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New Vascular Navigator
ORANGE CITY – Florida Hospital Fish Memorial has hired Michelle Keith to serve as the Vascular Navigator.

In this role, Keith will be responsible for facilitating teamwork between radiologists, cardiologists and vascular surgeons to collectively determine the best course of treatment for each individual patient. An additional facet to Keith’s new role at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is to assist in the development of a Vascular Center of Excellence.

“Cardiac disease is the number one killer of Americans; every 34 seconds someone dies from it,” said Danielle Johnson, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Chief Operating Officer. “If you have cardiac disease, you probably have vascular disease too.”

The only difference between cardiac disease and vascular disease is the location: cardiac disease is the build-up of plaque in the arteries in your heart, while vascular disease is the build-up of plaque in any of your arteries outside of the heart.

“A build-up of plaque in the arteries has a compounding effect. When it builds-up in your arteries, the blood flow in that area slows down. This can lead to wounds that don’t heal, which then become infected. This, unfortunately, then leads to amputations,” Johnson said. “By developing a Vascular Center of Excellence, we hope to catch vascular disease earlier and prevent the downstream impact that requires interventional or surgical procedures, ultimately preventing as many amputations as possible.”

Keith previously served as the Director of Clinical Sales for Morris Innovative, where she was responsible for training a sales force, physicians and more than 250 staff members of hospitals nationwide to be competent in homeostasis and groin management issues.

Keith began her career in the cardiac catheterization lab at Florida Hospital South in 1992. After becoming supervisor, she began working for a cardiology practice and developed a Cardiovascular Center of Excellence.

The Orlando resident is a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in healthcare administration. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, as well as Baldridge training and six sigma, which are two customer service and process initiatives.

About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a 175-bed full-service hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services as well as 24-hour emergency and critical care. It is a member of Adventist Health System, the largest Protestant not-for-profit hospital system in the nation and works to provide exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeBary, Deltona, Orange City and Sanford communities. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.  Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is Chest Pain Accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.  The hospital has been recognized by FMQAI - The Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Florida with the FMQAI Performance Achievement Award.  This honor recognizes Florida Hospital Fish Memorial on work to improve the quality of health care for Medicare beneficiaries during the last three years. The hospital has also been recognized for the seventh consecutive year among the 2011 Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families. For more information about Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, visit www.fhfishmemorial.org.