South Florida Hospital News
Saturday March 23, 2019

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March 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 9




Delray Medical Center was recently honored by Healthgrades, receiving the 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for the 17th straight year, since the inception of the award. The distinction places the hospital in the top 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, a leading resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.


Several St. Mary’s Medical Center nurses recently volunteered their time with Remote Area Medical (RAM), an organization dedicated to providing free medical resources to people who have limited access to healthcare. Joyce Querido, Kayla Marzullo, and Kyra Kaplan drove to Evensville, Tennessee and spent a week providing healthcare services including dental, vision and medical care.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at


By Robert C. Jones Jr.
With Florida lifting the ban on smokable medical marijuana, the nursing school’s Denise Vidot answers questions about the drug and what it’s used for.
Smokable medical marijuana in Florida has gotten the green light.
In an overwhelming vote of 101-11, the Florida House last Wednesday repealed the state’s ban on smoking medical pot, bowing to a demand from Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that lawmakers do so by March 15. The Senate passed the bill (SB 182) a week earlier.
The bill allows patients to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for smoking every 35 days. It bans the smoking of medical marijuana in public places and requires patients under 18 to have a terminal condition and get a second opinion from a pediatrician before receiving the drug.

On the heels of Governor DeSantis’ announcement that he is directing the Florida Department of Health to add Alzheimer’s disease and related types of dementia as a priority in the State Health Improvement Plan, the Alzheimer’s Association in Florida will join more than 1,000 advocates from around the country March 31 – April 2 in Washington, D.C. for the Alzheimer's Association AIM Advocacy Forum

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24th. World TB Day, which commemorates the discovery of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis TB is an annual observance designed to build awareness and educate the public about the impact of TB around the world.
A Bronx, N.Y. man finally met the St. Paul, Minn. woman who saved his life with a bone marrow transplant through the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, at Gift of Life’s Cocktails and Conversation event on Thursday night. 
 During a highly emotional meeting, Nelson Sanchez, 18, a college student majoring in business administration, embraced Becky Lyle-Sulkin, 30, a program coordinator at Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Minneapolis. Sanchez’s recovery from sickle cell anemia marks the first time a Gift of Life Marrow Registry donor has cured a recipient with that disease. 
In a show of support for the Alzheimer’s Association and its continued efforts to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease, Gov. Ron DeSantis made an appearance Thursday, March 14 at An Evening of Hope, a benefit hosted by the Association’s Southeast Florida Chapter in Palm Beach.
The cocktail reception, held at the Villa Fontana residence, celebrated the generous contributions of Palm Beach Gardens residents Walter and Lucille Rubin to the Alzheimer’s Association while raising nearly $20,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Jupiter Medical Center’s Board of Trustees and Don McKenna, President and CEO, have determined that their visions for Jupiter Medical Center are no longer aligned. Today, Don McKenna separated from Jupiter Medical Center to pursue other opportunities. Joanne Miller, DNP, RN-C, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Experience Officer, and Steve Seeley, Chief Operating Officer, will act as interim co-CEOs.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is now offering new hope for men suffering from erectile dysfunction with the availability of a new penile implant program.   Penile implants are an option when other, less invasive treatments for erection problems have not been successful, and further treatment is desired.

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