The hospital leadership team welcomed Eric Rosenberg, M.D., MSPH, FACP, as associate chief medical officer. Rosenberg joined C. Parker Gibbs, M.D., UF Health Shands chief medical officer, and Shelley Wells Collins, M.D., associate chief medical officer. Our physician leaders foster strong partnerships between hospital medical staff and clinical teams to improve clinical outcomes and the patient experience.
From May to October, Collins served as interim director of clinical quality for UF Health Shands. She collaborated with clinical faculty and hospital leaders to support quality and safety programs. (See “Looking ahead for 2018” for information about our new chief quality officer, Sasha Grek, M.D.)
Four UF Health executives assumed leadership roles for the hospital Clinical Quality and Patient Safety departments: Patient Experience (reporting to Irene Alexaitis, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC, UF Health Shands chief nursing officer); Clinical Risk Management (reporting to C. Parker Gibbs, M.D., UF Health Shands chief medical officer); Quality Analytics (reporting to Gigi Lipori, UF Health chief data officer); and Quality and Accreditation (reporting to Diana Richardson, UF Health Shands vice president of operations). They work with each team’s leaders to steer quality and safety efforts to improve patient outcomes and ensure Quality is Job 1.
Jill M. Sumfest, M.D., M.S., FACS, was named GatorCare president in July, adding to her role as GatorCare medical director. Sumfest is board-certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery, and has managed care expertise with commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans.
Strategic goals & growth
UF Health Physicians debuted two new practices: one in Ocala, in Marion County, and the other in Summerfield, in Lake County just north of The Villages® community. UF Health Ocala Heath Brook is serving cardiology, maternalfetal, reproductive endocrinology and infertility patients and offers a pediatric after hours clinic with UF Health physicians on site every weekday. UF Health Villages offers cardiology, gynecology oncology, urogynecology and orthopaedics services, with plastic surgery consultations.
In May, UF Health officials broke ground at UF Health Springhill to add clinical services behind the current facility. The new building will house UF Health Physicians practices and will expand primary care and specialty care, including internal medicine, family medicine, adult and child psychiatry, allergy, integrative medicine, medical psychology and pain management.
Earlier last year, UF Health entered into a formal affiliation with Sacred Heart in Pensacola to provide residency training, pediatric subspecialty care and neonatal and pediatric critical care transport through UF Health ShandsCair. Through this relationship, UF College of Medicine faculty operate physician residency programs in internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. The UF Department of Pediatrics is also working with Sacred Heart to provide specialized pediatric subspecialty care to critically ill children in the Panhandle.
With the UF Health and Sacred Heart neonatal and pediatric critical care transport relationship, ShandsCair will lead the ground and air transport of pediatric patients in the Panhandle and offer a service that can fly faster and farther than Sacred Heart’s previous air ambulance. In the event a critically injured child requires a level of care only available at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, ShandsCair can fly from Pensacola to Gainesville without stopping to refuel, which could ultimately save a patient’s life. These services join the existing relationship with Sacred Heart in adult kidney transplant.
Clinical excellence + research
Early last year, a patient received what he called a “bionic eye” — a microelectrode array implanted in the retina — here at UF Health Shands Hospital. The electrode assumes the function of damaged retinal cells, sending signals to a special pair of glasses that allows the patient to see shapes and contrasting images. This was our first patient to receive this microelectrode array and our hospital was one of only 18 implant sites in the U.S.
Last year, families of infants diagnosed with high-risk single ventricle heart defects went home with specially configured iPads and apps that help send important real-time monitoring data to their UF Health care team. Our team at the UF Health Congenital Heart Center, part of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, was first in the state to use this technology.
In the fall, three pharmacy technician trainees became the first graduates from the nine-week Pharmacy Technician Training Program, a new collaboration between UF Health Shands Pharmacy Services and the UF College of Pharmacy.
In February, we opened the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital Neonatal ICU, newly renovated space for our tiniest, most vulnerable patients and their families. It expanded the NICU from 12,632 square feet to 20,844 square feet. The new environment is soothing and family friendly and supports the team’s exceptional clinical care.
As part of our collaboration between UF Health and the Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, a UF College of Medicine transplant surgeon performed Northwest Florida’s first kidney transplant last February. This is an example of how our relationships with other health organizations expand care for patients throughout Florida and the region.
Another example of pioneering clinical care last year was when a UF orthopaedic surgeon was one of only two nationwide to perform the first computer-assisted shoulder replacement surgery using a new technology allowing live navigation of the operative site. The technology, ExactechGPS® Total Shoulder Application, provides surgeons with a real-time 3-D computer model of a patient’s shoulder during surgery.
Last spring, we celebrated several hundred UF Health Shands employees for their long-term commitment at our Milestone Service Awards event. Our featured honoree was Rhea Broyles, M.S.N., R.N., for 45 years of service. She started her career as a nurse at Alachua General Hospital and concluded it as a senior quality improvement specialist with the UF Health Sebastian Ferrero Office of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety.