The Bottom Line
Sunday, November 23, 2014

Trio named as managers at Mariners

Three employees recently joined the management ranks at Mariners Hospital.

Scott Fowler has moved up from hyperbaric supervisor to manager, hyperbaric medicine. As manager, the Key Largo resident will continue to operate the hyperbaric chamber, which is used to treat diving accident and wound care patients. He will also oversee the operations of the hyperbaric medicine department. Fowler has degrees in history and marine science. He learned dive theory and gained experience operating dive chambers while employed by the National Undersea Research Center's advanced diving technology team, which is part of NOAA.

Kim Hysong, an Islamorada resident, was promoted from supervisor of support services to facilities management manager. Hysong, who is working toward a bachelor's degree in occupational safety and health, has been with the hospital for 23 years. In her new role, she will head the environmental services group and assist in the management of maintenance and repair of buildings on the hospital campus.

Courtney Smith is new to Mariners, joining the hospital as food service manager. She heads the dietary department, which prepares meals for patients and the employee cafeteria. Prior to Mariners, Smith was a public health nutritionist with the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County. The Key Largo native graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's in Nutritional Sciences and completed a dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University.

Key West broker, family on HGTV

Local real estate broker Bascom L. Grooms IV of Bascom Grooms Real Estate and his clients, Sherman and Iris Hamlin, have appeared on HGTV's House Hunters featuring their successful home search in Key West. Sherman Hamlin is the manager of Strunk Ace Hardware in Old Town. He moved back to Key West to find the perfect house for his family. If you missed the episode, it will air again at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27 and at 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 28th.

Mariners named top performer

Mariners Hospital has been named one of the nation's top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health-care organizations in America. Mariners is one of only 1,099 hospitals in the country to earn the distinction.

The recognition was based on the hospital's performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions such as pneumonia, surgical care, stroke and heart attack. Mariners was recognized in the area of surgical care.

"Mariners Hospital has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement, and we are very proud of being named a Joint Commission top performer on key quality measures," according to CEO Rick Freeburg. "But the true significance of this recognition is that it lets every Mariners patient know that Mariners provides the safest, highest quality care."

For details on The Joint Commission top performers, go to