West Kendall Baptist Hospital recognized by Florida Hospital Association for Community Contributions

MIAMI ― November 27, 2019 ― West Kendall Baptist Hospital has received a Community Benefit Achievement award from the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) for its efforts to improve the health of the community. The honor, given during the FHA’s annual Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards in Orlando, recognized West Kendall Baptist Hospital in the 150-beds and under division. The award highlighted the Healthy Hub, where more than 25,000 free health screenings have been performed since opening in the hospital lobby in 2015.

The Healthy Hub is a one-stop health kiosk that provides screenings such as blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, body fat and weight. Aiming to improve overall fitness and balance ― and decrease the risk of falls ― TRX MAPS was added last year. It measures mobility, muscle activation, posture and symmetry as participants do three squats and then provides results and suggested exercises to target problem areas.

A dedicated registered nurse is on site to provide education and motivate participants to improve their health and return for reassessment. She also gives them “green” prescriptions to encourage them to visit local parks and green spaces. If they do not have a primary care physician or need a specialist, they are referred to one. On occasion, participants are whisked to the emergency room if results indicate a potentially dangerous problem.

“At the Healthy Hub, we have served community members as young as 11 and as old as 86,” said Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “In many cases, participants are surprised that they are at risk for illness and disease. What is most satisfying is seeing area residents get a better understanding of their health status. Many have been empowered to change their lifestyle because of a visit to the Healthy Hub. They have become healthier by losing weight, lowering their cholesterol and glucose levels and even by stopping smoking.”

The Healthy Hub is one of many programs spearheaded by West Kendall Baptist Hospital that relates to the health and wellness of the community. The hospital also drives Healthy West Kendall, a partnership with schools, businesses, government and civic organizations. Healthy West Kendall was selected as part of the inaugural cohort to participate in Communities of Excellence 2026, a learning collaborative that used the Baldrige Framework to elevate the community.

About West Kendall Baptist Hospital
West Kendall Baptist Hospital 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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Medical oncologist Sarah Joseph, M.D., joins Miami Cancer Institute

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MIAMI – November 27, 2019 — Medical oncologist Sarah Joseph, M.D., has joined Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida, the state’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. Dr. Joseph will primarily be a hospital-based hematologist-oncologist. She will see new patient consultations and manage the day-to-day care of patients requiring hospitalization.

Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Joseph earned her medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Experimental Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She completed a residency in internal medicine at UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg, Pa.  Her post-doctoral training also included a fellowship divided between Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa. and McGill University. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and a member of the American College of Physicians.

“Managing the care of cancer patients who require hospitalization calls for specialized training and expertise,” said Michael J. Zinner, M.D., CEO and executive medical director of Miami Cancer Institute. “Our patients will benefit from Dr. Joseph’s proven record of providing compassionate, high-quality, safe care.”

Dr. Joseph is affiliated with Baptist Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

About Miami Cancer Institute
Miami Cancer Institute brings to South Florida access to personalized clinical treatments and comprehensive support services delivered with unparalleled compassion. No other cancer program in the region has the combination of cancer-fighting expertise and advanced technology—including the first proton therapy center in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, and one of the only radiation oncology program in the world with each of the newest radiation therapies in one place—to diagnose and deliver precise cancer treatments that achieve the best outcomes and improve the lives of cancer patients. The Institute offers an impressive roster of established community oncologists and renowned experts, clinical researchers and genomic scientists recruited from the nation’s top cancer centers. Selected as Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer (MSK) Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute is part of a meaningful clinical collaboration that affords patients in South Florida access to innovative treatments and ensures that the standards of care developed by their multidisciplinary disease management teams match those at MSK.

Miami Cancer 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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In Mariners Hospital’s Hyperbaric Chamber, patients benefit from the healing power of oxygen

Tavernier, FL – November 26, 2019 – After enduring four years of chronic pain and swelling and multiple surgeries and therapy sessions to treat his foot injury, Keys resident and Mariners Hospital Imaging Director, J.C. Holmes, is finally getting relief, thanks to hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions at Mariners Hospital. While receiving treatment in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, patients like Mr. Holmes are completely immersed in 100 percent oxygen delivered at high pressure. The process greatly increases the level of oxygen in the bloodstream, which speeds healing, helps fight infection, eliminates toxic substances and provides other health benefits.

Mariners Hospital has the only hospital-based hyperbaric chamber in the Florida Keys. The clinical team often utilizes the therapy to treat decompression sickness—a hazard of scuba diving also known as “the bends,”— as well as other conditions such as serious infections, bubbles of air in the blood vessels and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.

