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February 2013

Healthy Bits – An Employee Newsletter Published by Community Health of South Florida, Inc.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT The New Year is filled with success and progress for Community Health of South Florida. We will be opening three health care centers in areas previously untouched by CHI. Thanks to a $1.9 million federal grant award, we will be bringing the same high quality of care to Coconut Grove and South Miami. That is in addition to the grant previously received for a new facility in West Kendall. The new centers will translate to nearly 100 new jobs. It is an exciting time for us, especially as we see how we can play a critical role in implementing the Affordable Care Act. The number of people with health insurance will spike dramatically and we want to make

sure that those people continue to come to Community Health of South Florida, Inc. After all, we are very unique in the local health care marketplace because of our one stop shopping model. Patients can get all of their health care needs under one convenient roof. I had the pleasure of attending President Barack Obama’s inauguration. It was an inspiring event that was very reflective of the progress in healthcare that we have seen under the Obama leadership. We all need to find ways to walk in leadership roles in 2013. January was Cervical Health Awareness month. It’s a reminder that not enough women are

taking advantage of the preventative screening exams. Every year about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 of them die, according to the American Cervical Cancer Coalition. Thousands of lives could be saved by a simple Pap and HPV test. Encourage the women in your lives and the patients that you care for to take advantage of these options. February is American Heart Month. Yet another important cause that we all need to keep educating others about. Heart disease is America’s number one killer, according to the American Heart Association. Access to quality health care and prevention programs is the saving grace for this issue. Remind others that CHI is a medical home to everyone. It’s a place where people can get life saving medical care regardless of their income or lack of insurance. Encourage those who need treatment to be mindful of the “ABCs.” Aspirin for people at risk, blood pressure control, cholesterol management and smoking cessation. These four steps can help prevent heart attack and stroke. Take care of yourself and others. I encourage you to think about your own goals for 2013 and strive to achieve them. Be positive, be diligent and may you reach all of your aspirations in and out of work.

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CHI HOLIDAY PARTY Staff & Guests enjoy the Christmas Party

Staff & Guests enjoy the Christmas Party

Frantz Germain & Family

Velma Hammond, Kim Ivey & Family

Gladys Wills–Major & Family

Carla McCullough

Lilly Tuff & Family

Nilda Perez, Adlin Rosario & Child

Dr. Robert Johnson & Family

CHI's Silver, Red and Gold Holiday Party on December 22nd was a huge success! Held at the Keys Gate Golf and Country Club in Homestead, staff, family and friends were decked out in their finest CHI colors and enjoyed dinner, raffles and holiday fun!

Greg Ivey

NEW YEAR’S BRUNCH Darlene Burton-Taylor & Family

Mireya Mayor & Family

Eunice Hines, Flor Sanguily, Ivory Williams, Hermine Pollard & Colonel Brodes H. Hartley, Jr.

Joseph Prater, Mae K. Goins, Colonel Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. & Romanita Ford

Laine O. Williams & Family

Joann Ortiz & Maima Radcliff

Felicia Stevens & Family

Mae K. Goins & Family

CHI started the year off right with its third annual New Year's Day brunch, held on January 1st at the Doris Ison Center. Attendees enjoyed an amazing brunch buffet, flowing mimosas and fun with family and friends! Raquel Newton & Guest

Jennifer Laventure & Family

FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH By St. Anthony Amofah, MD, MBA, CHCQM, FACP February encourages us to take a moment to think about our hearts and not just the chocolate kind. In the midst of Valentines and candy, February is also American Heart Month, serving as a reminder to stay educated about cardiovascular health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in nearly 2,200 deaths per day. Unfortunately, these staggering

numbers mean many of us know someone who has been impacted by heart disease or related conditions. Knowing about heart health can help prevent these numbers from increasing and can also help prevent disabilities related to cardiovascular disease, leading to more productive and healthy lifestyles. Not to mention, the economic impact of America’s number one killer cost the nation more than $444 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity in 2010 alone! However, we can fight back against heart disease and stroke. CHI staff is equipped to

help answer all your questions about heart health. Talk to your doctor or health care professional about how you can prevent heart disease, and encourage your loved ones to learn more too.


