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Keith Kim, MD, Drawn to Inspire Internationally renowned bariatric surgeon, Keith Kim, MD, has joined Lake Nona Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, an affiliate of UCF Lake Nona Medical Center and the HCA Healthcare North Florida Division – Orlando Market.

to me the first time I saw a robotic surgery being performed that it was a much more precise and elegant way of performing an operation, and so I put all of my energy into trying to master everything about the robot. At one point, I had done more robotic bariatric surgeries than anyone in the world, just because so few people were using the robot. As a bariatric surgeon, I have completed more than 6,000 bariatric surgeries and nearly 3,000 of those have been robotic. Additionally, the robot allowed me to specialize in more complex revisional surgeries, so I have strong experience in performing those as well.

Dr. Kim is most recognized for his role as an innovator and pioneer in the field of robotic bariatric surgery. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a prestigious John Motley Morehead Scholar and graduated with a degree in chemistry with distinction. He earned his medical degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he also obtained his surgical training as an intern and resident. As a bariatric surgeon, Dr. Kim has performed over 6,000 surgeries, including the Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Duodenal Switch Procedure, Adjustable Gastric Band, and complex revisional surgeries. As a pioneer and a recognized global leader in robotic bariatric surgery, he developed a technique for performing a totally robotic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass that has been taught to other surgeons around the world. He has currently performed nearly 3,000 robotic bariatric surgeries including over 300 complex revisional surgeries He sat down for a Q&A on his development as a physician, his practice and his efforts to give back to the medical community.

developed a technique for the ? You performance of totally robotic

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass that has been taught globally. What led to its development, and why is this technique so important?

When I started learning to perform robotic bariatric surgery, it was done typically as a hybrid procedure where the robot was used for only portions of the procedure. Additionally, use of the robot took significantly longer than doing the procedure purely laparoscopically. I went into it determined I was going to transition to robotics and set three goals: I wanted to make sure the clinical outcomes were just as good, if not better, than laparoscopic bariatric surgery; I wanted to develop a technique to perform the entire case robotically; and I wanted to get the robotic operative times comparable to the laparoscopic operative times. Once I achieved a completely robotic approach to the most common bariatric surgery at the time, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, it generated a lot of international attention, and I was invited to share my technique and outcomes data in meetings around the world. I was very methodical in my approach and spent a lot of time early on reviewing videos of my procedure to constantly improve what I was doing. When I started teaching my technique to others, it eliminated many aspects of the learning curve for them and facilitated the transition to robotic surgery.

? What drew you to the medical field? Dr. Kim: My parents moved our family to the United States from South Korea when I was a child, so my siblings and I could have better educational opportunities. My parents gave up everything to move to a country where they didn’t know anyone. From the very beginning, I always said I wanted to be a surgeon, because I wanted to maximize the opportunities that my parents gave me. I also knew I wanted to directly help people in a meaningful way.

? Why is it important to you to give back

? You started your career as a general

to the medical field through education and mentoring?

surgeon. What led you to specialize in bariatric surgery?

When I first started as a surgeon, one of the other physicians suggested I start doing bariatric surgery because of my technical skillset. I was shadowing a bariatric surgeon and talking to a patient who was a few months post-operation when she told me about the first time she could tie her shoes, and it made me realize there was so much more to people’s diseases and what we could do for them. Obesity doesn’t just affect an individual’s health; it affects their entire life in the most profound ways that physicians don’t always think about. Realizing the impact bariatric surgery can have on someone’s sense of self-worth, in addition to increasing longevity, is the moment I knew I was on the right path.

How has the use of robotics changed

? your practice?

I’ve been through two transitions in my career – the transition from open surgery to laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery and the transition to the use of robotics. When I was training, most complex surgeries were still done completely open. One of the things that intrigued me about bariatric surgery was that there was a relatively early adoption of laparoscopy, so when I started performing bariatric surgery in 2000, I learned to do them laparoscopically. Then eight years later, in 2008, I was first exposed to the robot, which I started using in 2009 – still very early in the adoption of robotics. It was very obvious






I believe the most important thing for all of us in medicine is patient care and optimal patient outcome. Much of what I know today is because I have had great surgeons mentor me and share their knowledge, skills and experience with me. I believe that surgeons are generous in sharing their knowledge and experience with others because they want to help ensure optimal patient outcomes. Because of my early involvement with the robot, I was given the chance to be a mentor to others. Not only have I traveled extensively to lecture and perform surgeries, but I have had surgeons from all over the world come to my operating room to watch and learn. I was always humbled by the effort they took to do this, and it was a privilege to be able to share my experience. I believe that robotics and the platform it represents, which is a digital interface between the surgeon and the patient, is the future of surgery. I have tried to maximize what I give back to the medical field in this specific area, not only through teaching others what I know, but also through publishing and through involvement in innovation and future product development. I collaborated with the leading robotic surgeons around the world in all areas of general surgery and edited one of the first comprehensive textbooks on the use of robotics in general surgery. Additionally, I have been very involved with the development of other robotic platforms as well as emerging platforms in computer learning and artificial intelligence.

? What misconceptions exist about obesity and bariatric surgery?

Everyone has a weight range that their body thinks is normal, and the body will do everything it can to defend that weight range. For those who suffer from the disease


Helping Patients Overcome the Mental Health Stigma BY APRIL BOYKIN

Today, the ultimate goal is to move away from the idea of “illness” and embrace the concept of “wellness.” While we strive to take care of ourselves physically, seek medical care, take supplements, exercise, or even rest, it is just as important to place the same emphasis on mental and emotional wellness. The shift in terminology from "mental illness" toward "Behavioral Health" can offer a more accessible pathway for people to reach out for support

As we have seen recently with athletes and celebrities, the stigma around mental illness is shifting, but it is still one of the most significant reasons people don't get the help they need.

