Rounds Newbies

We are thrilled to have new players coming out this year to make rounds at the Baseball Ground! Meet some of our Rounds Newbies:

Name: Dino DeLosSantos, RN
Specialty/Practice Area: Cardiovascular Surgery Hospital, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Shands Jacksonville
Hospital/Office: Florida State College
Hometown: Goldsboro, NC
Years in Jax: 20
Years in Practice: 6
College: Georgia Tech
Spouse & Kids: Wife Marci, 3 Children: Christian 16, Caroline 5, and Carter
Hobbies: Thrift shopping
Best thing about your job: Seeing the smiles on the faces of my patients and their families as we send them home…
Health Tip: If you ain’t first… You’re last. That’s a healthy tip.

What is your number one piece of health advice?

An apple a day keeps the doctor away… Some garlic a day keeps everyone away! (Just kidding…) Seriously, my favorite piece of health advice – “The solution to pollution IS dilution.” It applies to so much if you think about it.

What spurred you to get involved in Rounds at the Grounds?

A couple of my favorite things, healthcare and SOFTBALL! Also, doing my part in providing exposure to Healthy Start’s commitment to community awareness and action.

What are you most looking forward to, playing for the first time this year?

NOT striking out! Yes, it happens.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Working with open heart patients… Every once in a while you’ll see “that” look on a patients face that says, “I did it, I have a second chance… Thank you.” It’ll put a smile on your face.

What drew you to the field of medicine?

I love working with, helping people. Making them understand and feel better. What really drew me was my mother. She went to nursing school in the Philippines. Her senior year she had to come to the United States or risk loosing her US Citizenship. She never went back to school. I remember as a child reading, looking at her old nursing books. I honor her with my career choice.

Community involvement is a big part of improving the health status of a city. What can we, as individuals, do to improve health outcomes in Northeast Florida?

Exposure. The community needs to see us out there. People always have health care questions… Let’s be available to them outside the hospitals and clinics to talk to. Exposure will lead to education. Education will lead to healing.

What’s your favorite part/aspect of the Jacksonville community?

I grew up in the small town of Goldsboro, North Carolina. I love the “small hometown” feel of this BIG community.

Name: Dr. Mark Toney
Specialty/Practice Area: Pediatric Hospitalist
Hospital/Office: Wolfson Children’s Hospital
Hometown: Jacksonville
Years in Practice: 10
College: Georgia Tech
Spouse & Kids: Wife Meagan, two boys ages 11 & 13
Hobbies: Racquetball
Best thing about your job: Bringing calmness and reassurance to families in need
Health Tip: Helmets on bikes!!

What is your number one piece of health advice?

Helmets at all times while on a bicycle, skateboard, roller blades/skates.

What spurred you to get involved in Rounds at the Grounds?

This is an exciting way to help an organization that makes a significant impact on the health of the children in our community

What are you most looking forward to, playing for the first time this year?

I’m looking forward to meeting others involved in children’s health…..then whoopin em on the field.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is helping a family navigate through the intensely stressful situation of having a child in the hospital.

What drew you to the field of medicine?

I volunteered at a children’s hospital while in college and never looked back.

Community involvement is a big part of improving the health status of a city. What can we, as individuals, do to improve health outcomes in Northeast Florida?

Encouraging families to eat healthy and exercise together is crucial.

What’s your favorite part/aspect of the Jacksonville community?

Overall, Jacksonville is a great place to raise a family.

Name: Dr. Dang-Khoa Vo
Specialty/Practice Area: Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital
Hospital/Office: UF College of Medicine/Shands Jacksonville
Hometown: El Dorado Hills, CA
Years in Jax: 2
Years in Practice: 2
College: USF College of Medicine & UF
Hobbies: Fishing, boating, golf, photography, soccer, tennis, family & friends
Best thing about your job: I love what I do

What is your number one piece of health advice?

Always reserve time for yourself and to spend with family & friends.

What spurred you to get involved in Rounds at the Grounds?

Our profession is a humbling honor that few are privileged to experience. With it, comes the responsibility of stewardship and altruism – to healthcare, society and those less fortunate. This is a small opportunity for us to be involved and give back to our community, not only locally but to also reach those at large.

What are you most looking forward to, playing for the first time this year?

As this is my first time, I’m not sure what to expect. However, I am definitely looking forward to spending time with friends, families, fans and the children we are playing for. And of course, having some fun and relaxation!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Having the opportunity to be an indelible positive influence in the lives of others through the care provided, the education imparted, and the contributions to enhance the future of healthcare in the local community, the national arena, and on the world stage.

And most rewarding of all … I love what I do!

What drew you to the field of medicine?

It’s a long story but some is summed up in my previous answers.

Community involvement is a big part of improving the health status of a city. What can we, as individuals, do to improve health outcomes in Northeast Florida?

Being an active voice in your community is one of the most effective ways that we, as individuals, can do to achieve this goal. It may sound trivial but when these individual voice come together, we as a community can affect change and improvements, not only on healthcare and health outcomes, but on any issues at hand. And don’t forget that a little altruism has the potential for much larger impacts.

What’s your favorite part/aspect of the Jacksonville community?

The diversity that Jacksonville has to offer.

Name: Betty Gonzalez
Specialty/Practice Area: Women’s Services
Hospital/Office: Shands Jacksonville
Hometown: NYC
Years in Jax: 17
Years in Practice: 4
Spouse/Kids: Benjamin Gonzalez, 2 kids ages 8 and 13
College: FSCJ & UCF
Hobbies: Arts & Crafts, Photography and Traveling
Best thing about your job: The people I work with & the pay

What is your number one piece of health advice?

Preventive care and exercise are the first steps to great health.

What spurred you to get involved in Rounds at the Grounds?

Working with pregnant mothers and seeing the high numbers of infant mortality as well as premature babies in my workplace.

What are you most looking forward to, playing for the first time this year?

Assisting to raise funds for research and coming out to meet others in the community.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Being able to educate patients and displaying compassion towards their situation

What drew you to the field of medicine?

That feeling of helplessness when I see an ill person, and wasn’t able to provide some assistance. The comfort that I felt when I was ill and my grandmother took care of me. As a youth I always wanted to be in the hospital when a family member or friend was sick.

Community involvement is a big part of improving the health status of a city. What can we, as individuals, do to improve health outcomes in Northeast Florida?

Education and free medical care is a huge part of improving the health status of this city. I feel that many people are eager to hear the medical advice but perhaps are unable to afford medical care or are in denial due to a lack of knowledge/education.

What’s your favorite part/aspect of the Jacksonville community?

I have always seen the medical community in Jacksonville step up and assist in any situation or emergency. We have a large number of generous and caring medical personnel. Not to mention that great southern hospitality.