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Health Notes: Boca Raton hospital reduces choice of partners to two

In a nod to history, nurses at Boca Raton Regional Hospital wore traditional uniforms and caps during National Nurses Week in May. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

In a process that began a year ago, Boca Raton Regional Hospital has narrowed its choice of potential strategic partners to Baptist Health South Florida and Cleveland Clinic.

“Each of the five health care systems that we selected to explore are impressive organizations that presented exciting and robust proposals,” said Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “While each brought interesting and innovative ideas to the table, in the final analysis we believe the two chosen presented offerings that were best suited to meet the goals and objectives the board established for the partnership.”

Those aims include enhancing Boca Regional’s ability to develop nationally recognized clinical programs, mitigate the challenges of a stand-alone organization in the health care industry, and provide greater access to capital.

                                

Boca Raton Regional Hospital has two new reasons to celebrate when it comes to its care for stroke patients. The hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award, in recognition for the hospital’s commitment to ensure that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment.

To earn the award, the hospital met quality achievement measures that evaluated the proper use of medications and up-to-date guidelines for speeding recovery and reducing mortality and disability for stroke patients. 

The hospital also received the association’s Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award. To qualify, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, a drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

                                

In honor of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, nurses at Boca Raton Regional Hospital participated in a “Throwback Thursday” event by wearing traditional white nursing uniforms and caps during their shifts.

                                

In May, Delray Medical Center received a Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award for superior performance in preventing the occurrence of serious complications for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places Delray Medical Center among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

                                

David C. Brodner, M.D., has begun offering a new procedure to treat postnasal drip. He uses a special cooling probe, part of the new ClariFix device, to freeze a small area of nasal tissue in the back of the nose. It is performed in his office with local or topical anesthesia.

“The ability to select out the nasal nerve and to reduce its function without actually severing the nerve is a huge advance in the treatment of these disorders,” Brodner says. “ClariFix works by selectively freezing the ‘runny nose nerve.’ The procedure involves no cutting or suturing.”

Brodner’s office is at 8794 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach.

                                

Ken Dawson-Scully recently became associate vice president for strategic initiatives and head of institutional partnerships for Florida Atlantic University and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. He will develop and implement co-branding programs, develop new educational programs, secure joint-funding opportunities, conduct research training, build partnerships and foster collaboration between academic and administrative units.

Send health news to Christine Davis at cdavis9797@gmail.com.

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