.”

The FAU team answered the call for innovation with expediency creating a prototype within an hour. They have since enhanced the prototype, which is meant to be worn over facemasks to provide additional protection from droplets from coughs and sneezes. Face shields are designated as class I medical devices by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The FAU team re-tooled their facilities to leverage the opportunity to make face shields much faster than are currently being manufactured and they plan to share the blueprint for this PPE broadly with other academic institutions as well as industry.

“Sometimes, simplicity can be the best solution to a problem,” said Stella Batalama, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “We are truly humbled to do our part to work with Baptist Health South Florida to protect health care workers on the frontline of this COVID-19 outbreak as well the patients they serve.”

FAU is looking for public, private and industry support for this lifesaving project. For more information or to make a contribution, contact Batalama at sbatalama@fau.edu.

“We are incredibly grateful to FAU for its innovation and ability to provide this much-needed equipment to help protect our patients and employees,” said Samer Fahmy, M.D., vice president of quality and informatics at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

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About FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science:
The FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science is internationally recognized for cutting edge research and education in the areas of computer science and artificial intelligence (AI), computer engineering, electrical engineering, bioengineering, civil, environmental and geomatics engineering, mechanical engineering, and ocean engineering. Research conducted by the faculty and their teams expose students to technology innovations that push the current state-of-the art of the disciplines. The College research efforts are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Education (DOEd), the State of Florida, and industry. The FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science offers degrees with a modern twist that bear specializations in areas of national priority such as AI, cybersecurity, internet-of-things, transportation and supply chain management, and data science. New degree programs include Masters of Science in AI (first in Florida), Masters of Science in Data Science and Analytics, and the new Professional Masters of Science degree in computer science for working professionals. For more information about the College, please visit eng.fau.edu.

About FAU’s I-SENSE:  
The Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE) leads university-wide activities in sensing and smart systems, and is one of FAU’s four research pillars. The I-SENSE mission is to catalyze a culture of research excellence in sensing and smart systems; to develop, demonstrate, and operate technological solutions with high societal impact; and to attract and support future generations of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners. The mission is led by a robust interdisciplinary team comprising four staff members, nine faculty fellows, three postdoctoral researchers, more than 60 affiliated faculty, and more than two dozen supported students.

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit fau.edu.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital:
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.




Nicklaus Children’s Health System and Baptist Health South Florida collaborate to support readiness for anticipated COVID-19-related patient surge

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MIAMI – April 1, 2020 – Nicklaus Children’s Health System (NCHS) and Baptist Health South Florida have signed a letter of agreement to collaborate in the weeks ahead with the shared goal of optimizing response to an anticipated regional surge of adult COVID-19-related hospital admissions.

Under the agreement, effective today, Baptist Hospital and Baptist Children’s Hospital will transfer all children requiring inpatient admission to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in order to prepare for the predicted influx of COVID-19-associated adult hospitalizations. This makes hospital beds, staff and equipment available for adult patient care at Baptist Hospital.

Baptist Hospital and Miami Cancer Institute will continue to provide pediatric oncology services; Baptist Hospital, Homestead Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital will continue to provide neonatal intensive care (NICU) services; and Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital will continue to see pediatric patients in their emergency rooms. Any pediatric patients seen in the Baptist Health emergency departments in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties requiring hospital admission will be transferred to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

“In Baptist Health South Florida, we have found collaborators who share in our commitment to ensure  area hospitals are in the strongest possible position to serve our community should we experience a sudden increase in  demand for adult inpatient care,” said Matthew A. Love, President and CEO of NCHS. “As a freestanding children’s hospital featuring neonatal, pediatric and pediatric cardiac intensive care units, Nicklaus Children’s is uniquely prepared to provide medical care for vulnerable children with acute illnesses and complex medical conditions. It is our hope that our collaborative efforts support Baptist in addressing the needs of the adult care population, which is most impacted by this pandemic.”

“The spread of COVID-19 is expected to challenge our capacity of hospital beds, staff and supplies. Addressing this demand quickly, safely and effectively is our highest priority,” said Bo Boulenger, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Baptist Health South Florida.  “As we prepare for an anticipated surge of adult COVID-19 patients, this collaboration will allow us to better use our resources.”

