Saluting the caregivers – By Greg Hamilton
As part of the annual Nurses Week celebration, UF Health recognized exemplary nurses from around the hospital system during the Nightingale Awards
Ceremony. Among those honored was Tori Adams, B.S.N., who was named Nurse of the Year.
Colleagues gather to welcome Dr. Nelson to role
Dozens of colleagues and family members gathered in the UF Health Shands Hospital Atrium to congratulate David R. Nelson, M.D., on being inaugurated as senior vice president for health aff airs at UF and president of UF Health. Joining Nelson are, from left, Anna McDaniel, Ph.D., R.N., dean of the UF College of Nursing; Michael Perri, Ph.D., dean of the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions; A. Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., dean of the UF College of Dentistry; Nelson; Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., dean of the UF College of Pharmacy; Thomas Vickroy, Ph.D., interim dean of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and Joseph A. Tyndall, M.D., M.P.H., interim dean of the UF College of Medicine.
Anna Michelle Brandt named VP/chief of hospital staff – By Kim Rose
Anna Michelle Brandt has been promoted to vice president and chief of hospital staff for UF Health Shands. Brandt, who has served as associate vice president of Operations since June 2011, will maintain operational oversight for several hospital departments and services. She will work with physician and nursing leadership to help ensure that staffi ng and the environment of care continue to support the best possible quality clinical outcomes and patient experience. She will provide executive oversight for a variety of hospital system initiatives and committees requiring teamwork across the organization. Additionally, she will
continue as key liaison and executive leader to help guide external relationships and activities throughout the region.
Jenkins named UF Health senior vice president and general counsel – By Melanie Fridl Ross
Randall C. Jenkins, Esq., has been named UF Health senior vice president and general counsel, responsible for all legal aff airs for the academic health center’s hospital systems in Gainesville and Jacksonville. He will continue to oversee the UF Healthcare Education Insurance Company and UF Self-Insurance Program. Jenkins has performed a variety of medical-legal roles for UF Health, ranging from handling medical malpractice lawsuits and licensure complaints to improving
patient safety through teaching and loss prevention initiatives that have often received national and international peer review recognition.