Good Samaritan Medical Center’s certified breast surgeons are expanding options for women in Palm Beach County and surrounding communities with a procedure that effectively treats cancer while optimizing cosmetic results. The hospital’s Breast Institute is the first in South Florida to be named a Center of Excellence for Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery, an advanced approach for nipple sparing mastectomies and lumpectomies. This type of surgery hides scars, minimizing the daily emotional reminder of a breast cancer diagnosis.
Jupiter Medical Center is pleased to announce that Lucy M. De La Cruz, MD, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon, has joined the team of skilled oncology specialists that make up the Jupiter Medical Center Physicians Group. Dr. De La Cruz brings her expertise in surgical oncology as well as her extensive background in research to the hospital’s multidisciplinary team of cancer experts. She will focus on treating patients with breast cancer as well as skin cancer, and serves as Medical Director of Oncologic Research at the Medical Center.
Good Samaritan Medical Center offers a new treatment option that is designed to save time and reduce radiation exposure for breast cancer patients. Through intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), patients can receive radiation directly to a small area all at once, as opposed to the usual method, in which a larger part of the body receives radiation for a longer period of time.
The standard radiation therapy schedule for a breast cancer patient is five days a week for up to six weeks, whereas IORT delivers all of the needed radiation at one time. This is not only more convenient for patients, but may result in less radiation exposure to nearby organs and tissues. IORT also uses a much smaller radiation dose than external beam radiotherapy.
Plaza Health Network (PHN) is pleased to announce that five PHN centers have been recognized as recipients of the 2016 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The national recognition was awarded to Arch Plaza, Aventura Plaza, Jackson Plaza and South Pointe Plaza in 2016 and Ponce Plaza in 2015.
U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual ranking of Best Hospitals and for the first time, Cleveland Clinic Florida has claimed the top spot, ranking #1 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market for 2016-2017.
Jupiter Medical Center announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently awarded them a 4-star rating for quality of care, the highest ranking a hospital received in either Martin or Palm Beach Counties. This rating places Jupiter Medical Center in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the state of Florida and the top 22 percent of hospitals nationwide.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center congratulates Neilzen Damaso, neurodiagnostic supervisor, for being named Employee of the Quarter after receiving nominations from three co-workers. In his role, Damaso is responsible for routine electroencephalogram (EEG) tests and long-term EEG monitoring in the intensive care and epilepsy monitoring units. Along with his contagious smile, Damaso’s kind and compassionate service is appreciated by staff and patients.
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is proud to honor this quarter’s DAISY Award winner, Todd Wagner, R.N. Wagner started his three-year tenure at the hospital in the telemetry unit and transferred to the emergency department, which he now refers to as his “home.” To Wagner, nursing is more than just a job. He truly cares about his patients and their families, and everyone seems to know his smiling face. Wagner often visits other nursing units to check up on patients he took care of in the emergency room, and he is described as humble, genuine and always willing to help.
The Wellness Center at Broward Health Medical Center has been recognized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more.
Florida Medical Center is the first hospital in Florida to achieve full Chest Pain Center (CPC) with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).