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07Nov/18

Florida Southern Announces New Endowed Chair In Logistics

 

fscLAKELAND – (November 5, 2018) Dr. Deepak Iyengar, associate professor of business at Florida Southern College, has been appointed to the David P. and Constance W. Lyons Endowed Chair in Logistics in the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise.

Dr. Iyengar brings an expertise in the area of supply chain management, an important new discipline within the School’s academic program.

Dean of the School of Business and Free Enterprise, Dr. James W. Fenton, Jr., said Dr. Iyengar is “a seasoned academic with an internationally known reputation as an exceptional teacher and scholar. He has led and mentored over 100 student projects in the areas of supply chain management and process-improvement methodologies. His teaching is complemented by his outstanding published research in journals including Decision Sciences, Transportation Journal, Journal of Business Logistics, and the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management.”

One of Dr. Iyengar’s main academic goals at Florida Southern is to build up the current supply chain concentration in the MBA program, “to strengthen it with the addition of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, a data-based methodology to reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction, which involves training and business projects,” he said.

Also on Dr. Iyengar’s agenda is the potential establishment of an academic program at the undergraduate and graduate levels in supply chain management, “and to work with local companies, to have them participate in mentoring projects at FSC,” he says. “The aim, ultimately, is to provide an avenue for students to work in supply chain management, locally as well as nationally.”

Prior to Dr. Iyengar’s academic appointment at FSC, he was a member of the faculty in the College of Business at Central Washington University, Ellensburg; the Indian Institute of Management, Indore; Qatar University, Doha; and Gatton College of Business and Economics at University of Kentucky, Lexington. He earned his Ph.D. in the area of logistics and supply chain management from the University of Maryland, College Park Campus, in 2005. He has a Master’s degree in International Business from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, in New Delhi, and Bachelors of Commerce (Honors) from Osmania University, in his hometown of Hyderabad, India.

Before beginning his academic career, Dr. Iyengar worked for Glaxo India Limited (now GlaxoSmithKline) and Group Usha.

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society.  FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.

01Nov/18

American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball Returns to Polk County

“Sparkes & Spurs” set for November 30, 2018

LAKELAND, FL. – October 30, 2018 –  The American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball returns to Bunch Ranch in November. The Cattle Baron’s Ball is a distinguished fundraising event featuring an evening of western flare with entertainment, silent and live auctions, dancing, games and great food.

At this special event, Polk County comes together to fundraise and bring awareness to the importance of cancer research and the programs and services provided through the American Cancer Society.  Our mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

 

WHAT:               Cattle Baron’s Ball of Polk County

WHERE:            Bunch Ranch

4641 Hancock Ave, SE

Lakeland, FL 33812

WHEN:               Friday, November 30, 2018

6:00 pm

For information on tickets and sponsorships, please contact Cassandra Fridovich, Community Development Manager at Cassandra.Fridovich@cancer.org.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org.

31Oct/18

FSC to Host the 7th Polk Real Estate & Economic Update Event

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LAKELAND – The Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College will host the 7th Polk Real Estate & Economic Update on Nov. 1, with the theme of logistics, a dominant industry in central Florida.

Logistics planning is a crucial factor in nearly every aspect of our daily lives, as local companies incorporate the latest technology to move and source the items we use and the computer and data systems we rely upon. Central Florida has become a highly desired center for business logistics.

This important annual conference, which is to take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at George W. Jenkins Field House, will feature a keynote presentation on supply chain design by Dr. Tom Goldsby, Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation Professor in Business at The Ohio State University. The conference also will include moderated panel discussions about the wholesale/retail market, third party logistics, and infrastructure providers.

At 11:30 a.m., FSC President Anne Kerr will present the Economic Development Award to Randall (Todd) Jones Sr., president and CEO of Publix Super Markets Inc., in recognition of the company’s overall economic impact to Polk County and the region.

This event is open to the public. For ticket and event information, visit www.flsouthern.edu/polkupdate.

If you wish to attend the 7th Polk Real Estate & Economic Update, please contact Rebecca Paul-Martin at 863-680-4735 or rpaul@flsouthern.edu.

 

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society.  FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.

31Oct/18

Lakeland Regional Health Team Member News

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Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health has the following good news to share:

