The Week of
June 11, 2018
South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report
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At its annual meeting on May 22, 2018 the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Board of Commissioners elected its new Board Chair and officers.  In a unanimous vote, the Board elected its Vice Chair, Brian R. Lohmann, to serve as Chair, along with Nancy C. Banner, Esq. as Vice Chair and Sean O’Bannon as Secretary. The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners appointed Mr. Lohmann to the Health Care District Board in September 2011 to represent the rural, western part of Palm Beach County known as “the Glades.” Mr. Lohmann, who was reappointed for a second four-year term in 2016, also serves as Chair of the District’s Finance Committee. 

Coral Gables Hospital Celebrates EMS Week

Coral Gables Hospital staff visited several EMS stations in the area and thanked the entire teams at those stations for all the work they do in the community.  EMS week is celebrated from May 20 to the 26th. This is the 44th year of the celebration. The tradition was started by President Gerald R. Ford who authorized the week for people to celebrate and honor professionals for the important work that they do in the community.  “We wanted to take the time and thank as many members of the EMS teams for helping those in need,” said Christina Jimenez, CEO of Coral Gables Hospital

Fitch Upgrades Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida (FL) Revenue Bonds to 'A-'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'A-' Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida and has upgraded to 'A-' from 'BBB+' debt issued by City of Miami Beach Health Facilities Authority on behalf of Mount Sinai.
The 'A-' IDR reflects Mount Sinai's solid operating performance, which Fitch expects will continue. Mount Sinai is in the process of constructing a new surgical tower and emergency center at its main location on Miami Beach, as well as a freestanding emergency department in Hialeah.  The new facilities are scheduled to open in late 2018. Mount Sinai's high leverage related to the surgical tower project is mitigated by adequate liquidity and substantial support provided by the Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation.

Indian River Medical Center and Indian River County Hospital District Process Continues With Cleveland Clinic

Indian River Medical Center, the Indian River County Hospital District and Cleveland Clinic are proceeding as expected with the careful pace that is necessary and normal for healthcare relationships.
While this continues to be the “quiet period,” the community should be aware that the due diligence process is moving forward as expected and all parties continue to work toward a definitive agreement in July. Once that has been completed, there will be regulatory re¬view and approval before this is complete.

Apply today for a Quantum in the Community grant and share in $750,000!

Applications opened June 4 for grassroots nonprofits in Palm Beach County to receive their share of $750,000. Thanks to Quantum Foundation, this year marks the 8th annual Quantum in the Community initiative to help local nonprofits which are working toward a healthier Palm Beach County by meeting the basic needs of residents through food, clothing, shelter, transportation and more.


Practice Greenhealth Partner Recognition Award honors emerging leaders in environmental stewardship
In recognition for achievements in sustainability and waste reduction, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center received a Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. The award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.


