Friday, June 13, 2014 - Broward Health News Clips (May 1 - 31)

Broward Health Names New Vice President of Managed Care

Broward Health is pleased to present Lori Perlman as the new vice president of managed care. Perlman has served as the director of managed care for the health system since 1991 and has more than 30 years of experience in the managed care industry. (South Florida Hospital News, (5/14)

Dr. Ana Calderon Randazzo Promoted to Executive Director of Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center

A 26-year veteran of CDTC, Dr. Ana Calderon Randazzo was previously the assistant administrator. She also served as development director, clinic manager and data coordinator. (South Florida Hospital News, 5/14) 

Newly Renovated Adult Infusion Center Unveiled at Broward Health Medical Center

Recently, the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Broward Health Medical Center made life much easier when they revealed enhancements to its adult infusion center, which were made possible thanks to the philanthropic support of the community. (South Florida Hospital News, 5/14)

Salute to Nursing

(South Florida Hospital News, 5/14)

Broward Health Medical Center

Grace Walker, RN

Grace Walker joined the oncology unit at Broward Health Medical Center in 2005 as a newly graduated RN. She received her associate degree from Broward College and also had prior healthcare experience as a patient care associate.

Susan Varughese, BSN

Chris Evert Children's Hospital

We recognize Susan Varughese, BSN, for her dedication, professionalism and commitment to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She has been with Broward Health since September of 1997 and grown throughout the years. 

Broward Health North

Charese Crawford, MSN, RN

Charese Crawford has been on staff at Broward Health North since 2009, when she was hired as a clinical education specialist. She was promoted to the clinical education coordinator in 2012.

Sonia Stephens, RN, CWS

Sonia Stephens has been on staff at Broward Health North since 1990, when she was hired as a registered nurse on the medical surgical unit. In March 2012, she was designated an assistant nurse manager in the Oncology/Medical-Surgical Unit.

Broward Health Coral Springs

Raphael Lopez, RN

Raphael Lopez started with Broward Health Coral Springs in the emergency department in April of 2010 as a Paramedic. He was quickly recognized as one of the hospital’s true “A” players through the numerous shining stars and letters received from patients, staff, and physicians.

22nd Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show (scroll down)

Broward Health was a sponsor of the 22nd Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show, sponsored by Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies. (Las Olas Lifestyle, 5/14)

CDTC photo in City & Shore

Shooters Waterfront hosted Children’s Diagnostic& Treatment Center BOD Reception and Donates $5,000. (City and Shore, p.118, 5/14)

Heads up on Concussions

While this is a growing concern with limited concussion screening and treatment programs available, the Concussion Care Program at Broward Health Coral Springs is the only one of its kind in Broward County. The community now has access to comprehensive services for sports and concussion diagnosis and management by an expert team of partnering physicians. (Spectator, 5/14)

The Fight for His Life

Marco Fermin was used to fighting. He built his career on training MMA stars. But nothing could’ve prepared him for the fight he’d face when one of the largest tumors of its kind sprang up on his spine. And nothing could’ve prepared the Broward Health Medical Center surgical team for the battle they’d face to keep him alive. (Gold Coast Magazine, 5/14)

Tatiana Lopez, RN, Honored for her Achievements in Medical Surgical Nursing with the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

The International Nurses Association and Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare announce with great honor the addition of Tatiana Lopez, RN, to the valuable members of the nursing community of Florida. Tatiana is a skilled, dynamic, and positive nurse specializing in medical-surgical nursing at Broward Health Medical Center. (, 5/2/14)

South Florida researchers study if diabetes drug can prevent Alzheimer's

South Florida researchers have joined a worldwide clinical trial investigating whether a well-known medication for Type 2 diabetes could delay or prevent Alzheimer's disease. Research has been showing such a strong connection between the two conditions that some scientists are calling Alzheimer's "Type 3 diabetes," said Dr. H. Murray Todd, medical director of the Memory Disorder Center at Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach. (Sun Sentinel, Florida Jewish Journal, 5/4/14)

