UM Miller Leaders Welcome University of Miami Hospital Employees on the First Day of a Week of Celebration for the New Hospital
To mark the first weekday morning operating as the new University of Miami Hospital, the leadership of the UM Miller School of Medicine congregated in the hospital lobby to welcome employees to the UM family.
The team, led by Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Miller School, shook hands, shared breakfast, posed for pictures and handed out UM souvenirs, all amid a backdrop of orange and green and signs showing off the hospital’s new name and “U” logo.
The activities continue all week to celebrate the University of Miami Hospital coming into being at midnight Saturday when the University’s purchase of Cedars Medical Center from HCA became official. The 560-bed hospital is the University’s first and ushers in a new era of academic medical care in the region.
“It’s a wonderful day that celebrates the regrouping of two families and the launch of the first multidisciplinary acute care hospital with all of the doctors and nurses of Cedars and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine coming together to deliver the best care in Miami and beyond,” said Dean Goldschmidt.
This morning’s event also celebrated the team effort that brought the medically significant deal to fruition and several executives were on hand to help welcome the former Cedars employees. Joining Goldschmidt were William O’Neill, M.D., executive dean for clinical affairs; William J. Donelan, vice president for medical affairs and chief operating and strategy officer; and Michele Chulick, associate vice president and director of hospital operations.
Cedars executives who are now University of Miami Hospital executives were also on hand for the festivities, including CEO Tony Degina; Silvia Stradi, chief nursing officer; and Fran Allen, associate vice president for regulatory compliance.
“Today brings together all the hard work that went into this great accomplishment,” said Degina. “The staff is in very high spirits and there is an air of excitement with everyone willing to move forward with UM to create a great University of Miami Hospital. All the comments I have heard from employees have been extremely positive.”
That would include the many employees who greeted Dean Goldschmidt and his team as they made their way from the lobby through several floors for a mini-tour of hospital specialty rooms and departments including the operating rooms, the cardiac catheterization unit and the neuro intensive care unit.
“This is a great day. I am proud to be part of UM,” said radiology technician Alexander Maradiaga after he displayed a new high-tech X-ray machine for Dean Goldschmidt.
The University of Miami already had a strong, long-standing relationship with Cedars Medical Center as students and trainees rotated at the hospital in nearly a dozen specialties. Plans are now under way to build and expand Centers of Excellence in specialties ranging from cardiology and urology to orthopaedics and internal medicine at the new University of Miami Hospital.
“At the same time, we will continue and strengthen our invaluable and highly successful affiliation with the Jackson Health System by expanding existing programs in such areas as acute cardiac and stroke care, pediatrics, obstetrics, organ transplant, and trauma, neurological and orthopaedic surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital,” Dean Goldschmidt said. UM faculty physicians also serve as the medical staff of Jackson Memorial, which is run by the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County, and of the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Most physicians on the Cedars medical staff have already completed the credentialing process and are ready to begin practicing at the University of Miami Hospital.
“This is a wonderful combination of community doctors and university faculty physicians coming together,” said O’Neill. “What we have is a great group of health care professionals joining our family to help set a new standard for inpatient care.”