Behavioral health services, obstacles to care and increasing wellness

Public and self-stigma refer to how society judges and holds negative attitudes about those in need of mental health support and how we internalize shame about our conditions. People have long believed that mental illness represents a weakness of the mind or a fundamental character flaw. These beliefs have created long-standing obstacles that prevent people from seeking the help they need to overcome suffering and improve their condition.

The words "mental illness" reflect the idea that one must be unstable before getting help. Behavioral Health describes the connection between the health and well-being of the body and mind. It encompasses actions, coping skills, daily living skills, and their impact on one's ability






to function, emotional and mental state, relationships, life satisfaction, achievement of goals, and overall wellness. While mental health is part of this model, the Behavioral Health model is more comprehensive and focuses on more aspects of overall wellness. The statistics vary, but approximately 25 percent of all adults experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, and we also know that many more suffer without ever having a diagnosis. However, 100 percent of all people can benefit from Behavioral Health Services. These services include counseling, coaching, support groups, psychotherapy, psychiatry, mentoring, mindfulness, spiritual support, testing and diagnosis, and so much more. The human condition is both complicated and straightforward. We all have similar experiences that create stress, loss, joy, anger, excitement, etc. We all have biological needs and want some level of connection. But how we navigate the challenges and disappointments that show up in our lives depends on our genetics and what skills we learn. Behav-

worry because these symptoms are a side effects of health conditions or aging. However, in 80 percent of cases, these symptoms can resolve through Behavioral Health support, and our patients should be encouraged to enroll in services.

ioral Health services can help strengthen everyone’s' resiliency, help us understand where our struggles originate, help build new coping skills, and help mitigate suffering.

So, what gets in the way? • Knowledge/Education – Many people misunderstand the meaning, process, and benefit of Behavioral Health Services. We all must talk about the benefits of these services to our patients whenever we can and before it is evident that the services are needed. • Medication Equation – When prescribing medications for patients struggling with depression or anxiety, it is essential to remember they often reject any Behavioral Health Support once they start feeling better. However, if they do not learn new coping skills, then they never truly learn to manage stress in their lives and will likely be back for more mediation. So, when prescribing also refer for counseling.

• Missing the Signs – Patient frequently underreport their symptoms and conditions to appear better than they are. This phenomenon can cause us not to offer support until our patients are in crisis. If they have a condition or experience that can impact emotional wellbeing refer the for counseling.

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• Service Delivery/Transportation – Today Behavioral Health services are provided through telehealth, in-person/in-home, or traditional office-based settings. Lack of transportation or being home-bound should never be a reason to prevent participation.

Caregivers Help: “Caregivers don't have time to focus on their own needs. It's essential to have someone who can listen to you, so I will refer you to a support group.”

• Affordability/Policy Limitations – While some insurances do not cover Behavioral Health Services; most do, thanks to the Mental Health Parity Act. Refer your patients to community health programs if they do not have insurance that covers these services.

• Culturally Competent Care – Many cultures perpetuate the stigmas associated with seeking help. Individuals who consider seeking help often have to overcome those beliefs and want to relate to a counselor who can understand their struggles from a cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, etc. perspective. Diversity exists in the Behavioral Health field, encourage people to keep searching for the right counselor, but also discuss that people outside of their background may have exactly what they need too.

The benefits of Behavioral Health services are innumerous and include resolving symptoms of depression, anxiety, worry, and panic, regulating emotions, and improving functioning. It can decrease demanding and high need patient distress and improve communication and self-care skills. Additional treatment components include helping patients with processing and learning to live with grief and loss, developing coping skills, developing wellness routines, and overcoming obstacles to navigate challenges better. We all must discuss the importance of mental

• Ageism – Sometimes, we overlook people struggling with declining mood, fatigue, or



and emotional wellness with our patients and normalize Behavioral Health Services. How do we start the conversation? The best way to overcome the stigma is to talk about Behavioral Health Services and normalize society's need and prevalence. The following are a few ideas of how to talk to our patients about getting engaged.




going on. It is often helpful to have someone to talk to, I am going to refer you to a psychologist.”

Impact of Stress: “Stress, worry, and anxiety negatively impact your (heart condition), and I want you to learn skills to manage stress. I am going to refer you to Behavioral Health Services.”

Medical Condition: “Did you know people with (diabetes) are more likely to feel depressed sometimes? I like my patients to talk to someone about those feelings to promote overall wellness. I am going to refer you to counseling.”

Isolation: A lot of people feel isolated when they are experiencing (chronic pain); it is helpful to have someone you can connect to and share your challenges with. I am going to refer you to a counselor. Prescribing Psychotropics: When I prescribe (psychotropic medication), I always ask my patients to participate in counseling to help them learn coping skills to get the best effects. April Boykin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and cofounder of Counseling Resource Services (CRS). Established in 2013, CRS is a community-based in-home integrated behavioral health agency serving the aged and disabled population in Central Florida. As a mental health counselor, she has provided individual, family and caregiver counseling to children, teens and adults. She can be reached at





