South Florida Hospital News
Friday October 21, 2016

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October 2016 - Volume 13 - Issue 4




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.

Each year, about 232,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer that requires surgery. However, many are unaware of all the surgical options available to them, including minimally invasive approaches that can help restore their self-image and allow them to begin the emotional healing process. Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery allows surgeons at Good Samaritan Medical Center to remove cancerous tissue through a single incision made in an inconspicuous area, preserving the natural shape of the breast while reducing visible scarring. Patients who undergo this approach experience optimal clinical and cosmetic outcomes, and are at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other surgical technique.
Performing breast cancer surgery through a smaller incision requires consistent illumination throughout the surgical cavity, so physicians can clearly see and effectively remove the tumor. Surgeons at Good Samaritan Medical Center are using Invuity’s Intelligent Photonics™ technology to improve their visibility during procedures, enabling them to perform complex, in-demand surgeries with greater confidence, and give more women access to transformative options.

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.

Dr. De La Cruz received her medical degree from Universidad Central Del Este in the Dominican Republic, completed her residency at the University of Miami and went on to a fellowship in breast surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
Moving to Jupiter was a homecoming for Dr. De La Cruz, as she did her residency in Florida. She explains that Jupiter Medical Center, “is the combination of everything I wanted in a hospital: an academic mindset, paired with a community setting. This kind of hybrid is very unique.”
“Jupiter Medical Center, like the top academic medical institutions across the country, takes a collaborative approach to aggressively treating our patients,” explains Abraham Schwarzberg, MD, Chief of Oncology at Jupiter Medical Center. “Dr. De La Cruz increases the depth and expertise of our team, which elevates the level of care we provide both individually and collectively, and will ultimately improve outcomes.”
Dr. De La Cruz specializes in a number of procedures, including minimally invasive techniques that utilize the latest technological advancements. An example of this kind of procedure is a nipple-sparing mastectomy, which involves a small incision that allows a physician to remove most of the breast tissue, while sparing the breast envelope and nipple. A plastic surgeon can then reconstruct the breast in a way that is aesthetically more similar to the patient’s original state.

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.

“We are pleased to implement intraoperative radiation therapy at The Breast Institute as part of our commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes,” said CEO Mark Nosacka. “Many of our patients lead busy, active lives. By expanding our services to include this technology, we can provide a one-time treatment option, eliminating the need to make multiple trips to the hospital.”
Patients who may benefit the most from IORT are over the age of 60 and have early stage breast cancer that has not spread. IORT is used in patients who have had a lumpectomy (removal of a tumor from the breast), rather than a mastectomy (removal of the entire breast). This method of radiation therapy, provided by Sordina IORT Technologies, offers high-dose radiation directly to the tumor bed during surgery, after the tumor has been removed.

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.

The award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and for individuals with disabilities.

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.

Overall, Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked 5th among 263 hospitals in Florida, moving up four spots from the previous year. In addition to the regional and state-wide ranking, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s gastroenterology and GI surgery ranked #49 nationally. In the survey, Orthopaedics and geriatrics were recognized as high performing specialties.

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.

“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at Broward Health Medical Center. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Frank Walters, PhD, LAT, ATC, Director of Orthopedic Practice Operations & Sports Medicine, Physician Services Wellness Programs and The Wellness Center at Broward Health Medical Center. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible. This will benefit our employees’ health and produce even more positive results for our worksite overall.”

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).

As an Accredited CPC, Florida Medical Center’s evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
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