South Florida Mom Accused of Leaving 7 Kids Alone at Home Facing Child Neglect Charges

A South Florida mother was arrested on multiple counts of child neglect for allegedly leaving her seven children alone at home with barely anything to eat and failing to enroll them in school and to provide them with medical care.

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Elidiesneins Perez, 35, was arrested last month after officers responded to a home in North Miami Beach because one of the children reported that their mother had not enrolled them in school.


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One of the children, a 15-year-old who has cerebral palsy, also told officers that he was supposed to be getting physical therapy but his mother had not taken him. The children said they haven’t been to a dentist or doctor in five years.

The police report also states that the home barely had any food and the kids had to eat rice for breakfast because they didn’t have anything else to

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What are the challenges facing academic medicine today? 3 executives weigh in

Academic medical centers’ three-pronged mission — patient care, research and education — is both what sets them apart as premier healthcare institutions and situates them to incur unique pressures, compared with hospitals that are not affiliated with teaching institutions.

The challenges facing academic medical centers was one of the topics discussed during a session at the Becker’s Healthcare Academic Medical Centers Virtual Forum on Sept. 25. The panel included: 

  • David Lubarsky, MD, vice chancellor of human health sciences and CEO of Sacramento, Calif.-based UC Davis Health 
  • Michael Apkon, MD, PhD, president and CEO of Boston-based Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children 
  • Maia Hightower, MD, chief medical information officer at Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Health 

Here’s an excerpt from the conversation, edited for clarity. To view the full session on-demand, click here. 

Question: What are a few of the challenges facing academic medicine today?

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