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With nearly 100 businesses participating in the East Orlando Chamber’s 2021 Business Expo on August 26th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Airport, it is the perfect place to meet and greet the businesses you need to connect. Who will be there? Well, let’s look at the “Who’s Who” of this After Hour business event. “An active mind, active body, active spirit is Active Living.” The Active Living Health Center is Orlando & Lake Nona’s Premier Wellness Center offering chiropractic, rehabilitation, acupuncture, massage therapy, personal injury, and nutrition counseling services. Dr. Jodi Jakiel, DACBSP is an expert in sports chiropractic, injuries from auto accidents including neck and low back injuries and muscular and joint pain from chronic overuse. Her goal is to get you relief and the results you want for your health. Dr. Jakiel and her team will be at the Expo to answer your questions and see if the Active Living Health Center is your next stop to wellness. It is that time of year to start thinking about insurance, especially if you are turning 65. Barakat Insurance has you covered with Medicare, ACA, Homeowners, Auto and General Liability. Every employee works with a passion of taking challenges and creating solutions for their clients in need of insurance. Their goal is to save you money and make the process as fast and easy as possible. Visit their table at the Expo to see why nearly 12,000 clients are so satisfied with their service. Want to shop around? Visit the EOCC website to find some of our other fine insurance agents ready to serve your needs. Want to make a difference in someone’s life? Consider becoming a plasma donor. Biomat USA Orlando welcomes you to visit their table to hear how your donation is used to make life-changing medicines for patients with diseases such as immune deficiencies, hemophilia, genetic emphysema, hepatitis, tetanus, and rabies. They will explain the importance of routine donations and compensation for your time. CERTUS Premier Memory Care Living is Orlando’s leader in research-based and evidence-based Memory Care programming. This approach offers more successes for those and their loved ones living with a memory loss illness. CERTUS’ unique approach has been shown to minimize symptoms of dementia and even slow the progress of a loved one’s disease, while helping to enhance residents’ daily experiences. They will be happy to answer any questions and provide more information. Dedicated Senior Medical Center is a family-owned primary and specialty care practice committed to delivering superior healthcare to Medicare-eligible seniors. It is a system that coordinates all aspects of a patients care, offering quality, empathetic, well-coordinated care resulting in quality outcomes. Dedicated Senior Medical Centers is transforming communities by transforming lives and improving the lives of the neediest populations. Is your practice frustrated with payroll, employment laws and human resources issues in general? EM2HR is helping employers and practices like yours avoid mistakes that can affect your bottom line by reducing risk. They provide services you would expect from an in-

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AdventHealth Clinical Leaders Among Top 2 Percent of Scientists Worldwide This month’s Healthcare Leader profile actually looks at six leaders of the AdventHealth system who have been named among the top two percent of scientists worldwide.

Five AdventHealth physicians and the scientific director of the AdventHealth Translational Research Institute are featured in a study by Stanford University. Published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS Biology, the comprehensive list analyzed research data from the mid-1990s through to 2019, covering millions of scientists in all fields of study, and identified the top scientists by calculating how often their work is cited over the course of their careers. The following AdventHealth clinical leaders are featured among the nearly 160,000 listed experts:

he is a former Chair of the U.K.'s National Training Program. His research encompasses a broad range of cancer-related areas including the development of national standards and qualitative assessments of decision-making in cancer care. He was the secretary to the Irish Higher Surgical Training Group, representing trainees on the National Council. His final year project won the Dr. Pamela Gilligan Prize in Sept 2016. Since coming to Florida, he has involved himself with myriad projects including being on the steering committee for AdventHealth to achieve National Accreditation for Rectal Cancer. As an author of over 400 original published papers, four books and more than 250 book chapters, his research encompasses a broad range of cancer-related areas including the development of national standards and co-founding the Commission on Cancer’s National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer. He serves on numerous editorial boards including being Co-Editor of Diseases of Colon and Rectum. In addition to his role

Bret Goodpaster, PhD - #291 in Endocrinology & Metabolism

Goodpaster investigates the pathophysiology of human aging, obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes, as well as the biological mechanisms underlying the health benefits of exercise. Dr. Goodpaster has received a number of awards and honors for his work, including the Nathan Shock Award from the National Institute of Aging in 2008. He is particularly well known for “the athlete’s paradox” which has shifted the paradigm in type 2 diabetes research to investigate, how and why does fat accumulation in muscle cause insulin resistance in some subjects but not others? Which are the good fats and which are the bad fats? He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers, review articles and book chapters, has served on several editorial boards, and is currently an Associate Editor for Diabetologia. Goodpaster is currently the scientific director of the AdventHealth Translational Research Institute. Dr. Goodpaster obtained a B.S. in Biology from Purdue, and after completing a Pre-doctoral Fellowship at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, received his Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics from Ball State University. Prior to coming to the AdventHealth TRI-MD, he was Professor of Medicine and UPMC Chair for Diabetes and Metabolism Research at the University of Pittsburgh.

as a leading physician with the AdventHealth Medical Group's elite colorectal surgery team, Monson also serves as executive director for the Digestive Health and Surgery Institute at AdventHealth Orlando.

Richard Pratley, MD - #395 in Endocrinology & Metabolism

Pratley is a board-certified internal medicine physician and internationally recognized diabetes expert with advanced training in gerontology, geriatrics and metabolism. He sees patients at Advent-


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On Friday, June 11, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) finally released the revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments.

CONTINUED ... Keith Kim, MD, Drawn to Inspire of obesity, what is broken is not their behavior, but their weight range. This means that their body will defend an unhealthy weight range, and this is very difficult to overcome even with healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. While bariatric surgery does not necessarily change the weight range, it does lead to physiological changes that have profound effects to assist patients in losing weight. However, surgery is not a cure; it is a tool, and it takes lifelong commitments to maintain success. This is why it is important to engage patients in a lifelong program to ensure continued success.

? What brought you to this position at Lake Nona Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery?

UCF Lake Nona Medical Center is intended to be a world-class hub for optimal patient care, innovation and research, and teaching, which is in line with what I have pursued my entire career. It is an extreme privilege to join a medical center that has been created for that purpose at the ground level in a community that is specifically focused on medical innovation and research.