“We have a long-standing relationship with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and we are grateful for the collaboration during this particularly challenging time,” said Patricia Rosello, Chief Executive Officer, Baptist Hospital.  “Through this partnership, we will be able to work together to provide excellent care for both our pediatric and adult patients.”

Mary C. Mayhew, Secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), said, “This is a powerful model of collaborative medical response with hospitals coming together to meet the needs of their communities during a crisis. AHCA has been encouraging hospitals and large health systems in our state to seek such innovative regional partnerships in an effort to support readiness for a surge in adult care admissions.”

As part of the agreement, NCHS and BHSF will work to develop shared policies, procedures and operating guidelines.

The agreement follows guidance endorsed by The Children’s Hospital Association of the United States in consultation with the leadership of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and has been submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force initiative.

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

About Nicklaus Children’s Health System
Nicklaus Children’s Health System (NCHS) is the parent organization of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children. The 309-bed nonprofit hospital, known as Miami Children’s Hospital from 1983 through 2014, was founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International and is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine, with many programs routinely ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. The health system also includes Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, the organization’s 501c3 fundraising arm; a network of nonprofit outpatient and urgent care centers situated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties; Pediatric Specialists of America, a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; a managed care plan, and an ambulatory surgery center, as well as an e-commerce line of children’s wellness and safety products that support the hospital’s mission of serving the region’s pediatric population. NCHS is the region’s only healthcare system exclusively for children.

For more information:

Rachel Perry, NCHS: Rachel.Perry@Nicklaushealth.org, 305-898-9165

Georgi Pipkin, Baptist Health: GeorgiP@baptisthealth.net, 305-793-9626




FIU 3D-printing face shields for healthcare workers at Baptist Health

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FIU 3D printed face shield for Baptist Health

MIAMI – March 28, 2020 – In response to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers treating patients during the coronavirus pandemic, Florida International University (FIU) and Baptist Health South Florida are partnering to 3D-print reusable face shields. The first batch of face shields was delivered on Saturday.

Face shields are part of the personal protective equipment that healthcare workers at Baptist Health wear when caring for patients who have or are suspected to have COVID-19.  Baptist Health has 11 hospitals and more than 150 urgent care centers and physician offices in the four-county area from Monroe to Palm Beach counties.

FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture, + The Arts (CARTA) is at the center of the initiative, mobilizing its 3D printing facilities, faculty, staff and students to produce a minimum of 1,000 face shields for Baptist Health. More than 30 3D printers housed in the college’s CARTA Innovation Lab in the Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) are printing the protective equipment, as well as additional printers in the CARTA Robotics and Digital Fabrication Laboratory  and the College of Engineering & Computing.

“As a university we wanted to find a way to leverage the skills, talent and resources of our students, faculty and staff to help these hard-working heroes who are risking their lives to save ours,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “I’m proud of our collaboration with Baptist Health and hope it will pave the way for more opportunities to make a difference during these difficult times.”

Architecture students working from home modified an open-source design for the face shields, which were then emailed to CARTA staff to print at home. The first printing of the prototype shields began on Saturday, March 21, just one day after the idea was presented to the staff and students. Students worked with Baptist Health leaders to ensure the specifications of the face shields were appropriate for patient care.

The face shields, made from non-toxic PLA (polylactic acid), are meant to act as a first line of defense for healthcare workers. With the shortage of masks, the shield is worn over the mask to preserve their longevity as well as prevent infected respiratory droplets from entering workers’ nose and eyes.

The shields are being sent to Baptist Health South Florida for use in their hospitals.

“Out of adversity creates opportunity,” said Dr. Barry T. Katzen, founder and medical director of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, who has long been a leader in innovation at Baptist Health. “This partnership with FIU is community collaboration at its best, bringing together an academic institution and a healthcare system by using innovation during a time of urgent need.”

The FIU team that includes Brian Schriner, dean of CARTA; and Bridget Pelaez, assistant director of FIU’s Department of Emergency Management; collaborated with Baptist Health on the idea and design. Others involved include John Stuart, CARTA associate dean of cultural and community engagement and executive director, MBUS; Colette Mello, senior special events manager, MBUS; Jacqueline Thompson, program manager, MBUS; and students Brett Serfozo, Raymond Reina and Diana Vazquez, all of whom are pursuing master’s degrees in architecture.

