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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS


Audiologists say loud noise produced by motorcycles

puts bikers at risk for hearing loss


W hen the band Steppenwolf sang of heavy metal
thunder in "Born to be Wild," their classic ode
to the freewheeling biker lifestyle, they equated
rocking out to the new electric music of their
time with the ear-pounding experience of riding
1 a motorcycle.
The notion that loud music can damage hearing is common
knowledge, but the noise produced by motorcycles poses similar risk
to riders, UF experts caution.
In a pilot test of 33 motorcycles, audiologists at the College of
Public Health and Health Professions have found nearly half pro-
duced sounds above 100 decibels when throttled up equivalent in
intensity to a loud rock concert or a chainsaw. The ongoing UF effort
is the first scientific study aimed at producing quantifiable data on
noise levels for motorcyclists.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
cautions that exposure to noise at 100 decibels is safe for only 15
minutes. Permanent hearing loss can occur with prolonged exposure
to any noise measuring 85 decibels or above.
"Almost all of the motorcycles we tested reached action-level
noise, which in the workplace would require ear protection," said Joy
Colle, one of the study's researchers in the department of communi-
cative disorders. "The loudest bike we tested measured 119 decibels
with the engine revved, and the recommended exposure time at that
level is only 11 seconds."
More than 5 million Americans are registered motorcycle
owners, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Of the
28 million Americans who have some degree of hearing loss, about
one-third can attribute their hearing loss to excessive noise exposure.
In addition to sound levels, the UF researchers are noting the
make, model, engine size, year manufactured, and any modifications
to the engine and exhaust systems of each motorcycle. They will then


develop an online database to provide motorcyclists with bike-
specific data on noise exposure so riders can make informed
decisions about hearing protection.
"At this time, if consumers were to try to find a measure of
how loud their motorcycle is, they'd find misinformation," Colle
said. "An Internet search for motorcycle noise levels will yield a
20- to 25-decibel range, with the interested motorcyclist coming
away with no useful information. That's not good enough."
In the UF study, noise levels were tested at riders' ear levels
from stationary motorcycles when idle and throttled up. Further
research should include measurement of noise levels when the
motorcycles are driven at cruising speeds to account for the effects
of wind noise, Colle said.
Although noise-induced hearing loss is permanent, it is en-
tirely preventable, Colle said. Motorcyclists should limit the
amount of exposure they have to high-decibel levels, and although
motorcycle helmets don't provide any significant protection against
noise, inexpensive foam earplugs, available at drug stores, can
reduce sound levels by 20 to 25 decibels.
Riders should pay attention to the warning signs of noise-
induced hearing loss: a ringing sound in the ears immediately after
exposure, and hearing voices and other sounds as muffled.
"These new data about the sound levels to which motorcyclists
are exposed will help audiologists and others who work in hearing
conservation advise their clients about healthy choices when it
comes to how long to ride and when to wear hearing protection,"
said Ted Madison, president of the National Hearing Conservation
Association. 0


Above: Audiology graduate student Andrea Pierce uses
a noise dosimeter to measure the loudness of Dano
Roller's motorcycle.


FALL 2004




Holloway named
board chair


Longtime business leader
Samuel Holloway has been
named chair of the College of
Public Health and Health Pro-
fessions advisory board.

Holloway is president and
CEO of Holloway Financial Ser-
vices Inc. and serves on the
boards of M & S Bank and Oak
Hammock at UF.
He also has the distinction of
serving on the advisory board
longer than anyone in the
college's history.
"Sam has an understanding
and appreciation for the
important work we do and is
dedicated to the college's suc-
cess," said Stacey Marsh, di-
rector of development. "Anyone
who knows Sam knows that he
is a wonderfully kind, caring
and loyal person."
The board works to promote
relationships between the col-
lege and the health-care
industry; assist in fundraising;
provide counsel to the college;
and serve as advocates for stu-
dents seeking internships or
jobs.
Committees were recently
established to help members
focus their energies. They in-
clude: Major Gifts, chaired by
Dan Devine; Mid-Range Gifts,
chaired by Rolf Kuhns, physical
therapy '72; Alumni Relations,
chaired by Bob Levitt, Ph.D.,
clinical and health psychology
'61; and Student Relations,
chaired professor emeritus
Claudette Finley.
The board's success would
not have been possible without
the efforts of Levitt, the former
chair, Marsh said. During a
break in board activity in the
mid '90s, Levitt worked to re-
store the board, recruiting
members, organizing meetings
and establishing goals.
"Board members contribute
generous amounts of time and
energy to the college," Marsh
said. "They're all invaluable to
our success. We can't be great
without them." 0












