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Turnaround at UM Hospital Emergency Department Tied to Teamwork and Commitment to Change

From left, David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., Kymberlee J. Manni, Ph.D., and Todd Haner, D.N.P., M.B.A.

From left, David Zambrana, D.N.P., M.B.A., Kymberlee J. Manni, Ph.D., and Todd Haner, D.N.P., M.B.A. Photo GalleryView Photo Gallery

Following a dramatic four-month rise in patient-satisfaction scores, the Emergency Department at University of Miami Hospital stands as a textbook example of what is possible when top management makes a true commitment to change and the entire staff responds to the personal satisfaction that comes from improved performance.

The satisfaction measures that UMH administrators track closely in the monthly Press Ganey Emergency Department Report are those comparing UMH with approximately 230 peer hospitals across the U.S. The response they value most is “likelihood of recommending.” In April, UMH was ranked in the bottom quarter, with a score in the 24th percentile; the current score is in the 96th percentile.

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Teshamae Monteith, M.D.

Teshamae Monteith, M.D.

Study Shows Migraine Can Increase Risk of Stroke in Older Smokers

New research led by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine suggests older people who experience migraines may have an increased risk of stroke, but only if they are smokers. The study, “Migraine and risk of stroke in older adults: Northern Manhattan Study,” led by Teshamae Monteith, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, is published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“Our findings may provide more evidence as to why quitting smoking is important for people who experience migraine,” said Monteith, who is also Chief of the Headache Division at UHealth – University of Miami Health System and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “While this investigation of migraine and vascular events in older people found that only smokers with migraine have an increased risk of stroke, earlier studies have shown that women younger than 45 who have migraine with aura are also at an increased risk of stroke, whether or not they smoke.”

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Jaime R. Merchan, M.D.

Jaime R. Merchan, M.D.

Dr. Jaime R. Merchan Selected for NIH Developmental Therapeutics Study Section

Jaime R. Merchan, M.D., hematologist/oncologist at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been selected as a chartered member of the Developmental Therapeutics Study Section in the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health. The six-year term began July 1.

The Section reviews applications addressing the experimental therapy of neoplastic diseases in in vitro systems and in vivo model systems, including some early-stage, pilot clinical trials. Its major emphasis is the rational development of novel therapeutic strategies that have a significant potential for early translation to the clinic.

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F. Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.

F. Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Armstrong Receives American Cancer Society’s St. George National Award

For his longtime devotion to improving the lives of children with cancer and his work to advance science, health policy and education, F. Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., a longtime researcher with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was recently honored with the American Cancer Society’s 2015 St. George National Award.

“This is an honor and humbling recognition,” said Armstrong, who also serves as Interim Senior Associate Dean for Medical Faculty Affairs, Associate Chief of Staff at Holtz Children’s Hospital, Director of the Mailman Center for Child Development and Co-Director of the University of Miami Sickle Cell Center. “I’ve been a volunteer with the ACS for over 15 years. I believe passionately in the Society’s mission and what it accomplishes.”

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Richard Mancini, M.S.P.T., treating patient.

Richard Mancini, M.S.P.T., treating patient.
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First Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Graduates Become Board Certified

The first graduates of the Department of Physical Therapy’s new postgraduate orthopedic residency program have passed the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) examination for certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

The two graduates are Richard Mancini, M.S.P.T., Manager and Instructor at the department’s Plantation Clinic, and Kevin Mills, D.P.T., who is an adjunct faculty member.

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Julio Barredo, M.D., left, and Marco Flores, M.D.

Julio Barredo, M.D., left, and Marco Flores, M.D.

Sylvester Pediatric Oncologists Form Collaboration with Peru

As part of a unique agreement with the nation of Peru, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System, is helping establish a new pediatric bone marrow transplant program in Lima, as well as treating patients in the United States. The collaboration with the Peruvian government was developed in 2012 to provide low-income residents with access to health care that would otherwise be unavailable to them, but Sylvester became particularly involved in the past 18 months, once infrastructure in Peru was in place.

“Peru constructed and opened the new children’s hospital, the National Institute of Child Health San Borja, a year ago,” said Julio Barredo, M.D., Director of Children’s Cancer Programs and Director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “It was built as a national referral center and dedicated to four or five areas, including hematological malignancies and transplant.”

