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Health Notes: Home caregivers now must carry licenses

By Christine Davis

    Effective March 1, in-home caregivers must have licenses in their possession while working. For each violation, they will be subject to fines and/or imprisonment.

    It’s the latest part of the Palm Beach County Home Caregiver Ordinance to be enacted.
    The ordinance requires that applicants for a home caregiver license submit fingerprints and undergo a national fingerprint-based criminal-history records check.

    A home caregiver license can be obtained only from the county’s Consumer Affairs Division.
    The license ensures people that their home caregiver has undergone a national fingerprint check, and has not been disqualified from working as a home caregiver in Palm Beach County because of certain criminal findings.
    Delray Medical Center received the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades. This distinction places Delray Medical Center in the top 5 percent for clinical excellence among more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Delray Medical Center is one of four hospitals to have earned this designation for 15 straight years.
    To improve patient outcomes and quality of life, Delray Medical Center performs neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma, physical therapy and nursing clinical trials. The studies evaluate therapies, drugs, diagnostic tools and practices to enhance patient care.
    Neuroscience and stroke trials are overseen by Dr. Nils Mueller-Kronast, regional medical director of neurosciences for Tenet Florida. One of his major goals is to assess the outcomes associated with the use of devices and medications intended to restore blood flow in patients experiencing acute ischemic strokes.
    Dr. Lloyd Zucker, chief of neurosurgery at Delray Medical Center, leads the neuro-oncology research trials, which include the use of fluorescence-guided surgery for brain tumors.
    The cardiovascular trials at Delray Medical Center are led by Dr. Brijeshwar Maini, medical director of transcatheter therapies for Tenet Florida, and Dr. Brian Bethea, regional medical director of cardiovascular surgery for Tenet Florida.
    To learn more about the clinical research trials at Delray Medical Center, visit
    U.S. News & World Report ranked the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University No. 43 nationally and No. 1 in Florida for the “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.” For the “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans,” the college ranked No. 17 nationally and No. 1 in Florida.
    Shawn Franklin was named executive director of Bethesda Health’s Integrated Networks, a new organization that partners community physicians with Bethesda Health to ensure high quality health care and the more efficient use of resources.
    Dr. Cristina Mata was appointed vice president and chief medical officer of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. An endocrinologist who practiced clinically for 15 years, she most recently was chief medical officer, medical director of informatics and interim medical director of graduate medical education at Palmetto General Hospital.
    To celebrate their 30-year anniversary, Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation Resale Shops will host quarterly customer appreciation days with complimentary bites and beverages, discounts and prizes at all three of their locations. In Boca Raton, the address is 141 NW 20th St. For information, visit or call 494-6814.
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