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  • Joe Stuczynski

    Joe Stuczynski Named Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hospital Pembroke

    Joe Stuczynski has been named Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hospital Pembroke, a community-based hospital offering worldclass care through its Emergency Department, freestanding 24/7 Care Center, medical and surgical services, Memorial Weight-Loss Surgery Program, Comprehensive Wound Healing Center and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Memorial Medical Detoxification Program and more. Since 2005, Stuczynski has been with Memorial Healthcare System, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Memorial Regional Hospital South and previously served as CFO of Memorial Hospital Pembroke from 2005 to 2015.

    “It is an honor to return to Memorial Hospital Pembroke and be given the opportunity to collaborate with a team of skilled health professionals who are leading the way through innovation and high-quality service,” said Joe Stuczynski, CEO, Memorial Hospital Pembroke. “Together, we will continue to put our patients first, as we help our community find its way back to health during these unprecedented COVID-19 times.”

    Stuczynski has more than 25 years of progressive administrative experience in large integrated healthcare organizations with almost two decades at the executive level. His strengths include extensive financial and operational leadership, long-range forecasting, service line and program development and innovative growth strategies. In his recent role as CFO of Memorial Regional Hospital South, he was responsible for the Rehabilitation Institute, Memorial Manor Nursing Home and Home Health Services. Previously, he served as CFO for Memorial Hospital Pembroke, where he also had responsibility for a number of operational departments.

    Stuczynski holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting from John Carroll University and a Master in Business Administration from Florida International University. A resident of Coral Springs, Joe and his wife Deneen have four children.

    “Joe is a talented financial strategist with a keen eye for innovations that continue to position Memorial as a leader in providing excellent patient-centered care,” said Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE, Memorial Healthcare System President & Chief Executive Officer. “For 15 years, Joe has been an insightful leader within our healthcare system, and we are proud to have him take the helm of Memorial Hospital Pembroke.”

  • Rand Katz, DO, discusses nursing home support during COVID-19

    Caring for the Most Vulnerable at Home and Around the Nation

    For the past several months, vigilant and highly effective COVID-19 mitigation protocols put in place by Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) at its own skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, Memorial Manor, have been offered to unaffiliated nursing homes throughout south Broward county. Now, that proactive strategy is being looked at as a best practice statewide and nationally, as the nation seeks to insulate its vulnerable elderly population from the effects of the coronavirus. 

    At a national level, MITRE, an organization that focuses on public-private partnerships to find solutions for emerging world issues, selected a commission of 25 experts, including Memorial Healthcare System’s Administrative Director of Facilities, G. Adam Mayle, CHFM, CHC, CHE, to an independent Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.

    Local outreach, which includes the Hollywood Fire Rescue Strike Force, involves widespread testing of nursing home residents and employees by clinical teams from Memorial Regional Hospital and the isolation or hospital transfer of any of those testing positive. There is also ongoing monitoring of all individuals, whether symptomatic or not, and additional safety recommendations that mirror those in place at Memorial Manor, where strict COVID-specific guidelines have been in place since early March. These include:

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    • Testing of all residents, patients, and staff every 14 days and transfer of anyone testing positive (including the asymptomatic) to a Memorial Healthcare System hospital for care
    • Workers testing positive being removed from the workplace for at least 14 days and required to have two negative tests before returning
    • Temperature checks for all staff at the beginning and end of each shift
    • Staff dedicated exclusively to the long-term care unit or rehabilitation unit only so they don’t intermingle
    • Masks required at all times and utilization of additional personal protective equipment (PPE) when appropriate
    • Rigorous disinfecting of rooms and common areas
    • Doctor visits conducted via telehealth
    • No outside visitors

    “We’re focused on the health and safety of everyone connected to our facility and are collaborating with numerous outside agencies, including the Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Health, and the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services,” said Memorial Manor Administrator Jon Hennemyre. “All provided positive and supportive feedback on our team’s intervention efforts.”   

    Memorial Regional Hospital’s nursing home task force, led by Dr. Randy Katz, medical director of Emergency Services, and Chief Operating Officer Judy Frum, has also been active at nearly 60 other nursing homes in the hospital’s catchment area. The team educates and helps implement plans similar to those being enforced at Memorial Manor. “This type of outreach is personal to us,” said Frum, who, along with Katz, helped lead the evacuation of a Hollywood Hills nursing home facility after it lost power and its air conditioning failed during Hurricane Irma in 2017.

    On a national scale, through his appointment to the MITRE independent commission, Memorial’s Adam Mayle, will provide his expertise to begin a comprehensive assessment of how nursing homes have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will share local best practices along with 24 other experts from diverse backgrounds who are working together to maintain high quality, safe environments at nursing homes across the U.S. For more information about the newly assembled commission, visit https://www.mitre.org/news/press-releases/25-experts-named-to-independent-coronavirus-commission-for-safety-and-quality.

    For additional perspective on how long-term care facilities and nursing homes should prepare for and operate during COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

  • Peter Powers, FACHE

    Peter Powers Named Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Regional Hospital

    Peter Powers, FACHE, has been named Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Regional Hospital, the flagship hospital of Memorial Healthcare System. In his new role, Powers will oversee the 797-bed hospital, which is home to Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Memorial Transplant Institute, Memorial Cancer Institute, Memorial Neuroscience Institute and Comprehensive Stroke Center, The Family Birthplace and Level I Trauma Center.

    Powers immediately integrated into the system’s activities, given his start aligned with Memorial’s public health management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Starting in the middle of a global pandemic has offered me a unique perspective and has allowed me to experience firsthand the unwavering dedication of our staff and leadership,” Powers said. “Our community relies on us during the toughest of times, and I am in awe of how the hospital and the system go above and beyond to offer exceptional healthcare services every day, and I’m honored to be part of the Memorial family.”

    Powers joins Memorial after serving as Chief Executive Officer for St. Anthony Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center in Colorado, overseeing the development of service line strategies and operating plans to enhance patient care. He is credited for growing market share within St. Anthony Hospital’s tertiary and regional markets and significantly increasing physician and employee engagement. He succeeds Zeff Ross, FACHE, Executive Vice President of Memorial Healthcare System and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Regional Hospital, who retired in December 2019, after serving in numerous leadership roles within Memorial Healthcare System since 1991.

    Powers holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs with a minor in Business and Sociology from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and recently served on the Red Rocks Community College Advisory Board, Jefferson County Economic Development Commission Board of Directors and the American Heart Ball Executive Committee. Powers recently moved to Davie with his wife and two children.

    “With his genuine, collaborative approach, we are confident that Peter will serve as a strong leader to help us overcome these unprecedented times and enter the next chapter in the history of Memorial Regional Hospital,” said Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE, Memorial Healthcare System President & Chief Executive Officer.