Jeanelle Brown, M.D., joined us last December as chief of anesthesiology at Halifax Health | UF Health. Since then, she has taken the lead on a number of initiatives, noting that their success is due to the support of UF Health and Halifax Health leadership. “I am proud of developing many relationships at UF Health and Halifax Health both on the clinical side and the administrative side, and these relationships, I believe, will benefit the patient,” Brown said. “I am thankful for these relationships and the opportunity to take care of patients within the Volusia County community.”
Brown helped develop the Perioperative Clinic, the OR Steering Committee, and block OR scheduling. She participated in leadership-focused monthly learning experiences which led to the development of a vision statement for the Halifax Health | UF Health anesthesiology team. The vision statement reads, “The clinicians of UF Anesthesiology at Halifax are dedicated to practicing evidence-based, patient safety−focused anesthesia with integrity and professionalism toward both our colleagues and our patients within a collaborative perioperative environment.”
John Santiago, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology and associate chair for systems integration, noted that Brown’s vision for the Halifax team compliments the vision we have at the University of Florida. “Her inherent talent for organization, coupled with her strong moral roots, elevate the clinical team,” said Santiago. “Personally, I knew from our first telephone interview she has the genes to be an inspirational leader.”
Recently, Brown has been named the medical director of surgical services. She sees this as an opportunity to develop the operational and quality sides of surgical services in parallel. “Anesthesiology touches most departments within the hospital and this partnership will allow the hospital to launch collaborative medical care utilizing the Department of Anesthesiology as the hub in a complex wheel of health care,” said Brown.
Brown looks forward to developing and executing two initiatives in 2024: an operational initiative that will roll out the new block scheduling at Halifax Health | UF Health and a clinical initiative to develop a multifocused Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol for all service lines.