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Facilities Administration Announces New Biomedical Engineering Service

Effective January 1, GE Healthcare will provide biomedical engineering services for the University of Miami UHealth System. The staffs of Facilities Administration, Supply Chain, GE and Aramark have worked diligently to ensure a smooth, seamless transition from Aramark to GE Healthcare.

For biomedical equipment support, users should continue to dial the same number currently in use, 305-243-5999, and select Option No. 2. Department support personnel will answer calls during regular working hours—8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday—and route the service request to the appropriate GE biomedical technician. Calls that come in after hours and on weekends will be routed to the “on call” GE biomedical technician.

InventoryControlGE will be performing a complete inventory of the existing biomedical (clinical) and imaging equipment for the UHealth System currently supported by Aramark from January 5 through January 16. During this time, inventory control number stickers will be applied to equipment, and inventory personnel will collect other data such as serial numbers, locations, installation date, make/model, system configuration, warranty end dates, and cost centers.

The inventory will begin at Sylvester/UMHC and BPEI/ABLEH and continue to all hospital-based and non-hospital based clinics. Coordination will take place with the administrators for each facility.

GE is excited about partnering with UHealth in its efforts to perform a complete and accurate inventory. We ask for your assistance and cooperation with the inventory team during this inventory process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jose L Ramirez, executive director of Hospital Facilities and Operations, at  j.ramirez2@med.miami.edu. For questions for the GE Healthcare team, contact Jordan Robertson at 786-510-3591.


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Gift of $50 Million to Name UM’s New Health Care Facility

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Gift of $50 Million to Name UM’s New Health Care Facility

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center will deliver breakthrough health care to South Florida starting in 2016.

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When it opens in 2016, the Lennar Foundation Medical Center will deliver premier services of the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Health System.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 23, 2014) — The Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest builders of quality homes, has given a lead gift of $50 million to name the UHealth at Coral Gables ambulatory center. A ceremonial groundbreaking event for The Lennar Foundation Medical Center took place Thursday afternoon.

To be located on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus, this 200,000-square-foot outpatient center will provide easy access to UHealth’s leading physicians for surrounding communities as well as UM students, faculty, and staff. It is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016. Read the full story

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Aetna Insurance Plans Now Cover Lung Cancer Screenings for High-Risk Individuals

Lung cancer screenings are now a covered service under Aetna Health Plans, allowing UM employees and their dependents who are at high risk for lung cancer to take advantage of this new approach for diagnosing the deadliest of all cancers.

Lung cancer does not show any symptoms until its late stage and, as a result, kills more people than breast, cervical, colon, and prostate cancer combined. But here’s the good news: The 2011 National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated that screening high-risk individuals with a series of low-dose CT scans over time can detect the disease in its early stages, allowing treatment to ensue and decreasing mortality by 20 percent.

As a result, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends lung cancer screening, which is not a single test, but a series of tests performed over time, for high-risk individuals. High-risk candidates are:

  • People between 55 to 80 years of age who have smoked 30 or more packs of cigarettes a year
  • Current and former smokers who have quit during the past 15 years

The screenings are 100 percent covered by UM Aetna Health Plans for those who meet the USPSTF criteria. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Marie Charles, the coordinator of the lung cancer screening program, at 305-243-9069 or mcharles4@med.miami.edu.




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Join the UHealth Team at the 2014 Miami-Dade Heart Walk

This year’s Heart Walk takes place on Saturday, November 1, at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The fun-filled day starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration is available at www.miamidadeheartwalk.org. Be sure to select UHealth under the “Join a Team” field when registering. Choose from an existing UHealth team or create your own UHealth department team.

Participants will receive a free UHealth Heart Aware health assessment, and can enjoy breakfast and lunch, music, dancing and more. Kids can enter costume- and pumpkin-decorating contests, and the event is dog-friendly.

UHealth participants who register for the Heart Walk will get a free UHealth dry-fit T-shirt. T-shirt distribution will take place on Tuesday, October 28, through Thursday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, on the 9th floor of the Clinical Research Building, 1120 NW 14th Street.


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Aetna Medical Plan Provider, VitalMD, to End Contract Effective November 15

VitalMD is a large physician practice in Florida consisting primarily of ob-gyn providers.  The University recently learned that, after several months of contract negotiations, the contract between VitalMD and Aetna will terminate on November 15, 2014. Negotiations, however, are still ongoing and the University has expressed to Aetna its earnest desire to retain VitalMD within the Aetna network.

If you are currently pregnant or are receiving medical treatment for a serious medical condition from a VitalMD physician, you may apply for Transition of Coverage from Aetna.  If approved by Aetna, this may enable you to continue your current treatment with your VitalMD physician despite termination of the contract.

Aetna members will receive letters regarding the upcoming contract termination.  Please note that a small number of letters were sent in error related to physicians who are not directly employed by VitalMD, and correction letters were sent out immediately following confirming that those providers will remain in the Aetna network.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. If you have any questions, please contact HR Benefits by completing the online inquiry form atbmiami.edu/benefits/ask.

To schedule an appointment with a UHealth physician, call UHealth Connect, the UM employee-dedicated appointment line, at 305-243-CARE (2273).

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