South Florida Hospital News
Thursday August 6, 2020

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July 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 1


This year, the Scleroderma Foundation’s annual National Patient Education Conference also celebrates the organization’s 20th anniversary. Taking place July 27-28-29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the conference will be held at Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Downtown Philly.

Did you know Uber drivers rate YOU after every ride? They rate you with 1-5 stars. Right after the driver dumps you off at your destination, he or she enters a rating for you. If you use Uber and are not familiar with this, simply tap the top left corner of the App. Under your name is a 1-5 star score. Mine is a 4.90. I have worked really hard for it. 

As the patient access director of Delray Medical Center, Tyne Johnson has more than 16 years of patient access experience. In her role Johnson is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the patient access department. Prior to her time at Delray Medical Center, Johnson served as the patient access director at sister hospital, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

Technology continues to create opportunities for providing innovative service while reaching a larger patient base. Telemedicine has created opportunities to overcome limitations caused by distance and patients with mobility issues.

The biggest challenge when implementing a telehealth program isn’t patient compliance, it’s participation by the primary care physician. Doctors’ daily schedules are so filled with patient office visits that unless they set aside time for appointments with patients who have telehealth equipment in their homes, they don’t experience the full benefits that remote health care can provide.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Palm Beach County has only 9.5 child and adolescent psychiatrists per 100,000 children. This significant shortage is even more alarming when you consider there were an estimated 29,000 children under 18 who had a major depressive episode in the county during the last year. And depression amongst our youth is on the rise.

During radiation therapy, the smallest movement by the patient ― from an inhalation to a swallow ― can make it difficult for doctors to precisely pinpoint a tumor and deliver cancer-fighting radiation. But at Miami Cancer Institute, thanks to the ViewRay MRIdian® Linac, doctors are now able to account for movement and adapt each treatment in real time. 

When it comes to innovation in the healthcare industry, there have traditionally been two schools of thought. On the medical side, we’re early adapters, embracing new drugs, treatments, and equipment in the quest to serve our patient’s needs. On the business side, however, change has been slow. 

Laura Gagne balanced on wobbly legs and desperately tried steadying herself as yellow and blue lines snaked across a display screen.

Her involuntary shakes and tremors were mirrored in squiggles, her body connected to a computer by electrodes.

Few people can say they have worked for the same organization their entire career but so was the case for Rosa Brown and Yolaine Joseph, who each retired from a Plaza Health Network managed facility in May after spending 55 and 37 years, respectively, with the organization.

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