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November 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 5


American Lung Association, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Partner to Honor Medical Heroes in Lung Health

On Thursday, November 30, the American Lung Association in Florida will host “Salute to Our Physicians in Lung Health,” an event celebrating the medical heroes at the forefront of helping patients battling lung disease.

The tribute will recognize Dr. Swie Hing The and Dr. Walter Ryan for their efforts in providing pro bono services in lung health, and will feature speaker Tiffany Christensen, author of the New York Times bestseller “Sick Girl Speaks,” and the survivor of two double lung transplants.
“Born with cystic fibrosis, Tiffany provides a unique perspective into lung disease from the patient’s point of view,” said Marsha Jaquays, executive director, American Lung Association in Florida — Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Area. “Since 2007, Tiffany has opened her heart and shared her story to illustrate the opportunities and challenges within the new age of relationship-centered care.”
Christensen is currently a board member of the Beryl Institute - Improving the Patient Experience and serves on the faculty for patient safety officer training at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Dr. The, an adult pulmonologist, and Dr. Ryan, a pediatric immunologist, will be honored for their work providing pro bono services to the Palm Beach community for patients who do not have insurance and can’t afford to pay for services. A physician in private practice for more than 35 years in West Palm Beach, Dr. The has been a volunteer at the Community Health Center since 2015, evaluating patients’ pulmonary conditions and treating sleep apnea, and serving as the lead practitioner in its Smoking Cessation Program.
Dr. Ryan, a physician in private practice for 20 years, volunteers his time at the Caridad Center, providing asthma, allergy and immunology pro bono services on Saturdays to those who would otherwise not have access.
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, which is in the process of building a 30,000 sq. ft. pediatric specialty facility in Wellington, is the presenting sponsor of the event. “At JDCH, our mission is very similar,” said Administrator and CEO Chantal LeConte, who is serving as honorary chair along with Dr. Juan Martinez, medical director of the Pediatric Pulmonary, Cystic Fibrosis & Sleep Services Program at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “We always strive to do what is best for patients and families by partnering together to address all aspects of care and support.
“Ms. Christensen’s story is an example of the kids we treat on a daily basis at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the importance of services provided to children through a specialized children’s hospital,” she added.
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s new outpatient center will be bringing many specialized pediatric services to Palm Beach, including orthopaedics/U_18 sports medicine, otolaryngology, pulmonology, general surgery, neurology, endocrinology, and pediatric and sports rehabilitation services.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with the Palm Beach community to provide high quality specialty pediatric care to families and children in need of our well-renowned expertise,” said LeConte of the facility that is expected to open in fall of 2018.

Tickets to the Physicians’ Salute cost $75 each for physicians and their spouses, and $150 each for general admission. The event will take place on Thursday, November 30 from 6-9 p.m. in the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center. For more information, visit

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