  • Robert Bala, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Family Medicine Physician at the Gateway location in North Lakeland. Dr. Bala has been practicing Family Medicine for 20 years. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and he completed his Residency in Family Practice at Florida Hospital in Orlando. He most recently served as a Family Medicine Physician at the Rocky Mount Family Medical Center in North Carolina. Certified by the American Board of Family Practice, Dr. Bala sees patients ages 2 years and older.
  • Shivani Patel, FNP-C, APRN, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Family Medicine Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. Ms. Patel earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing at Florida Southern College. She served as a Registered Nurse at Lakeland Regional Health since 2012, working in Medical Oncology and Gynecologic Oncology. Ms. Patel is certified in Family Medicine by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She sees patients of all ages at the Lake Miriam location.
  • Sue Connell, MSN, RN, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Ms. Connell has extensive experience as a Certified Nurse Midwife. She earned her Diploma in Professional Midwifery Studies at De Montfort University. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Philadelphia as well as a Master’s degree in Nursing with a concentration on Leadership from Aspen University Colorado. Ms. Connell, certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, specializes in care of women ages 13 through menopause, delivering babies and post-partum care. She sees patients at the Grasslands Campus and the Carol Jenkins Pavilion for Women and Children.
  • Eric Wicks, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as an Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine Physician. Dr. Wicks earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. He completed his Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Orlando Health and his Fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine at the Rothman Institute through Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He serves as a Team Physician for Florida Southern College and previously served as a Team Physician for the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phillies and Villanova University. Prior to earning his medical degree, Dr. Wicks worked as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified Athletic Trainer and Personal Trainer. Certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Dr. Wicks sees children and adults at the Grasslands Campus.
  • Steven Betteridge, MSN, FNP-C, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Family Medicine Advanced Practice Registered Nurse at the Lake Miriam Walk-In Care location. Mr. Betteridge, who is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, earned his Master of Science degree in Nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove, Illinois. He most recently served as a Trauma Nurse in Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center’s Emergency Department.
  • Narayan Pokhrel, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Cardiologist seeing patients at both the Pablo Campus and the Medical Center. Dr. Pokhrel earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Nepal. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University/Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago and his Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He previously served as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist with the Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna, Minnesota, and as a Cardiology Hospitalist at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.
  • Jaime Abuan, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Family Medicine Physician at the Gateway location. Dr. Abuan earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten. He completed his Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Florida School of Medicine. He completed the Aerospace Medicine Primary Course as a Flight Surgeon at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. Dr. Abuan is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He most recently served as a Family Medicine physician in a Winter Haven private practice.
  • Ramy Husainy, DO, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Hospitalist at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Dr. Husainy earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine and his Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine, Dr. Husainy most recently served as a Hospitalist at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Florida.
  • Abdul Nadeem, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Psychiatrist at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Sindh Medical College/University of Karachi in Pakistan. He completed his Residency in Psychiatry at Cornell University/New York Hospital and his Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Brown University. Dr. Nadeem most recently served as a Staff Psychiatrist at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is certified to perform Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
  • Ankur K. Goyal, MD, M.Sc., has joined Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Psychiatrist at the Behavioral Health Sciences outpatient location and at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Medical University of the Americas in the West Indies. He completed his Residency in General Psychiatry at Hennepin Healthcare and Regions Hospital in Minnesota.
  • Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO Elaine C. Thompson, PhD, FACHE, recently earned a prestigious spot on Florida Trend’s list of 500 Most Influential Business Leaders. She is among 24 professionals recognized under Life Sciences, which includes Hospitals, Institutes, Research, and Medical Manufacturing, in the special issue. This is the first time the respected monthly magazine has compiled this comprehensive listing. Florida Trend Publisher Andy Corty describes the list as “an excellent way to meet some Floridians who are making a difference in the state … .” Dr. Thompson, who joined Lakeland Regional Health in 2010, also has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Top 100 Non-Profit Hospital CEOs to Know” every year since the list’s inception in 2012.  She was named to “130 Women Healthcare Leaders to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2017. Dr. Thompson currently serves on the Florida Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees.
31Oct/18

FSC Focuses on Central Florida’s Healthcare Needs With New Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

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LAKELAND (October 26, 2018) – With its planned launch of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in fall 2019, Florida Southern College will help address the urgent healthcare needs of Polk County residents. The goal of the program is to strengthen the leadership skills of nursing professionals, preparing them to make critically important organizational changes to improve patient care.

“Our program is all about healthcare leadership, to improve the health of people in central Florida and beyond,” said Dr. Linda Comer, professor and dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “When we look at Florida, we have some desperate needs. By having more nurses educated in healthcare leadership, we’re aiming for better outcomes for patients.”

Through classroom learning and practicum experiences in partnership with community agencies, DNP students will gain knowledge and skills to drive institutional change, to manage finances and budgeting, and to develop effective, evidence-based healthcare policies and procedures.

“A majority of our hospital operations are either directly performed by or managed by nurses,” said Dr. Janet Fansler, chief nurse executive for Lakeland Regional Health and executive vice president at LRH Medical Center. “The ability for nursing leaders to demonstrate both advanced clinical skills and advanced leadership skills is essential for delivering high-quality care.”

 

Scott Dimmick, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for LRH, said students will collaborate directly with clinical leaders and senior management to “bridge the gap between the scholarly insights from the DNP program and the practitioner applications from a real-time progressive and successful health system.”

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program demonstrates Florida Southern’s commitment to preparing nurses for practice in expanded roles. A minimum of 38 credits will be required for graduation from the program, which can be completed in as few as six semesters. Applications are now being accepted online at www.flsouthern.edu/DNP.

“We are very excited to hear Florida Southern is starting a Doctor of Nursing Practice program,” said Amy Whann, clinical education coordinator at Watson Clinic. “The clinic has been accepting nursing students from Florida Southern College for over 10 years, and we hope to become an active participant in educating these students as well. This is a wonderful opportunity for both Watson Clinic and the surrounding community.”

Nearly 25,000 students currently are enrolled in approximately 250 DNP programs nationally, providing post-master’s education to address a broad range of nursing practice needs.

 

“There is an interest, there is a need, and that’s why we’re starting this program,” Dr. Comer said. “Nurses coach, empower, advocate and protect people, no matter what their level of nursing; that’s the work of nursing. This program is designed to go one step farther, to add the organizational leadership skills that nurses need to function at higher levels.”

 

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society.  FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.