Out of tragic loss came a life-changing, life-saving solution.
Florence Rothman was diagnosed with aortic stenosis and given six months to live. However, there was a routine low-risk surgical procedure that could extend her life by five to ten years. After the procedure, she seemed to be recovering nicely, meeting all the benchmarks and looking forward to going home. However, by day four she had started to get weaker, and went through a slow steady decline that went completely undetected until her condition was critical.
Each day the current physician responsible for her care would see an 87 year old woman after heart surgery, and thus was not worried by subtle changes in her health. Because the indicators that could have prevented her needless death were too subtle to attract attention, the hospital treated her primary symptom and discharged her. Four days later she collapsed and died in the ER from a relatively common, treatable complication that had gone unnoticed, undiagnosed, and untreated. Florence died because the medical system that she trusted had failed, but not for lack of effort. Indeed the hospital was a top quality facility with skilled and well-intentioned doctors and nurses; they just lacked a utility that allowed them to see trends in patient health over time. That is what we built.
Why we are different
Our tool, the Rothman Index, has proven itself to be a life-saving, cost cutting tool in the Acute Care setting. An interdisciplinary communication tool such as this will benefit Long-Term Care in ways not yet realized.
Cheif Executive Officer
Steven Rothman brings more than 40 years of computer systems analysis and product development expertise to his position as CEO of Alive Sciences. Most recently, as Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer & Director of PeraHealth, Inc., Rothman has focused on transforming the electronic medical record to improve patient outcomes and healthcare quality. His breakthrough Patient Condition Tracker system, which uses the Florence A. Rothman Patient Monitoring Index, has vastly improved continuity of care and helped prevent medical errors in hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient practices.
Rothman has also achieved prominence within the oil and gas industry, developing new, high-tech methods of exploration for the two companies he co-founded—Bravo Resources, Inc. in New Mexico, and the Denver-based Zavanna, LLC. Previously, Rothman worked as an analyst and consultant for several high-level U.S. government and military programs. As a member of MITRE, a “think tank” created by MIT, he provided onsite systems analysis to NASA, NORAD, USAF and ERDA (Energy Research and Development Administration).
Rothman holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University.
Chief Operations Officer
Darlene Arbeit has devoted the last 20 years of her career to supporting the housing and healthcare needs of the retirement community. As the Chief Executive Officer for Jewish Housing Council in Sarasota, Florida, she oversaw the development of an outpatient rehabilitation facility, created therapeutic programs for patients with dementia, and implemented new procedures to improve the quality of care across the facilities under her direction. Arbeit also spearheaded a successful fundraising effort, which led to $10,000,000 in new philanthropic contributions. Under her leadership, the Jewish Housing Council became the first non-hospital healthcare organization to implement the breakthrough Rothman Index for monitoring resident care.
Before joining the Jewish Housing Council, Arbeit led operations for several geriatric housing facilities. As Acting Executive Director of Jewish Home in New Orleans, she expanded the Alzheimer’s residents’ recreational programs and developed the “Partnership in Education” program, which connects elderly nursing home residents with Orleans Parish School children.
Arbeit holds a B.S. degree from the University of New Orleans and a concentration in Health Systems Management from the Tulane University School of Public Health.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Finlay has been part of the Rothman family of companies since 2008. He has served as CEO & Chief Medical Officer of Rothman Healthcare Research and CMO of PeraHealth, Inc. (Charlotte, NC).
Dr. Finlay was President and CEO of the Sarasota Memorial Health System for five years. Under his leadership, customer satisfaction scores soared and employee turnover rates dropped. The hospital was awarded the Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for Organizational Performance Excellence, and was named a U.S. News & World Report Top 50 Hospital in 7 categories (the only community hospital to reach these heights – where Mayo and Cleveland Clinics are always #1 and #2).
Dr. Finlay began his career at a private pulmonary and sleep medicine practice in Sarasota. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and American Sleep Disorders Association, and President and Co-Founder of the Florida Sleep Medicine Society. Dr. Finlay holds B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Florida, and he completed both his internship and residency at Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University in Atlanta. He has also served as a Captain and Flight Medical Officer in the United States Air Force Active Reserves.