Grand Rounds December

Florida Hospital for Children Unveils New, State-of-the-Art Pediatric Ambulance

Each year nearly 1,500 children in emergency situations need life-saving transportation to high-level, health care facilities and no ordinary ambulance will do since children often require pediatric specific equipment and technology. A brand new, state-of-the-art pediatric ambulance designed specifically to care for pediatric and neonatal patients was recently unveiled at Florida Hospital for Children.

The new ambulance is fully equipped with pediatric specific technology. This includes an oxygen blender, which provides oxygen at a safer level to infants who cannot yet breathe 100 percent oxygen. The ambulance is also isolette compatible, which means premature babies can safely be transported in their incubators.

Also available inside are top-of-the-line control pads which give the on-board nurses and respiratory therapists access to everything at their fingertips. This includes dimming the overhead lights to avoid exposing infants’ sensitive eyes to bright lights to monitoring a patient’s vitals during transport.

The new Florida Hospital for Children ambulance also incorporates a kid-friendly design to provide a more relaxed setting during transport. The inside of the ambulance includes a bright white interior, a 17-inch monitor and a DVD player so patients can watch their favorite movies while on-board.

The new ambulance is designed to specifically address the health care needs of their patients while also providing the nurses and respiratory therapists with the best technology available to do their jobs.

The ambulance will be used to transport both neonatal and pediatric patients from surrounding hospitals to the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children. Florida Hospital for Children has a level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the highest level available, a pediatric intensive care unit, as well as a wide variety of pediatric specialists to care for all the medical needs of the children in the Central Florida community.

Florida Hospital for Children received donations from community members throughout Central Florida, which made purchasing this state-of-the-art ambulance possible. Their generosity is recognized through the exterior artwork of the ambulance, which incorporates their names in a colorful, playful design.

Winnie Palmer Hospital Adds New Physician Specializing in Women’s Health

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies has added to its roster of physicians.
Bela Kudish, M.D., a urogynecologist, has joined the hospital’s Women’s Center Specialty Practice, which features a variety of gynecological services.

Kudish specializes in treating women with a wide range of pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, anal incontinence and more. The field offers exciting new ways to approach, treat, and research aspects of women’s health that women did not discuss for years stated Kudish.

Kudish completed her medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York. She also earned a master of science degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center. She also completed an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology- and an American Board of Urology-approved fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Washington Hospital Center/Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

Vincon Diagnostic Center announces the addition of a GE HDe High Field MRI Unit to their Center

With the addition of the GE HDe High Field MRI 1.5T scanner, Vincon Diagnostic Center can now provide faster, higher-resolution imaging, plus advanced applications for challenging brain, abdomen, breast and high-resolution 3D biliary imaging.
They can now easily move through 3D images of the human body and quickly isolate areas of the brain, organs and even specific blood vessels. Scan review and reporting are greatly sped up and the scan can be read and report filed within a couple of hours of the exam.

Referring physicians can now view their patients’ diagnostic scan through a secure online portal or on CD. That means the physicians can now review their patients’ scans on a PC or laptop right in your office.

Vincon has found that it has made a significant difference in patient diagnoses and has received favorable reviews from referring physicians.

SCMS Holds Membership Meeting

Members of the Seminole County Medical Society (SCMS) met Tuesday, November 16th at Heathrow Country Club. The SCMS is a non-profit organization for physicians who live or practice in Seminole County, Florida. SCMS provides its physician members with a strong voice and active representation in local and state government, with regulatory agencies, and in community activities.

Physician members and their spouses enjoyed dinner Tuesday night while electing their officers for 2011, and taking pleasure in a talk by Professor, William Steiger of the UCF College of Medicine as he spoke on “Managing Relationships with Colleagues & Employees.”