dean's MESSAGE



"Then you should say what you mean," the March
Hare went on.
"I do," Alice hastily replied; "at least at least I
mean what I say that's
the same thing, you
know."
"Not the same thing a
bit!" said the Hatter. "You
might just as well say that
'I see what I eat' is the
same thing as eat what I
see!"' -Alice in Wonder-
land

Like Alice, the clinical
Dr. Robert G. Frank disciplines in our college
have frequently found
themselves confused. For years, many argued the
interventions practiced by our colleagues were
critical and could not be subjected to empirical
evaluation. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a man
sustaining a spinal cord injury or stroke could be told
he has been assigned to the no-treatment "control"
group for his rehabilitation program. Consequently,
many of the key concepts underpinning rehabilita-
tion and psychological interventions were slow to be
tested.
In the late 1990s, the faculty of the College of
Public Health and Health Professions developed a
vision for the college that considered the challenges
facing our disciplines in the marketplace. Many
disciplines were experiencing decreased payment
for services because it was argued the scientific
basis for our interventions was lacking. Recognizing
this, the faculty determined the college should
become a national leader in the science validating
our disciplines, and they set goals to increase our
research output.
Looking back some six years later, it is clear we
have succeeded to a degree no one imagined
possible. The result of the faculty's efforts has been
a staggering array of research in diverse areas
ranging from treatment outcome evaluations to
public policy, bioterrorism to cognitive processing of
facial asymmetries, and gene transfer to accelerate
muscle recovery to enhancing spinal cord recovery
and plasticity.
Our faculty's growth in research funding began
during a period of expansion in national research
funding by the National Institutes of Health. From
1998 to 2003, Congress increased the NIH's
research budget by 15 percent per year.
The NIH's budget is now essentially flat, and more
than 80 percent of proposals go unfunded. Despite
the increased competition, our faculty has continued
to obtain new grants, a true testament to the quality
of our faculty and the importance of the research
questions they are addressing.
The work of Public Health and Health Professions
faculty promises to greatly enhance our understand-
ing of why treatments work and which treatments
hold promise for future examination. This work
demonstrates the importance of setting a vision and
having clarity of purpose to go the distance. 0


PHHPNEWS | FALL 2004


HEARING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM


Savoring silence


Patient successfully treated for tinnitus enjoys the quiet


S am Haddad has heard a
faint hissing sound in
his ears for as long as he
can remember.
"Most of the time I
didn't notice the hissing
unless I was in a quiet room and
really thought about it," said
Haddad, manager of industry rela-
tions at John F. Kennedy Space
Center and a Titusville resident.
But that changed suddenly one
day in September 2002, when the
low level hissing noise became a
roar.
"The noise in my ears was so
loud, I could barely hear voices,"
Haddad said. "And outside noises,
like an air conditioner, sounded like
they were amplified several times.
I was literally going crazy."
Haddad was diagnosed with
tinnitus, the perception of sound in
one or both ears when no external
sound is present. It is often referred
to as "ringing in the ears," although
some people may hear hissing,
roaring, whistling or chirping
sounds.
Haddad's physicians told him
that his condition was not treatable
and would worsen over time.
"As the tinnitus got worse, I
couldn't focus on my work or my
singing," said Haddad, who per-
forms locally on the weekends. "It


also affected my relationship with my

family, and I wasn't getting more
than an hour of sleep a night. I
almost wished that I could lose my
hearing altogether so it would end
the tinnitus."
Haddad found relief through
treatment he received from James
Hall III, Ph.D., a clinical professor in
the department of communicative
disorders at the College of Public
Health and Health Professions.
Although the exact causes of
tinnitus are unknown, several condi-
tions are suspected of
triggering or worsen-
ing tinnitus, including
noise-induced hearing
loss, stress, ear or
sinus infections, jaw
misalignment, head
injury, certain medica-
tions and wax build-up
in the ear canal.
After months of Dr. Jame
suffering, Haddad was
desperate for a solution. He turned to
Hall, chief of audiology at the UF
Speech and Hearing Center and an
internationally recognized expert on
tinnitus treatment.
"At my first meeting with Dr.
Hall he predicted that within six
months, the hissing noise in my ears
would be back to the low level I had
before. I thought that was unbeliev-


