Appointments and recruits

Appointments and recruits


Surgical technician Mariah Hiner prepares for surgery with the Xi surgical robot in the background.

Winter Haven Hospital has added a second surgical robotic to fulfill a rising demand.  The hospital first started its robotics program in December 2010 with a da Vinci Si. The hospital upgraded to the state-of-the-art da Vinci Xi in 2019 and  added a second Xi in January. Robotic surgical procedures carried out on the hospital embody basic surgical procedure, urology and gynecology. For sufferers, the advantages of robotic surgical procedure embody smaller incisions, which might alleviate blood loss and scale back danger of an infection, amongst different issues. procedure/robotic-surgery.


Jalen Banks

Watson Clinic has added chiropractic drugs companies by including Jalen Banks, D.C., to the  Bodily Remedy & Sports activities Medication staff. Banks treats sufferers from the Watson Clinic Middle for Specialised Rehabilitation in south Lakeland. Banks obtained his Bachelor of Science in Train diploma from Montclair State College in Montclair, New Jersey, and his Doctorate of Chiropractic Medication from Keiser College in West Palm Seaside. He’s licensed by the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medication, is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Affiliation, the Nationwide Power & Conditioning Affiliation and the American Chiropractic Affiliation, and serves because the director of the Chiropractic Sports activities Community on the American Chiropractic Affiliation Sports activities Council. His areas of experience embody the non-surgical remedy of spinal ache, backbone manipulations, dry needling, cupping and sports activities drugs. 

Gary Fennig

Gary Fennig, D.O., has joined the Watson Clinic staff of anesthesiologists and serves sufferers from Lakeland Regional Medical Middle in Lakeland, Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Middle in Lakeland and Bartow Regional Medical Middle in Bartow. Fennig obtained his Physician of Osteopathic diploma from Ohio College School of Osteopathic Medication in Athens, Ohio, and carried out his internship and residency in Anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic (South Pointe Hospital) in Warrensville, Ohio. He’s board licensed by the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology, and is a member of the American Osteopathic Affiliation.

Sandeep Anreddy
Joseph Coffman

Board-certified cardiology specialists Sandeep Anreddy, M.D., FACC, MPH, and Joseph Coffman, M.D., within the Watson Clinic’s Cardiology division, are actually accepting appointments on the Watson Clinic Highlands location at 2300 E. County Highway 540A in south Lakeland. Their places of work are situated on the second ground of the power. Each physicians will proceed to see sufferers from their places of work at Watson Clinic Most important at 1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd. in Lakeland as nicely. Anreddy obtained his medical diploma from Gandhi Medical School in Secunderabad, Telengana, India. He accomplished an internship and residency in Inner Medication at Thomas Jefferson College Hospital in Philadelphia. He served as a educating hospitalist at Cogent Healthcare, Temple College, in Philadelphia and accomplished a fellowship in Cardiovascular Illness at Allegheny Normal Hospital in Pittsburgh. He’s board-certified in nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, cardiovascular drugs, and cardiovascular computed tomography. Coffman obtained his medical diploma from the College of South Alabama School of Medication in Cell, Alabama. He accomplished an inside drugs residency and a cardiology fellowship on the College of South Florida Morsani School of Medication in Tampa. Coffman is board-certified by the American Board of Inner Medication. His areas of experience embody preventive cardiology care and the remedy of coronary artery illness, chest ache, myocardial infarction, and valvular coronary heart illness.

Pictured left to right are Stan Piotrowski, Watson Clinic chief administrative officer, and Steven Achinger, M.D., chairman of the board, Watson Clinic Foundation.

In a particular ceremony April 13, previous and current members of Watson Clinic’s administration and physicians gathered to dedicate the Watson Clinic Highlands location to retiring Chief Administrative Officer Stan Piotrowski. The revealing of the dedication plaque, which hangs on the entrance of the Highlands facility situated at 2300 E. County Highway 540A in south Lakeland, adopted a sequence of shows from Watson Clinic Managing Companion Steven Achinger, M.D.; gynecology specialist John R. Ellington Jr., M.D.; and Chief Monetary Officer Keith Pernicano. Piotrowski joined Watson Clinic in 1999. Throughout his tenure, he shepherded the Clinic by intervals of unprecedented progress and innovation, together with the openings of the Most cancers & Analysis Middle, Ladies’s Middle, Bella Vista Constructing, Highlands, XpressCare Highlands, Pressing Care places of work at each Watson Clinic Most important and Watson Clinic South amenities, and Dermatology places in Solar Metropolis Middle, Zephyrhills and Brandon.  He additionally carried out a sequence of initiatives that proved important to enhancing high quality of care and operational effectivity, and which result in a number of accreditations from the Accreditation Affiliation for Ambulatory Well being Care and different prestigious organizations.


Peace River Middle, a licensed and nationally accredited, non-profit regional supplier of psychological well being, substance use, and built-in medical companies is partnering with Polk Imaginative and prescient’s Behavioral Well being Committee, to host Psychological Well being Issues. The sequence of panel discussions are geared toward educating and equipping the neighborhood with sources to handle psychological well being points. A moderator will lead subject-matter consultants by key points after which take viewers questions. The classes happen all through Might and embody Psychological Well being and Youth on Might 3, Trauma and the Pandemic on Might 19, and Psychological Well being and the Office on Might 24. All classes start promptly at 8:30 a.m. at The Effectively, 114 E. Parker St., Lakeland or by way of Zoom. Breakfast is supplied for in-person attendees. Psychological Well being Issues is sponsored by Florida Blue Basis and Sunshine Well being. The primary Psychological Well being and Youth session will cowl Opposed Childhood Experiences, psychological sickness age of onset, and the way behavioral well being and psychological well being challenges evaluate. The panel will even deal with suicide prevention and intervention in addition to psychological well being assist sources. The panel of youth psychological well being consultants consists of Simon Chamakalayil, M.D., who focuses on little one/adolescent psychiatry at Lakeland Regional Well being; Tiffani Fritzsche, LMHC, CBHCMS, kids’s companies director at Peace River Middle; and Christy Olson, Ed.D., LMHC, senior coordinator of psychological well being companies for Polk County Public Colleges. The Youth and Psychological Well being panelists will discover essentially the most urgent challenges dealing with immediately’s kids and teenagers, in addition to methods to construct resilience and coping expertise. To study extra and register, go to