2nd Annual Red Hot & In Style: Benefitting Deliver the Dream

The second annual Red Hot & In Style event, brought to you by Deliver the Dream, was held at The Manor Complex on Thursday, May 8th. Proceeds raised will help families, referred by the organization’s statewide healthcare partners, who have dealt with immense hardship and crises regain a sense of normalcy in their lives. Chris Evert Children’s Hospital is a Deliver the Dream healthcare partner. (, 5/5/14)

Raise your Glass…Sunflower Circle of Friends to Toast Moms at Annual Mother's Day Brunch

On May 10, the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center Sunflower Circle of Friends hosted the sixth annual "Mother's Day Champagne Brunch" benefiting the center. Proceeds from the event will support CDTC's Primary Care Clinic. Over the past five years, volunteers have raised more than $110,000 to assist CDTC in caring for the medical needs of the children. (Sun Sentinel Society, 5/6/14)

American Cancer Society to Celebrate Life and Philanthropy at Annual 'Birthday Ball'

More than 300 local corporate, government and philanthropic leaders gathered at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale for American Cancer Society's annual "Birthday Ball." Broward Health is a sponsor of this event. (Sun Sentinel Society, 5/6/14)

Synthetic Marijuana Proving Deadly in ER's Across the Country

Synthetic marijuana, it’s a mysterious, constantly-changing drug that has cops trying to keep up with dealers. And the drug can also be a mystery for ER docs trying to save users' lives. Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, chief medical officer of Emergency Medicine at Broward Health said, "You are playing with Russian Roulette when you are buying these things.” (NBC 6 News, 5/7/14)

Sunscreen Helps ... But A Skin Screening Could Save Your Life. Get One Free!

Under the South Florida sun, not even the most effective sunscreen can keep us safe from all sun-related skin damage. In fact, skin cancer is more prevalent here than anywhere else in the country. Broward Health North offered FREE skin cancer screenings with Dr. Melanie Hecker, MD on May 14. (American Towns, 5/8/14)

Hospital and Health System Executive Moves

Broward Health Medical Center appointed Alex Fernandez as CFO. (,, 5/9/14)

Your Heart’s Age?

Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death. That’s why Broward Health Medical Center and the Heart Center of Excellence are making it easier for you to learn your heart’s age with a new online tool, In a matter of minutes, after answering a few short questions, the tool calculates your heart’s age and compares it to your real age. (Miami Herald, 5/14/14)

Clinic Renamed For First Black Public Health Nurse

Broward Heath’s Seventh Avenue Family Health Center was officially renamed after Cora E. Braynon, the first black director of nursing for Broward Health Department during an open house event. The official name is Broward Health Cora E. Braynon Family Health Center. (850 WFTL, 5/15/14, South Florida Times, 5/15/14, Westside Gazette, 5/22/14)

Summer Camp Safety

Broward Health physician, Dr. Noemi Rivera, sat down with NBC 6 to discuss the ways to reduce illness and injury in summer camp. (NBC 6 in the Mix, 5/22/14)

Center Hosts Senior Health and Wellness Fair

Seniors looking for information on home security, a blood pressure test and more were recently able to find it in one spot as Hollywood's Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center hosted a health and wellness fair with more than 50 vendors. The expo featured a variety of services, and with help from Broward Health Medical Center and other local systems. (Sun Sentinel, 5/23/14)

Challenged Runner Honored

A reception at Stout Bar and Grill honored double amputee Brian Douglas for serving as captain in the annual 5K 4 Kids race held earlier this year. The party was also the occasion for the St. Anthony Knights of Columbus to present a check for $13,500 raised at the run to the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, where Douglas is a patient. (Miami Herald Broward Album, 5/25/14)

Howard Lewkowitz, M.D., is chief of medical staff at Broward Health Imperial Point

Howard Lewkowitz has been named the chief of medical staff at Broward Health Imperial Point, where he has run his practice for the past 14 years. (, 5/27/14)