able, but when the noise was gone
after a month, I called Dr. Hall and
told him he was a miracle worker!"
Hall used a component of
tinnitus retraining therapy to treat
Haddad's tinnitus, a technique that
helps a person gradually ignore the
sound of tinnitus. The method
involves extensive counseling on
tinnitus' causes and custom devices
to fit in or behind the ear that are
given to some patients to help
distract them with soft, pleasant
sounds. Cognitive behavioral
therapy is another
promising manage-
ment approach for
tinnitus, and drug
therapy, vitamin
therapy, biofeed-
back, hypnosis and
tinnitus makers
have been success-
ful for some
Hall patients, although
these methods have
not been tested by formal research.
"For most people with tinnitus,
outcome is good with appropriate
professional care; that is, the person
may get to the point where the
tinnitus sounds are usually not
noticeable, and the tinnitus does not
interfere with daily activities, such
as the ability to concentrate or to fall
asleep at night," Hall said. 0


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Teachers of the year


T he College of Public Health and Health
Professions' teachers of the year were
recognized at the student welcome in
September. Here they share the secrets of
their success.

Michael Robinson, Ph.D., professor,
clinical and health psychology
Teacher/Scholar of the Year 2004

Q: What do you think your students appreciate
most about you as a teacher?
A: Relevance of material and methods,
accessibility, humor.
Q: What is the funniest event that has ever
taken place in your classroom?
A: I decline to answer this to protect my standing in
the witness protection program.
Q: What is your teaching philosophy?
A: What is taught should be integrative of all the
professional roles to which students aspire. The material
then becomes more relevant and more easily
assimilated. I also believe that incidental learning,
rather than intentional learning, is more efficient and
better retained, making mentorship or "on-the-job
training" models better than classroom lecture models.
Q: How did you become a good teacher?
A: I'm never satisfied with my teaching
performance, so I'm hesitant to state that I am a good
teacher. The demands of being a researcher, teacher/
mentor, clinician and administrator result in
compromises of aspired performance in each of those
roles.


Joanne Foss,
Ph.D., OTR/L,
lecturer and
program director,
occupational
therapy
Teacher of the
Year 2004


Q: What do you appreciate most in your
students?
A: I appreciate students the most when they share
their insights, ideas and learning experiences. Most
students are excited about learning, and changing the
way they think about things. This type of student
energizes me and teaches me, too.
Q: Did you aspire to be a teacher when you
were a student?
A: Actually, as a teenager I always said the one
career I knew I did NOT want was teaching. Both of my
parents were secondary school teachers and I knew that
they were underpaid and overworked, and I felt that
teaching was not respected in this country. However, all
of the career choices I made led me to teaching, and I
would not be anywhere else.
Q: Did another teacher influence how you teach?
A: My mother... she always made her students feel
respected. She expected them to put forth their best effort
and be responsible people, but she knew they would
make mistakes and need help with second chances. She
was always willing to help them get back on track, and
believed they had it in them to be better than in the past.


student NE W


Adrienne Aiken, a doctoral student in the depart-
ment of clinical and health psychology, received a
research supplement for underrepresented minorities
from the National Institute on Aging.

Vonetta Dotson, a doctoral student in the depart-
ment of clinical and health psychology, received a
minority dissertation research grant in aging from the
National Institute on Aging.

Megan Gaiefsky, a doctoral student in the depart-
ment of clinical and health psychology, was awarded
a Pre-Doctoral Associated Health Rehabilitation
Research Fellowship, sponsored by the Department
of Veterans Affairs.

Michelle Harwood, a doctoral student in the
department of clinical and health psychology,
received the Florida Psychological Association and
The Melissa Institute Joint Violence Prevention
Project Award to fund her dissertation.

Sarah Lageman, a doctoral student in the depart-
ment of clinical and health psychology, won the best
graduate student poster award at UF's Women's
Health Research Day.

