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Florida International University College of Nursing and Health Sciences (Miami) — Dean Divina Grossman, RN, MSN, PhD, has been appointed the university’s founding vice president for engagement. In her new role, Grossman will provide leadership for the development and coordination of partnerships with key stakeholders and will spearhead a universitywide effort to coordinate and expand internship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Barbara Maxwell, RN

She also will have major responsibility for coordinating FIU’s effort to receive the Community Engagement classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement for Teaching. The classification recognizes institutions of higher education that form partnerships with their larger communities to share knowledge and resources.

Sharon Pontious, RN, PhD, CNE, has been appointed interim dean.

HCA West Florida, Palm Harbor — Barbara Maxwell, RN, MHA, COHN-S, CCM, CWCP, QRP, has been appointed as a Fellow of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Each year, AAOHN presents its highest award in occupational and environmental practice and recognizes leaders in the field of occupational and environmental health nursing and AAOHN, who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments through significant contributions in the areas of clinical practice, education, research, management and/or policy.

Marie Alvarez, RN

Maxwell is the director of HCA’s West Florida Division Company Care program. Her responsibilities include management of operations for 10 Company Care Occupational Health Programs. She also serves as a resource to 15 hospital employee health departments.

Samaritan Care Hospice of Florida, Orlando — Marie Alvarez, RN, MBA, has been named executive director for Samaritan Care Hospice of Florida, Orlando, a provider of healthcare services serving the hospice and palliative care needs of Orange and Osceola counties. In this role, Alvarez provides the strategic vision for Samaritan, oversees the day-to-day activities, and is responsible for all of Samaritan’s clinical and administrative operations.

“This is an exciting opportunity to lead Samaritan’s effort to provide outstanding quality-of-life hospice and palliative care and grow the appropriate support services and resources for this Central Florida community,” Alvarez said in a news release.

Jackie Gonzalez, RN

Miami Children’s Hospital — Jackie Gonzalez, RN, MSN, ARNP, FAAN, senior vice president of patient care and CNO, has been appointed to the Management Information Services Council for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. The MIS Council offers a variety of data programs and analytical services to support improvements in operations for individual hospitals and influences policy decisions for children’s healthcare.

North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville — Gwen Carriere, RN, ARNP, CHPN, cancer program coordinator, is one of 10 cancer care providers chosen to receive the 2010 American Cancer Society Lane Adams Quality of Life Award, a national prize for cancer care. She is Florida’s only 2010 award recipient.

Gwen Carriere, RN

The award recognizes individuals who have made a difference through innovation, leadership, and consistent excellence in providing compassionate, skilled care, and counsel to cancer patients and their families.

“Gwen puts our patients first in an effort to focus on quality care and patient satisfaction,” Scarlott Mueller, RN, CNO at North Florida Regional said in a news release. “Her volunteer work is an asset to our community. She has made a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families.”


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