Thomasina Simpson smiled as she looked at a photograph of her late mother, Doris Ison. The picture seemed to conjure Doris Ison up proud memories of the Florida City visionary and activist. Simpson is now 86 years old. Her recollection of her mother’s health care legacy comes and goes. But when it is there, Simpson comes alive, beaming with honor. “She was never satisfied,” said Simpson about her mother. That dissatisfaction was well warranted back in the 1960’s. Back then, AfricanAmericans living down South in Florida City and South Miami Dade did not have access to local health care facilities. James Archer Smith was the closest hospital in Homestead. But at the time, blacks were turned away. The journey to Jackson Memorial in Miami was sometimes fatal for those seeking medical help. “It was a struggle,” said Carolyn TaylorPates, Ison’s niece and CHI board member. “Kids were dying on the way to Jackson Hospital.” That struggle and the mounting death toll were the matches that ignited a flame inside of Ison. Even though she only had a third grade education, Ison compelled doctors and legislators to create a health care center in South Miami Dade. The Doris Ison Health Care

Center was born as just two meager trailers and a few volunteer doctors that Ison had gathered from her church. It was a beacon of hope for a community that had suffered for too long without adequate health care. That heroic act of activism snowballed into a top-ranking non-profit health care company, Community Health of South Florida, Inc. It has grown year by year. In fact, Ison wanted to make sure that the migrant workers also received proper medical care. “She was walking down the street one day and found a group of Mexicans in the field,” recalled Simpson. “One of the children had whooping cough and she wanted to know why they hadn’t seen a doctor.” She discovered migrants shared the same lack of access to health care that blacks were experiencing at the time. So she began to make sure that their needs were addressed as well. “My grandmother was a champion for all people,” said Toni Rogers-Manning, Ison’s granddaughter. When Ison died in 1989, CHI had grown out of its trailers and was operating with four health care center buildings throughout South Miami Dade. “I never envisioned it to be this big,” said Rogers-Manning. “So for me, I’m overwhelmed that my grandmother, her

Toni Rogers-Manning, granddaughter, Thomasina Simpson, daughter and Carolyn Taylor-Pates, niece stand together in front of Ison's Florida City home

dream could be ongoing.” Today Ison’s legacy continues to grow. By April, CHI will be opening up three new health care centers bringing its total number of centers to 10. What was once the only place that blacks down South could go for health care is now an all inclusive health care center. People of all ethnicities and income levels go to CHI for a host of health care needs. Those that can’t afford it are taken care of and services are provided on a sliding fee scale based on their income. It’s grown from a few volunteer doctors to a staff of more than 600 people with a wide variety of specialties: pediatrics, Ob-Gyn, family medicine, radiology, mental health, dental and much more. “I think that they did a great job,” said Simpson with a smile on her face. The now elderly daughter gleamed with hope for the future of her mother’s legacy, a legacy born out of such a meager beginning.

REMEMBERING JACQUELYN HARTLEY CHI’s beloved Jacquelyn Hartley, age 78, of Madison, FL, passed away on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. A dedicated wife, mother, nurse, educator and community volunteer, she is survived by her husband (Brodes Hartley Jr.), children (Brodes Hartley III and Jacquelyn White), one son-in-law (WayneWhite), six grandchildren (Keith Merrell, Justin Hartley,

Khristian Merrell, Jackie Hartley, Brodes Hartley IV, and Khailah White) and one great grandchild (Justin Hartley Jr.). She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends. Jacquelyn attended Madison County Training School, Madison Florida, where she graduated as class Valedictorian in 1956. She attended FAMU, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing with honors. Jacquelyn also had a Master of Science degree from University of Maryland and a Doctor of Philosophy from Florida State University in Education Administration. Dr. Hartley retired from Florida International University as Special Projects Officer. Dr. Hartley has received honors and awards for being an outstanding nurse, nurse educator, as well as a nursing administrator.