The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) launched a new, interactive website that allows families to find out which nursing homes and assisted living facilities (ALFs) in Florida are in compliance with the emergency power rules. This webpage updates daily and enables viewers to view data by county, facility type, and status of compliance. Recognizing the significant public interest in this issue, AHCA is prioritizing the transparency of this data availability.
AHCA also announced that currently, 99 percent of nursing homes and a majority of the assisted living facility (ALF) beds are in homes that have the emergency backup power that is required by the rules or have submitted a plan to have this power installed within the coming months. AHCA’s new website is important as it will be updated daily to reflect facilities coming into compliance with the rules and those installing emergency backup power. Data shows that 683 of 684 nursing homes are in compliance, and 1,620 ALFs are in compliance, representing 71,974 licensed beds out of 101,997.
Secretary Justin Senior said, “Ensuring the safety of the patients and residents in Florida’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities is our Agency’s top priority, and we’re proud that Florida is one of the first states in the country to require this critical safety measure. Families must have the assurance that the facilities responsible for caring for their loved ones have the resources needed to be fully prepared ahead of any potential storms. These life-saving rules put safeguards in place and now, more than ever, facilities are prepared for an event that could knock out power. We will continue to do everything in our power to hold these important facilities accountable and strictly enforce these rules which include fines for facilities refusing to comply.”
AHCA is working with state and local officials to inspect the facilities that have implemented their emergency plan to ensure compliance. If a facility has not documented compliance, AHCA will issue fines and other penalties. The Agency is also actively working to bring every facility in Florida into compliance and hold those accountable that are not.
Pursuant to Florida law, a private business may seek a variance from any rule, given the business meets stringent requirements specific to that variance. While extensions are allowable under the rule, before one is approved by AHCA, the facility must provide a detailed explanation of how they will ensure patient protection during the extension timeframe. There are a variety of reasons a facility could request an extension, for example if they are waiting on the local emergency management officials to approve their plan, or if they are waiting on permits for construction or zoning. Extension details include how patient temperatures will remain safe during loss of power, such as how the facility will be cooled and evacuation plans if needed.
Examples of plans during the extension period include:
• Bringing a temporary generator onsite during power outages;
• Contracting for priority fuel replenishment during a power outage;
• Moving residents to common areas that can be cooled with an existing generator; and
• Evacuation if needed.   
AHCA is tasked with regulating the state’s nursing homes and ALFs, which ensure that Florida’s most vulnerable populations are safe.  These licensed facilities must comply with all rules including patient care standards, medication assistance and administration, and other life safety measures; the same compliance is expected for emergency power requirements.  Inspections are ongoing to monitor compliance.
To easily see the status of compliance for nursing homes and assisted living facilities click here. This easy to use site allows you to see the status of implementation by facility, facility type and county.


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Let's Connect: SFHEF June Spotlight

By Kenneth Wong

The South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum (SFHEF) is the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). SFHEF’s mission is to improve healthcare delivery by providing members with access to educational, networking and career development activities.
I was first introduced to SFHEF and ACHE in 2014, when I was invited to serve on a panel to discuss the importance of patient segmentation in healthcare marketing. Since then, I have remained a strong supporter of SFHEF’s mission and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018, tasked with planning the educational events for the chapter. This exciting role allows me to highlight “hot topics” in healthcare, recruit experts to address those topics, and share that knowledge with our members. As someone who loves learning and connecting people, I truly enjoy this responsibility and am grateful for this opportunity.
Regardless of our individual roles and organizations in healthcare, our collective mission should be keeping people healthy. Sharing knowledge and best practices is a great way to help accomplish that mission! If you have ideas for programs, please reach out. #EducateEngageInspire!

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WEEKLY UPDATE – June 8, 2018

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) continues to focus on the health and safety of Florida's families and is dedicated to ensuring patients have safe access to low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana. We are pleased to provide this weekly update on the DOH Office of Medical Marijuana Use's (OMMU) diligent work implementing the many requirements in Amendment 2 and those set by the Florida Legislature in section 381.986, F.S. (2018).

OMMU by the Numbers

Patients in the Registry: 120,351*
Patients added since last update: 2,829
Processing Time for Complete Paper Application: 15 days
Qualified Physicians: 1,339
Processing Time for Complete Online Application: 15 days
Approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers: 13 Approved ID Card Applications: 97,256*
Card applications approved since last update: 3,233
Approved Retail Dispensing Locations: 40
Amount of Medical Marijuana Dispensed This Week (June 1-June 8): 26,163,451 mgs
Total Inspections to date: 167
Total Inspections for 2018: 84 Applications in Processing: 3,088
Amount of Low-THC Cannabis Dispensed This Week (June 1-June 8): 1,561,523 mgs
Total Employees Hired to date: 29

*Note, not all patients entered into the medical marijuana use registry apply for medical marijuana use identification cards.
 Implementation Updates
• Low-THC cannabis and medical marijuana has been and continues to be available for qualified patients. Patients may search for qualified ordering physicians using the new search tool on the OMMU Patients Page. Patients can check the license status of their qualified ordering physician at any time using Patients and caregivers may fill their orders at any of the 40 dispensing locations, or via delivery from approved MMTCs below.
• The OMMU website has been updated to include new notices of rule development related to the regulation of medical marijuana treatment centers. You can access the notices here.
• The mailing address for Patient and Caregiver ID card applications has changed:P.O Box 31313, Tampa, FL 33631-3313.

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