“When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen than normal to heal and survive,” said Scott Fowler, manager of Hyperbaric Medicine at Mariners Hospital. “We take over when traditional wound care doesn’t work.”

The treatment protocol for Mr. Holmes’ L-shaped foot injury consisted of 30, two-hour sessions in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. The chamber’s large size enabled Mr. Holmes to relax, sleep, watch TV or talk with his hyperbaric therapist while receiving treatment.

“The team at Mariners Hospital was wonderful,” he said. “You are in a very intimate setting, and they put you at ease. They helped with any questions or anxiety I had and walked me through every step.”

Within the first 10 days of treatment, Mr. Holmes noticed a decrease in pain and swelling.

“This is the first year out of the last five that I have lived relatively pain-free,” he said. “Now, every time I peddle a bike pain-free, I think of how thankful I am to the hyperbaric medicine team.”

About Mariners Hospital
Mariners Hospital 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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The hyperbaric oxygen chamber at Mariners Hospital is a large cylinder with clear viewports, comfortable seating and standing room.

 

Kathi Merriman, R.N., monitors patient J.C. Holmes.

 

Scott Fowler, manager of Hyperbaric Medicine at Mariners Hospital, and Kathi Merriman, R.N., review results.




Baptist Health Medical Group welcomes family medicine physician Andria Rodriguez, M.D., to its Primary Care team

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MIAMI ― November 26, 2019 ― Family medicine physician Andria Rodriguez, M.D., has joined Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of primary care doctors and specialists who provide high-quality medical care to patients of all ages, as part of Baptist Health Primary Care. Dr. Rodriguez specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health issues, including simple and complex health conditions, chronic disease management, minor emergencies and the coordination of specialty care. She also focuses on wellness and prevention to help patients prevent disease, decrease disability and maintain good health.

Dr. Rodriguez received her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. She completed a family medicine residency with St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine Program in Alabama, where she served as chief resident and recruiting coordinator. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Barry University and research certifications from the National Institutes of Health and the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative. Prior to joining Baptist Health, she was an attending physician in the community. She is Board-certified in family medicine and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Active in her community, Dr. Rodriguez has served on the Boards of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and the Hope and Dreams Foundation in Miami, and has volunteered with the Biomedical Sciences Society in Miami, the Orphanage Student Organization in Grenada, West Indies, and with M-Power Ministries in Birmingham, Ala. When she was a volunteer with the Miami-Dade County Health Department, Dr. Rodriguez was involved in a community education project to raise awareness and educate the community about asthma and its impact on health. She is the recipient of the Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine Resident Award.

“By being deeply involved in her community, Dr. Rodriguez is helping to solve the area’s most pressing health concerns and has developed strong ties to her patients and their families,” said Bernie Fernandez Jr., M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health Medical Group.

She is affiliated with West Kendall Baptist Hospital and will see patients at 11535 SW 88 Street.

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is 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 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.

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Ana Cecilia Belzarena, M.D., orthopedic surgical oncologist and pediatric orthopedic surgeon, joins Baptist Health Medical Group

MIAMI, FL – November 25, 2019 – Ana Cecilia BelDr. Belzarena Headshotzarena, M.D., a fellowship-trained oncology orthopedic surgeon and pediatric orthopedic surgeon, is bringing her talents to Miami Cancer Institute and to Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. Miami Cancer Institute is Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute provides comprehensive services for athletes and non-athletes – from physical and cognitive evaluation to rehabilitation and surgical reconstruction. Dr. Belzarena specializes in the surgical treatment of musculoskeletal tumors, including benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors; with a main interest in limb salvage procedures, and metastatic lesions. She also manages the orthopedic problems that can arise in oncologic patients, such as pathologic and atypical fractures, avascular necrosis and osteoporosis. Additionally, Dr. Belzarena specializes in pediatric orthopedic surgery; specifically, pediatric fractures, limb abnormalities, hip and foot disorders, pediatric bone and soft tissue tumors and orthopedic care of cerebral palsy.

Dr. Belzarena earned her medical degree at the University of the Republic, College of Medicine in Montevideo, Uruguay and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Santa Casa of Sao Paulo Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She then completed two orthopedic oncology fellowships at the following highly respected institutions: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, N.Y. and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, as well as a pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Dr. Belzarena is actively involved in clinical research to increase the efficacy of treatments and improve patient outcomes. She was published in peer-reviewed medical journals and lectured at national and international academic symposiums. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Musculoskeletal Tumor Society.

