Advanced LASIK Procedure Now Offered at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

The most advanced LASIK vision correction procedure—already offered by Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Health System, at its Miami health district and Palm Beach Gardens locations—is coming to The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus this week.

The Laser Vision Center at the Lennar Center will treat patients using the Allegretto 500 Laser, which features a guidance system that follows the actual topography of each patient’s eye. This permits individualized treatment that is unique to each patient and corrects all of the aberrations in the patient’s cornea. The result is crisper, clearer vision correction than is available with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other LASIK systems.

“Some patients notice a dramatic difference immediately after the procedure, and almost all patients recover from any discomfort quickly enough to drive themselves to a follow-up check the next morning,” said Sonia H. Yoo, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, who will be one of the Bascom Palmer surgeons performing the procedure at the Lennar Center.

Still, said Yoo, not every patient is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Conditions that typically disqualify a patient are having dry eye, a cornea that is too thin or irregular astigmatism.

“Where you choose to have your laser vision correction is critical,” said William W. Culbertson, M.D., another Bascom Palmer surgeon who will be treating patients at the Lennar Center, and professor of ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller school of Medicine. “We have 35 years of experience with refractive surgery, and we have trained on every piece of equipment available, including the new Allegretto 500. Our patients can be confident that they are receiving the best LASIK treatment in South Florida.”

Ben Riestra, M.B.A., chief administrative officer at the Lennar Center, is excited about the opening of the Laser Vision Center.

“The concept behind the Lennar Center is bringing UHealth’s unmatched outpatient specialty services to Coral Gables, closer to where many of our patients, and prospective patients, live,” he said. “The Laser Vision Center will be one more way we provide both close-to-home convenience and state-of-the-art clinical treatment.”

To make an appointment at the Laser Vision Center, call 305-326-6575.

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Ready to Shine as a UFacilitator?

The University’s UFacilitators, a group of volunteers who audition to host new employees at the new I am the U orientation, have welcomed hundreds of faculty and staff since the program launched in January. Now the program is hosting auditions for a new class of UFacilitators who will welcome new employees to the University.

As a U Facilitator you will have the opportunity to impact our workforce from day one by sharing stories, inspiring others to share theirs, and showing everyone why it’s great to be a Miami Hurricane.

If you are energetic, have a strong passion for the U, and are capable of influencing positive change, we need you!

To learn more about the U Facilitator program RSVP to an upcoming information session:

Gables info sessions

Medical info sessions

 RSMAS info sessions

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Free Skin Screenings

WellCanes-608x342The Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, in partnership with Well ’Canes, offers free full-body skin examinations for University of Miami faculty and staff enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan. Skin cancer screenings are recommended for everyone, regardless of personal or family medical history.

Skin cancer is prevalent in south Florida with more than one out of five people developing skin cancer in their lifetime.  There are three major forms of skin cancer.  Basal cell carcinoma is the most common, often present on the face, particularly the nose, and may appear as a translucent area, which can easily breakdown and bleed.  Squamous cell carcinoma generally develops in heavily sun damaged areas on the face and arms and appears as a firm scaly area, which may be somewhat tender when picked.

The most deadly major form of skin cancer in melanoma.  Melanoma can be tricky to identify early as it often appears similar to a mole; however, it tends to not match the other moles on the body. As it grows, it becomes progressively more non-uniform.  In a recent study from Germany death from melanoma was decreased by 47% in men and 49% in women suggesting skin cancer screening saves lives.  Early detection also results in simpler and smaller cancer treatments resulting in less scarring if treatment is necessary.

UM offers free skin cancer screening to all it employees enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan on an annual basis.  These screenings are designed to be quick to allow you to return to work right away.  Most patients can be in and out of the office within 15 minutes.  If biopsies or other advanced care, such as use of total body photos or confocal imaging, are required, then a formal appointment will be required.  If a lesion poses concern, patients may choose to follow up with a physician of their choice and UM dermatology will expedite the appointment if a UM physician is chosen.  Ultimately, it is the patient’s responsibility to follow up on a lesion.

Please call 305-243-6704 to schedule your appointment with our dermatologists. Remember to bring your Aetna medical insurance card to your appointment. For additional information about the University of Miami’s wellness offerings, visit www.miami.edu/wellcanes.

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Telecommuting Guidelines: The Next Step Towards Workplace Flexibility

As the world of work rapidly changes, organizations are looking for ways to help employees balance work and personal obligations while meeting business needs. The University of Miami has long offered supervisors and staff the option to create work schedules that align with the needs of their areas. To provide additional assistance and streamline the process to create an alternative work arrangement, the University has launched a new telecommuting policy and guidelines to help employees and their supervisors work together to create a telecommuting arrangement.

“We currently have several departments across the University that have successfully launched telecommuting agreements with teams and individuals, meeting personal and operational needs,” said Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources. “While we all agree about the benefits of an alternative work arrangement, sometimes we need assistance on how to bring that to life. These guidelines and tools will make it easier for employees and their supervisors to take that next step.”

The new guidelines were created based on feedback received from leaders and teams across the University. A committee worked together to benchmark best practices and determine the best solution for staff at UM.

The new Alternative Work Arrangement website includes information specifically on telecommuting agreements and the process for requesting a remote work schedule. Plans are underway to add additional flexible work options, guidelines, and tools to the menu with compressed and flexible workweek next on the work team’s agenda. If you have any questions, please contact your HR Partner.


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Meet Microsoft Teams: The New Chat-Based Workspace in Office 365

MicrosoftTeamsMicrosoft Teams, a chat-centered workspace in Office 365, brings people, conversations, files, and tools into one place so everyone has instant access to everything they need. Teams is now available to all faculty, staff, and students through Microsoft Office 365.

Microsoft Teams makes communicating one on one and with groups easy! Enjoy seamless real-time collaboration, schedule small group or team meetings, post an email in a thread to keep everyone in the loop, search for public teams to collaborate on shared projects, and see past content and chat history anytime.

Ready to start using Microsoft Teams? Log in by clicking here. For training, log in to Lynda.com and review the available Microsoft Teams training courses. For more information, check out the quick start guide or visit the Microsoft Teams service page.

If you have any questions, please review the FAQs or contact the UMIT Service Desk at 305-284-6565 or help@miami.edu.

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