“I am extremely proud of our colleagues’ creative problem-solving expertise and their unyielding commitment to the safety and well-being of our community each and every day,” Schriner said.




Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute Receives Visionary $3 Million Gift from Barbara C. Gutin for Women’s Pre and Postpartum Program

BOCA RATON, FL – March 12, 2020 Barbara C. Gutin has recently made a $3 million gift to Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute that could transform the way women experience pregnancy and the impact it has on their bodies. The gift, which Barbara Gutin says she hopes will be her legacy, will help show pregnant women and new mothers how to handle changes in their bodies and how to deal with pelvic floor issues as well as emotional issues, including postpartum depression. This program will also assist new mothers in knowing just what to do at home after the birth of their babies and the many other issues that arise for women of childbearing age.

“This program will allow pregnant women and new mothers to be better equipped to understand their changing bodies and to know what is a normal part of pregnancy and what may require additional care. New mothers will work with their personal physicians, the Toppel Family Place at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, as well as the team of clinicians at the Women’s institute, which include a board certified urogynecologist, doctoral trained physical therapists, mental health professionals, nurse practitioners and others,” said Dr. Kathy Schilling, Medical Director of the Women’s Insitute. “They will be able to seek out medical and other professional support so that they can better care not just for their babies and their families, but for themselves.”

Maureen Mann, assistant vice president of the Women’s Institute, added, “We are extremely grateful to Barbara Gutin for this very generous gift which will allow us to launch what we know is going to be an extraordinary program. This pre and postpartum program could serve as a prototype for other hospitals throughout the state and across the country.”

This is not the first life-changing gift from Barbara C. Gutin. Along with her late husband, Irving, they established the Barbara C. Gutin Center for Pelvic Health at the Women’s Institute. Additionally, their gift to the hospital of new state of the art technology in 2013 established the Irving and Barbara C. Gutin Center for Robotic Surgery, now one of the busiest robotic surgery centers in Palm Beach County. Their first transformational gift was in 2008 to help create a Stroke Program at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Barbara, a resident of Boca Raton since 1988, believes philanthropy should have a strong impact on the community. With this belief, Barbara is also an active volunteer. She serves on the Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Ball and Go Pink committees, has served as honorary chair of the Go Pink Luncheon for many years and served on the Advisory Committee for the Women’s Institute. She is a past president of the Lynn University Conservatory. She supports Aid to Victims for Domestic Abuse, The Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center on the Florida Atlantic University campus, Best Foot Forward, Family Promise and has long been involved in programs to prevent suicide.

Barbara and Irving Gutin were honored by the Boca Raton Historical Society and included in the Walk of Recognition. They received the Martens Award from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

Most recently, Barbara is the recipient of the Soroptimist Lifetime Achievement Award and is the 2019 recipient of the Countess Henrietta de Hoernle Award at the Order of St. John’s Knights and Dames Gala.

“From suicide education and prevention to giving the homeless a leg up in life; from her strong belief that education is the key to success for children, to her determination to make healthcare better and more accessible to everyone – Barbara C. Gutin’s leadership shines in many areas. It is the perfect combination of generosity, kindness, humility and love of others and shows in all that she does for Boca Raton Regional Hospital and other community organizations,” says Mark Larkin, President of Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation.

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About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center (BRRH.com) with 400 beds, 2,800 employees and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The Hospital is a recognized leader in Oncology, Cardiovascular Disease and Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Orthopedics, Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine and the Neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). BRRH is recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 – 2020 Best Hospitals listing as a Top Ranked Regional Hospital, for the fifth consecutive year, and the highest ranked hospital in Palm Beach County. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is a part of Baptist Health South Florida.




