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August 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 2

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Recounting his own ride through the French countryside this month, Army Veteran John Johnson says emphatically, “It’s not about me, it’s about my team.” But unlike the pro cyclists who train for high-profile races, Johnson’s team consists of doctors, infusion nurses and radiation technicians at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (WPBVAMC) and the Miami VA Healthcare System.
 
Johnson, a 1972 West Point graduate, was diagnosed with melanoma in his right parotid gland (the largest salivary gland on either side of the mouth) two years ago. That prompted him to undertake cycling to improve his strength for the surgery and ensuing recovery treatments.
 
 
 

Imagine if you could book a doctor’s appointment or look for a specific medical service just as easy as booking a flight or a hotel on Priceline or make a dinner reservation on OpenTable.

If all healthcare providers offered a menu of services and associated prices, consumers would be empowered to shop around for their medical services. This approach promotes capitalism and consumer choice, allowing providers to compete on the basics of price and quality. This increases consumer knowledge and openness to new forms of medical delivery that do not compromise medical care.

Residents of Martin County Now Have Access to Convenient, World-Class Care Closer to Home

Jupiter Medical Center today announced the opening of a new urgent care center in Stuart at 2628 SE Federal Highway. Located in the new Baron Shoppes, just south of the Regency Square Shopping Center, the new urgent care center gives residents of Martin County greater access to Jupiter Medical Center’s high-quality care.
“Our urgent care centers have the distinction of being backed by a world-class hospital system and a team of leading medical professionals,” said Jupiter Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Don McKenna. “The new Stuart location reflects our commitment to ensuring that our neighbors to the north receive the same level of urgent care and services that we provide in our Palm Beach County locations.” 
 
 
 
Cleveland Clinic Florida is the first medical center in Florida and the second in the country to earn accreditation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer’s (CoC) National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), a new program administered by the ACS CoC, designed to improve rectal cancer care in the United States using a multidisciplinary approach and adherence to evidence-based standards. 
 
 
 

On Thursday August 16, Broward Health Coral Springs was thrilled to share with community the next level of healthcare with the opening of our new state-of-the-art $65 million patient tower expansion.

PCCSF operates the Hollywood, Florida-based children’s hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit
 
Gerald Lavandosky, MD, FAAP, FCCP, senior partner at Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida, has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. In this new role, Dr. Lavandosky will continue to advance the agenda of the JDCH medical staff set forth by the immediate past chief of staff, Dr. Gary Birken, who served in this role for three years.
Representatives of the Indian River Medical Center Board of Directors, the Indian River County Hospital District Board of Trustees and Cleveland Clinic have been having productive discussions on plans for Cleveland Clinic to operate IRMC, and will offer an update on those talks at a public meeting Sept. 25.
 
The meeting, which will be attended by members of the IRMC Board and the District Board of Trustees, will be held at 1 p.m. at the Richardson Center located on the Mueller Campus of Indian River State College, 6155 College Lane, Vero Beach.
 

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The Fort Lauderdale hospital ranked high-performing in five areas of care, tied for 3rd in South Florida and 13th in the state  
 
Holy Cross Hospital has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report.
 
The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 29th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.
 
Holy Cross Hospital was also recognized as High-Performing in Heart Failure, Colon Cancer Surgery, COPD, Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement. 
 
“Our physicians, nurses and associates are committed to serving the community with medical excellence, highly personalized care, sincere compassion and understanding,” said Dr. Patrick Taylor, president and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital. “This ranking speaks to our operational excellence, effective stewardship, leadership nationally and outstanding outcomes. I am very proud of our team for this outstanding achievement.” 
 
 

Palm Healthcare Foundation has promoted Jeff Groves to director of philanthropy.  With more than ten years of experience working at nonprofit organizations and a strong record of fundraising success, Groves will direct the foundation’s development efforts to lead change for better health in Palm Beach County.  In his new role, Groves will guide individual donors, businesses, advisors, and fellow foundations to support results-driven health programs for current community needs and in the future through planned giving. 

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