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CAC-Florida Medical Centers partners with University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

CAC will oversee clinical experiences for nursing students beginning Jan. 1, 2008


Monday, November 5, 2007 9:00 am EST



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DORAL, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CAC-Florida Medical Centers (CAC) has entered into an agreement with the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies to provide community-based clinical experiences for nursing students.

The new partnership will be offered at CACs Westland and Little Havana medical centers in Miami-Dade County, where students will have the opportunity to participate in on-site clinical patient care under the supervision of CAC-registered nurse trainers.

The program was created to expand the schools clinical experiences for nursing students working toward their bachelor of science in Nursing degree. Students will conduct nursing assessments; document vital signs; take patient histories; provide patient education; and, assist with wound care and injections under the supervision of CAC-registered nurse preceptors and physicians. Students may also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach through CAC-sponsored health screening and disease prevention programs.

Given the critical shortage of nurses in South Florida and across the nation, access to clinical learning environments for nursing students is vital, said CAC-Florida Medical Centers CEO Mayda Antun, M.D.

This partnership between the University of Miami and CAC provides a clear example of the trust that the community has placed in CAC in providing quality health care and services to our members. We are extremely proud to partner with the University of Miami in this initiative, she added.

We are delighted to join with CAC to provide educational experiences to our nursing students, said Rosina Cianelli, PhD, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the School of Nursing and Health Studies. By providing a quality learning environment and exposure to unique patient populations, CAC will help to ensure that UM nursing students receive excellent preparation for the care of patients and families in our community.

About CAC-Florida Medical Centers

CAC-Florida Medical Centers opened its doors in 1964 under the name Clinica Asociacion Cubana. CAC-Florida Medical Centers holds the distinction of being Floridas first managed care facility granted a license to operate as a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) as a result of the Congressional HMO Act of 1973. Today, the CAC brand is recognized throughout South Florida for its commitment to members of communities throughout Miami-Dade County and the provision of quality, readily accessible health care.

CAC-Florida Medical Centers operate ten full-service, multi-specialty medical centers staffed by more than more than 90 primary care physicians and medical specialists practicing cardiology, endocrinology, geriatric medicine, internal medicine, ophthalmology, neurology, and podiatry. PrescribIT Rx pharmacies are housed at five locations, in addition to walk-in clinics and wellness centers that serve as an important daily social hub for members of the community. Free transportation is also available to patients.

About the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

Established in 1948 as South Floridas first collegiate nursing program, the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami has a distinguished tradition of preparing nurses to provide compassionate, quality care to local, national and international communities. Nursing students at the undergraduate and graduate levels are educated by renowned scholars and exposed to a broad range of clinical experiences and cutting-edge research.

In February 2005, the School expanded its program offerings to include the University of Miamis Health Science program and changed its name to the School of Nursing and Health Studies. The expanded curriculum includes programs leading to the BSN, MSN, and PhD degrees as well as the BS in Health Science degree.


for CAC-Florida Medical Centers
Mitch Lubitz, 813-287-6180

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