Baptist Health South Florida Joined Gastro Health and the American Cancer Society to Provide Free Screening Colonoscopies

MIAMI – March 11, 2020 – As part of its education and prevention efforts for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, Baptist Health South Florida partnered with Gastro Health and the American Cancer Society (ACS) to provide free screening colonoscopies to 26 Borinquen Medical Center patients who qualified for the screenings but had no insurance coverage or were unable to pay. The free colonoscopies were performed on March 7 at Baptist Health Endoscopy Center in Miami.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but is preventable when caught early through screening. According to the ACS, a colonoscopy can reduce a patient’s risk of dying from colon cancer by more than 50 percent. This is because the procedure gives doctors the best chance of spotting the precancerous polyps that can be easily removed before becoming malignant. Although the ACS 2018 guideline for colorectal cancer screening recommends that average-risk adults aged 45 years and older undergo regular screening, a quarter of all U.S. adults in this age group have not been screened.

“One of our main priorities as a healthcare provider is the prevention of disease, and this free colorectal cancer screening initiative is a valuable part of that effort,” said Mandy Gerlach, Vice President of Baptist Outpatient Services. “We are happy to donate our services and resources to improve the health and well-being of people in our community.”

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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PHOTOS/CAPTIONS

BHSF Screening Event Team Photo

Pictured, L to R, are: Gastro Health Practice Manager Percy Cabrera; Baptist Outpatient Services Vice President Mandy Gerlach; Baptist Health Endoscopy Center Director Ivette Hernandez; and Baptist Health Endoscopy Center team members Tawanna Edgecomb, CRNA; Vanessa Rojas, R.N.; Judith Montano, clinical support technician; Charlotte Monnot, endoscopy technician; and Derla Libby, R.N.

 

BHSF Screening Event Patient Photo

L to R, gastroenterologist Luis Hernandez, M.D., Paul Davies, CRNA, and Mabel Lopez, R.N., prepped a patient for his colonoscopy at Baptist Health Endoscopy Center.




Prominent neurosurgeon Michael McDermott, M.D., joins Baptist Health South Florida to lead Miami Neuroscience Institute

McDermott_headshotCORAL GABLES, Fla. – March 9, 2020 – Baptist Health South Florida welcomes Michael McDermott, M.D., a world-renown leader in neurosciences with clinical expertise in the field of meningioma research and gamma knife radiosurgery, as its new chief medical executive of Miami Neuroscience Institute, formerly known as Baptist Health Neuroscience Center.

Dr. McDermott, widely known for advancing neurosurgical techniques, pioneered surgical management of meningioma, a slow-growing tumor in the head that affects the brain. He is an expert in the treatment of a wide variety of neurological disorders, in addition to meningiomas, skull base tumors, brain metastases, gliomas, hydrocephalus, central nervous system infections and complex tumors of the skull base and spinal cord.

“I am delighted to have a colleague of his caliber join our organization,” said Michael Zinner, M.D., chief executive officer and executive medical director at Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida. “His expertise will help enhance our collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to research and delivery of the best cancer treatments for our patients.”

Dr. McDermott has conducted leading research that generated more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and comes from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as third in the nation in neurology and neurosurgery, where he was co-director of the Gamma Knife and CyberKnife Radiosurgery Program and held the distinguished Wolfe Family Endowed Professorship in Meningioma Research. In addition to serving as professor and vice chairman of neurological surgery, he is an accomplished educator. As residency program director, he trained young physicians from around the world.

“The arrival of Dr. McDermott to lead Miami Neuroscience Institute represents Baptist Health’s ability to harness the collective expertise of physician leaders and to offer the most innovative, comprehensive and individualized care available to our patients,” said Jack Ziffer, PhD, M.D., executive vice president, chief clinical officer and chief physician executive for Baptist Health South Florida.

Miami Neuroscience Institute provides care at all the Baptist Health facilities, with the exception of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, home to the renowned Marcus Neuroscience Institute, and Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West’s neuroscience programs. For the first several months, Dr. McDermott will focus on working with clinical and administrative leadership to plan and build the infrastructure as well as clinical depth and breadth of the program and set the stage for growth as a destination for neuroscience care.

“The multidisciplinary team approach we have at Baptist Health creates a special synergy between medical specialists from various fields to provide the most advanced care to our patients. This exceptional physician and surgeon will complement the tremendous medical talent that resides within Baptist Health and will continue to grow our national leadership in the treatment of conditions of the brain, spine and nervous system,” added Dr. Ziffer, PhD, M.D.