“We are proud to add Dr. Belzarena to our team of highly skilled specialists at Baptist Health Medical Group,” said Bernie Fernandez Jr., M.D., chief executive officer of Baptist Health Medical Group. “She brings exceptional expertise in two specialties and is a welcome addition to our two prestigious Institutes and our community.”

Both Michael J. Zinner, M.D., chief executive officer and executive medical director of Miami Cancer Institute, and John Uribe, M.D., medical director of Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, agree that Dr. Belzarena’s diverse training and tremendous talents will greatly benefit patients at both Institutes.

Dr. Belzarena is affiliated with Baptist Hospital and South Miami Hospital and has two office locations in Miami: 8900 North Kendall Drive and 8740 North Kendall Drive, Suite 115.

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is 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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Bethesda Health Physician Group welcomes fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon Jessica L. Buicko, M.D., to its team

Dr. Buicko headshot.jpgBOYNTON BEACH, FL – November 25, 2019 — The only fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon in Palm Beach County, Jessica L. Buicko, M.D., has joined Bethesda Health Physician Group, a premier physician group that provides high-quality medical care and is part of Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Buicko treats a range of disorders impacting the body’s endocrine system through open and minimally invasive surgery of the adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands.

Dr. Buicko earned an undergraduate degree in biology and participated as a scholar-athlete on the nationally ranked women’s lacrosse team at Johns Hopkins University. She went on to earn her medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, graduating with distinction as part of the Alpha Omega Alpha and Iron Arrow Honor Societies. She completed a general surgery residency at the University of Miami program at JFK Medical Center in Palm Beach County, where she served as chief resident and was named Resident of the Year. She then completed a fellowship in advanced endocrine and metabolic surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She also received advanced training in breast surgical oncology and minimally invasive surgery, including both robotic and laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Buicko is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. She has faculty appointments at both Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami. She is widely published in peer-reviewed medical journals and is the author of numerous book chapters and a surgical handbook. She is a member of several professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Buicko to our highly skilled team of experts,” said Bert Mosley, director of Physician Practice Operations at Bethesda Health Physician Group. “She is the only fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon in Palm Beach County, and we are proud to offer this level of expertise to our patients with endocrine diseases.”

Dr. Buicko is affiliated with Bethesda Hospital East and will see patients in her office, General and Vascular Surgery Specialists, located at 2800 S. Seacrest Blvd., Suite 200, in Boynton Beach.

About Bethesda Hospital East
Bethesda Hospital East 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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Douglas Inciarte, M.D., named director of Family Medicine Residency Program at West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Dr. Inciarte HeadshotMIAMI ― November 20, 2019 ― Family medicine physician Douglas Inciarte, M.D., has been named program director of the West Kendall Baptist Hospital – Florida International University Family Medicine Residency program. The program prepares clinically skilled physicians to work in the full spectrum of family medicine, including the management of acute and chronic conditions in adults and children, women’s health, sports medicine, health promotion and disease prevention in settings ranging from the emergency room to the home. The program is based in the Baptist Health Primary Care Family Medicine Center adjacent to West Kendall Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Inciarte comes to Baptist Health South Florida from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where he served as the family medicine clinic director and was associate professor of family medicine. A graduate of the medical school of Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela, Dr. Inciarte completed a family medicine residency at UNMC, where he also served as chief resident. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in medical management from The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

In his years as a family medicine physician and clinic director in Nebraska, Dr. Inciarte received many honors and served on numerous professional strategic and leadership committees. He was named Department of Family Medicine House Officer of the Year and Department of Family Medicine Resident Teacher of the Year. He chaired the Ambulatory Quality Committee, the Nebraska Medicine’s Medical Directors Meetings, the Scientific Affairs Committee of the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians and was co-chair of the Primary Care Clinical Program Growth and Innovation Group. He was also an active member of the Clinical Integration Committee, the Value-Based Physician Advisory Committee, the Nebraska Medicine Ambulatory Executive Committee, the Nebraska Medicine Value Domain Strategic Steering Committee, the Primary Care Quality and Outcomes Committee and others.

Since 2011, Dr. Inciarte served as the director for the UNMC College of Medicine’s clerkship program and has been a preceptor for medical students and nurse practitioners. He has been published in numerous medical journals and authored and served as editor of medical textbook chapters and sections. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Association for Physician Leadership.

“The role of the family physician in improving the health of our community has become even more crucial in recent years,” said Agueda Hernandez, M.D., former family medicine residency program director and chief medical officer for the Baptist Health Center for the Advancement of Learning. “Dr. Inciarte brings the experience necessary to continue to deepen our program and prepare our residents to care for our diverse population.”

