Let Freedom Ring!
Julianna “Jules’’ Driggers and her family celebrated her freedom from neuroblastoma, a very aggressive form of cancer, by ringing the bell at the UF Health Pediatric Specialities. For more than a year, Jules underwent treatment, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy. She now has been cancer-free for more than a year. — Greg Hamilton
UF Health ShandsCair performs program’s first in-flight prehospital blood transfusion.
The UF Health ShandsCair team recently performed its first in-flight prehospital blood transfusion. Don Irving piloted the flight, and Staccie Allen D.N.P., APRN, EMT-P, and Jesse Blaire, EMT-P, C.C.P., gave one unit of blood to help stabilize the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate. In early 2018, chief flight nurse Todd Brooks, B.S.N., R.N., EMT-P, began advocating for carrying blood in-flight, a practice that required the involvement of multiple teams within UF Health. This included obtaining a grant for a blood refrigerator through the UF Health Shands Hospital Auxiliary and establishing new protocols within the blood bank. — Devin Nori
UF Health Shands names Duval to leadership team
Kathy Duval, M.B.A., M.S., ACHE, has been named associate vice president for Operations at UF Health Shands. Duval will have executive responsibility for the Bronchoscopy, Cardiopulmonary, Endoscopy, Infection Control, Neurodiagnostics, Radiology and Trauma services. She most recently served as associate administrator with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Sarasota. Earlier in her career, she spent 20 years with Centura Health in Denver, starting as director of the orthopaedics and neuro service lines and then serving as director of rehabilitation. She was then administrative director of clinical operations for Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Virginia. — Kim Rose
Taking the reins
Written By: Sarah Carey
After a lengthy national search Dana Zimmel, D.V.M., has been named interim dean of the University of Florid College of Veterinary Medicine.
“Dr. Zimmel is well-known to the college in her present role as associate dean for clinical services,” said David R. Nelson, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs at UF, and president of UF Health, and Jack Payne, Ph.D., senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, in a joint statement.
“She also is a proud alumna and graduate of the college’s Class of 1995 and a respected leader in the veterinary medical profession nationally,” the statement said. “We are delighted that Dr. Zimmel has agreed to serve in this capacity as we continue to move our missions of teaching, research, clinical service and extension forward.”
A clinical professor in the college’s department of large animal clinical sciences, Zimmel joined the university in 2002, working first in extension, then large animal medicine and later progressing to leadership roles. She became chief of staff of the UF Veterinary Hospitals in 2010, when the position was created in alignment with the UF Health strategic plan, focused on patient-centric care, and held that position until her appointment to the associate dean role in 2015.
Under her leadership, hospital caseload has grown from 20,542 patients in fiscal year 2011 to 41,811 patients seen in fiscal year 2019, with another 6,578 animals treated at the UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services clinic in Ocala. In 2012, Zimmel spearheaded the effort to create UF PETS, which has evolved as a hugely successful collaboration with Marion County-area veterinarians.
Zimmel also received the college’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2013 in recognition of her accomplishments.
Nelson and Payne thanked Tom Vickroy, Ph.D., for serving as acting dean following the retirement of James W. Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D., in May.
“Dr. Vickroy has handled this role, in addition to his ongoing role as executive associate dean, with grace and has ensured the smooth continuity of operations and college life,” the UF administrators said. In addition, they thanked the search committee, and specifically its co-chairs, Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., a professor and dean of the UF College of Dentistry, and Nick Place, Ph.D., dean and director of UF/IFAS extension, for their efforts.
“We look forward to what the future holds for the college under Dr. Zimmel’s leadership,” Nelson and Payne said.
The UF College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked ninth among veterinary colleges nationwide, according to U.S. News &
UF College of Nursing receives NIH grant to study clinical decision support
The UF College of Nursing has received a $1.68 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research for a study focusing on clinical decision support, an intervention approach used to improve patient outcomes, and the gap in understanding its impact on palliative care end-of-life patient outcomes. The care received by hospitalized end-of-life patients is not always the care that is desired, and this study aims to improve patient outcomes by ensuring the clinical decision support used by nurses provides efficient and effective support for care decisions. — Anna Hoffman