AdventHealth for Children is partnering with San Diego-based Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine to bring rapid whole genome sequencing to Central Florida.
The testing identifies the causes of rare genetic disorders and helps critically ill children who have unexplained medical conditions receive appropriate care, according to the health system.
“Genomics is the future of medicine. This advanced testing can have a significant impact on how we diagnose and treat patients,” said Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, a board-certified neonatologist and senior executive officer of AdventHealth for Children and AdventHealth for Women, in a news release.
AdventHealth is also bringing on board Dr. Majed Dasouki, who will serve as the medical director of AdventHealth Medical Groups' genetic medicine practice in Orlando.
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- Moffitt Cancer Center and AdventHealth are working to establish AdventHealth as a consortium partner within Moffitt’s National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant, a first in Moffitt’s history. The two organizations first struck a partnership last year. “Recognition as an NCI consortium will strengthen science at both institutions and provide cancer patients across Florida with increased access to cutting edge treatments, personalized medicine and innovation,” said Dr. John Cleveland, executive vice president and center director at Moffitt, in a news release.
Dr. Steven Smith, senior vice president and chief scientific officer of AdventHealth Research Institute Orlando, has been appointed as Associate Center Director for the partnership.
- AdventHealth has broken ground on a 24-bed freestanding emergency room and a 36,000-square-foot health park in Clermont, next to the intersection of S.R. 50 and Citrus Tower Boulevard. The facilities are expected to open next October.
- AdventHealth has named Rob Deininger as president and CEO of AdventHealth Orlando. He most recently served as president and CEO for AdventHealth Fish Memorial in Orange City. He replaces Brett Spenst who has moved to Adventist Health in California.
- Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedics Institute, which recently struck a partnership with AdventHealth, has named Dr. Daryl Osbahr as managing director and chief of orthopedic surgery for its Florida operation. He is an adult and pediatric sports medicine surgeon. He will begin seeing patients in December in Polk County.
- Orlando Health has renamed its cardiovascular services to Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute from Orlando Health Heart Institute. The practice has more than 70 physicians and 24 locations in Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole, Highlands and Okeechobee counties.
- Orlando Health has opened a 5,500-square-foot imaging center in Ocoee. The Orlando Health Imaging Centers - Ocoee is the health system’s seventh imaging center in Central Florida.
- Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center has brought on board Dr. Emilio Alonso, a liver and pancreatic surgeon, who specializes in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery using minimally invasive procedures.
- Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is now officially part of Orlando Health. The Orlando-based health system purchased the 480-bed hospital and its properties for about $147 million from Community Health Systems, according to St. Pete Catalyst.
- InHealth MD Alliance (IMA) has brought on board Stephen Jones as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Donna Walker as Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Sarah Rodriguez, as Chief Medical Officer, Sara I. Vélez as Chief Human Resources Officer, and Alex Cornelio as Chief Growth Officer. IMA also has locations in Tampa, Lakeland, Kissimmee, Davenport, Oviedo, and St. Cloud.
- Maitland-based Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery has named Daniel Davison as its chief financial officer. He was most recently CFO and treasurer at Diplomat Pharmacy.
- Minneapolis-based Bind Benefits, an employer insurance, has launched in Florida and will be available to employers with more than 50 workers. Bind, which launched in 2016, filed for approval to provide its fully insured offerings in Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, with the intent to file in dozens of more states in 2020 and early 2021.
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