Miami Neuroscience Institute
Miami Neuroscience Institute, formerly known as Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, offers comprehensive and compassionate treatment for neurological conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. From non-surgical treatments and minimally invasive procedures to complex brain and spine surgery, the Center embraces a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

Miami Neuroscience Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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CORONAVIRUS: Know the Facts

Baptist Health hosts Press Conference & Facebook Live with leading experts

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Baptist Health COVID-19 Press ConferenceMIAMI – March 5, 2020 – Baptist Health South Florida featured a panel discussion Wednesday about the Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19. As questions and concerns arise throughout South Florida and nationwide about potential outbreaks, Baptist Health experts offered insights on infection protection, the latest on symptom awareness and how Baptist Health is prepared and screening potential patients, including the pivotal role of telemedicine, or Care on Demand, which allows you to see a physician from any mobile device or PC — any time, 24/7.

“As an organization tasked with taking care of our community, Baptist Health takes emergency preparedness very seriously,” said Dr. John Braden, Baptist Health’s director for emergency preparedness. “Across all our entities, we have a screening process at all entry points — including ERs and urgent care facilities — screening for pneumonia-like symptoms, and particularly fever and respiratory complaints.”

“Once we identify potential patients, they are moved into a triage area and we’ll do an in-depth interview on any possible travel history (and possible contact with potentially sick individuals). We would then identify and isolate them if they meet the criteria. And with guidance from the CDC and the Florida Health Department, we’ll manage any potential cases.”

Dr. David Mishkin, medical director of Baptist Health’s telehealth app, Baptist Health Care On Demand, offered the following insight: “Telemedicine is an alternative to seek care without physically having to go to a doctor’s office, an urgent care center, or a hospital. This is an excellent alternative for patients to seek care with our providers who have been trained and are following surveillance guidelines and CDC protocols.”

Things become more complicated for patients with comorbidities (one or more pre-existing chronic health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes).

“These are baseline conditions, such as respiratory disease or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or even complicated asthma cases or patients with other diseases, such as those recovering from lung cancer,” said Dr. Javier Pérez-Fernández, pulmonologist and critical care director at Baptist Hospital of Miami. “This is the population that can be exposed to more serious complications.”

Dr. Aileen Marty, professor, Infectious Diseases, at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, offers the following advice for protecting yourself against COVID-19: “It is very important to be hygienic. The good news about this virus is that it has an envelope. And envelope viruses are more sensitive to most any cleaning ingredients that we can use, almost any easy over-the-shelf cleaner. So by cleaning surfaces and keeping surfaces clean that are frequently touched, we’re going to reduce the spread.”

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.




Boca Raton Regional Hospital assistant vice president elected as vice chair of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Maureen Mann headshotBOCA RATON, FL – March 3, 2020 ­– Maureen Mann, executive director of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute and Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, has recently been elected as vice chair of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).

As executive director of Lynn Cancer Institute, Ms. Mann has administrative responsibilities for the strategic and daily operations of one of the largest cancer centers in Florida.

In her role as vice chair, Ms. Mann will work with other leadership at the ACS CAN to leverage the power of government to end suffering and death from cancer. She will work with volunteers across the country to educate elected officials on important cancer-fighting policies that positively impact legislation by supporting cancer research, prevention and treatment.

“For more than a decade, Maureen has remained a fierce advocate for policy change that reduces the cancer burden in Florida and nationwide,” said Lisa Lacasse, president of ACS CAN. “Because of Maureen’s passion and dedication, we continue to make great strides in the fight against cancer. Maureen’s expanded leadership role as vice chair of the Board will help us excel our mission to save lives and further our organization’s impact.”

Ms. Mann previously served on the ACS CAN’s Board of Directors as treasurer. She was a leader in Florida’s successful effort to raise the state’s cigarette excise tax by $1 per pack in 2009, the first increase in more than two decades. She played a key role in defeating a proposal to cut millions from Florida’s tobacco control program earlier this year and she helped grow the South Florida Policy Forum into one of the largest ACS CAN fundraising events in the country.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

About American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit www.fightcancer.org.

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Gary J. Becker, M.D., Named to Board of Directors of Baptist Health Medical Group

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MIAMI February 28, 2020 – Baptist Health South Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary J. Becker, M.D., to the Board of Directors of Baptist Health Medical Group, part of Baptist Health South Florida.