The revised reporting requirements supersede the January 15th reporting requirements. The newly issued June 11, 2021 reporting requirements can be found here. This announcement includes expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, aims to reduce burdens on smaller providers, and extends key deadlines for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020. The revised reporting requirements will be applicable to providers who received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000 during a single Payment Received Period from the PRF General Distributions, Targeted Distributions, and/ or Skilled Nursing Facility and Nursing Home Infection Control Distributions. The PRF portal is open, as of July 1, and providers can begin their applicable reporting. The below new reporting deadlines and use of funds deadlines, are based on receipt date of each of your specific PRF dollars (many received more than one). Providers that did receive one or more payments during a Payment Received Period outlined below are required to report in the Reporting Time Period associated with the date in which they received payments that exceed $10,000 in aggregate.

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• Even if there is nothing to report you MUST put a zero (0) or you will not be able to proceed • You can save your work and resume at another time HRSA continues to encourage providers to establish their PRF Reporting Portal accounts now by registering here. Registration will also allow providers to receive updates closer to the official opening of the portal for their reporting submissions.

Some tips for reporting via the portal: Domenic Segalla is the Team Leader of Withum’s Healthcare Advisory Services Group. With over 20 years of healthcare experience, Domenic has a broad spectrum of knowledge with his background of financial and operational executive level positions. Primarily, he has worked in large academic acute care hospitals but also has expertise in long-term care and physician practices. In addition to his comprehensive executive roles, Domenic has extensive experience in cost containment, integration and consolidation of facilities, Revenue Cycle, Strategic Planning, and “right sizing” the cost structure of facilities to correlate with their volumes. For any questions, please contact Domenic Segalla at, or visit

• All data reporting requirements will be by quarter and for all six (6) quarters from Q1 2019 -Q2 2021 • Patient Service Revenue will need to be broken out by payor for each quarter • Any and all additional Federal and State funds will need to be reported (e.g. PPP, FEMA..)

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My wife and two kids help me maintain a work-life balance. Until relatively recently, my wife home-schooled our two children, which was amazing in that the learning was more integrated into our family life. The topics of learning were integrated into dinner conversations and a flexible schedule allowed for trips to supplement the learning. Both my children play musical instruments so there is always music in the house. We play a lot of tennis and enjoy spending time outdoors biking. We’re also all voracious readers (I get most of my content off the internet), and we love discussing what we’re currently reading and learning. To contact Dr. Kim or learn more about bariatric surgery treatment for common obesity related conditions, contact Lake Nona Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, 407-789-1325, or go to

CONTINUED ... The 2021 Business Expo: Your One Stop to Nearly 100 Businesses limited. The East Orlando Chamber Business Expo is Thursday, August 26th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the DoubleTree Orlando Airport, 5555 Hazeltine National Drive. Next, reach out to one of our member professionals in promotional products. They will help guide you in making your brand stand out with the perfect array of products. Finally, share your participation with clients and prospects on your social media and with displays in your office. The more the merrier when it comes to the Business Expo. If you are a consumer interested in visiting the Business Expo as our guest, simply print & bring the East Orlando Chamber’s ad in this paper for FREE entry. You will enjoy nearly 100 vendors, food, drink, and a chance at fabulous prizes. Afterwards, join us at Marlow’s Tavern Lee Vista for happy hour specials after hours fun. Looking for more ways to highlight your business? The East Orlando Chamber has a plethora of opportunities to get you noticed, connecting you with your next clients and partners, keeping your business healthy. For the health of your business reach out to the East Orlando Chamber for a menu of unique offerings elevating your businesses visibility and connect you with others helping your business thrive. We are the first in the state offering traditional Health Insurance plans, as well as supplemental products including dental, vision, critical illness, accidental and more. For more information or to register call (407) 277-5951 or visit our website at The East Orlando Chamber of Commerce everywhere East of I-4. Dorothy Hardee is the East Orlando Chamber Director of Operations.



AdventHealth Clinical Leaders Among Top 2 Percent of Scientists Worldwide founding member of the Society of Robotic Surgery. He serves as an honorary professor at the University of Milan, Korea University and Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru, and was recently made an honorary professor of the Russian Academy of Science. He has authored over 150 scientific articles and has served as an editor on six robotic textbooks – including The Journal of Robotic Surgery and the first-ever robotic urology textbook – and is a contributor on over 20 textbooks.

Health Medical Group’s diabetes and endocrine specialty practice in Orlando and The Villages while also serving as the Medical Director of the AdventHealth Diabetes Institute and as a senior scientist in diabetes research for AdventHealth. He is a leading authority on new and emerging treatments for diabetes and its comorbidities. Pratley serves as the Samuel Crockett Chair in Diabetes Research, heads the Diabetes Program for the AdventHealth Translational Research Institute, and serves as the medical director of the AdventHealth Diabetes Institute. Dr. Pratley earned his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit and undertook his residency at the University of Michigan. He next completed three consecutive fellowships in clinical physiology and metabolism, gerontology and geriatrics, and geriatrics at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan, respectively.

and book chapters, as well as being the editor or co-editor of 9 published medical textbooks. He is very interested in 'personalized' approaches to medicine and cancer treatment and likes to 'partner' very closely with his patients and family members.

Mark Socinski, MD - #1,523 and #3,725 in Oncology & Carcinogenesis

Herbert Newton, MD – #2,503 in Oncology

Socinski is a board-certified, fellowship-trained medical oncologist and is an internationally recognized expert in the development of novel chemotherapy agents and treatment strategies for advanced non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Since 2005, his research has focused on incorporating personalized medicine and molecular biomarkers in the treatment of lung cancer, and he has led AdventHealth’s involvement in clinical trials for METex14. Dr. Socinski formerly served as Co-Chair of the Thoracic Malignancies Steering Committee for the National Cancer Institute. He also serves on the Respiratory Core Committee of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (Alliance) and has been instrumental in the development of many cooperative clinical trials. Socinski serves as the executive medical director of the AdventHealth Cancer Institute.