Several clinical and health psychology students were
recognized for their research accomplishments at the
annual American Psychological Association conven-
tion in Hawaii. They include Daniel Bagner, Eleni
Dimoulas, Adam Lewin and Paul Seignourel. *



faculty T ES

& staff

Parent Child Interaction Therapy, developed by
Sheila Eyberg, Ph.D., a professor in the clinical and
health psychology department, was one of three
therapies named by the Ewing Marion Kauffman
Foundation and the National Call to Action as a best
practice for helping children heal from the impact of
child abuse.

Ronald Rozensky, Ph.D., chair of the department of
clinical and health psychology, has been elected to a
three-year term on the Board of Directors of the
American Psychological Association.

Horace Sawyer, Ed.D., chair of the department of
rehabilitation counseling, received the Lifetime
Achievement Award from the International Associa-
tion of Life Care Planning.

The UF Health Science Center honored several
college employees for reaching career milestones in
years of service. They include Elizabeth Cody,
Todd Fraser, Cynthia Freeman, Kelli Granade and
Heather Steingraber, 5 years; Lynn Jernigan, 10
years; Philip Chase, 15 years; Peggy Bessinger
and Elizabeth Williams, 20 years; and Janet Haire,
25 years.*


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PHHPNEWS | FALL 2004


Bruce Thomason, Ph.D., (right) founding chair of the department of
rehabilitation counseling, speaks to schoolchildren circa the late
1950s about disabilities and prosthetic devices.


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Oxford, EnglandMy Oxford colleagues and I enjoyed pleasant conversation over daily tea
breaks, and I was strongly encouraged to balance my career and personal/
recreational life. It was striking to me how much emphasis folks in the U.K.
place on this balance. It's evident in media ads for frequent holidays (vaca-
; tions), in generous allowances for maternity leave, and it's a lesson this
particular "workaholic" carried home with her to stay.
Leanne Cianfrini, Ph.D.
UF postdoctoral fellow and clinical and health psychology internship graduate


The Florida department provides specialist experiences in clinical and health
psychology which are not easily available in the U.K., such as involvement
with transplant work and some of the neuropsychology work. The opportunity
to see the rural program is also fascinating for us, as is the child health work.
I suspect a major difference between our cultures is the funding arrangement,
since all of our work is funded by the National Health System and all patient
care is provided free at the point of delivery, irrespective of ability to pay.
Susan Llewelyn, Ph.D.
Director, Oxford University doctoral program in clinical psychology


he department established a faculty and student exchange program with
the University of Oxford Course in Clinical Psychology in 1999. Faculty
provide lectures, and students attend classes and work in clinic. Partici-
pating faculty include Drs. Michael Perri, Ronald Rozensky, Sheila
Eyberg and Stephen Boggs from UF and Drs. Paul Kennedy and Susan Llewelyn
from Oxford. Two students from each program have also participated.

Oxford is one of oldest and greatest centers of learning in world. Without a
doubt, the exchange of ideas and the opportunity to learn about alternative
perspectives represents the major benefit of the exchange.
Michael Perri, Ph.D.
Professor, department of clinical and health psychology *. t
Associate dean for research, PHHP Leanne Cianfrini (center) with Oxford students.








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he Jordan This exchange will allow the University of Jordan, the oldest and most prestigious
exchange university in Jordan, to establish the first graduate program in clinical psychology
grew out of in Jordan, and possibly in the Arab Middle East. There are a lot of stressors,
a relation- familial, economic and political, in this area of the world. All of these stressors
ship with Arwa create psychological problems that need to be addressed. Clinical and health
Aamiry, Ph.D., a psychology professionals will be very important in trying to assist the population
in coping.
psychology faculty Arwa Aamiry, Ph.D.
member at the Associate professor, University of Jordan
University of Jordan.
Trained as an experi-
mental psychologist,
. Aamiry received a
-, second doctoral
University of Jordan faculty Drs. Mohammad degree in clinical
Baniyounes, Arwa Aamiry and Fares Hilmi. psychology from UF
and returned to the
UJ faculty. For a population of more than 5 million, Jordan had very few clinical
psychologists and no child clinical psychologists, Aamiry explained.
Through a unique collaboration, the department of clinical and health psy-
chology is now partnering with UJ to train a select group of UJ students who,
once they finish their graduate education at UF, will return to Jordan as faculty
members. AshrafAl-Qudah and Hadil Faqih are currently enrolled. ..-. .. .


