July 20 2020 – Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is now treating patients with a higher level of ICU care with the addition of the Critical Care Intensivist Program.  The program consists of six intensivists and six nurse practitioners overseeing four intensive care units, 24 hours a day seven days a week.   Those areas include cardiothoracic, medical, neurosurgical, and surgical.  
“The quality of care in our intensive care or specialty units will have a tremendous effect on the overall performance of patient care at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center,” said Dr. Ribal Darwish, medical director of the critical care intensivist program at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.  “Our services provide continuous in-house coverage to improve service access and establish a culture of patient-centric care.”
As part of providing emergent care for acute patients, the CCI program at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is the only hospital in Palm Beach County using the Hemolung RAS device for patient care. The Hemolung provides partial lung support independently of the lungs to help patients breathe.  
“The critical care intensivist program at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is a boost to healthcare in this community,” said Teresa Urquhart, chief executive officer at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.  “Having this team in place is a commitment to our patients that we are there for them when they need us most, and we can provide our most vulnerable patients with an enhanced level of care in a safe and secure environment.”
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 over 50 years. The hospital was the first in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast to perform open-heart surgery and has since remained one of the area’s leading heart hospitals, having performed nearly 19,000 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 and advanced minimally-invasive procedures including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), MitraClip, and Watchman. The hospital is the first in Palm Beach, Broward and Martin County to adopt the minimally invasive convergent approach to treat patients with atrial fibrillation. The hospital’s outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program is designed for people recovering from a heart attack, coronary bypass or valve surgery, and angioplasty or stent procedures. 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center offers advanced orthopedic care to our community. Some of the services offered include: total joint replacements for hip, knee and shoulder, sports medicine, arthroscopy, podiatry, fracture management and inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation. In 2019, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center was the only hospital in the State of Florida to utilize the NAVIO robotic-assisted surgical system to perform total and partial knee replacements. 
Additional services include an Advanced 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 that is equipped with long-term video monitoring, a specialized form of an EEG for patients who suffer from seizures. The hospital acquired the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System which can be used across a spectrum of minimally-invasive procedures such as cardiovascular, colorectal, general surgery, gynecology, urology and more. 
The hospital was the recipient of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus from 2015 – 2020 and also was named a High Performance Hospital for Heart Failure in U.S. News and World Report’s 2019-2020 Best Hospitals. For more information or for a complimentary physician referral, please call (833)-619-8831 or visit