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Sunday April 21, 2019
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April 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 10

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Jupiter Medical Center Observes National Doctors’ Day, Honors Pioneer Physicians as Part of Its 40th Anniversary Celebration

Jupiter Medical Center observed National Doctors’ Day in conjunction with its 40th anniversary by hosting a physician recognition event at Frenchman’s Reserve in Palm Beach Gardens. As part of the festivities, Jupiter Medical Center—which opened its doors on February 14, 1979—also honored doctors who have been on its medical staff throughout the hospital’s 40-year history.

Speakers at the event included Simie Platt, M.D., chief of staff at Jupiter Medical Center, and Sheldon Taub, M.D., who is among the physicians who have been on staff since the hospital’s inception. Dr. Taub recalled the early days of the hospital, when Jupiter was a sleepy community of 6,000 people.
 
“Back then, Alternate A1A was a two-lane highway and Indiantown Road was also two lanes with flashing lights, not with the traffic lights we see today,” Dr. Taub said. “I-95 ended at PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens and didn’t start again until Vero Beach.”
 
Today, the town’s population is approximately 62,000, Alternate A1A and Indiantown Road are busy four-lane thoroughfares, and I-95 extends through Jupiter and beyond. Likewise, Jupiter Medical Center has grown from a community hospital of 44 doctors and 135 beds to a regional 327-bed medical center with more than 600 doctors on its medical staff.
 
In addition, Jupiter Medical Center has earned the distinction of being one of the finest in the region, most recently becoming the first and only hospital in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties to receive a five-star ranking for quality care. The five-star ranking is the highest award offered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Part of the U.S. federal government, CMS is the largest, most important health care organization in the country. Its five-star ranking places Jupiter Medical Center above the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally. The five-star rating was awarded shortly after Jupiter Medical Center earned an “A” from The Leapfrog Group. Well beyond that, Leapfrog awarded Jupiter Medical Center the Top Hospital designation. Only 118 facilities across the nation—just six percent of eligible hospitals in the U.S.—hold this elite designation. Jupiter Medical Center is the only Leapfrog Top Hospital in our region.
 
Reflecting on his place in the hospital’s history and its current standing as a health care leader, Dr. Taub summed up his feelings about the medical center—then and now.
 
“What attracted me to the hospital were the doctors and the commitment the staff had to excellence in patient care, and I’m still here after all these years,” Dr. Taub said. “I’ve always considered it an honor to be at Jupiter Medical Center, and I remain very proud to be part of its medical staff.”
 
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