This is a very unusual relationship between universities. It's a good example of
a grass roots relationship between people with a goal and hope of promulgat-
ing the UF method of training clinical psychologists as scientists and
practitioners throughout the Arab world.
Ronald Rozensky, Ph.D.
Chair, department of clinical and health psychology


PHHPNEWS | FALL 2004












PROFILES IN )jLEADEHSI IP






A plan for growth


Health services research, management and policy

chair leads through period of expansion


ore than a year after his appointment
as chair of the department of health
services research, management and
policy, R. Paul Duncan, Ph.D., has
time to reflect on the growth of the
department, which features new
programs, additional faculty and a new name.
"The department has
grown from a department
with four faculty members
and heavily invested in a
single master's degree in
health administration," said
Duncan, a nationally known
health insurance researcher.
"We now have 15 faculty and
four active graduate pro-
grams."
The department is also
the transitional home of the
college's public health
divisions of epidemiology
and biostatistics as the
programs are developed.
Six years ago, former
chair Niccie McKay, Ph.D.,
Duncan and Dean Robert Dr. R. Paul Duncan
Frank, Ph.D., set out to
develop a plan for the department's growth.
"We could have just kept chugging along the way we
were, but we made the active decision to expand the
department's program offerings, size and comprehensive-
ness," Duncan explained. "We did this not just to get
bigger, but to broaden the research base represented by
our faculty and offer a wider range of degree programs."
The culmination of these efforts has been to change
the department's name from health services administra-
tion to health services research, management and policy, a
name that more closely reflects all the department's
components, Duncan said.
In addition to offering a master's degree in health
administration, the department now features an executive
master's in health administration for working profession-
als, a Ph.D. in health services research, and participates
in the health management and policy track in the master
of public health program.
"We really have good, smart students who are well
prepared to work," Duncan said. "I'm very proud of the
fact that our graduates are making contributions to health-
care delivery, and that they retain life-long ties to the
program."
The research conducted by the department's faculty
members falls into three areas. The first is access to
health care, or how individuals obtain care, such as
medical, dental, nursing home care or mental health
services. The second is the study of health-care organiza-
tions that serve vulnerable populations like low income,


uninsured people or members of racial and ethnic minor-
ity groups. Rehabilitation studies, with close ties to the
Department of Veterans Affairs' Rehabilitation Outcomes
Research Center, round out the department's research
portfolio.
In his own research, Duncan examines access to
medical and dental care, especially issues involving
health insurance and the uninsured.
"I was attracted to this research
because of the simple fairness and
justice of health insurance," said
Duncan, the Louis C. and Jane
Gapenski professor of health services
administration. "It is the most impor-
tant device used in the United States
that tries to make the distribution of
health care fairer. I think health insur-
B ance is a key part of creating a more

H equitable system, and I value that a
great deal."
Duncan leads a research team
focused on estimating the number of
people without health insurance in
particular states and comparing the
health insurance experiences of vari-
ous groups, including those identified
by age, race, income, employment,
education, location and combinations
of these factors.
In recent years, the team has studied uninsured
populations in Florida, Indiana and Kansas.
Duncan, who was appointed by Florida Gov. Jeb
Bush to the Governor's Task Force on Access to Afford-
able Health Insurance, also recently completed a three-
year project to study the origin, design, implementation
and outcomes of Florida's Medicaid Provider Service
Network, an alternative health-care delivery program for
the state's low-income population. The research estimates
that the network saved the state $34 million.
Duncan's interest in access to health care extends
beyond his research to community involvement. He has
volunteered time at the Alachua County Organization for
Rural Needs (ACORN) Clinic, and served on the
Alachua County health-care board. He also participated
in the design of CHOICES, a health-care program for the
county's working uninsured.
Originally from Canada, Duncan and his wife Margo
enjoy taking advantage of Florida's coastlines by
kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling in their spare
time. After a successful career in scientific illustration,
Margo currently focuses on painting and stained glass,
while continuing her active support of animal welfare
organizations such as the Alachua County Humane
Society. It is no coincidence that the Duncan family
includes six cats, all of them rescues. Their daughter
Renee lives in New York and is a flight attendant for
American Airlines. 0


