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Baptist Health International Center of Miami, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, with Carol Biggs, R.N., MBA-HA, DHSc, vice president of South Miami Heart Center and a Jamaica native, today presented five automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the Medical Association of Jamaica at a press conference at the Terra Nova Hotel in New Kingston.

Baptist Health International is committed to aiding its Caribbean neighbors by providing the islands with vital healthcare resources and access to the latest medical technology. Baptist Health's ongoing responsibility to Jamaica is unwavering, and the donation of the AEDs is a testament to the organization's support for the local medical community, said Dr. Biggs. As a Jamaican who cares about the country and our people, and a healthcare professional who is critically aware of the importance of immediate response when dealing with a heart-related emergency, I am extremely gratified by this event because this equipment will help save the lives of fellow countrymen.

cindy-williamsPalmetto General Hospital is proud to announce that Cindy Williams, ER Unit Coordinator, has been named the Employee of the Year for 2009.

Williams has been an employee at Palmetto General Hospital for the past 20 years. She is a role model in customer service, and takes pride in doing a good job. Her director, fellow employees, and most of all her patients say that her communication style demonstrates the person that she is.


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.