Ziehm Imaging and Medtronic present interface for image-guided 3D navigation

Medical technology players Ziehm Imaging and Medtronic teamed up to improve the use of 3D imaging together with intraoperative navigation. The Ziehm Vision FD Vario 3D C-arm now connects to Medtronic’s StealthStation® navigation system over the Ziehm NaviPort interface to deliver distortion-free 3D images during an operation. These images are transmitted directly to the navigation system. The jointly developed interface, ideal for use in traumatology and spinal surgery, expands Ziehm Imaging’s portfolio, also strengthening the company’s global footprint in the US in particular.

3D imaging is rapidly becoming the industry standard in modern surgery. It gives the surgeon greater orientation during an operation and, in combination with intraoperative navigation functionality, enables high-precision, real-time monitoring.
Particularly in the case of complex, minimally invasive procedures, high-resolution xrays improve reliability and reduce the risk of follow-up procedures.

Hematologist/Oncologist Joins Florida Hospital DeLand

Eric Gershman, MD, has joined the medical staff of Florida Hospital DeLand.

Before coming to Florida Hospital DeLand, Dr. Gershman was at Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) in Morrisville, N.C., a leading global contract research organization (CRO), which provides drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services. Prior to PPD, he was in private practice with Lake County Hematology and Oncology, Tavares, Fla.; Radiation Therapy Oncology, Mobile, Ala.; and Collier County Medical Oncology, Naples, Fla.

Dr. Gershman is committed to providing compassionate, quality care to all his patients. His broad knowledge and hands-on practical experience in hematology and oncology allows him to treat patients and help them cope with a variety of health issues.

He is board-certified in Hematology, Medical Oncology, and Internal Medicine and is also bilingual in Spanish and English. Dr. Gershman’s research activities have focused on Oncology, Hematology, Nervous System/Sense Organs, and Transplants.

Dr. Gershman did his fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at New York University, New York City, N.Y., where he also completed a four-month elective in Bone Marrow Transplantation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital at Cornell University. His residency in Internal Medicine was at Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA after receiving his medical degree from Central University of the Caribbean, Bayamon, PR. He graduatedMagna Cum Laude with his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Winnie Palmer Hospital Named Academic Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies has been named an Academic Center of Excellence by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS).

It is the second hospital in the country and the only one in Florida to receive the designation, which is awarded to teaching hospitals that combine efforts with an accredited AIMIS surgeon and meet standards for minimally invasive surgery. The Center of Excellence will have national and international recognition for the priority the organization places on minimally invasive surgery, which helps minimize recovery times and provides better patient outcomes.

Winnie Palmer Hospital’s minimally invasive surgery program has shown significant growth recently. In fiscal year 2010, 75 percent of surgeries at the hospital were minimally invasive – an increase of more than 40 percent since 2008. The hospital also continues to exceed the national average for open versus minimally invasive hysterectomies. Sixty-seven percent of hysterectomies performed at Winnie Palmer Hospital are minimally invasive, while the national average is about 20 percent.
Minimally invasive surgery carries many benefits for women in Central Florida and beyond. Winnie Palmer Hospital recently launched a new website dedicated to providing information on gynecological health, including minimally invasive surgery:

Central Florida Cardiology Group named Center of Excellence for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Central Florida Cardiology Group (CFCG), which was established in 1948 as the first cardiology practice in Central Florida, recently was named a Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center for Excellence.(HCM).

Dr. Marcos Hazday, an established Cardiologist serving Central Florida since 1988, and is passionate about the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

HCM affects an estimated 500,000 in the United States. This condition is congenital and affects 1 in 500 live births. The hallmark of this condition is Heterogeneity and unpredictable. All though this condition can be cause for sudden cardiac death especially in young athletes, many patients have a normal life span. Practice guidelines have been established that allow us to identify patients at risk and treat them successfully.

Orlando Eye and Oculoplastics Opens

Dr. Deepak Raja and Dr. Keshini Parbhu announce the opening of Orlando Eye and Oculoplastics in the Village Office Center on S. Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando.

Orlando Eye and Oculoplastics is now serving the greater Orlando area with the most advanced technologies and treatments in eye care. Currently situated in the heart of the Dr. Phillips area, Dr. Raja and Dr. Parbhu have clinical and surgical privileges with all Orlando Regional Medical Center hospitals, including the nearby Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.