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Dr. Newton is a board-certified neuro-oncologist and neurologist with over 30 years of highly specialized experience treating cancer patients. His primary focus is on the diagnosis and skilled medical care of adult patients with tumors of the brain and spinal cord, as well as on the complications of brain tumors - particularly epilepsy. An acclaimed authority in his field, Dr. Newton specializes in the use of chemotherapy and molecular therapeutics, and he has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's Top Doctors. A graduate of the SUNY Buffalo Medical School, Dr. Newton completed his residency training at the University of Michigan and undertook his advanced fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He joined the AdventHealth network from the Wallace-Kettering Neuroscience Institute in Ohio, where he served as Director of Neuro-Oncology. Dr. Newton is one of the most senior and experienced neuro-oncologists in the country, with a 25-year history in academic neurology and neuro-oncology. Very well published with over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles

Vipul Patel, MD - #735 in Urology & Nephrology

Vipul Patel, MD, FACS, is the director of the Global Robotics Institute at AdventHealth Celebration. One of the most experienced urologic robotic surgeons in the world, Patel has personally performed nearly 15,000 robotic prostatectomies and travels around the globe to educate physicians and help start robotic programs internationally. In addition, Dr. Patel is the medical director of the AdventHealth Celebration Cancer Institute Urologic Oncology Program. He is a professor of urology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, and a clinical associate professor of urology at Nova Southeastern University, also in Orlando. He is the founder of the International Prostate Cancer Foundation (IPCF) and a

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Keeping Your Floors Healthy BY LAUREN ODDO

Just like you have to feed, take care of and maintain your body in order to maintain your overall health, the same will need to be done with your flooring after it’s installed. Of course, just like different types of bodies require different levels of maintenance, depending on your flooring selection and your standard of ‘healthy,’ your flooring will too.

options like luxury vinyl and tile that require very little maintenance – making keeping the floor clean and avoiding accidents that cause imperfections just about the only requirements to keeping it beautiful. Why wouldn’t you want to go maintenance free? Well, with no way to revamp the flooring, it will never look as good as the first day it is installed. Floors that require maintenance give us a chance to bring new life to them without replacing them completely.

Cleaning Does not Equal Maintenance

Clean Floors Often Require More Maintenance

This can be one of the most difficult things for new floor owners to wrap their heads around. When you choose a product, you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s warranty and product specifications to ensure that you are aware of their recommended cleaning AND maintenance routines. While most customers focus on how products can be cleaned, what they can be cleaned with and how often they should be cleaned – they rarely ask about maintenance. I understand most people don’t work with flooring on a daily basis, so let’s compare this to something we all know fairly well – a car. You just purchased a brand new car off the lot, got the color you wanted, leather interior, the whole shebang. After the first month of owning that car, I bet you’ve given it a wash or two and it’s still looking

beautiful. But even if you wash that car every week, in a year or less, it’s still going to need an oil change and new windshield wipers; and the same goes for you floors! Even if you keep them as clean as can be, they will still need to be maintained. In fact, products that are cleaned more often tend to require more maintenance. That said, if you are looking for a maintenance free floor, that’s something you can shoot for. There are

When you think of a clean and sterile environment you probably think of bright, light and shiny surfaces with crisp corners and minimal detail. After all, polished, smooth surfaces do tend to hold on less to dirt and be easier to clean in comparison to matte, rough surfaces – even if the product/material is technically nonporous. That said, shiny and reflective surfaces often require the most amount of maintenance and upkeep simply because dirt and imperfections tend to be easier to see on shiny surfaces (think of how noticeable a dirty mirror is in a public restroom). A great example of a floor that’s easy to clean but a little more difficult to maintain is anything with a wax polish or site-applied finish on it like VCT – also known as vinyl composition tile. Think of the flooring in a Publix Supermarket – white, bright, almost always clean looking because they’re fortunate enough to have the downtime to maintain it properly. And although some may think a waxed floor is wonderful because it can be brought back to life by buffing and re-waxing, others may see buffing and waxing as a time-consuming requirement they’d prefer to avoid if at-all possible.

Clean Floors Show Dirt A popular misconception is that to have a clean floor the best thing you can do is choose a product that hides dirt. My opinion? There’s nothing worse than a mess you can’t see. If the floor doesn’t show the dirt, how will we know to clean it? Choosing a floor with heavy texture, color variation and with a low sheen will allow the dirt to hideaway and go unseen. But is that what you want? A clean looking floor and a clean feeling floor are not the same thing.

Maintaining the Floors in Your Home While you most likely won’t go with a waxed floor in your own home, there are types of flooring that you might choose a product that will require a bit more maintenance than others. Residentially, an oiled wood floor is the most beautiful product you can go with, but it comes with specific cleaning and maintenance requirements. That said, not only does the oil enhance the natural grain and beauty of the wood, it offers a chance for reparability if any scratches or imperfections are created they tend to be very easy to hide with an oil floor. Lauren Oddo has been with US Design Source for six years managing sales and specifying products. Upon graduating from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship, she sought a career that would allow her to combine her love for home design and education in entrepreneurship into one passion. The owners of US Design Source, Michael and Ginny Hill, have been part of the Orlando flooring and building industry for over 50 years. As a company, we've installed hundreds of thousands of square feet of flooring throughout Central Florida. Visit






Why Effective Website Design Creates Successful Marketing Results BY JENNIFER CERNA

can be frustrating and annoying, which causes the user to go to another website that is much easier to navigate. But with a good flow and design, customers have an easy time going through your site and coming out satisfied with their search. It allows them to get to know you through your site, your branding, and your content. It’s the beginning of their experience with you.

