South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday March 26, 2019

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March 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 9



A Bronx, N.Y. man finally met the St. Paul, Minn. woman who saved his life with a bone marrow transplant through the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, at Gift of Life’s Cocktails and Conversation event on Thursday night. 
 During a highly emotional meeting, Nelson Sanchez, 18, a college student majoring in business administration, embraced Becky Lyle-Sulkin, 30, a program coordinator at Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Minneapolis. Sanchez’s recovery from sickle cell anemia marks the first time a Gift of Life Marrow Registry donor has cured a recipient with that disease. 
In a show of support for the Alzheimer’s Association and its continued efforts to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease, Gov. Ron DeSantis made an appearance Thursday, March 14 at An Evening of Hope, a benefit hosted by the Association’s Southeast Florida Chapter in Palm Beach.
The cocktail reception, held at the Villa Fontana residence, celebrated the generous contributions of Palm Beach Gardens residents Walter and Lucille Rubin to the Alzheimer’s Association while raising nearly $20,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Jupiter Medical Center’s Board of Trustees and Don McKenna, President and CEO, have determined that their visions for Jupiter Medical Center are no longer aligned. Today, Don McKenna separated from Jupiter Medical Center to pursue other opportunities. Joanne Miller, DNP, RN-C, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Experience Officer, and Steve Seeley, Chief Operating Officer, will act as interim co-CEOs.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is now offering new hope for men suffering from erectile dysfunction with the availability of a new penile implant program.   Penile implants are an option when other, less invasive treatments for erection problems have not been successful, and further treatment is desired.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s Journey Through the Human Brain, a $2.5 million, 2,500-square-foot permanent exhibit is about to open after three years of development. According to Science Center President Lew Crampton, it is the most advanced exhibit on the human brain to be found anywhere in the world. The exhibit opening on March 13 highlights Brain Awareness Week, happening March 11-17 as a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.


Memorial Hospital Pembroke at Memorial Healthcare System has completed the first Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy procedure at its Pembroke Pines facility lead by Eamon J. McLaughlin, MD. Inspire therapy is an FDA-approved breakthrough obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment option for those who cannot use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. 

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.


FIU Graduate Nursing program jumps 10 spots to No. 56
Two nursing programs from Florida International University (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program holds the No. 50 position, while the Graduate Nursing (master’s) program came in at No. 56 in the rankings released by the national news publisher on March 12, 2019. 
Gift of Life Marrow Registry creates innovative model with stem cell collection center at new headquarters in April
The Gift of Life Marrow Registry will open Palm Beach County’s first-ever stem cell collection center, making it easier and faster than ever before for donors to save the lives of patients worldwide battling blood cancer. 

ArtServe and Holy Cross Hospital kicked off Women’s History Month by celebrating the achievements and influence of strong women around the world during a reception for “Femme in Depth,” a joint art exhibition on display at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross HealthPlex. 

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