South Florida Hospital News
Monday August 19, 2019

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August 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 2




Good Samaritan Medical Center Appoints New Chief Nursing Officer

Good Samaritan Medical Center names Joseph Lopez-Cepero, MBA, BSN, RN, as Chief Nursing Officer.  In his new role, Lopez-Cepero will assume the operational responsibility of nursing care at Good Samaritan Medical Center. With over 20 years of nursing experience, and as a member of the administrative team, Joseph will play a key role in facilitating and directing nursing leadership and quality of nursing patient care.  
“Joseph earned this opportunity based on his excellent track record of achieving stellar results throughout his nursing career,” said chief executive officer, Tara McCoy.  “We look forward to his leadership and positive influence on the hospital’s nursing staff and patient care.”
Lopez-Cepero comes to Good Samaritan after serving in the same position at Tenet hospital San Ramon Regional Medical Center in San Ramon, California.  While there, Lopez-Cepero was responsible for all nursing operations including patient care, quality, patient satisfaction, staffing, productivity, budgeting and clinical documentation improvement with oversight of 350 hospital staff members.  
Lopez-Cepero earned his Associate of Science in Nursing from Pasco-Hernando College in New Port Richey, Florida.  He then went on to get his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah and also received his MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.  
About Good Samaritan Medical Center
Good Samaritan Medical Center is a 333-bed acute care hospital providing sophisticated, personalized medical care to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast for over 95 years. 
As one of the area’s leading oncology centers, the hospital’s Cancer Institute provides general and highly specialized cancer services and is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons. Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Breast Institute is designated by the American College of Surgeons as a National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a designation reserved for breast centers that achieve high standards across the most effective breast cancer treatments. The Breast Institute is also a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Additional services include general and robotic surgical options through the hospital’s Surgical Institute, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, 24-hour emergency care, advanced cardiac care through the Cardiac and Vascular Institute, diagnostic imaging, maternity services and a Sleep Disorders Center. Good Samaritan is also home to The Palms Medical Detoxification, one of a select few hospital-based medically supervised alcohol and drug detoxification centers.
Good Samaritan Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for two consecutive years and earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The hospital was also the recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for three years in a row (2014-2016) and is a designated Center of Excellence for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery™.
To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, or for a complimentary physician referral, visit or call 561-650-6023.
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