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October 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 4

Patients who may have delayed mammograms from earlier in the year
return this month to have their screenings done with safety measures in place 
October 27th, 2020 - Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet’s Palm Beach Health Network, is seeing breast cancer screening patients return during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Between the hospital’s Breast Institute and outpatient imaging locations, breast cancer screenings are trending up by more than 15% this October at Good Samaritan compared to October of last year.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still estimates 4 out of 10 adults are delaying medical care because of concerns related to the pandemic, but early diagnosis of breast cancer can greatly increase the chance of successful treatment.
American Heart Association Award recognizes Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s commitment to quality stroke care
October 27 2020 - Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center receives the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke/brain attack patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Program Providing Technology Equity to Vulnerable Communities
October 27 2020 - As COVID-19 has forced our society into a virtual one with the internet becoming as vital a resource as public utilities such as water and electricity, Community Partners of South Florida (CPSFL) is receiving nearly $500,000 in grants to help close Palm Beach County’s digital divide. Quantum Foundation, in partnership with Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties (CFPBMC) and other funders, awarded the funding to create four full-time positions dedicated to bringing technology access and education to areas of most need in Palm Beach County.
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Program Will Start in January 2021
October 27, 2020 -  Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has launched a new “Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate Certificate Program,” to provide nurse practitioners with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed for specialization in general dermatology to care for patients across the life span. Nurse practitioners are licensed, independent clinicians who are focused on managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease.

October 27, 2020 - Hundreds of West Palm Beach residents helped lead the way to the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, Oct. 24. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants walked as individuals and small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across West Palm Beach, raising more than $111,000 to benefit the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.

October 27 2020 - Suicide rates among U.S. veterans have been increasing steadily over the past decade, reaching an average of 16.8 deaths per day by 2017, according to the 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report. Legislation passed on October 17th, The Commander Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, is hoping to turn around that tragic trend by making telemedicine available to veterans for their mental health care.

October 27 2020 - Dr. Marcos Mestre has been appointed vice president and chief medical officer for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. In this role, he will advance collaboration among the 309-bed pediatric specialty hospital’s clinical and administrative leadership, and community physicians to ensure quality clinical care and operational efficiency.

October 27, 2020 - The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD) held its Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony on Friday, October 23, 2020 as a virtual event. The ceremony celebrated the critical work performed by clinicians, case managers, colleagues, volunteers, Board members and staff that contribute to HSCMD remaining a leader in maternal, infant and child health in Miami-Dade County. 

October 27 2020 - Palm Health Foundation, Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health, will open applications for nursing and mental/behavioral health scholarships on November 1, 2020. The scholarships are administered by the George Snow Scholarship Fund and encourage individuals with financial need to enter and advance in the nursing and mental/behavioral health professions. Applicants must be residents of Palm Beach, Broward or Martin County, Florida, and apply by the February 1, 2021 deadline. The application, eligibility criteria and instructions are available on the George Snow Scholarship Fund website at

October 27, 2020 - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has recognized Memorial Healthcare System with its Performance Excellence Award. The Hollywood-based provider was certified at level 9 (out of a maximum 10) in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program, a ranking that places it above 97% of the more than 30,000 organizations that participated in the annual survey.

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