e-Veritas Archive | November, 2015

DCC With Me: UM Cyclist Loves the ‘Amazing Feeling’ of Crossing the Finish Line

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Lisa Siegel

Lisa Siegel

Lisa Siegel says cycling across the finish line at the Dolphins Cancer Challenge is an amazing feeling. “When I get off my bike, cancer patients and survivors come up and hug me with tears in their eyes, thanking us for our support,” says Siegel. “If you are a University employee, I urge you to help our community by raising funds for our Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and DCC with me!”

A grants accountant with the Office of Research Administration, Siegel is passionate about helping people with cancer. For the past four years, she has ridden her bicycle in honor of her grandmother, who died from the disease, and her aunt, who is a cancer survivor. “Cancer affects everyone, and our researchers at Sylvester are making tremendous strides,” she says.

A native of Miami, Siegel grew up in a loyal Hurricanes family. Her father, Marvin, began working at the University in 1961 and led the UM United Way campaign for many years. Her brother, Scott, and sister, Aimee, are also University employees and will be joining Lisa and her co-workers on Team Hurricanes in the DCC on Saturday, February 20 at Sun Life Stadium.

At the sixth annual DCC, Siegel plans to complete a 72-mile ride in honor of the Dolphins’ 1972 perfect season. Other options include different cycling routes, a 5K walk and run, and participating as a “virtual rider.” All funds raised by the DCC support Sylvester’s cancer research.

A longtime fan of the ’Canes and the Miami Dolphins, Siegel lets everyone know she’s a proud supporter of the DCC. “I talk to people on campus, on the phone, and online and let them know the importance of supporting our cancer research,” she says. “Every Friday I wear a Dolphins or Sylvester jersey to create more awareness of this great event. I encourage our employees to sign up for the DCC and reach out to others. You will be surprised by the generosity of your family, friends, and co-workers. All you have to do is ask!”

To learn more, please visit Dolphins Cancer Challenge.

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Sexual Assault Resource Team Seeks Volunteer Advocates

The UM Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) is seeking dedicated, warm, and empathic faculty, staff, and graduate student volunteers to serve as advocates during the 2016 calendar year. SART, which has supported sexual assault survivors and concerned others since 1992, is often the first line of response for UM students who have been sexually assaulted, molested, or battered.

SART advocates provide hotline callers with much-needed emotional support, information, referrals, and assistance in accessing resources when appropriate. They receive comprehensive training in taking calls from students in a variety of sexual assault-related situations, orientation to UM’s varied resources for those who have been sexually victimized, and ongoing support from licensed mental health professionals at the Counseling Center.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Audrey Cleary or  Carolyn Eberhardt at the Counseling Center at 305-284-5511.

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UHealth at Coral Gables Marks Milestone: ‘Topping Off’ The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

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Topping Off 2

Construction workers hoisted a small pine tree on the rooftop of the new Lennar Foundation Medical Center to mark the occasion of the last beam being placed atop the structure.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 23, 2015) — Eleven months after The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, home of UHealth at Coral Gables, broke ground on the University of Miami’s Gables campus, construction on the 200,000-square-foot facility came to a stop — but only briefly. The occasion was to observe the traditional “topping off” ceremony, held when the uppermost portion of a building is put into place.

On Friday, November 20, the large crane at the site of the five-story building hoisted a small pine tree and American flag to the rooftop, “topping off” what will be the first presence of UHealth – University of Miami Health System on the Coral Gables campus.

More than 155 construction workers were treated to a celebratory lunch and raffle of several gift cards. Over the past year, they have worked to build the state-of-the-art medical center that will offer specialty care by the renowned Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, ranked the No. 1 eye hospital in the nation for the past 12 years, along with outpatient surgery, men’s and women’s health, sports medicine, physical therapy, diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology, and other UHealth subspecialties.

Addressing the construction crew, Ben Riestra, chief administrative officer of The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, said they had set the building blocks for a health care destination. “You are creating an iconic building where we will deliver the most targeted therapies to UHealth patients. This facility allows us to do that to an entirely new group, including you and your families.”

