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February 2015 - Volume 11 - Issue 8

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More than 100 physicians and guests attended the 2015 State of Medicine & Legislative Dinner. Robert M. Wah, President of the American Medical Association, was the keynote speaker and addressed important topics such as advocacy issues, physician satisfaction and graduate medical education.

 
Special thanks to Tim Stapleton, EVP of the Florida Medical Association, Dr Alan Pillersdorf, President FMA, and Dr. Ralph Nobo, Florida Medical Association President-elect, for their presentations.
 
Pictured (l-r) are Dr. Alan Pillersdorf, FMA President; Dr. Robert M. Wah, AMA President; and Representative David Kerner.
 

Lakeside Medical Center marked five years of providing quality medical care to the Glades area with a community celebration at the hospital on January 15th. More than 100 community partners, city officials, business leaders, residents and hospital staff filled the cafeteria to mark the historic milestone that in 2009 brought a new, modern hospital to the medically underserved Glades region. The event also celebrated Lakeside Medical Center's recent distinction by The Joint Commission as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®, for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
 
Pictured (l-r) are Elizabeth Fiegel, DNP, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing; David S. Jamison, Director of Operational Support; Jonathan Immordino, CPA, Director of Finance; Thomas J. Leach, FACHE, Lakeside Medical Center's Hospital Administrator; Janet D. Moreland, ARNP, MSN, Director of Quality and Patient Safety; and Shelley Nesbitt, PharmD, CPh, RPh, Director of Clinical Support/Pharmacy Manager.
More than 250 guests recently joined the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches (JCC) and Jupiter Medical Center (JMC) to celebrate the launch of their landmark new partnership at the JCC’s Palm Beach Gardens campus with a ribbon cutting and open house.
 
As part of the program, the Mandel JCC now has a full-time JMC health expert on-site to provide a variety of screenings for children and adults. Referred to as the Health & Wellness Navigator, Tiffany Jones, is also expanding the community center’s fitness classes and offerings, with a new schedule that recently debuted. The goal is to ultimately help members “navigate” toward a more active and healthier lifestyle.
 
Distinguished guests and speakers included (l-r) Michael Falk, Vice Chair at Large; Ray Golden, chairman of the JCC Board ; John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center; Mindy Hanken, CEO of the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches; and Gary Krieger, Vice Chair of Palm Beach Gardens Operations.
 
This past fall, for the first time ever, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University admitted 100 students to the nursing program as freshmen. As part of the freshmen-direct admission program, students begin nursing courses during their first semester of college. The inaugural freshman-entry nursing class was chosen based on outstanding academic achievement. These students are not classified as “pre-nursing” and will not be required to apply to the nursing program during their sophomore year. They take their nursing courses, along with all of the other science and general education requirements, throughout the entire degree process which is typically four years.
 
“We want students fully connected with us from the beginning of their baccalaureate education through graduation,” said College of Nursing Assistant Dean Nancey France. “This new program allows students to be a part of the College’s unique, caring-based nursing curriculum from the day they step foot on campus.”
 
As one of the few Florida schools to admit freshmen directly into the nursing major, FAU aims to continue attracting the top level of nursing talent. In addition, the Freshman Direct Admission track provides students with four years of socialization and mentoring to increase their readiness to practice. The College offers the freshmen-direct admission program in addition to the original three tracks of nursing study at the baccalaureate level, including the traditional BSN, five semester, full-time, upper-division track; the accelerated BSN, four-semester, full-time track for students with bachelor’s degrees in other disciplines; and the RN to BSN track, designed for registered nursing student with diplomas or associate degrees in nursing.
Gregg Fields, Ph.D., chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry and director of the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
 
Fields is a renowned researcher who holds seven U.S. patents and has authored more than 250 scientific publications. His research focuses on the use of chemical approaches to better understand how protein three-dimensional structures influence cellular and enzymatic behaviors. He has participated in 13 National Institutes of Health R01 grants, either as principal investigator or co-principal investigator, and has presented nearly 200 invited lectures.
 
Fields previously served as the chemistry and biochemistry department’s chair at FAU from 2000-08 and has since worked with several top organizations in his field, including Scripps Florida, the H. Lee Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer Center & Research Institute, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Most recently he was vice president for scientific affairs at the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in Port St. Lucie.
Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently received two gifts totaling $300,000 from local philanthropist, business owner and nurse, Christine E. Lynn. A $100,000 gift will support an endowed scholarship fund for students who intend to work at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The $200,000 gift will support the College’s faculty talent retention fund, which assists in retaining the best and brightest faculty.
 
The College’s faculty talent retention fund addresses the need to reward and retain its most accomplished faculty members, who are heavily recruited by universities throughout the country due to a critical national nurse faculty shortage. Similarly, there is a national nursing shortage, and South Florida nursing graduates are being recruited to jobs out of the area. Both of these gifts assist the community in keeping talented nurses close to home.
 
Over the past 30 years, Lynn has supported nursing, healthcare and education with unwavering dedication. She currently serves as chairman of the board of Lynn Insurance Group, and as chairman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. She is a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, given to a distinguished American citizen who exemplifies a life dedicated to community service and who makes a better world for all. Her philanthropic efforts have provided much to the College, including a generous $10 million gift to fund and name the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing building.
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