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Fall Prevention Luncheon Roundtable Held Feb. 27 Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:00

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ fall every year? Falls are the  leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.                        
Source: National Council on Aging

The Healthcare Roundtable, in collaboration with the Tri County Senior Resource Referral Network, held its first event of the new year and addressed a crucial healthcare topic: Fall Prevention. The event was held at the Aventura Plaza Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in North Miami Beach on 2/27/18. Elaine Bloom, CEO of Plaza Health Network delivered opening remarks while Murray Rubin acted as moderator. Lunch was provided by Levitt-Weinstein Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert Memorial Chapels & Beth David Memorial Gardens.

The standing room only crowd of almost sixty healthcare professionals witnessed a provocative, informative and timely discussion that featured several leaders in the South Florida elder care sector. The panelists were:
  • Abraham Wagner, DPM, Co-Founder, JAWS Podiatry
  • Armando Morales, President, Assisting Hands Home Health
  • Richard Iser, OT, Director of Rehabilitation, ‎University Plaza Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2018 12:39
Trustbridge presents Palliative Care Roundtable 11/14/17 Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00
Palliative Care Roundtable
A live panel discussion featuring some of South Florida's leading hospice and elder care experts, this was the third annual event. The roundtable was held on Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 from 7:30-9:30 am at Five Star Premier Residences in Hollywood, FL.


OPENING REMARKS     Kristen Palanza, MHA, Director of Business Development, Park Shore Pharmacon

MODERATOR     Pat Eileen O’Meara, MBA, Community Outreach, Business Development, Trustbridge

  • Douglas W. David, DO, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Trustbridge
  • Joy Siegel, EdD, MBA, Dr Joy Siegel Senior Solutions, Inc.
  • Carla Lehman, RN, BSN, NHA, Director of Nursing, Five Star Premier Residences of Hollywood
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 19:13
4th Annual Women in Medicine Event Held Oct. 3 Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 00:00

Entitled Women in Medicine: Born to Lead, the event was held at Florida Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale on Tues., 10/3/17 from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Greenspoon Marder was Title Sponsor and health law attorney Melissa Goldman led the discussion in the Moderator role. 

The Panelists were:

Karen Koffler, MD
Functional & Integrative Medicine Specialist
Rezilir Health 

Claudia Innocent, RN, MSN
Chief Clinical Officer 
Plaza Health Network 

Jessica Okun, DO, MSc
Tenet Florida Physician Services

Jennifer Capezzuti, DO, MPH, MBA
Family Practice
Tenet Florida Physician Services 

Cynthia Peterson, CEO, Broward County Medical Association was the Opening Remarks speaker. Matt Gracey, CEO of Danna-Gracey delivered Closing Remarks.
Since 2014, The Healthcare Roundtable has participated in the national, AMA-endorsed Women in Medicine celebration each autumn by showcasing some of South Florida's special female healthcare professionals. This year's provocative and timely panel discussion featured more remarkable women. The program serves as a platform to underscore the accomplishments of women healthcare professionals.
Proceeds to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the American Red Cross

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 19:10
Healthcare Roundtable Holds Spring '17 Program Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:00

Good Genes. Healthy Choices. Luck. All are factors contributing to successful aging. But what’s the magic formula for beating the odds and living a long, healthful life?

Successful Aging: Unlocking the Mystery of Quality Long Living was the topic of the latest edition of the Healthcare Roundtable series held in Coral Gables, FL on 4/4/17. Attendees witnessed a remarkable panel discussion, featuring renowned S. Florida geriatric and functional medicine specialists. These experts on successful aging helped to unravel the secret of winning the longevity battle. Telomeres, gut health, chronic systemic inflammation, nutrition and mindfulness were among the topics addressed in this far ranging discussion.

Key Takeaways:

Diseases of aging are strongly associated with inflammation.

Genetic plays an important role in diseases of aging; that said, in most cases, genetics predispose us to certain vulnerabilities but don't necessarily pre-determine our fate.

Geneticists believe that, if all processes of aging could be eliminated and oxidative stress damage could be repaired, people could live up to 1,000 years.

Inflammation is caused by poor diet, lack of exercise, excessive use of alcohol, cigarette smoking, stress, inadequate sleep and environmental factors such as unsafe air and water.

Obesity is an inflammatory disease and obese people are at risk for premature aging.

There are perverse economic incentives driving unhealthy aging. For example, one recent study found prices of unhealthy foods have been reduced by 20% while prices of healthy foods are increasing. 

We can be affected by unhealthy aging even when we are very young; conversely even old people can take steps to mitigate the effects of aging.

Americans are driven people who strive for success and material wealth; yet multiple studies show affluent people are no happier than those lower on the socio-economic ladder and overwork is definitely a risk factor for unhealthy aging. Thus, the pursuit of happiness can be better characterized as a hedonistic treadmill.

Effective treatment plans to address premature aging must be holistic and account for age, gender, culture and socio-economic status.

When challenged to identify the key to advances in addressing premature aging, Dr. Denker responded with one word: "community". Drs. Roldan ("always remember your definition of health") and Tanio ("sleep more") also offered concise replies.

Below find a list of faculty as well as sponsors:

Opening Remarks
Martine Charles, MPH, Director, Planning and Population Health of Miami based Alliance for Aging, Inc.


Craig Tanio, MD, CEO and Founder of Hollywood based Rezilir Health
Chairman, Maryland Health Care Commission
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine  

Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, Chief Clinical Officer of Plaza Health Network
Eneida Roldan, MD, MPH, MBA, CEO, FIU Health Care Network
Associate Dean, International Affairs, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine


Bizu Ejigu, MBA, 2017 WHEN President

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Last Updated on Monday, 21 August 2017 10:24
Healthcare Roundtable Teams Up With BDHLS for Health and Wellness Fair Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Monday, 23 January 2017 00:00

Beit David Highland Lakes Shul (BDHLS) in Aventura recently hosted a community oriented Health and Wellness Fair, where guests were able to access a variety of medical experts, healthy life option and well-being providers, insurance enrollment, and related services and products. Exhibitors from various fields of the healthcare industry, from traditional medicine to alternative, practitioners and services, and goods manufacturers and representatives, had an opportunity to reach potential customers. Lectures were offered every hour by professionals from different areas, such as nutrition, spirituality, preventive health, children's health and health insurance. The event took place Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Exhibitors included Mount Sinai Medical Center, the South Florida Center for Couples and Families, Insurance Consultants International, the Center for Wellness, Hampton Court and The Ark Nutrition and Wellness Center.

Speakers included John Cogan, MD, FACC, Bertha Baum, DO, Marcia Sapoznik, LMFT, PhD and Joshua Gothelf, PA-C.

FHIcommunications would like to thank Rabbi Eliezer Wolf, Vivian Rodrich and Louis Berlin for their hard work in producing a successful inaugural event.
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