UF Health Shands Hospital has been named to Hospital & Health Networks’ list of Health Care’s Most Wired Hospitals for 2013. The Most Wired designation is reflective of the comprehensive health information technology systems used at UF Health Shands Hospital, said Kari Cassel, senior vice president and chief information officer for information technology at UF Health. It has also, for the third time, earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s “Magnet” status – the nursing profession’s most prestigious national distinction for excellence. UF Health Shands is one of only 19 in Florida and 393 in the world to receive the distinction, and 71 to receive it three times. The commission commended Irene Alexaitis, D.N.P., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C., for her leadership at UF Health as well as in the state and national community of nursing.
Sarah Boston, D.V.M., D.V.Sc., an associate professor of surgical oncology at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, has been honored by the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology. Boston, who is also the group’s president, received the Stephen J. Withrow Award, which is given for advancing the art and science of surgical oncology. Boston is board-certified in small animal veterinary surgery and is a founding fellow of surgical oncology in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Teri C. Balser, dean of UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, was elected to the board of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Balser has served on the AIBS education committee in the past. As dean, balser oversees all aspects of the college’s undergraduate and graduate educational programs. She is also a professor in the soil and water science department. Balser was the Carnegie 2010 U.S. Professor of the year.