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April 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 10


April 9 2021 - The Health Care District of Palm Beach County recently welcomed Juliza Kramer to the new role of Marketing and Branding Manager. In her new role, Ms. Kramer will focus on growing the Health Care District’s presence in the community and expanding initiatives to engage current and new patients to the safety net system’s diverse health care services.

APRIL 9, 2021 -  Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares are providing food assistance to patient families during the pandemic with a new pilot program that helps eligible families buy healthy groceries. So far, more than 100 patient families have received assistance since the Nicklaus Children’s #GiveMe5 Food Pantry initiative began in January of this year.
While arthritis is one of the most prevalent and chronic health conditions in the United States affecting more 54 million men and women, how can the average person tell the difference between arthritis and a more serious issue?
“The only way to know if your joint pain is due to arthritis or wear-and-tear that has damaged the cartilage and deteriorated the joint over time is to seek medical attention,” said Stephen Swirsky, D.O., orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with the Broward Health Physician Group.

April 8 2021 - Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is taking a lead globally in using the latest immersive technology to advance surgical care planning, and patient education. The hospital’s Cardiovascular Surgery Advanced Projects Laboratory (CSAPL) is now using emerging mixed reality technology to support planning of complex congenital heart procedures and help patient families visualize how the surgical team will conduct repairs. The technology is also being used to support clinical classroom learning in association with medical education partners.

Mutations to Dyrk1a gene lead to brain undergrowth; an existing drug rescues the condition in newborn mice.
April 8, 2021 - Damage to the autism-associated gene Dyrk1a, sets off a cascade of problems in developing mouse brains, resulting in abnormal growth-factor signaling, undergrowth of neurons, smaller-than-average brain size, and, eventually, autism-like behaviors, a new study from Scripps Research, Florida, finds.
Harvard Professor and Physician to Discuss Personal Addiction to Opioids
Palm Beach County Medical Society Services

2021 Opioid Educational Series
April 23, 2021, 1-2 p.m.
When detectives showed up at the medical practice of Peter Grinspoon, M.D. to charge him with fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, he finally faced his addiction.  In his book, Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction, Dr. Grinspoon details how he went from a Harvard-educated M.D. with a thriving practice, two great kids, a gorgeous wife, and status as a pillar of his community to an “addict”  fueled on a daily boatload of meds he prescribed to himself.
Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategy Now Available
April 8, 2021 - Lee Health’s Board of Directors recently approved the Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Strategy and will begin executing the 2020-2023 plan, based on the needs identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment Report.

April 10, 2021 - Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center announces the appointment of Denise Kvapil, MSN, BSN, to Chief Nursing and Operations Officer. In her role, Kvapil will oversee nursing administration, daily hospital operations, and ancillary services to include environmental services, food and nutrition, security, laboratory, pharmacy, cardiopulmonary and rehab services.

April 8 2021 - The West Palm Beach VA (WPBVA) is now able to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, their spouses and caregivers, and some beneficiaries ahead of the projected May 1 start date.

April 7, 2021 - Stereotaxis (NYSE: STXS), the global leader in innovative robotic technologies for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, announces that Broward Health Medical Center is establishing a robotic electrophysiology program to expand access to advanced minimally-invasive treatment of heart rhythm disorders in Florida. Broward Health Medical Center will be the only hospital in South Florida offering robotic technology to treat patients suffering from arrhythmias and is the first in Florida, and among the first in the nation, to adopt the latest Genesis Robotic Magnetic Navigation system.

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