Pediatric Endocrinologist, Dr. Howard Heinze, Joins Medical Staff at Children’s Hospital
Dr. Howard Heinze, a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist with Nemours Children’s Clinic, has joined the medical staff of Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. Dr. Heinze received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio and his residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, where he served as chief resident. He also completed a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. Prior to coming to Pensacola, Dr. Heinze was in private practice in pediatric endocrinology with Endocrine Consultants, PC in Columbus, Ga. He is a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at both Mercer University School of Medicine and Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. For more information, please call Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart at 416-1600 or visit us online at www.sacred-heart.org.
Flu Shots Available Now at Baptist Urgent Care & Baptist Medical Group Primary Care Offices
Influenza causes more than 200,000 people in the U.S. to be hospitalized every year and about 36,000 die from flu-related causes. Prevention is extremely important. That’s why Baptist Health Care has flu shots available now at all Baptist Urgent Care centers and most Baptist Medical Group primary care offices. At Baptist Urgent Care, flu shots are available without an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome and extended hours and weekend hours are available. Baptist Urgent Care on Nine Mile Road is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Baptist Urgent Care in Navarre is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Flu shots cost $30 each and are payable by cash, check made payable to: Baptist Urgent Care, or credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa). Insurance accepted with proof of insurance and benefits verified. Please contact your insurance company for benefit plan details. Some insurance companies require co-pay or may not consider flu shot a covered benefit. Recipients must be 18 years old or older to receive the vaccination. Flu shots are also available with a patient appointment at nearly all Baptist Medical Group primary care offices throughout the community. Need help finding flu shot spots near you? You can find a full list of locations and helpful flu-fighting tips at baptistmedicalgroup.org. Want More Information? Please Contact Stephanie.Boerjan@bhcpns.org.
Occupational Services Available Beginning Nov. 6 In Navarre
Andrews Institute Rehabilitation in Navarre is pleased to announce that certified hand therapist Marta Brinkley, OTR/L, CHT, has joined its team and occupational therapy services will be available beginning November 6. Mrs. Brinkley brings more than 30 years of experience to Andrews Institute Rehabilitation in Navarre. She has played a key leadership role in developing hand therapy clinics throughout the Southeast and in 2011 she chaired the National Annual Meeting for The American Society of Hand Therapists. Her specialties include care for patients with hand and upper extremity injuries; fabrication of customized orthoses (splints); and provision of a full range of modalities as well as patient and family education to help treat the condition and allow for carryover to home. Andrews Institute Rehabilitation in Navarre is located at Baptist Medical Park – Navarre, 8888 Navarre Parkway. The department serves patients recovering from a wide variety of conditions – including orthopaedic post-operative recovery, neurological disorders, general deconditioning and weakness, and gait/walking disorders. To learn more about Andrews Institute Rehabilitation in Navarre, call 939-1017 or visit theandrewsinstitute.com/rehabilitation.
Patients Having Recent Spinal Or Joint Injection from Pain Consultants To Watch for Fungal Infection
The Escambia County Health Department and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) are working closely with Pain Consultants of West Florida and area medical facilities regarding medical problems from the use of contaminated methylprednisolone acetate in spinal injections for back pain and in joint injections for joint pain. Pain Consultants of West Florida is one of the eight facilities in Florida that have been identified as having received shipments from one or more of the CDC-identified contaminated lot numbers of this medication. The contaminated medication may have been used in spinal and in joint injections given by Pain Consultants of West Florida between July 8, 2012 and September 28, 2012. The most current information indicates that approximately 300 patients may have received spinal injections and around 200 to 300 patients may have received joint injections during this time frame. These figures may change if further recipients are identified. The Escambia County Health Department and Pain Consultants of West Florida are coordinating efforts to identify recipient patients and contact these persons regarding this matter. Dr. Kurt Krueger of Pain Consultants of West Florida states: “We are saddened by the effect that this widespread incident may have on our patients in the Florida panhandle and are working with area health departments to make every effort to identify and refer for evaluation all patients who may have received a contaminated injection.” Persons having received spinal or joint injections of a steroid medication from Pain Consultants of West Florida between July 8 and September 28, 2012 should advise their primary care physician. Persons experiencing signs or symptoms of joint infection or meningitis should seek immediate medical evaluation by their physician or their local hospital emergency department. Symptoms of fungal meningitis may be milder than those normally associated with meningitis. Symptoms of fungal joint infections or meningitis can include: worsening of inflammatory symptoms in the treated joint including increased redness, warmth, swelling or pain fever, new or worsening headache, nausea, and/or new symptoms consistent with a stroke. Persons at risk of infection should call their physician to ensure that their physician is aware of their risk. More information can be obtained from the Escambia County Health Department at 595-6651 or from your local health department. For individuals outside Escambia County, the Florida Department of Health has set up a toll-free hotline at 1.866.523.7339. Additional information can be found at newsroom.doh.state.fl.us and escambiahealth.com.
Baptist Medical Group Honors Outstanding Physicians & Leaders
Baptist Medical Group, a Pensacola-based network of more than 100 physicians and affiliate of Baptist Health Care, recently honored five physicians and five team members at their annual Physician Symposium at Pensacola Cultural Center. The honorees were recognized for their dedication and meaningful contributions to the physician network in five key “pillars” that comprise the organization’s well-rounded approach to business: People, Service, Quality, Financial and Growth. The outstanding physicians were: Dr. Richard Stachler, internal medicine, Dr. John Sullivan, hospitalist, Dr. Brett Smith, orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Bob Spencer, cardiologist and Dr. Joshua Davis, family medicine. The outstanding team members were: Maria DiMonte, business services director, Stephanie Boerjan, physician marketing manager, Kimi Dunn, director of IT, Valarie Hampton, practice manager and Carla Johnson, operations director. “As the entire physician network convened to discuss accomplishments, goals and business strategy for the new fiscal year, the Physician Symposium was the perfect time to acknowledge our outstanding leaders for their hard work,” states Baptist Medical Group president Kent Skolrood. “It is a privilege to work with such wonderful physicians and team members who are all dedicated to bringing the best in quality medical care to our patients.” Winners were given crystal trophies presented by Skolrood and Baptist Medical Group’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Edwin Rogers, and an honorary lapel pin created for the occasion by skilled-jeweler and neurosurgeon Dr. Mark Giovanini. For more about Baptist Medical Group’s network of physicians and administrative staff, please visit baptistmedicalgroup.org.
Sacred Heart Names Chief Operating Officer
Sacred Heart Health System has named Kerry Eaton, RN, as its new Chief Operating Officer. Eaton has taken responsibilities for Sacred Heart’s hospitals in Pensacola, Destin, and Port St. Joe as well as its outpatient facilities in six counties from Baldwin County, Ala. to Gulf County. She comes to Pensacola with more than 25 years of experience in hospital leadership. She served most recently as senior vice president and chief operating officer at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn. Eaton also served in a variety of other leadership roles at St. Vincent’s, including chief administrative officer, vice president of patient outcomes, and director of case management. Kerry began her career in nursing and served as an emergency department head nurse. Susan Davis, RN, the president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System, said, ”I have known Kerry for many years and there is no one who is more passionate about quality improvement, patient safety and excellent outcomes than Kerry. She is recognized for her expertise in operations leadership and the ability to consistently produce high-quality care and strong patient satisfaction.” Eaton is a graduate of the Ona M. Wilcox School of Nursing. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Central Connecticut State University and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut. For the past six years, Kerry served as a courtesy faculty instructor at the Yale University School of Nursing where she taught a graduate level course on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.