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September 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 3

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Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Appoints New Administrative Director of Cardiovascular Services

 
June 4, 2019 - Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center congratulates Sharmila Perez on her new position as administrative director of cardiovascular services. In this role, Perez will be responsible for overseeing the dedicated care of patients with cardiac health conditions.
 
“Sharmila has a very strong background in both cardiac medicine and cardiac surgical care,” said Teresa Urquhart, CEO. “Her expertise will benefit our cardiac program and continue to enhance Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.”
 
Prior to her appointment, Perez served as the director of the cardiac catheterization lab at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.   In her role, Perez provided clinical leadership for the cardiovascular service line and helped launch multiple programs at the hospital, including the transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure, Mitra Clip, and the Watchman program. 
 
Perez holds an Associate of Nursing degree from Palm Beach Community College before earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. 
 
Perez is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Florida Nurses Association and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 
 
 
About Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is a 199-bed acute care hospital serving the medical and healthcare needs of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast for more than 45 years. The hospital was the first in Palm Beach County to perform open-heart surgery and has since remained one of the area’s leading heart hospitals, having performed over 16,000 open-heart surgeries and more than 100,000 cardiac catheterizations to date. 
 
The Heart & Vascular Institute at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiac care including the minimally invasive procedures, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and MitraClip. The hospital is also the first in Palm Beach, Broward and Martin County to adopt the new minimally invasive convergent approach, designed to reduce procedure times and improve early outcomes for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation.
Additional services include orthopedics and joint replacement, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, diagnostic imaging, general and robotic surgery, an Epilepsy Program and 24-hour emergency care. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s Emergency Department offers all private rooms and is equipped with technology to help increase patient comfort, reduce wait times and provide up-to-the-minute patient status, as well as immediate access to film-based radiological images, interpretations and related data.  The hospital’s Epilepsy Program is the first of its kind in Palm Beach County to have a dedicated Epilepsy Monitoring Unit for patients in need of further assessment. 
 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for four years in a row and by Healthgrades® as a Five-Star Recipient for the Treatment of Heart Failure for 10 consecutive years (2007-2016). The hospital was also named by Healthgrades® as one of the 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery in 2016, and was the recipient of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for three years in a row (2013-2015). Additionally, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and received its sixth consecutive “A” rating in The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2015 Hospital Safety Scoreā„ . For more information or for a complimentary physician referral, please call 561-625-5070 or visit www.pbgmc.com.  
 
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