A retired interventional radiologist, Dr. Becker is a renowned educator, researcher, author and pioneer in the development of new vascular devices. He is an internationally recognized leader, serving as the Executive Director of the American Board of Radiology for nearly seven years. Dr. Becker served as Board Chair and President of one of the largest medical organizations in the world, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), receiving its Gold Medal in 2014 after serving eight years on its Board of Directors, with a focus on its scientific portfolio. With nine years on the Executive Council of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), he received its Gold Medal award in 2008. SIR’s Young Investigator Award carries his name, attesting to his service as founding editor of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and recognized leadership in research and cultivating the next generation of clinician-researchers.

Dr. Becker has held several key leadership positions at Baptist Health during his career, including Director of Interventional Radiology, Assistant Medical Director, and Medical Director of Clinical Research at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. Other notable career highlights include working as branch chief of Image Guided Intervention in the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis at the National Cancer Institute as well as professor of the Interventional Section at the University of Arizona.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Becker back to Baptist Health South Florida,” said Bernie Fernandez, Jr., M.D., CEO of Baptist Health Medical Group. “He brings a wealth of clinical skills, teaching expertise, business acumen and healthcare board leadership experience to our group.”

Bill R. Tillet, Baptist Health Medical Group board chair, added “We are confident that Dr. Becker’s vast knowledge and keen drive will serve our board well as we continue to refine and support the mission-driven vision and strategy of Baptist Health.”

A native of Chicago, Dr. Becker earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Indiana University, where he also completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and served on the faculty as Professor and Chief of the Vascular Section. Dr. Becker has served on several boards, most recently as chair of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Radiology and the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties. He has authored or coauthored 10 patents and cofounded a coronary stent company that maintains research, development and sales facilities around the world. He has published more than 230 journal articles, 36 book chapters and a textbook.

Dr. Becker and his wife Patricia Gallagher Becker, MD, a retired pediatrician, have three adult children and two grandchildren, and enjoy travel, book clubs and volunteering in their community.  Dr. Becker also enjoys his hobby of deep space astrophotography.

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

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Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Names Joseph T. McGinn, Jr., M.D., Chief of Cardiac Surgery

MIAMI, FL – February 26, 2020 — Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health and the region’s largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility, has named Joseph T. McGinn, Jr., M.D., chief of Cardiac Surgery. Dr. McGinn specializes in the assessment and surgical treatment of patients with coronary artery, aortic and vascular disease. A pioneer in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, he developed the minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting method known internationally as the “McGinn Technique.”

Dr. McGinn comes to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute from Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, part of Atrium HealthCare in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as endowed chair of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Prior to that appointment, he was a leading cardiac surgeon in New York City and served as medical director of the Heart Institute at Staten Island University Hospital for 16 years.

“Dr. McGinn is an expert physician and surgeon and an exceptional leader who has demonstrated excellence in patient care, innovation and team building,” said Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder and chief medical executive of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. “He will complement our team of highly skilled experts, who are committed to achieving the same goals.”

Jack A. Ziffer, Ph.D., M.D., executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Baptist Health South Florida, added, “We are pleased to have Dr. McGinn join Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute in this leadership capacity to continue his groundbreaking work and further advance the Institute’s worldwide leadership position in the delivery of cardiovascular care.”

An accomplished educator, Dr. McGinn has trained hundreds of surgeons from around the world in minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgical techniques. His clinical and research efforts have generated hundreds of presentations at scientific symposiums and publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and books. He has been recognized by the American Heart Association for excellence in medicine and received the Samuel L. Koontz Award for Clinical Excellence. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous professional societies.

Dr. McGinn earned his medical degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at SUNY Downstate, serving as chief resident. He also served as chief resident during a cardiothoracic surgery residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. McGinn enjoys boating with his family and is an avid football fan. He has performed 1,500 MICS CABG cases.

About Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region. The team of multilingual, multidisciplinary specialists pioneered the development of minimally invasive techniques used to treat aneurysms, blockages in veins and arteries and holes in the heart. The Institute leverages the power of Baptist Health’s combined resources of experts, pioneering research, compassionate caregivers and leading-edge treatments and technology.

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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