dissertations


These College of Public Health and Health Professions doctoral students
successfully defended their dissertations between September 2003 and
August 2004
Clinical and Health Psychology
Gretchen Ames
Reformulated Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Obesity A Randomized
Pilot Study Investigating Changes in Expectations for Treatment
Outcomes
Chair Michael Perr, Ph D
Karen Bearss
Response Patterns of Parents Undergoing Contested Custody
Evaluations
Chair Shella Eyberg, Ph D
Nicole Berlant
Increasing Adherence to an Exercise Intervention
Chair Michael Perr, Ph D
Michael Cole
Effect of Goal Setting on Memory Performance in Young and Older Adults
An fMRI Study
Chair William Perlstein, Ph D
Jason Demery
Operating Charactenstics of Executive Functioning Tests in Traumatic
Brain Injury
Chair Russell Bauer, Ph D, Co-Chair William Perlstem, Ph D
Steven Knauts
The Impact of Emotion on Memory and Misinformation Acceptance
Chair Russell Bauer, Ph D
Elizabeth Leritz
Associative Priming and Explicit Memory in Aging and Mild Cognitive
Impairment
Chair Russell Bauer, Ph D
Chris Loftis
An Ecological Validity Study of Executive Function Measures in Children
With and Without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Chair James Johnson, Ph D
Avani Modi
Adherence in Children with Cystic Fibrosis and Asthma
Chair Alexandra Qulttner, Ph D, Co-Chair Samuel Sears, Ph D
Rebecca Papas
Sex-Related Predictors of Health Care Use for Pain
Chair Joseph Riley, Ph D, Co-Chair Michael Robinson, Ph D
Otto Pedraza
On the Latent Structure of Cognitive Malingenng A Multivanate Taxonomy
Analysis
Chair Dawn Bowers, Ph D
Ben Phalin
Detecting Significant Change in Neuropsychological Performance of
College Football Players
Chair Eileen Fennell, Ph D, Co-Chair Duane Dede, Ph D
Christina Wierenga
Age-Related Changes in Word Retreval Frontal Executive vs Temporal
Semantic Substrates
Chair Bruce Crosson, Ph D
Rehabilitation Science
Kathryn Byers
Testing the Accuracy of Linkng Healthcare Data Across the Continuum of
Care
Chair Craig Velozo, Ph D
ToniChiara
Expiratory Muscle Strength Training in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis
and Healthy Controls
Chair A Daniel Martin, Ph D
Stacy Fritz
Functional and Descrptive Predictors of Outcomes for Constraint-Induced
Movement Therapy for Individuals with Post-Stroke Hemiparesis
Chair Kathye Light, Ph D
Elizabeth Hannold
Effects ofLocomotor Training on the Psychosocial Adaptation of Persons
with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Chair Mary Ellen Young, Ph D
David Howard
Leisure in the Lives of Older Men Coping and Adaptation Following
Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Chair Elizabeth Swett, Ph D
Stephen Lussier
Counselor Perspectives on Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
Chair Linda Shaw, Ph D
Matthew Malcolm
Reliability and Utility of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Assess
Activity-Dependent Plasticity in Human Stroke
Chair Kathye Light, Ph D
Marieke Van Puymbroeck
Predictors of Quality of Life in Caregivers at One and Six Months Post
Stroke
Chair Mary Ellen Young, Ph D