Augustin R. Arellano, chairman of OHL-Arellano Construction, which is building the Coral Gables facility, remarked on the positive feedback he hears about the site and the work being done.

“So many people are talking about this great project and that is all because of you,” he said. “I congratulate and thank you for that.”

The luncheon took place on the third floor, which will be home to UHealth Sports Medicine and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute services. Framing on the second floor for the outpatient surgical suites is well underway, and rough plumbing and electrical systems are being put into place. Following the luncheon, guests and the construction crew were able to sign an interior wall, effectively marking the occasion.

The Coral Gables facility is scheduled to open late 2016.

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UHealth Honored by HIMSS Analytics for Significant IT Adoption

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UHealth – the University of Miami Health System has been recognized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics for reaching Stage 6 on the Ambulatory Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (A-EMRAM). EMRAM is a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record (EMR) systems for ambulatory facilities in the HIMSS Analytics database.

“Stage 6 recognition is a distinct honor which recognizes our organization’s implementation of technology solutions that have the ability to improve patient safety, quality, and continuity of care across the care spectrum,” said Dr. David Seo, chief medical informatics officer, chief research information officer, and associate vice president for clinical applications for University of Miami Information Technology (UMIT).

Ambulatory sites track their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), with Stage 7 — an advanced electronic patient record environment — being the highest. As of the third quarter of 2015, only 10.56 percent of U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics have reached Stage 6 on its A-EMRAM. In Florida, only three health systems, including UHealth, have reached the level of sophistication to attain Stage 6 Ambulatory recognition.

A Stage 6 designation by HIMSS Analytics indicates that an ambulatory facility has almost fully automated/paperless medical records that are available across most of the outpatient care settings. Among other qualifications, the facility must have achieved significant advancement in its IT capabilities, and is either starting to evaluate its data for care delivery process improvements or has already documented significant improvements in this area.

“HIMSS Analytics congratulates the University of Miami School of Medicine Health System for leading the way toward health IT adoption,” said John Hoyt, executive vice president of HIMSS Analytics.


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International Thanksgiving Celebration Graces the U with ‘Smiles and Understanding’

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 20, 2015) – It took only a few minutes for Emiko Hagi to take “a trip around the world” to sample different recipes she never knew existed. “Amazing,” she said in describing the plethora of fare arranged buffet-style on tables in the University of Miami’s Allen Hall courtyard. And to make sure she satisfied her palate, Hagi sampled it all—form the Middle Eastern machboos (spiced chicken and rice) to the Brazilian brigadeiro (chocolate truffles).

A native of Japan, Hagi was one of the hundreds of international students who participated in the Intensive English Program (IEP)’s 32nd annual International Thanksgiving last Friday. With the holiday season just around the corner, IEP students from Angola, Brazil, China, Colombia, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and many other countries turned Allen Hall into a United Nations assembly while sharing the favorite foods and customs of their homelands.


“A taste of what Thanksgiving is all about” is how Michelle Alvarez, executive director of IEP, described the event, which has grown in popularity every year since it was first held more than three decades ago. “Each year we try to make it bigger and better, and much of the credit goes to our students.”

As in previous years, each room in the Allen Hall courtyard was themed around a different country, allowing students and invited guests to take “a trip around the world,” as Alvarez put it.

Gulzhan Kalmatayeva, who came to the United States to earn a master’s degree, made her first Thanksgiving celebration in the United States a memorable one, donning a traditional dress worn by women in her native Kazakhstan and sharing with her classmates some of the foods she often ate as a child.

More than 70 dishes were featured, and students gave performances that ranged from a Korean pop dance to a martial arts demonstration.

“You grace our halls with smiles and understanding, and are generous with the lessons of what you stand for,” Rebecca MacMillan Fox, dean of UM’s Division of Continuing and International Education, which operates the IEP, told students.

With world terrorist attacks fresh on everyone’s mind, Alvarez noted that the annual celebration “creates a dialogue to promote world peace.”



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