Pensacola, Florida
Wednesday June 20th 2018


H&W News 6/28/12

Dr. Ismeth Abbas Joins Baptist Medical Group

Experienced hospitalist Ismeth Abbas, M.D., has joined Baptist Medical Group’s hospitalist program and expansive physician network. Dr. Abbas will serve in-patients at both Baptist and Gulf Breeze hospitals. Dr. Abbas is board certified in both internal medicine and hospital medicine, and joins Baptist from Salem, Ore., where he previously served as the hospitalist medical director for a 450-bed hospital. Dr. Abbas completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill., after earning his medical degree at the PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research at Bharathiar University, India. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of Hospital Medicine. Along with the team of Baptist hospitalists, Dr. Abbas will work with patients’ primary care and specialist physicians to provide skilled and compassionate care throughout their hospital stay. To learn more about Dr. Abbas and the hospitalist program, visit or call 437-8600.

Brian Baumgardner CEO of West Florida Healthcare
West Florida Healthcare, an affiliate of HCA, announces the appointment of Brian Baumgardner to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective July 9, 2012.  Baumgardner has served in the Chief Executive role at Gulf Coast Medical Center since November of 2008. His prior experience includes serving in administrative roles in several Florida-based hospitals, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla. He has been instrumental in the growth of Gulf Coast Medical Center, most notably the development of a new Pediatric Emergency Room, an interventional PCI program, and a robotic surgery program focused on gynecology, urology, pediatrics, and general surgery. “I look forward to joining the West Florida Healthcare family and becoming a part of the Pensacola community,” said Baumgardner. “There is tremendous opportunity for the organization to play an important role in enhancing the range of healthcare services available in Northwest Florida, and I am confident we will build upon past successes well into the future.” Baumgardner received his Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Health Science from the University of Florida. He has served as a board member of several organizations, including the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, the Gulf Coast Community College Foundation, and the Federation of American Hospitals, and is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. “Brian is a veteran hospital administrator with 20 years of experience in Florida,” said Michael P. Joyce, FACHE, President, HCA North Florida Division. “He has a proven track record and has done an outstanding job of leading Gulf Coast Medical Center.  We are pleased to welcome him to West Florida Healthcare.”

Ann L. Baroco Center Designated an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
The Ann L. Baroco Center for Breast Health, located at Sacred Heart Women’s Hospital in Pensacola, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in all of the College’s voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program. Accredited services at Ann Baroco include: mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and breast MRI. To receive this designation, the Ann Baroco Center participated in peer-review evaluations conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Each modality is evaluated on image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs. The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services. For more information or to make an appointment, please call the Ann L. Baroco Center for Breast Health at 416-8078.

Baptist Medical Park in Navarre Expands Rehabilitation Department
Baptist Medical Park – Navarre is pleased to announce the completion of its Andrews Institute Rehabilitation department expansion. The expansion nearly doubles the department’s size and adds new services for patients who need physical rehabilitation after injury or surgery. The nearly $100,000 expansion added more than 1,200 square feet, new exercise equipment and new physical rehabilitation services to complement the already extensive program. New equipment in the department includes: a machine for strengthening hamstrings and quad muscles, an abdominal/lower back weight stack machine for building core strength, a lat pull-down machine for building back strength, a seated chest press machine to build chest and tricep strength, an elliptical machine and a Stairmaster machine for working on cardio, an upright stationary bike for working on leg strength and conditioning, an upper body ergometer to work on arm strengthening and conditioning and shoulder range of motion and an ultrasound/electrical stimulation machine to help control pain, swelling, increase circulation and increase range of motion. Robert Girandola, physical therapy manager, said the expansion includes the addition of vestibular rehab, a form of physical therapy to help people with inner ear disorders improve overall balance, mobility and coordination. Andrews Institute Rehabilitation at Baptist Medical Park – Navarre serves patients recovering from a wide variety of conditions—including orthopedic post-operative recovery, neurological disorders, general deconditioning and weakness, and gait/walking disorders. “The additional space and new services will help our expert team provide more comprehensive care to our patients,” Girandola said. To learn more about the services at Andrews Institute Rehabilitation at Baptist Medical Park – Navarre, call 939-1017 or visit