Finger on the pulse of healthcare reform and local issues Degina heads UM Hospital and regional healthcare association
When he's not running a 560-bed hospital, Anthony Degina Jr., a hospital administrator for 25 years, is chairing the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association.
Mr. Degina, chief executive officer of University of Miami Hospital, has taken on the role of chair at a time when Miami-Dade tackles a major health care crisis caused by Jackson Health System's financial woes.
"I think everyone agrees that the idea that somehow Jackson would not continue to functionů is really unthinkable from everybody's perspective," Mr. Degina said.
The UM Hospital, along with two other local health care providers, is helping by paying for the dialysis treatment of patients who lost Jackson's funding after budget troubles surfaced.
Since its transition from Cedars to UM, Mr. Degina says the hospital has had rapid growth.
Plans are underway to unveil an institute for surgical advancement in the next three to six months, he said. The comprehensive center is to offer patients less-invasive surgical procedures and a quicker recovery.
Mr. Degina discussed his responsibilities and plans with Miami Today reporter Yudislaidy Fernandez at the UM Hospital in Miami.
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