There is one thing that everybody knows in order to have great marketing results: people do business with people they know, like, and trust.

LIKE: Forms A Good Impression

But how can they get to know, like, and trust you? There are many different ways, but one of the biggest is through a website. Anyone can buy a domain, set up a WordPress template, and put some words on it. But how do you know you are doing it correctly and effectively? You do it by using fundamental website design principles. But why does my site need to look good or a specific way? Because website design is intentional with creating and developing the know, like, and trust factor throughout your site. Here are three ways that website design can do that for you.

How many times have you done business with, or bought from someone you didn’t get a good impression from? Hopefully, none, because then you aren’t satisfied with the process. Similarly, how you wouldn’t hire someone who comes into a job interview looking like they just rolled out of bed. Good website design gives a good first impression to potential customers and clients. It shows your professionalism, your personality, and your value to anyone who lands on your site. When you make a good impression, people remember you. And when they remember you, they come to you when they need help solving a problem, which is the ideal place to be. It’s what we call being “top of mind” and should be the goal for every marketing effort you make. A good impression through website design is strategic. Good website design helps your content and solutions resonate with your target audience because it was made with them in mind.

KNOW: Creates A Good Customer Experience When someone lands on your website, you want it to be easy to read and to find what they are looking for. Otherwise, they click off and go to another website. You want to keep that potential customer on your website for as long as possible. Part of website design is what we call “the flow of a site,” which means how the customer can get to where they need to go in 3 clicks or less. Most non-designers make the mistake of making the user go through page after page before they find what they are looking for. This

TRUST: Builds Authority and A Good Reputation Lastly, you can know someone, you can like them, but if you don’t trust them, it’s all for nothing. You wouldn’t trust your hard-earned money with someone with a






reputation for stealing. And you wouldn’t go to a restaurant with one-star reviews from every customer they’ve had. A good website design accounts for this and creates your site around your expertise and reputation. This can be done in many ways, such as putting industry awards on display, or previous customer testimonials. But they need to be put and done in the right way to entice and build trust. Another big way is to build authority by means of a blog. The design can make or break your blog. If it’s too hard to read or hard to find what they are looking for, they will never come back. But having everything you need to demonstrate and present your authority and good reputation is built into a good website design. There are many other ways to push your potential customers through the know, like, and trust thresholds on and outside of your website. It is meant to work together, where your website is a cog of a much larger machine. But a good website is one of the big cogs, which needs to be deliberately designed and placed to function with the rest of the moving parts. Website design is an investment that you can make to create a good customer experience, a good impression, and a good way to build authority that will help you be the business your target customers know, like and trust which will ultimately lead to more conversions and more sales. Jennifer Cerna is the founder and Creative Director at Jreamit Marketing, a marketing agency that specializes in branding and website design. We have worked with doctors and other medical professionals to get better marketing results with storytelling and branded experiences. Our clients have more time to focus on growing their business as we take care of their marketing functions and processes. To learn more about website design click here. Or contact Jennifer at with any questions.

ORLANDO || GRAND ROUNDS Shepherd’s Hope has added more dates for it FREE back-to-school and sports physicals for local uninsured and under-insured children at four Shepherd’s Hope Health Centers, now through August 30. The free back-to-school physicals include general health assessments and sports physicals with a specialist, as well as dental, vision, and hearing screenings at select locations. New for this year will be ECG screenings for student athletes, which is now required in Orange, Osceola, and Volusia counties. Funding to support this initiative is being provided by a grant from the Harper Family Charitable Foundation which provides for the health, education, maintenance and well-being of disabled children and adults of all ages in the Central Florida area. For the ninth year, Nemours Children’s Health System clinician volunteers are helping provide these medical services. To qualify, children up to age 18 must be uninsured or under-insured. Appointments are necessary. Following the completion of their physical exam, they will receive the

Florida Association of ACOs Announces Strategic Partnership with RX2Live

annually. Their continuing company theme is to "Positively Affect 1 Million Lives." "We're very pleased to announce this alliance with FLAACOs," said Brian Hazelgren, CEO of RX2Live. "Joining forces with FLAACOs brings two organizations together who strive to increase the quality of care delivered to patients while significantly lowering medical costs overall. As a key player in providing a positive impact in the advancement of healthcare, our focus is on providing innovative products and services that are not only in high demand but improve the lives of individuals as well as the professionals providing them." RX2Live offers a free private consultation for FLAACOs members to customize a program to best fit member and patient needs. Most programs require little or no initial monetary investment to implement but provide decisive game-changing results. See the website or email Northern Florida and Panhandle: Rami Packard rpackard@ Tampa and Western Florida area: Tom Dort and Greater Orlando area: John Fogarty for more information.

Florida Association of ACOs (FLAACOs), a ValueH organization and one of the leading voices for value-based care, announced today a partnership with RX2Live Florida, a top medical services company specializing in a suite of products and services that best suit each individual practice for overall patient care as well as supporting practice operations and providing new revenue streams. With this partnership, FLAACOs will provide Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in Florida and beyond with a strategic partner specializing in bringing innovative services to improve patient outcomes. “RX2LIVE has an excellent AWV, annual wellness visit program, as well as a comprehensive care management CCM program," Larry Jones, CEO of Independent Healthcare Partners and FLAACOs Board Member, commented on the announcement. "We have been working with RX2Live for some time now to bring these programs to our independent physicians. We're very pleased with the addition of RX2Live to our list of partners and recommend their programs and services to anyone in our organization who is looking to improve their patient care while increasing revenue and reducing overall medical cost." RX2Live currently serves ACOs, IPAs, and independent Physicians throughout the country. They provide solutions to rising healthcare costs and poor health, and chronic illnesses that are epidemic and costing Americans $1 Trillion

