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Thirty-seven nurses were honored with Nurse of the Year awards at a public celebration held at Jackson Memorial Hospital. As part of National Nurse Week activities, a licensed practical nurse, an advanced practice nurse, a registered nurse and a rookie nurse from each of Jackson Health System's patient care centers, specialty areas, satellite centers and hospitals were selected by their colleagues as the nurses who have contributed the most to quality caring throughout the system.

The nurses received their awards from Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle, District 2, Miami-Dade County; Georgena D. Ford, R.N., secretary and trustee of the Public Health Trust; and D. Jane Mass, R.N., M.S.N., N.E.A.-B.C., senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. Six nurses were the recipients of the Clinical Excellence Award that is presented annually to the nurse who best exemplifies selfless dedication, compassion and nursing pride systemwide throughout the years.

Health Choice Network's Chief Information Officer Alejandro Romillo has been named top chief information officer in the annual Technology Leaders of the Year awards, hosted by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Romillo was recognized for his achievements through his senior vice president position at Health Choice Network, work on several Boards and HIT initiatives, leadership on task forces and committees and role as CIO for more than 50 community health centers. He was specifically honored for helping to improve the meaningful use of the electronic health record in South Florida while raising the level and accessibility of health care for hundreds of thousands of underserved patients.

Florida Memorial University, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society (ACS), will host the third annual RELAY FOR LIFE event on April 9th-10th, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am on the University's Front Lawn.

Formerly called the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer, the Relay For Life is an enjoyable overnight event that is designed to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, as well as to raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society. During the exciting all-night affair, different teams of people get together at a venue and take turns walking or running laps.

Prestige Health Choice, a Florida-based Medicaid managed health plan, received a three-year accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Prestige is a provider service network owned and controlled by nonprofit community health centers.

To achieve accreditation, Prestige underwent an extensive self-assessment and on-site review by the AAAHC surveyors including volunteer physicians, nurses and administrators. The audit covers all aspects of operations to ensure that best practices are employed. “We believe our patients deserve a high quality medical home they can depend on, said Kevin Kearns, CEO of Prestige Health Choice.

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