She volunteered at CHI in the Human Resources Department and Family Medicine. Additionally, she was active in Christ Fellowship Church where she volunteered in various capacities. Jacquelyn was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Girlfriends Inc., Miami Chapter and the Holidays Bridge Club. Her legacy as an educator continues through the creation of the Jacquelyn T. Hartley Endowed Scholarship Fund benefitting Florida A&M University.

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES CHI physician Lawrence Alan Goldschlager, M.D., 72, of Marathon, Fla., died unexpectedly on Dec. 28, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife, J. Deborah Balter, sisters Bernice, Allison and Eileen Michel, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a graduate of the University of Miami and attended medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo and did his residency in pediatrics at the

University of Southern California. Dr. Goldschlager practiced medicine in the Florida Keys for 17 years, and was a valued member of the CHI team. He devoted his life to helping others - generous in his willingness to provide assistance medically, emotionally or practically. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, patients and all of us at CHI.

CHI LINKS BIRTHDAY PARTY CHI LINKS Healthy Steps had its 1st annual Birthday Party for its clients on December 21st, 2012 at the Doris Ison Center. The event celebrated the start of the program's third year in practice, as well as the various milestones reached by the program's babies and toddlers. The birthday celebration also offered an educational component for parents, allowing them to learn the benefits of sensory play. Children

Elivra Puente (Mom) and Ilytha Marin is 2 yrs old

finger painted while parents participated in a discussion on sensory play given by one of CHI's Developmental Specialists. Following the discussion, parents and children enjoyed a luncheon complete with music and milestone rewards. CHI LINKS (Learn, Inform, Navigate, Knowledge, Support) Healthy Steps for Young Children is an evidenced-based program designed to maximize Early Childhood Development through

Birthday gifts

developmental testing and treatment of children beginning with newborns. Family education and other services are offered at three CHI sites - Doris Ison, Martin Luther King Jr. and COPE South. Developmental Specialists screen and assess for developmental concerns, parental concerns, and for parental stress and depression. Home visits and parent groups are also offered.

Shameka Louis-Charles 2 yrs old

Guests enjoy the Birthday celebration


Miami Dade Commissioner Dennis Moss, Vice Mayor of Cutler Bay Ernie Sochin and Romanita Ford, CHI Director of Community Affairs/Government Relations.

Children check out the Miami Dade Police helicopter

No child should go without gifts during the holiday season. Community Health of South Florida Inc., Miami Dade Police and other local leaders teamed up to make sure the kids of Cutler Manor had a special Christmas. The Children’s Toy Drive is an annual event that has been bringing children joy for the holiday season. But this past holiday, it was bigger and better than it has ever been. More than 200 children were able to enjoy the Toy Drive. It was created to provide a positive presence at the Cutler Manor apartment complex, a place

where poverty and lack of resources can sometimes dampen the holiday spirit. Santa wasn’t the only one bearing gifts. CHI leaders, police, Miami Dade Commissioner Dennis Moss and Cutler Bay Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin and Prestige Health Choice brought hundreds of gifts to gleeful children. But if that wasn’t enough, the kids were amazed to see the Miami Dade police helicopter up close and personal. “There is no greater reward than to see the satisfaction and excitement on the children’s

Santa and child

faces,” said Colonel Brodes Hartley, CHI President and CEO. “We want to thank our sponsors for making it such a success.” Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) and Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. (POAH) established CHI Community Initiative (CCI). CCI is the program which created the Children’s Toy Drive event. The main objective for these events is to strengthen, empower, and establish positive community change.