Dr. Deepak Raja, MD attended the University Of Miami Miller School of Medicine where he received his medical degree. He completed his internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami and his residency at Vanderbilt Eye Institute. Following this, Dr. Raja also did a cornea and anterior segment fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He specializes in cataract surgeries, dry eyes, cornea-related conditions, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Keshini Parbhu, MD attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, where she also completed her internship and residency. She then pursued two further years of subspecialty training in the field of ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She specializes in eyelid surgery, non-surgical cosmetic procedures, skin cancer and orbital surgery.

Florida Hospital Physician Receives First Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Florida Hospital congratulates Dr. Gideon Lewis, foot and ankle surgeon, as the 2010 recipient of the University of Central Florida College of Medicine Rising Star Award. Dr. Lewis graduated from UCF with his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology in 2000. The faculty and administration selected Dr. Lewis from a pool of over ten thousand alumni for this award.

Every year, each college at UCF selects an alumnus for their outstanding work and achievements within UCF and the community. The UCF College of Medicine chose Dr. Lewis as their first recipient of the medical school’s achievement award because of the promise and excellence that has been witnessed by the faculty and administration at UCF early on in his professional career. Dr. Lewis stays active in the Central Florida Community by serving as Director for the UCF Pre-Medical Surgical Internship Program and as an attending physician at Florida Hospital with the surgical residents.

After graduating from UCF, Dr. Lewis went on to earn his medical degree at the California College of Podiatric Medicine. He returned to Florida where to complete his podiatric surgical residency at Florida Hospital with extensive training in advanced foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Lewis has a special interest in sports related injuries, including running injuries.

Dr. Lewis has given numerous lectures and talks for pre-medical students and has been recognized multiple times as “Speaker of the Year” by the UCF Pre-Professional Medical Society. Earlier this year he was asked to serve on the Board of Directors, along with Dwight Howard, for the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, which promotes health and education through community programs like basketball camps. Dr. Lewis works in his Winter Park practice, Drs. Lewis and Lewis, P.A., with his father.

Seminole State nursing students continue to exceed state average on exams

Graduates of the Nursing Programs at Seminole State College of Florida continue to surpass state averages on their licensure exams, according to results released in October by the Florida Board of Nursing.

This summer, 96 percent of Seminole State Registered Nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), exceeding the state average of 89 percent.

Among Practical Nursing graduates, Seminole State’s rate of 95 percent also exceeded the state average of 87 percent.
NCLEX is the state-required exam that determines whether graduates are prepared for entry-level nursing practice.
Since 2003, with support from area hospitals, Seminole State’s Nursing Program has tripled its enrollment to address the critical nursing shortage. A record 191 RN students graduated from the college in June.

Mid Florida Hematology & Oncology Celebrates Grand Opening

Over 200 local physicians gathered to celebrate the official grand opening of Mid Florida Hematology & Oncology’s new comprehensive cancer center in Orange City. The mood was festive and all who attended were treated to a grand tour of the center’s 22,500 sq. ft. of cutting edge technology.

Established in 1980 with 2 other locations in Sanford and DeLand, the practice’s six medical oncologists began providing West Volusia county with state-of-the-art technology including the brand new GE Discovery PET/CT scanner and Varian’s Trilogy Accelerator for radiation therapy. The center will offer PET/CT imaging, radiation and chemotherapy under one roof, including an on-site blood lab and pharmacy, creating the ultimate in convenience for its patients.

In addition to the technology, the physicians who attended were extremely impressed with the center’s attention to detail, including the oversized plush theater-type chairs in the 2000 sq. ft. chemotherapy suite to the spacious 6 ft. hallways for the best in accessibility.

Having everything needed in one location allows the flow of treatment to be streamlined explained Dr. Gregory Ortega, a medical oncologist. Eliminating the need to wait for a report or to see the results of a scan from another location, the medical oncologists, radiation oncologist, and radiologist can walk just a few feet to consult on a patient’s needs.