Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa Recognizes UHealth Team for Patient Care

Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa paid a holiday season visit to the executive offices of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System on December 21 to present a commendation to Rogerio G. Carrillo, M.D., M.B.A., professor of clinical surgery and cardiothoracic surgeon at University of Miami Hospital (UMH), for his lifesaving work treating county residents over a career spanning nearly four decades.

Upon hearing of the pending honor, however, Carrillo was reluctant to be singled out. “I couldn’t do what I do without the support of my surgical team and our hospital leadership,” he said. He insisted that the honor be shared.

So Sosa arrived with a stack of additional commendations, which were presented to UMH leaders Michael Gittelman, M.H.S.A., Chief Executive Officer, and Kymberlee J. Manni, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, surgical team members Alexander Jonusas, PA-C, and Mario Caballero, PA-C, as well as UHealth leaders Thinh H. Tran, M.D., M.B.A., Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Operating Officer, and Barbara Ronda, M.H.S.A., Associate Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.

“This comes from the bottom of my heart,” said Sosa, “but it also represents the thanks of millions for the miracles you make happen.”

As an example, Sosa recounted the story of her 89-year-old mother, whose life was saved by a pacemaker implanted by Carrillo, and who has also been blind for the past 18 years. Her mother had been examined by many doctors, and none offered any hope — until she was seen by ophthalmic surgeon James Banta, M.D., of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, who operated on one eye and restored its vision in time for the holidays. The other eye will be operated on in approximately two weeks.

“This is why I thank you on behalf of many patients who may not be able to do so themselves,” she told Carrillo and the others assembled for the ceremony. “You are one of the miracles of UM.”

More photos from the ceremony are available here.

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