CIRCUS DAY Going to the circus for most children is a magical event. But for some kids making their way to the big top is an unreachable dream. That is why Community Health of South Florida, Inc. made that dream a reality for 35 children from the Cutler Manor neighborhood. Many of them had never been to the American Airlines Arena in Miami nor had they experienced the wonder of “the greatest show on earth.” The children, ages 3 to 15, enjoyed seeing

CHI provided transportation to and from the circus

acrobats, animals and fire stunts at the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus. CHI buses transported the wide-eyed children to and from the event. “One of our main objectives is to provide

valuable experiences for this community,” said Colonel Brodes Hartley, President and CEO. “We want to give them the possibilities of being able to do things that they would not be able to do otherwise.” CHI is forming a youth council in partnership with Cutler Manor to help assist families that have been suffering from hardships. Providing help and support to so many capable families and children is the goal.

The excited crowd under the big top

NEW MEETING RULES Do you remember in grammar school when someone would make rabbit ears with their hands behind your head as you posed for a photo? The feelings evoked when you saw that photograph were likely surprise and disappointment. Some of those same feelings can occur today when we don’t realize the non-verbal messages we are sending during company meetings.

Time is precious for you and Community Health of South Florida, Inc. Our primary mission is patient care comes first. So, most of us would rather spend that valuable time tending to our patients and our mission. However, meetings foster the core mission so it’s important to keep them as honest, respectful and succinct as possible. That is why we have new rules of engagement for every meeting here at CHI.

All of us are now expected to follow the rules to make the most out of our meetings. Please read the rules thoroughly so that you can abide by them from now on.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT FOR MEETINGS ! Show up on time ! No sidebars ! Attend meetings that you are a member of ! Active participation ! No laptops ! No cell phone use allowed (and must be on vibrate) ! Mandatory agenda (focused with goals, decisions, timeline) ! Establish a time for all meetings and keep meeting to scheduled time ! Preparations by members done in advance ! Respectful communication ! Response to meeting request (via outlook, e-mail, phone) ! Honoring deadlines ! No scheduling of meetings during standing meeting dates and times ! State the subject of meetings when invited

ACTion HERO AWARD Dr. Lloyd Miller received the ACTion Hero Award for his commitment to making the holiday season a more joyous one for the children of South Florida. Dr. Miller has gone above and beyond by providing generous Colonel Brodes H.Hartley, Jr., Dr. Lloyd Miller and Mireya Mayor donations and gifts to CHI for the Children’s Toy Drive. Despite his busy schedule, he volunteered his time and effort collecting donations from friends outside of CHI. These important donations help further our mission of providing quality health care to all. Thanks to Dr. Miller, many children were able to experience a wonderful holiday season! CHI is very fortunate to have him as a part of the team and we are so grateful for his continuous hard work and dedication to our organization.

! Members are not allowed to consistently get up during meetings to leave the room ! Ask others for feedback and for all to participate ! Clean meeting room when meeting is finished (including removal of all papers and straightening of chairs) ! Use of Roberts Rules of Order at all meetings PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT ! Only e-mail when it is necessary ! e-mail should only be used for simple information ! if an immediate response is necessary, then request should be done in person ! Communicate whereabouts to staff ! Honest communication ! Be mindful of negative nonverbal cues

WELCOME TIFFANI You might have noticed someone with a familiar looking smile walking around Community Health of South Florida, Inc. You probably recognize Tiffani Helberg from CBS 4 News. In December she joined the CHI team as the new Vice President for Communications and Development leaving behind 15 years of television, newspaper and radio journalism for her new role with the company. Helberg has worked as a correspondent in Washington DC, and an anchor and reporter at news outlets all over the country. The award winning journalist has interviewed hundreds of notable people in her career, everyone from Presidents to celebrities. “I am so excited for the new challenge,” said Helberg. “It was important for me as I made the switch out of television to find a job that was meaningful. Working for CHI will allow me to continue to change lives, this time from a different vantage point.” Helberg will be working on marketing, public relations and much more.

Community Health of South Florida Healthy Bits February 2013  

Bi-monthly newsletter for Community Health of South Florida employees.

Community Health of South Florida Healthy Bits February 2013  

Bi-monthly newsletter for Community Health of South Florida employees.