South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday January 19, 2021

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January 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 7


It is difficult to go through the day without being confronted by COVID-19 almost everywhere it seems. It feels in many ways like the pandemic has thrown the world off balance. As we continue to “shelter in place” and/or “social distance” caregiving has become even more important yet more complex, especially when your loved ones are living remotely.

The scenes of vaccine being delivered to facilities and patients falling in line to receive their shots are truly historic and to be celebrated. But beyond the initial euphoria belies a challenge for our nation and community that we cannot hide from. As previous generations have faced their own unimaginable challenges

On December 16, 2020, Century Ambulance Service began to administer COVID-19 vaccinations in Broward and Pinellas counties and will follow with counties in northeast and north central Florida through the Florida Ambulance Association (FAA), who has partnered with the Florida Department of Health to administer the first COVID-19 vaccinations in the state.

Even though it's a new year, we don't automatically reset our same old thought patterns. The pandemic has taken a dangerous toll on the mental health of our frontline healthcare workers. Although hope is on the horizon for so many currently getting the vaccine, the mental and emotional fatigue may be too much.

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center began COVID-19 vaccination on Dec. 22 following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization.

Wellington Regional Medical Center recently received our first package that could represent a light at the end of the tunnel. Strong words for a box that was not much larger than a shoebox. Inside was the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for distribution to front line healthcare heroes at Wellington Regional who are directly involved in the care of COVID-19 patients.

On December 28, Christine Cummings, a registered nurse on the designated COVID floor at Bethesda Hospital East, part of Baptist Health South Florida, became the first employee in the Palm Beach community to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.


Dr. Tihesha Wilson is a highly accomplished breast care specialist who recently joined Jupiter Medical Center to head the award-winning Comprehensive Breast Care Program. Fellowship trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery and breast surgical oncology;

Leading edge cancer treatments and programs at Baptist Health South Florida’s Miami Cancer Institute and Lynn Cancer Institute, patients are living longer, experiencing a better quality of life and navigating—what can feel like an overwhelming process— with ease.

For more than 40 years, oncologists prescribed “empiric” chemotherapy for cancer patients, using their experience and instincts to search for the right combination of drugs to kill or, at least, prevent further multiplication of cancer cells. This was the norm given the absence of a more precise understanding of the specific makeup of tumors.

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