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Hermes Jose Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Hermes Jose Florez, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

UM Doctors Contribute to National Effort to Improve Health and Lifestyles for the Aging

A multidisciplinary team of doctors and researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has played an integral role in a White House-led initiative to improve the quality of life and health for aging populations throughout the U.S.

For several months leading up to the recent White House Conference on Aging, experts from UM’s Departments of Public Health Sciences and Medicine and the Miami VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center have worked as part of the National Committee on Aging to identify the medical needs and health care issues facing seniors, as well as devise solutions and methods of implementation for assistance programs, outreach services and research studies.

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From left, back row: Joaquin Jimenez, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., and Kyle Klingbeil. From left, front row: Fanny De La Cruz, Director of the San Cristobal clinic Unidades de Atención Primaria, Manuel Hilario, M.D., and Sarah King.

From left, back row: Joaquin Jimenez, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., and Kyle Klingbeil. From left, front row: Fanny De La Cruz, Director of the San Cristobal clinic Unidades de Atención Primaria, Manuel Hilario, M.D., and Sarah King.

Miller School Medical Students Collaborate with Provincial Minister of Health in Dominican Republic

Through the support of the non-profit organization Medical Students in Action (MSA), University of Miami Miller School of Medicine M.D. and M.D./M.P.H. students met with the Dominican Republic’s Provincial Director of Health, Manuel Antonio Hilario Acevedo, M.D., in San Cristobal on July 10 to collaborate on the development of a community health worker program. Over the past 13 years, MSA has organized and led annual, week-long health fairs in three rural communities of the San Cristobal Province.

“This MSA-driven community health worker program provides essential resources, follow-up and guidance to community members long after the health fair ends,” said Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health sciences and faculty mentor to the students.

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Hurricane Preparedness Guidelines Now Available on Security Department Website

A public version of the UHealth and Miller School of Medicine Hurricane Guidelines is now available on the Department of Security’s website.

The newly developed plan, provided in pdf format, is intended to unify preparedness, response and recovery efforts across the medical campus and health system. There are also links to preparedness information specifically for employees, students, researchers and the general university community.

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From left, Amy Lopez, Sandy Myint, Philip Profeta, Susan Montes, Elsa Liaiwapau and Jose Corredor.

From left, Amy Lopez, Sandy Myint, Philip Profeta, Susan Montes, Elsa Liaiwapau and Jose Corredor.

Supply Chain Services Aims for More Active Role in Transforming Lives

From the new valves UHealth cardiologists implant in faulty hearts, to the 5,000 beach balls that drop on graduates during commencement, to the tape athletic trainers wrap around injured ankles, the University of Miami buys a lot of stuff — nearly $1 billion worth every year. That’s a lot of goods and services to order, receive and deliver, which is the job of Supply Chain Services, a newly reorganized entity many UM employees may not be familiar with.

But not for long. As Philip Profeta, who joined the University as Associate Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer a year ago, notes, the Supply Chain Services team has been working “quietly but furiously” to consolidate and modernize the University’s procurement structure, systems, processes, and policies — with the goals of decreasing spending and expanding services.

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MyUHealthChart Patient Sign-up Contest Kicks Off August 3

In order to continue improving our patients’ experiences, the University is sponsoring a raffle contest for on-site Patient Access and UHealthConnect employees starting Monday, August 3, so that we can sign patients up to access their medical information easily through MyUHealthChart!

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New Toner/Cartridges Recycling Program on Medical Campus

Contributing empty ink and toner cartridges to be “re-used” (remanufactured) instead of simply “recycled” (de-manufactured) helps to save energy, reduce air and water pollution, and conserves natural resources.

To find out where the new bins are located on the medical campus, click here.

This Week's Grand Rounds

Wednesday, July 29, 2015Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery Grand Rounds

Thursday, July 30, 2015Anesthesiology Grand Rounds: Anesthesiology Billing Requirements

Thursday, July 30, 2015Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

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This Week's Events

Wednesday, July 29, 2015Calder Library Training Session: PubMed Advanced

Monday, August 3, 2015Calder Library Training Session: PubMed Basics

Tuesday, August 4, 2015Calder Library Training Session: Information-Seeking Tips @ Calder Library

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