AdventHealth Central Florida Division Updates Hospital Policy Effective Monday, Aug. 2, updates are being made to the visitation policy at all facilities in AdventHealth’s Central Florida division to help our teams providing care to our patients. We have made the decision to move from in-person visits to virtual visits for COVID-19 positive

required Florida Department of Health form (DOH 3040) which meets the state requirement for enrollment in public or private school. For eligibility assessment and appointments, call 407-876-6699 ext. 246. Se Habla Español. For further information, visit Physicals will be conducted at these Shepherd’s Hope Health Centers: Winter Garden: 8/4, 8/10 & 8/18, West Orange Health Center, 455 Ninth St., Winter Garden Longwood Health Center: Morning appointments available on 8/02, 8/09, 8/16, 8/23, and 8/30. Afternoon appointments available on 8/11/ and 8/26, at 600 N. US Highway 17-92 Diebel, Jr. Memorial Health Center: 8/17 at 9837 E. Colonial Drive Downtown Health Center: 8/3 and 8/4 at 101 S. Westmoreland Drive For more information, please visit:

patients. Exceptions will be made for children under the age of 18, obstetrics, pediatrics and end of life situations. The Central Florida division includes Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Polk, Volusia and Flagler counties. AdventHealth will make patient experience experts available to help patients connect with loved ones virtually, should assistance be needed. The policy change is being made to support AdventHealth team members better care for the increasing number of COVID patients being seen across Central Florida. Updated AdventHealth Central Florida visitor policy (effective Aug. 2): • COVID-19 positive — virtual visits. • Non COVID-19 patients — one visitor at a time • Obstetrics and pediatric patients — two visitors at a time • Under 18 – COVID-19 positive patients — two adult caregivers at a time • OB COVID-19 positive symptomatic — C-Section — two visitors a day, no visitors in OR AdventHealth Central Florida has moved to ‘black’ status and deferred all non-emergency surgeries at hospitals throughout the division. The status is being reviewed daily and will be updated should conditions change.

Orlando Health Hospitals Earn Best Hospital and High Performing Hospital Recognition from U.S. News & World Report Orlando Health hospitals have been recognized as Best Hospitals and High Performing Hospitals for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report. Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital and Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital earned Best Hospital designations for Central Florida. The organization also ranked No. 2 in the Orlando Metro Area, and ranked No. 8 in Florida. As a High Performing Hospital in several specialties, Orlando Health was recognized for care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care. Orlando Health rated high performing in aortic valve surgery, heart attack, heart bypass surgery, and heart failure. High performing marks were also achieved for back surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, kidney failure, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery, and stroke. The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 7th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support be... continued






NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA || GRAND ROUNDS AdventHealth Ocala Using Innovative Technology for Lung Cancer Diagnosis community, and this equipment is another fulfillment to that promise.” The navigation software is used to view the inside of the lungs and gives doctors the ability to see hard-to-reach lung nodules that other diagnostic equipment such as needle biopsy cannot get to. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the world in part because it is often found at an advanced stage. “We are focused on earlier detection and diagnosis of lung cancer to increase the chances of survival in our community,” said Dr. Raj G. Karunakara, Medical Director of the Lung Health program at AdventHealth Ocala. “By adding the MONARCH™ robotic technology, we now have the ability to diagnose lung cancer in those harder to reach peripheral nodules like never before - enhancing our ability to treat patients and help them return to a better quality of life.” The MONARCH™ Platform allows Dr. Raj Karunakara and Dr. Andrew Seevaratnam to navigate a small camera inserted into the lung through a patient’s mouth/airway

Ocala – AdventHealth Ocala is the 14th hospital in Florida and the first in Marion County to implement the innovative MONARCH™ platform to fight lung cancer. According to the manufacturer, the MONARCH™ technology integrates the latest advancements in robotics, software, data science, and endoscopy to find cancer in the lung in earlier stages. Combining traditional endoscopic views into the lung with computer-assisted navigation based on 3-D models of the patient’s own lung anatomy, the MONARCH™ Platform provides physicians with continuous vision of the lungs/nodules throughout the entire procedure. “We are excited to add this option technology to our facility as we continue to build on our Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence designation and offer a more hopeful future for our patients with lung cancer,” said Dr. Michael Torres, Chief Medical Officer, AdventHealth Ocala. "We made a promise when we came to Ocala, to invest in the most advanced technology and the best doctors so that we could elevate the quality of care for this

and see more areas along the edge of the lungs with better reach, vision, and control for physicians. AdventHealth Ocala is a designated Screening Center of Excellence for Lung Care by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.


Ocala Health Names Eric Schuck, MD, CMO

Orlando Health Hospitals Earn ... continued yond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care. For the 2021-22 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,750 medical centers nationwide in 17 procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care. The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

OCALA – Ocala Health, part of HCA Healthcare announces the appointment of Eric Schuck, MD to Chief Medical Officer for the healthcare system effective July 12, 2021. In this role, Dr. Schuck will lead the clinical and quality initiatives that support consistent clinical performance and practice standards across Ocala Health. He brings over 20-years of clinical and leadership experience to his new role with a proven track record of improving quality and patient safety as well as the development and growth of key service lines. Dr. Schuck has most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer for West Florida Hospital in the HCA Healthcare North Florida Division. Prior to that role, Dr. Schuck served as the Chief Medical Officer for HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Stone Crest Medical Center. Prior to his CMO role in HCA Healthcare’s TriStar Division, he served as Site Medical Director for Emergency Services at HCA Healthcare’s Ft. Walton Beach