As program director of the West Kendall Baptist Hospital – Florida International University Family Medicine Residency, he will oversee all aspects of the continued training of residents. The program, established in 2012, attracts nearly 2,000 applicants each year for a class of four residents.

“With Dr. Inciarte on board, the Family Medicine Residency program will continue to foster an innovative and compassionate teaching environment with a rigorous educational program that places its emphasis on the family as a whole,” said Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital and corporate chief academic officer.

The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and has a cohort of 12 residents.

“With his extensive background in both family medicine and in teaching young doctors, Dr. Inciarte will be instrumental in ensuring that the next generation of physicians will make lasting contributions at Baptist Health and in the South Florida community,” said Bernie Fernandez Jr., M.D., chief executive officer of Baptist Health Medical Group.

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is 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 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.

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Baptist Health South Florida names Javier Hernández-Lichtl CEO of Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute

javier-hernandez-lichtlCoral Gables, Fla. – November 18, 2019 — Javier Hernández-Lichtl has been named Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. The seasoned healthcare leader currently serves as CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He will succeed Nelson Lazo, who has been named CEO of Baptist Health’s Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. Both leaders will assume their respective new roles on December 2, and will work together on Baptist Health’s sports partnerships. Hernández-Lichtl will continue to serve as Chief Academic Officer for Baptist Health, leading the Center for Advancement of Learning including all nursing, pharmacy, allied health and Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs.

“Sheldon Anderson, Vice Chairman of the Doctors Hospital Board of Directors, and I are pleased to announce the appointment of Javier Hernández-Lichtl as the CEO of Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute,” said Bo Boulenger, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Baptist Health South Florida. “Javier is a dynamic leader who is passionate about serving our patients and community.”

Anderson added, “We are thrilled to have Javier join our team. He brings a wealth of experience in leading effective teams and driving innovation to deliver exceptional care, gained from more than 30 years with Baptist Health.”

Almost a decade ago, Hernández-Lichtl assembled and led the team that opened West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Miami-Dade County’s first new hospital in more than 35 years. Under his leadership, the hospital has become both a community hub and a center for innovation earning national accolades for quality, safety and service.  West Kendall Baptist Hospital also has the distinction of being the first academic medical facility in the Baptist Health system, closely linked with Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. West Kendall Baptist Hospital also achieved the prestigious National Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), becoming one of the fastest new hospitals to achieve this prestigious designation.

Hernández-Lichtl began his career with Baptist Health as an administrative resident. In addition to his leadership at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, he has also served as CEO of Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Enterprises, Chief Administrative Officer of Baptist Health and CEO of South Miami Hospital.

Hernández-Lichtl’s dedication to the South Florida community extends beyond healthcare delivery to the education and the arts. He currently serves on the Board of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum. He previously served on the United Way of Miami-Dade Board, the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board and the Adrienne Arsht Center Board. In addition, he chaired the Florida Sterling Council and Miami International University of Art & Design Board.

Hernández-Lichtl is a member of Leadership Miami’s Class XXIII and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Among his numerous accolades are the Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the Power Leader of the Year Award from Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Humanitarian of the Year from the March of Dimes and one of the Top 50 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S. from Hispanic Business Magazine.

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is 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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First community-wide “Dribble Drive Against Cancer” takes to the streets to benefit Miami Cancer Institute

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MIAMI November 16, 2019 — Miami HEAT fans, cancer survivors, novice and experienced dribblers and others who want to make a difference in the fight against cancer took to the streets of Miami today in an event like no other:  The first-ever community-wide “Dribble Drive Against Cancer”.

Today’s fundraiser – presented by Miccosukee Resort & Gaming – marked the culmination of this year’s “HEAT.HELP.CURE.” initiative, representing, “Join the HEAT. You can HELP. Find a CURE.” Three leading South Florida organizations – the Miami HEAT, Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute and Entercom – are in year two of the distinct philanthropic partnership.

“HEAT.HELP.CURE. is about our community coming together as a team in the fight against cancer,” said Baptist Health’s Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer Joe Natoli. “It’s us versus cancer.”

Novice and experienced dribblers alike today raised funds for the cause by dribbling a basketball at their own pace on three different routes:

  • The Dribble Drive Challenge, 13.8 miles from Miami Cancer Institute to AmericanAirlines Arena
  • The Dribble Drive, 3.3 miles from Vizcaya Village to the arena
  • The Dribble Drive Dash, around the perimeter of the arena

Dribble Drive Challenge (13.8-mile) participants received a signature “pineapple” basketball autographed by Bam Adebayo and a photo at the arena with HEAT legend Glen Rice. Dribble Drive (3.3-mile) participants received two free tickets to a Miami HEAT game.