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Health-care leader


On the eve of retirement, alumnus looks back on health administration career


hen Dyer Michell, master's Michell has overseen six major building pro-
degree in health administration grams at Munroe Regional, bringing the number of
'67, began his career in the late beds from 150 when he started in 1968 to 421 today.
1960s, there were no A second campus at the
HMOs or hospital TimberRidge site in west
mergers and Medicare Marion County now
was brand new. includes a nursing and
Health-care delivery has changed by rehabilitation center,
leaps and bounds since then, and despite a physician offices, radiation
challenging health-care climate, Michell has oncology and renal dialy-
expertly led Munroe Regional Health Sys- sis centers, imaging
tem, a non-profit hospital in Ocala, Fla., center, and full-service
from status as a small rural hospital to a emergency department.
nationally recognized tertiary care provider. Munroe Regional's
Michell leaves the organization in net revenues have grown
excellent shape when he retires in March Dyer Michell from $9 million in 1977,
2005 after 36 years at Munroe Regional, 28 following Michell's first
of them as president and CEO. year as CEO, to a projected $280 million in 2004.
"Dyer Michell is one of the program graduates The career achievements Michell is most proud
of whom we are especially proud," said R. Paul of include Munroe Regional's interventional heart
Duncan, Ph.D., chair of health services research, program, which has been awarded Top 100 Cardio-
management and policy. "Dyer is so well regarded vascular Hospital status by Solucient Inc. for more
throughout Florida. He is known for having been an successive years than any other non-teaching hospi-
effective, steady administrator no matter what tal;, the hospital's recognition as a Distinguished
changes were taking place in health care." Hospital by Health Grades for overall clinical excel-


lence; and the creation of a joint ventured, nationally
acclaimed indigent care program.
"I have a heart for reaching out to make sure
everyone in the community gets the care they need,"
Michell said.
While it has been rewarding to ensure that
people with low incomes receive care, it has also
been one of the most difficult aspects of his career.
"In every community folks have divergent
opinions about what kind of health care should be
available, who should get what and how it should be
paid for," Michell said. "Those issues were broadly
debated in the community, and I'm happy to say the
great majority came behind the institution to say they
believe in our mission."
That kind of community and hospital board
support has contributed to Michell staying in his
position for so many years, a rarity in the health-care
administration field.
"I fell in love with the community and the
mission and vision of the hospital," Michell said.
"And with the continued support of the board and
staff, how could I leave? I've been blessed that
things have come together, allowing me to stay and
foster growth at Munroe Regional." 0










Alumni Reunion


Occupational therapy graduates (left to right) Michael Doub,
'94, and Laura Johnson, '00, with occupational therapy faculty
member Joanne Foss. Ph.D.


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90,377 Football fans in the stands

5 Months spent planning the reunion by development and alumni staff

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Ginny Cruz, physical therapy '83, has
received board certification as a clinical
specialist in pediatric physical therapy. She
works at Pearl Nelson Child Development
Center in Pensacola, Fla.

Sam Engle, rehabilitation counseling '96, is
the director of the Kenneth Cole Fellowship in
Community Building and Social Change at
Emory University in Atlanta, the only one of
its kind in the United States. Students learn
about advancing positive change and
achieving equity with respect to housing,
health, civil liberties and environmental
justice. She also serves as the program chair
for Leadership Atlanta, a civic leadership
development program.

Tiffany Galvin, occupational therapy '03,
recently moved to Jackson, Tenn., after
graduation and works at Jackson-Madison
County General Hospital in stroke inpatient
rehabilitation and acute care. "I am one of the
few Gators in Tennessee since this is Vol
country," she said. "Don't worry, I am keeping
the orange and blue alive in Tennessee."

Betsy McKenzie, occupational therapy '01,
gave birth to a daughter, Avery, in March
2004. She is now working in home health and
enjoys the new challenge. She wrote, "It is
wonderful to work in a profession that allows
you to have a family and your career at the
same time."

Rhona Gorsky Reiss, Ph.D., occupational
therapy '75, is the director of research and
development at Spectrum Center Inc. in
Bethesda, Md. She is interested in collaborat-
ing with UF faculty, students and alumni on
research projects related to sensory process-
ing and Tomatis Listening Therapy.

Todd Sullivan, physical therapy '97, has
achieved board certification as a specialist in
pediatric physical therapy. He works at Blake
Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla.

Brian Unell, master's in health administration
'00, was promoted from senior consultant to
manager in Capgemini's health-care consult-
ing practice in July 2004. He lives in Atlanta.


IN MEMO RI AM

Henrietta Goldstein, medical technology '72,
lost her battle with cancer on June 26,
surrounded by friends and family at home.
She was 54. An avid Gator fan who attended
almost every home game, she was the wife
of college advisory board member Bob
Goldstein, physical therapy '72, and mother
of UF graduates Tracey Walding, physical
therapy '03, and Brian Goldstein. 0


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