Sunday, February 18, 2018
Health

Angry at son's dismissal, former All Children's president wants his name off hospital building

ST. PETERSBURG — Dennis Sexton ran All Children's Hospital for three decades, shepherding it from a 40-bed institution to a 219-bed powerhouse with more than 2,000 employees. After he retired 10 years ago, an administration building near the hospital was named in his honor.

But last week, Sexton, 71, asked that hospital officials remove his name from that building "because of how they treat people'' and because "I feel family is very important.''

Sexton declined to go into detail about his request but confirmed that it was prompted by the firing of his son, Michael, as the hospital's director of creative services, as well as the departure of Ann Miller, longtime director of communications who organized the hospital's annual telethon fundraiser.

Sexton said his son and Miller "were a talented duo and did some great work. And I'm not saying that just because he is my son.

Michael Sexton, 48, could not be reached for comment. Miller, 56, declined comment.

In an email to employees this week, All Children's president Dr. Jonathan Ellen said the building, at 500 Seventh S, will now be called the "500 building.'' The email also said Sexton had requested that the hospital foundation not use his family's name in any fundraising mailings.

In an interview, Sexton said his name removal request was not aimed at Ellen, who was brought in from Baltimore after the hospital merged with Johns Hopkins Medicine. Sexton said his beef was with "other people'' he declined to name.

Miller reported to Michael Sexton, who reported to Cindy Rose, vice president of marketing, branding and community relations.

Rose, speaking on behalf of the hospital, declined to discuss how and why Michael Sexton left. She did say that Miller resigned a few weeks ago.

"I hate that we lost Ann Miller, she was wonderful,'' Rose said. "Those are big shoes to fill.''

Rose also said the hospital will reluctantly honor Dennis Sexton's request.

"We appreciate so much all that Dennis has done,'' Rose said. "We tried to talk him out of removing his name, but that just did not happen.''

Times staff writer Jodie Tillman contributed.

Comments
Be prepared to help save a life: Learn CPR

Be prepared to help save a life: Learn CPR

70 percent of cardiac arrests outside hospitals happen at home. American Heart Association 3 a.m. Jan. 4, 2016. Lisa Peters of St. Petersburg is awakened by her husband, Rick, making strange gasping sounds. She can’t wake him. He feels cold. Only 46...
Published: 02/16/18

Step by step, ramp up your daily activity

Jae Bermanhe Washington Post There are many reasons that people avoid exercise. Time is an obvious one. Our lives are already busy — who has time to work out? Money is another common excuse. Gym memberships and equipment can get pricey.People often w...
Published: 02/16/18
Put Alaskan king crab leg shells to work in a creamy, dreamy bisque

Put Alaskan king crab leg shells to work in a creamy, dreamy bisque

Nothing says indulgence like noshing on some seriously giant Alaskan king crab legs. They’re not just tasty, they’re a low-fat source of protein: One leg has about 25 grams of protein and a host of vitamins and minerals (including sodium, incidentall...
Published: 02/15/18
Avocado toast gets a persimmon twist

Avocado toast gets a persimmon twist

You’ve likely seen persimmon in the grocery store and then shied away from it, not quite sure what to do with it. The most common variety in the United States is the fuyu persimmon, also called Japanese persimmon, and it looks similar to a slightly f...
Published: 02/15/18
News co-anchor Dan Harris delves into meditation, and why being distracted is ‘a victory’

News co-anchor Dan Harris delves into meditation, and why being distracted is ‘a victory’

Emma Seppalahe Washington PostDan Harris is co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. His first book, 10% Happier, was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. He later launched the 10% Happier podcast and an app called...
Published: 02/15/18

Mayo Clinic Q&A: exercise stress tests; breast self-awareness versus self-exams

DON’T SWEAT THE EXERCISE STRESS TESTI have a treadmill stress test scheduled to look for heart disease. I know this involves exercising, and I’m worried that I’m not physically up to it. Is there another way to gather this information?Yes. There’s an...
Published: 02/15/18
Gay doctor takes a drug to prevent HIV. Then he couldn’t get disability insurance

Gay doctor takes a drug to prevent HIV. Then he couldn’t get disability insurance

Three years ago, Dr. Philip J. Cheng, a urology resident at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, nicked himself while preparing an HIV-positive patient for surgery.Following hospital protocol, he took a one-month course of Truvada, a cocktail of t...
Published: 02/15/18
Doctor removes worm from Tampa man’s eye. ‘Luckily we caught it just in time’

Doctor removes worm from Tampa man’s eye. ‘Luckily we caught it just in time’

TAMPA — Nothing seemed wrong or out of place when it was time for Sam Cordero to make an appointment for a routine eye exam.The 57-year-old man from Tampa occasionally saw a few bright or foggy spots in his left eye, but thought it was just "floaters...
Published: 02/14/18
Updated: 02/15/18
A couple calls to ask, ‘Hey, can we donate our kidneys?’ The stranger who got one is in awe

A couple calls to ask, ‘Hey, can we donate our kidneys?’ The stranger who got one is in awe

LARGO — Keshava Persaud entered the room inside Largo Medical Center, his wife at his side. His eyes went right to the couple across the room. They looked so young, he thought. Tears welled as he handed the woman, April Scott, 49, potted white silk f...
Published: 02/14/18
Bayfront Health system gets new leader

Bayfront Health system gets new leader

Bayfront Health has hired a new executive position to oversee the six regional hospitals it operates along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Joseph Mullany has been appointed regional president and chief executive officer of Bayfront Health, and will overse...
Published: 02/13/18