WeCare tlc Announces Dr. Angelina Szuch as Chief of Clinical Services LAKE MARY – WeCare tlc, a leading provider of onsite and near-site employee healthcare, today announced Dr. Angelina Szuch as its new Chief of Clinical Services. As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, Dr. Szuch runs the clinical direction for all WeCare tlc centers. In her new role, Dr. Szuch oversees the development and successful implementation of clinical protocols and procedures. She’s also responsible for ensuring the clinical areas at all health centers meet WeCare tlc’s patients’ needs as well as state, federal and local regulatory requirements. For 10 years, Dr. Szuch held various leadership roles in healthcare and health insurance organizations. In these positions, she specialized in promoting preventive care and lifestyle interventions to improve overall health outcomes. Dr. Szuch has experience developing and implementing approaches to care using teams comprising physicians, nurse partitioners, registered nurses, social workers and other healthcare professionals. Her efforts in leveraging interdisciplinary care teams resulted in significant improvements in patient health outcomes and performance on quality measures while reducing the total cost of care. Dr. Szuch is also known as Major Szuch. She currently serves as a U.S. Army Reserve Public Health Nurse, where she applies the principles of preventive medicine to keep our troops healthy. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from The University of Alabama. “I’m extremely proud to join WeCare tlc’s strong team of healthcare professionals and serve its many patients,” said Dr. Szuch. “The company’s unique approach to wholistic, preventive primary care aligns perfectly with my experience.” Dr. Szuch holds a number of certifications including Institute Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner – C and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Her APRN license is valid in 12 states.

Medical Center and Site Medical Director for the Pediatric ER and Pediatric Inpatient Unit at both Capital Regional Medical Center and West Florida Healthcare. Prior, Dr. Schuck led successful physician practices and worked as a Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at Yale University/Hospital St. Raphael. “Dr. Schuck has a passion for delivering high quality compassionate care and his proven clinical leadership and experience will be a tremendous benefit to our patients and our organization as we focus on quality initiatives and continue to grow services in our community,” said Chad Christianson, CEO, Ocala Health. Dr. Schuck graduated with honors from Emory University School of Medicine, studying as an Air Force Health Professions Scholarship recipient. He then successfully completed a residency in Pediatrics at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base/Dayton Children’s Hospital.


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Kelly L. Molpus, MD Completes 1,500th Surgery using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System Kelly L. Molpus, M.D., Halifax Health – Center for Oncology, recently completed his 1,500 surgery using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Dr. Molpus was presented with a crystal plaque to commemorate this milestone from Intuitive, the company behind the da Vinci® surgical system. Dr. Molpus joined Halifax Health in 2005, and was instrumental in bringing the da Vinci® robotic surgical system to Halifax Health. The first surgery using the leading-edge surgical robotics system took place January 12, 2007. The da Vinci® S Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci® System consists of an ergonomic surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the da Vinci System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments. “For the patient, a da Vinci procedure can offer all the potential benefits of a minimally invasive procedure, including less pain, less blood loss and less need for blood transfusions” said Dr. Molpus. He added “additionally, the da Vinci System can enable a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities.” Halifax Health – Center for Oncology is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and offers a full-range of diagnostic testing, aggressive treatment, clinical trials and support to cancer patients and their families at locations in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach.

Elective Surgeries Postponed at Parrish Until Further Notice TITUSVILLE — As the coronavirus continues to resurge in Brevard and the number of COVID positive patients needing hospitalization and visiting the emergency room, it has become necessary to postpone elective surgeries until further notice. This will allow the hospital to devote its staffing resources to its emergency department, ICU and inpatient care units. “Our care partners, doctors, nurses, therapists, everyone throughout our healthcare system have worked tirelessly since the onset of this pandemic and continue to do so with a level of dedication and resilience to be commended,” said President/CEO George Mikitarian. “The only way we will get this virus under control is through more people becoming vaccinated” said Mikitarian. Current COVID positive cases at Parrish Medical Center is 40, which is double the cases from last week and nearly four time the number of cases from a month ago. For information about COVID testing and vaccination visit and click on the COVID informational banner at the top of the page.

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Coming Soon – Full Throttle Emergency Speediatrics DAYTONA BEACH – Renovations are under way on our Halifax Health Acute Care Pediatric Unit. A comprehensive pediatric emergency program will be launched in the fall of 2021, providing specialized emergency care with a seamless transition of care to pediatric acute care, for the safety and oversight of our pediatric patients in Volusia and Flagler Counties. Halifax Health has reimagined the entire way children are cared for in the Emergency Department and the hospital. Every child who comes to Halifax Health Emergency Department in Daytona Beach, will be seen by a board-certified pediatric specialist – seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. “By redesigning the pediatric unit so that children being seen in the Emergency Department as well as children who are hospitalized, can be cared for on opposite sides of the same unit, means that specially trained pediatric staff can be shared by both units,” said Dr. Steven Viel, Medical Director, Emergency Services. Dr. Viel added “No matter what time of day, or what day of the week your child needs us, we will have a specialized team of doctors and nurses specifically trained in pediatric emergency medicine to care for children. We are here for your family.” Any children in need of emergency care will be brought in through the existing emergency department entrance and assessed by specialized nursing staff to ensure they are safe to be escorted directly to our acute care pediatric unit, the Halifax Health – Betty Jane France Center for Pediatrics, located on the 6th floor of the Fountain Building. Children needing immediate care prior to being escorted to the pediatric unit will be taken to a dedicated room in the main emergency department first, where they will be met by both our emergency physician and pediatric team. Children being sent in for admission by their pediatrician or family physician can bypass the main emergency department and go directly to the pediatric unit on the 6th floor. Halifax Health offers the area’s only level III Neonatal ICU, the area’s only child and adolescent behavioral services, and now the only Acute Care Pediatric Unit with 24-hour a day pediatrics specialists. Please visit Halifax Health Full Throttle Kid Care to learn more about Halifax Health Acute Care Pediatric Hospital Services.