April 2015 On The Move
University of Florida neurologist Michael Okun, M.D., has been named one of eight to be honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for Parkinson’s Disease. Okun’s book, “Parkinson’s Treatment: Ten Secrets for a Happier Life,” is available to people with Parkinson’s disease around the globe. It has been translated into 20 languages. He has published more than 300 papers.
Julie Johnson, Pharm.D., dean of the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy, has won the 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Southeastern Universities Research Association. The award and its $10,000 honorarium are presented annually to a research scientist whose work fulfills SURA’s mission to strengthen the scientific capabilities of its members and the nation. SURA is a nonprofit consortium of over 60 research institutions in the southern United States and the District of Columbia.
Gateway Bank of Central Florida has received a 5-star Superior Rating from BauerFinancial, Inc., an independent rating service that analyzes and reports on the financial condition of the banking industry.
Diana J. Wilkie, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, has joined the University of Florida College of Nursing as the Prairieview Trust-Earl and Margo Powers Endowed Professor. Wilkie comes to UF from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as professor and Harriet J. Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research and is an internationally known pain specialist who specializes in palliative and end-of-life care.
Thomas McIntosh and Bryan da Frota of Alachua County were among eight Florida business leaders appointed to the CareerSource Florida board of directors by Governor Rick Scott. Both McIntosh and da Frota have ties with CareerSource North Central Florida (CSNCFL), the regional workforce development board.
Gateway Bank of Central Florida, Market President announced Rory P. Causseaux to the Board of Directors. Causseaux is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founding Principal of Causseaux, Hewett & Walpole, Inc. (CHW), a full-service professional consulting firm providing planning, surveying, civil engineering, and construction services in the North Central Florida market.
Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S., an assistant professor of anesthesiology in the UF College of Medicine, was awarded a Presidential Commendation from the American Academy of Pain Medicine, an association of medical professionals whose focus is pain care.
University of Florida Health surgeon Kevin E. Behrns, M.D., chairman of the UF College of Medicine’s department of surgery and the Edward R. Woodward professor of surgery, has accepted roles as co-editor-in-chief of the journal Surgery and as a member of the executive committee of the American College of Surgeons’ board of governors.
UF Health Shands Hospital has been awarded the Baby-Friendly designation by Baby-Friendly USA, a global initiative of the World Health Organization and UNICEF which recognizes birthing facilities that implement specific breastfeeding procedures.
Hampton Hotels has designated the Hampton Inn Gainesville as one of its national Circle of Excellence Award winners. The property, located at 4225 SW 40th Blvd, Gainesville, Fl 32608, is among the top 10 percent of the nearly 1,900 Hampton properties in terms of service, product and quality.
Dr. Peggy Macdonald has been announced as the Executive Director of the Matheson History Museum. In her new position, Dr. Macdonald is responsible for the preservation and interpretation of Alachua County history at the Matheson History Museum.