Representative Kelly Skidmore Named Palm Beach County Medical Society CEO – Tenna Wiles Retires after 22 Years

Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS) President Larry M. Bush, MD, announced recently the appointment of Kelly Skidmore as the new CEO of the West Palm Beach based Society as well as its charitable arm, Palm Beach County Medical Society Services. Skidmore, who was recently elected to the Florida House of Representatives, District 81, also served as public relations specialist for the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) since 2016. She replaces Tenna Wiles, who is retiring after 22 years at the organization. Skidmore has been involved with PBCMS for the past two years as a member of the Services Board of Directors. According to Dr. Bush, the Society’s board...

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Healthcare Access: Tested during the COVID crisis, it faces challenges in the post-pandemic world

The University of Miami Patti and Allan Herbert Business School presented its ninth annual Business of Healthcare conference virtually on Friday, October 30. This program is produced annually by the Miami Herbert Business School Center for Health Management and Policy. The business school is renowned for its Health Executive MBA, the highest ranked (by U.S. News & World Report), longest running health executive MBA in the region. Aside from opening/closing remarks and scheduled breaks, the conference consisted of three principal segments labeled Keynote Panels: • After the Pandemic: Building a Better Normal • Health Care Access, People & Policy, COVID-19 & Beyond • Diversity...

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What monoclonal antibodies are – and why we need them as well as a vaccine

When President Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, one of the cutting-edge experimental therapies he received was a mixture of monoclonal antibodies. But now a vaccine may soon be available. So are other therapies necessary or valuable? And what exactly is a monoclonal antibody? Over the past few months, the public has learned about many treatments being used to combat COVID-19. An antiviral like remdesivir inhibits the virus from replicating in human cells. Convalescent plasma from the blood of donors who have recovered from COVID-19 may contain antibodies that suppress the virus and inflammation. Steroids like dexamethasone may modify and reduce the dangerous inflammatory damage to the...

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Kara Marante Promoted to Vice President and Chief People Officer for Nicklaus Children’s Health System

Kara Marante has been promoted to vice president and chief people officer for Nicklaus Children’s Health System after serving as the organization’s interim chief talent officer for the past several months. In her role, Ms. Marante leads the human resources, organizational development, and patient and family experiences teams for the health system, which features a workforce of approximately 4,000. “Kara’s passion for bringing out the best in people supports our culture and commitment to building cross-functional teams that support the health system’s mission and dedication to being a great place to work,” said Perry Ann Reed, president, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and senior vice...

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