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A Message from Dean Goldschmidt about Ebola

As you know, a patient was transferred to Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center on Sunday afternoon to be tested for the Ebola virus. This was a highly precautionary measure, as the patient did not meet the criteria set for Ebola by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The test indicated that the patient did not have Ebola, according to the Florida Department of Health.

I am writing to assure you that we are following the Jackson situation closely, as well as all current information regarding Ebola cases elsewhere in the U.S. and throughout the world.

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Leadership Message from Dean Goldschmidt

I am pleased to announce that Roy Weiss, Chair of the Miller School Department of Medicine, has agreed to head the search committee seeking a replacement for Alan Livingstone, who is stepping down as Chair of the Department of Surgery.

Roy will lead an exceptional group of medical professionals being assembled to conduct a national search for candidates who possess the visionary leadership qualities necessary to build on the incredibly strong foundation Alan has created.

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Leadership Message from Dean Goldschmidt

It is with admiration and deepest gratitude that I announce that Alan Livingstone is stepping down after 18 years as Chair of the Miller School of Medicine Department of Surgery. Alan has lifted the department to extraordinary heights in education, research, clinical care and leadership of the Miller School.

Alan, who will remain on the faculty and continue to perform complex, life-saving surgeries for our patients, grew the department from 50 clinical faculty and a couple of researchers to 90 clinical faculty and 30 Ph.D. researchers. He brought the department’s NIH ranking into the top quartile of surgical departments, increasing the total research budget from $1.8 million in 1997 to $8.7 million in 2014, with $3.3 million of additional investment from the department.

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Message from the Dean: FLU SHOTS

October 1 marks the beginning of the 2014-15 flu season, and I am writing today to strongly urge you to get a flu shot.

Last week I announced the Miller School of Medicine’s policy requiring anyone who has in-person contact with patients to be vaccinated against influenza. Our patients — especially those who are the most vulnerable to viruses like influenza — are our first concern, and we must do all we can to avoid putting them at risk.

But it makes good sense for the rest of us, too. By getting a flu shot, you protect your co-workers, your family and friends as well as yourself.

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A Message from the Dean About Flu Vaccination

At UHealth, patient safety is our top priority and the primary driver in requiring flu vaccination for healthcare workers and staff who work in facilities where patient care is provided. Sick patients and those with compromised immune systems are at highest risk of serious complications from influenza. UHealth annual influenza vaccination is a safety priority and in the best interest of our patients and our employees.

Given our focus on patient safety, annual influenza vaccination will be a requirement for all healthcare workers (HCWs). At UHealth, HCWs are all those Miller School of Medicine workers whose role requires them to have in-person interactions (both clinical and non-clinical) with patients.

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