HealthSouth Rehab med director wins national honor

November 11, 2013 

HealthSouth Rehab med director wins national title

SARASOTA -- Dr. Alexander DeJesus, medical director at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, was named the 2013 Medical Director of the Year at HealthSouth's annual Medical Director's Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

The honor was chosen from a pool of 103 medical directors across the country by HealthSouth Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dexanne Clohan and HealthSouth's regional presidents to recognize outstanding clinical knowledge, exemplary performance in developing quality clinical programs and leadership.

"His expertise in physical medicine and rehabilitation allows the hospital to offer the latest in rehabilitative treatment," said Clohan. "His role is crucial to provide high quality health care to the southwest Florida area."

DeJesus is medical director and chief medical officer at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota.

A graduate of Harvard University, DeJesus completed his medical studies at Rutgers University Medical School. He went on to perform two internships in surgery at Staten Island Hospital in New York.

DeJesus completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York University's Rusk Institute. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and twice has been awarded Medical Director of the Year by HealthSouth.

"Under Dr. DeJesus's leadership, our clinical staff works together as a team to provide high-quality, cost-effective health care services," said Marcus Braz, chief executive officer of HealthSouth Sarasota.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota is a 96-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital at 6400 Edgelake Drive in Sarasota. Online:

MTI Chili Cook-Off to help United Way this Friday

MANATEE -- Manatee Technical Institute's 17th Annual Chili Cook-Off will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday with students from each program competing against each other to win the best chili designation. Tickets are $5. Proceeds benefit United Way of Manatee County.

Students can also win awards for costumes and booth decorations. The theme is Career Time Travel; students may dress and decorate to represent careers from a time past or future.

The public is invited. Representatives from United Way and MTI Board of Governors will judge.

MTI is at 6305 State Road 70 East, a mile west of Interstate 75. Information: MTI event organizer Nancy Lawrence at or 941-751-7900, ext. 1009, or go to

Sarasota Sheriff's Office captains in charter class

SARASOTA -- Capts. Paul Richard, commander of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Bureau, and Jon Goetluck, commander of the Support Services Bureau, have graduated from The Florida Sheriffs Institute Commanders Academy at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Havana in north Florida.

Richard and Goetluck were among 30 graduates from 21 sheriff's offices who made up the charter class. The academy was designed by the sheriffs to ensure members of their command staff -- top level management within a Sheriff's Office -- have the background and information needed to carry out their responsibilities. The program was developed in conjunction with the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute.

The intensive training included 40-hour sessions in September and November. Topics included leadership, ethics, legislative affairs, effective discipline, labor and personnel issues, fiscal policies and administration, the civil process, courthouse security and jail management.

-- Herald staff reports

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