About Us

About Us

Staff
The Florida Poison Information Center – Miami is staffed by physicians, nurses, pharmacists and board-certified toxicologists. Based on years of toxicology experience and a database describing over 500,000 substances, poison control center staffmembers provide immediate advice for each question or emergency. This Center is fully certified as a Regional Poison Control Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The Center provides coverage for approximately 6 million residents in South Florida. The Center is located on the campus of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital and is primarily funded by the Florida Legislature through the Agency for Healthcare Administration and Children’s Medical Services, a division of the Florida Department of Health. The Florida Poison Information Center Network also receives limited funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

Dr. Richard Weisman – Director
Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein – Medical Director
Eva Jerez – Program Administrator
Lenys Klumpp – Government and Community Relations Coordinator
Wendy Stephan – Health Education Coordinator

Network
The Florida Poison Information Center – Miami is one of three centers belonging to the Florida Poison Information Center Network. Each center operates the Poison Help® line and provides educational programs for its geographic area:
• Florida Poison Information Center – Miami serves Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Lee, Collier and Monroe counties.
• Florida Poison Information Center – Jacksonville serves northeast Florida and Panhandle counties.
• Florida Poison Information Center – Tampa serves the following counties in central and southwest Florida: Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Manatee, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole and St. Lucie.
• To find your local center by area code, click here.

HIPPA-Compliant
Poison control centers were established as healthcare providers authorized to share protected patient information with health care providers providing direct patient care in HIPAA regulations in 45CFR parts 160 and 164 as published in the Federal Register on Dec 28, 2000. In addition, the CDC has provided the American Association of Poison Control Centers with a grant of authority to conduct surveillance activity and function as a public health authority to which covered entities may disclose protected health information. In addition, the Florida Poison Information Centers are a State of Florida, Department of Health program performing public health functions. As such, poison control centers are exempt from HIPAA privacy regulations.

• CFR45, Federal Register, Dec 28, 2000
• Letter on CDC authority to function as public health entity, Executive Director, American Association of Poison Control Centers
• Letter from CDC granting authority to AAPCC to conduct surveillance and function as a public health entity