Around UF Health May – June 2018

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Heart of a lioness

Valeria Ocampo leaves the PCICU after the Berlin Heart repaired her heart.

Heart of a lioness

When Valeria Ocampo arrived at the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
in January, she was awaiting a heart transplant. Doctors had implanted in her a Berlin Heart®, a device made
specifically for babies and children facing heart failure. Incredibly, her heart strengthened and she was weaned
off the Berlin Heart®, a first for the unit. As Valeria prepared to go home, she was surrounded by unbridled
joy from her family and the members of the PCICU. — Alisha Katz

New federal grant will provide fellowships in aquaculture training to rural veterinarians

With the help of a $225,643 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Florida will be offering a two-year training program for eight veterinarians working in rural areas to enhance their skills in the area of aquaculture — the farming of fish and other aquatic species for food, ornamental trade and research. The program will aim to diversify the expertise of the participating veterinarians, which could result in additional income through new clients, while also benefiting aquaculture businesses that do not have adequate veterinary medical expertise available to them. The success of rural veterinary practices often requires a business model that includes diversification of expertise in animals beyond traditional farm species such as ruminants, poultry, swine and
equine. The deadline for applications is June 1. — Sarah Carey


The UF Health Heart & Vascular and Neuromedicine hospitals and gardens have received a City Beautification Award from the city of Gainesville.

The UF Health Heart & Vascular and Neuromedicine hospitals and gardens
have received a City Beautification Award from the city of Gainesville.

UF Health Shands Hospital listed among best hospitals, top workplaces

In a double dose of well-earned praise, Becker’s Healthcare has ranked UF Health Shands Hospital among the 100 Great Hospitals in America and among the Top Places to Work in Healthcare. To be included among the best hospitals, Becker’s looks at the hospitals’ rankings in U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals listings and their nationally reported patient outcomes data. UF Health Shands is also included in Becker’s Top Places to Work
in Healthcare for supporting workforce diversity, staff engagement and professional growth. In addition to having
multiple adult and pediatric specialties included among the nation’s best by U.S. News, UF Health Shands has Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nursing profession’s top honor for quality patient care and nursing practice.

The publications produced by Chicago-based Becker’s Healthcare include Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly report geared toward high-level leaders of hospitals and health systems, as well as other trade publications and reports. — Kim Rose

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