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Health Notes: Bethesda and Baptist Health South Florida merger finalized

Delray Medical Center honors hospital volunteers with Quilts of Valor for their military service. (l-r) Ron Price, Julio Mastrovito, Russell Sultenfuss, Mel Fishman and Charles Carroll. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

    Bethesda Health, headquartered in Boynton Beach, and Baptist Health South Florida, headquartered in Coral Gables, have officially merged their organizations as of Oct. 1, following 21/2 years of due diligence. With their merger, Baptist Health expands to 10 hospitals, more than 40 physician practices and approximately 50 outpatient facilities and centers in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Through their partnership, both organizations will achieve an expanded level of care in Palm Beach County.
    “Hospitals across the country are positioning themselves to strengthen their capabilities in patient care and enhance their resources,” said Bethesda Health Chief Executive Officer Roger Kirk. “This partnership with Baptist Health gives our community expanded access to healthcare services.”
    “Our organizations share similar values and a steadfast commitment to providing quality healthcare to our patients,” said Brian E. Keeley, president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health.

    “Together, as not-for-profit mission-driven organizations, we will enhance our capabilities and carry out our common goal of providing compassionate, patient-focused comprehensive care to our community.”
    Delray Medical Center’s local chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation honored five Delray Medical Center volunteer veterans with handmade quilts in patriotic colors. They were Ron Price, Navy, Vietnam War; Julio Mastrovito, Navy, Korean War; Russ Sultenfuss, Army, Vietnam War; Mel Fishman, Army, Korean War; and Charles Carroll, Army, World War II.
    Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine students and Delray Medical Center recently collaborated on research that consisted of three projects aimed at potential treatments for trauma patients. The projects were about palliative care treatment, case studies on rib fractures, and evaluating pain management options in orthopedic trauma patients. Trauma medical director Dr. Ivan Puente, trauma director Maggie Crawford and trauma research director Alexander Fokin led the team.
    Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute now has a new method to biopsy suspected prostate tumors. The method fuses MRI images with information derived through ultrasound. The procedure is more efficient and effective. “Specific lesions of the prostate, especially very small ones, cannot always be captured by ultrasound due to its poor resolution,” said David Taub, MD, MBA, FACS, a urologist at the Lynn Cancer Institute who specializes in the treatment of malignancies of the prostate, kidney and bladder.
“In the final analysis, MRI/TRUS fusion biopsy is better than conventional approaches in finding tumors we need to treat and allows us to pass on areas that we should not have to worry about,” said Dr. Taub.
    In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute board chair and donor Christine Lynn unveiled lighting that will illuminate the Institute’s building pink for the entire month of October.
    Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, a continuing care retirement community, hired Linda Nelson as director of nursing at its Health Center. Nelson, a registered nurse since 1983, has worked in numerous nursing management positions in both skilled nursing and rehabilitation.

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