Five participating Entercom stations — Power 96 (WPOW-FM), 101.5 LITE FM (WLYF-FM), 102.7 The Beach (WMXJ-FM), AM 790 The Ticket (WAXY-AM) and 104.3 The Shark (WSFS-FM) – joined the community in the Dribble Drive. Kicked off by AM 790 The Ticket midday show co-host and Miami HEAT reporter Jonathon Zaslow, the Dribble Drive featured station talent dribbling from Miami Cancer Institute to AmericanAirlines Arena, with listeners encouraged to join them and donate along the way.

The same lineup of stations participated November 13 in the second annual “HEAT.HELP.CURE. Radiothon,” broadcasting live from the plaza at AmericanAirlines Arena.  During the 13-hour event, listeners made phone and online donations to benefit Miami Cancer Institute. The radiothon featured interviews with Miami HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, HEAT legends who have been affected by cancer, coaches, patients who have been treated at Miami Cancer institute, and physicians who provide expert, compassionate care to those patients.

The tipoff of HEAT.HELP.CURE. was the Miami HEAT’s “Red, White & Pink Game,” an open scrimmage October 6 at AmericanAirlines Arena with ticket sales benefiting the cause.

The combined events within the HEAT.HELP.CURE. initiative raised more than $576,881 to benefit groundbreaking cancer research at Miami Cancer Institute, which opened in 2017 and now cares for more than 1,000 patients daily.

“Every day, cancer researchers and physicians at Miami Cancer Institute work tirelessly to build a world without cancer,” said the Institute’s CEO and Executive Medical Director Michael Zinner, M.D. “Our community can make a genuine impact through this significant partnership.”

Generous sponsors of HEAT.HELP.CURE. include American Airlines, Anidjar & Levine, Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs, Brightline, Carnival Foundation, Catholic Health Services, Clear Channel Outdoor, Entercom, FedEx, Florida Blue, Florida Power & Light, Healthgrades, Media Counselors, Miami-Dade Ambulance Service, Miami HEAT, Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Misfits Gaming, Perry Ellis International, Republica Havas, Team FootWorks, UBER and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

HEAT.HELP.CURE. supporters include Bermello Ajamil & Partners, The Box Advertising, Carlton Fields, Freebee, Greenberg Traurig, Microsoft, Ultimate Software, Wizard Creations and Wolfe Pincavage.

For more information about HEAT.HELP.CURE. and to make a difference, visit HEATHELPCURE.org.

About Miami Cancer Institute
Miami Cancer Institute brings to South Florida access to personalized clinical treatments and comprehensive support services delivered with unparalleled compassion. No other cancer program in the region has the combination of cancer-fighting expertise and advanced technology—including the first proton therapy center in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, and one of the only radiation oncology program in the world with each of the newest radiation therapies in one place—to diagnose and deliver precise cancer treatments that achieve the best outcomes and improve the lives of cancer patients. The Institute offers an impressive roster of established community oncologists and renowned experts, clinical researchers and genomic scientists recruited from the nation’s top cancer centers. Selected as Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer (MSK) Alliance, Miami Cancer Institute is part of a meaningful clinical collaboration that affords patients in South Florida access to innovative treatments and ensures that the standards of care developed by their multidisciplinary disease management teams match those at MSK.

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Bethesda Hospital names Tracy Edelstein, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Tracy Edelstein HeadshotBOYNTON BEACH, FL – November 14, 2019 — Tracy Edelstein, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been named vice president and chief nursing officer of Bethesda Hospital. In this role, she will lead the hospital’s nursing division and collaborate with the administrative team to execute the nursing strategic plan. She will also direct the Bethesda College of Health Sciences, which offers programs to prepare competent and caring health professionals by bridging the gap between education and clinical practice.

Dr. Edelstein brings more than 20 years of nursing experience to this leadership position. Most recently, she served as associate vice president of nursing services and interim regional chief nursing officer for Geisinger Health System in Scranton, PA. She also has extensive teaching experience, serving as an adjunct professor of nursing at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA.

“Tracy is a passionate and dynamic nurse leader who is committed to delivering high-quality care that enhances patient outcomes,” said Roger L. Kirk, FACHE, chief executive officer of Bethesda Hospital. “Our patients and families, nurses and hospital team will benefit greatly from her exceptional clinical, mentoring and leadership skills.”

Dr. Edelstein earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Nutrition Science from Syracuse University in New York, a Master of Science in Nursing from Pace University in New York City and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Carlow University.

About Bethesda Hospital
Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West are 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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