Pensacola, Florida
Sunday May 27th 2018


H&W News 1/31/13

Local Residents Called to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort
Residents of Pensacola have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible in partnership with Baptist Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, West Florida Hospital and The Woodlands Medical Specialists from March 14 to 22. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. To enroll in the study, individuals will go to a local enrollment location and will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a brief survey; have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. At home, individuals will complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health. Upon completion of this process, the Society will continue to send periodic follow-up surveys to update participant information and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The initial and follow-up surveys completed at home will take an hour or less to complete and are expected to be sent every few years. For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888. To make an appointment to enroll at one of the Pensacola event’s locations please visit

Andrews Institute staff members recognized as RMSK Pioneers
The Andrews Institute’s Joshua G. Hackel, M.D., and Wayne Smith, DPT, ATC, SCS, have met the rigorous qualifications for certification by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®) and have been awarded the Registered in Musculoskeletal™ sonography (RMSK) credential. In recognition of being one of the first to take and pass the RMSK exam, they also have been recognized as RMSK Pioneers in setting the standard of musculoskeletal (MSK) sonography practice worldwide. One of the world’s fastest growing sonography disciplines, MSK sonography is used in the evaluation and treatment of joint and soft-tissue diseases. The ARDMS RMSK credential recognizes the highest level of competence in the practice and enhances patient safety by validating the clinical expertise fundamental to MSK sonography and recognizing the skills and knowledge required for making consistent, reliable diagnoses. Dr. Hackel is a board certified sports medicine physician at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. He treats all non-surgical orthopaedic and sports medicine injuries and conditions. His clinical interests include ultrasound for diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic injuries, peripheral joint injections, injection therapy, and regenerative medicine such as stem cell and PRP therapy. Dr. Smith is an APTA board certified specialist in sports physical therapy at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and is nationally recognized in the area of ultrasound imaging. He has more than 30 years of experience in physical therapy and is dual certified as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. Dr. Smith is a retired officer of the United States Health Services and holds the Outstanding Service Medal for commissioned officers. He also earned Coast Guard commendation and achievement medals for services performed as a therapist. For more information about the Andrews Institute, Joshua G. Hackel, M.D., or Wayne Smith, DPT, ATC, SCS, call 916-8700, option 1, or go online to

Julie DeCesare, MD, Named Chair of Committee on the Underserved for American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, District XII
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recently named Dr. Julie DeCesare, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and program director for the Florida State University College of Medicine OB/GYN program, as the Chair of the District XII Committee on Healthcare for Underserved Women. The committee identifies problems in access to women’s health care, in particular obstetric and gynecologic services, and develops and implements solutions that involve the College and obstetrician-gynecologists at the national, state, and community level. Dr. DeCesare received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine at Sacred Heart Women’s Hospital in Pensacola. For more information, please call Sacred Heart at 416-1600 or visit us online at

West Florida Healthcare ED Expansion Now Open
West Florida Healthcare is proud to announce the opening of ED North, a new 16-bed unit that is located adjacent to the hospital’s Emergency Department and will complement the hospital’s existing 25-bed ED. “Expanding our ER from 25 beds to 41 beds allows us to almost double our capacity to provide care to patients experiencing emergency health issues,” said Brian Baumgardner, president and CEO of West Florida Healthcare. “In the past few years we have seen an enormous increase in the number of patients we see in our Emergency Department. This increase is due to a focus on quality in our ER which has resulted in better wait times and patient outcomes. In addition, patients know that if they are seen in our emergency room and need to be admitted, we are the only area hospital that can guarantee them a private room.” The West Florida Hospital Emergency Department has made a commitment to leading the area in quality emergency care by being named the area’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center and has earned Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission and the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart/American Stroke Association for excellence in stroke care.  In addition, the Emergency Department at West Florida Hospital has lowered its “door to balloon times” to under the national average of 60 minutes. “In an effort to better communicate with the public and help with their expectations, we proudly post our ER wait times and door to balloon times on our website,” continued Baumgardner. “In addition, we also post our ER wait times around the community on billboards and through texting ER to 23000.  All of our renovations and use of technology is focused on enhancing the patient experience.” The $1.5 million ER expansion is the latest in a series of renovations that started at the hospital in 2007.  Since that time, West Florida Healthcare has invested more than $100 million dollars in upgrades to the hospital exterior, including a new main entrance, the conversion to all private rooms and the addition of a new medical office building and cancer center. “We are excited about continuing to invest in our facility and our staff because it helps us continue to be the leader in providing high quality care to our community,” said Baumgardner.

Baptist Medical Group Welcome Pediatric Hospitalist Tamika Ussery-Freeman, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Baptist Medical Group is pleased to welcome pediatric hospitalist, Tamika Ussery-Freeman, M.D., F.A.A.P., to their growing physician network and Baptist Hospital’s Mother-Baby Care Team. As a pediatric hospitalist, Dr. Ussery-Freeman will be exclusively dedicated to caring for newborns delivered at Baptist Hospital. She will be responsible for newborn assessment and care, including stabilization. Dr. Ussery-Freeman is an experienced physician who is board certified in pediatrics. She joins Baptist Medical Group from Cordele, Ga., where she previously served as a full-time general pediatrician. Dr. Ussery-Freeman completed her medical education through Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and her residency through Mercer University School of Medicine Residency Program in Macon, Ga. In addition to being a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Ussery-Freeman has extensive physician-leadership experience through her position serving as adjunct professor for pediatric training rotations at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia. On a personal note, Dr. Ussery Freeman is a mother of five children and brings a great understanding and passion for the care of newborns. “As a mother, I’ve been where my patients are and I understand what they’re going through,” shares Dr. Ussery-Freeman. To learn more about Dr. Ussery-Freeman and the care she provides, please visit her profile page at or call 437-8600.

American Academy of Pediatrics Names Dr. Tricia Pinto Assistant District Coordinator for Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently named Dr. Tricia Pinto, a first year resident physician in the Florida State University Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, as the Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) Assistant District Coordinator for 2012-2013. In this role, Dr. Pinto will attend the section’s long-range planning meeting, the AAP Annual Leadership Forum (ALF), the section’s district meeting, and the AAP National Conference & Exhibition. SOMSRFT is the largest section in the AAP with more than 13,000 members. Nationally, the Section is led by a Chair, Vice-chair, and Secretary who lead an Executive Committee comprised of District Coordinators and Assistant District Coordinators elected annually to represent each of the Academy’s ten national districts. In addition, every residency program designates a Program Delegate to represent their organization. The SOMSRFT also has Liaisons to more than 30 other sections within the Academy and outside organizations. Dr. Pinto received her bachelor’s degree in life sciences from St. Georges University, St. Georges Grenada, and she received her medical degree from St. Georges School of Medicine, both in St. Georges, Grenada. For more information, please call the Florida State University College of Medicine Pediatric Residency Program at 416-7658 or visit their webpage at