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March 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 9

Leading health information exchange provider rebrands and expands services offerings
to reflect company’s expansion and commitment to improving community health
March 4 2021 - HIE Networks, a leading health information exchange provider, today announced the company’s complete rebranding as Centralis Health, effective immediately. The rebrand charts a clear path to the future as the company helps health care providers access, manage, and use medical data to produce the best possible patient outcomes at every step of care. The rebrand keeps the core team and strong company values while offering a new Centralis Health name, logo, and website with a clearly defined mission statement, vision, and values.

March 5, 2021 - Gastro Health, a national leading medical group specializing in digestive health, has partnered with Digestive Disease Associates (DDA), a gastroenterology group with two locations based in Catonsville and Columbia, Maryland. This partnership also includes the state-of-the-art endoscopy center, Howard County Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Center, and two infusion centers.

March 5, 2021 - Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has announced availability of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for Florida’s children and young adults ages 16 to 21 who are currently under the care of physicians or specialists for medical conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as posing an increased risk for severe illness associated with COVID-19.

Company also pledges Rally for Recovery Commitment to protect
employees and encourage COVID-19 vaccinations
March 4, 2021 – Florida Blue Medicare, the state’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicare company, announced today its participation in a new effort to promote health equity by removing barriers to vaccinations for 2 million Americans most at risk for COVID-19. 

 New study shows that mutant huntingtin protein slows ribosomes

March 5, 2021 - In 1993, scientists discovered that a single mutated gene, HTT, caused Huntington’s disease, raising high hopes for a quick cure. Yet today, there’s still no approved treatment. 
One difficulty has been a limited understanding of how the mutant huntingtin protein sets off brain cell death, says neuroscientist Srinivasa Subramaniam, PhD, of Scripps Research, Florida. In a new study published in Nature Communications on Friday, Subramaniam’s group has shown that the mutated huntingtin protein slows brain cells’ protein-building machines, called ribosomes.
Revolutionary lung valve is the first FDA-approved device  to help
emphysema patients breathe easier without major surgery  
March 5 2021 -  Holy Cross Health is one of the first in South Florida to offer a new lung valve treatment for patients with severe COPD/emphysema.  
Recently approved by the FDA under its “Breakthrough Devices” status, the Zephyr® Endobronchial Valve treatment is a major advancement because it is the first minimally invasive procedure to help emphysema sufferers breathe easier without major surgery. Through a simple bronchoscopy, the valves improve a patient’s quality of life by allowing them to breathe easier, reducing the shortness of breath, while promoting a more active and energetic lifestyle.


 Long-Tenured Boca Raton Donors Will Be Recognized in New Patient Tower

March 3, 2021 “We feel blessed to help build our hospital and make it the best in Florida.” Such is the sentiment of Madeline and Monte Wolfson, who recently made a very generous $1 million gift to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Wolfsons join a list of Boca Raton’s philanthropic “Who’s Who” of seven- and eight-figure donors to the Campaign who have helped raise more than $195 million, thus far.

March 4, 2021 - As part of its virtual “Ask the Expert” program series, the Alzheimer’s Association will host “Medicine Cabinet Mayhem,” a free, educational program on March 18.

March 4, 2021 - Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomes Brian Burkey, MD, MEd, FACS, as the inaugural Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In addition to seeing patients, he also serves as the Institute Chair of Surgical Specialties for the Cleveland Clinic Florida region. 

New CEO and development director named to lead big changes at nonprofit 
March 4 2021 - Following a nearly nine-month national search for a new CEO, the board of directors for the Palm Beach County Food Bank has named Jamie A. Kendall to lead the local nonprofit focused on ending hunger in Palm Beach County. In addition, long-time fundraising professional Ellen Vaughan has been appointed as director of development and philanthropy. The two assume their new roles at a time of exciting activity for the Food Bank, as the organization is moving to a new, fully-funded warehouse and distribution facility following a ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-March – doubling its capacity to serve the community.
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