Health Notes: FAU’s White Coats-4-Care raises more than $185,000 for class of 2023

White Coats-4-Care, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine’s principal scholarship fundraising event, raised more than $185,000 to “dress and equip” the incoming class of 2023 and fund scholarships.

Several donors increased their annual gifts.

The initiative, developed nine years ago and co-chaired each year by Bonnie and Jon Kaye, has raised more than $600,000 since its inception.

Supported by honorary co-chairs June and Dr. Ira Gelb, the planning committee had Melissa Azrack, Robin Bresky and Dr. Kenneth Bresky, Phyllis and Dr. Michael T.B. Dennis, Dr. Joanna and Bryan Drowos, Beth and Dr. Kenneth Garrod, Bonnie Halperin, Arlene Herson, Beth Johnston, Dr. Allen Konis, Deborah Leising, Loretta Litten, Elizabeth and Dr. Stuart Markowitz, Francine and Dr. Nathan Nachlas, Lynn and Dr. Joseph Ouslander, Constance Scott and the Hon. Thomas Scott, Robin Trompeter, and Dr. Thomas L. and Eugenia Tzikas.


Jerry Fedele, retired president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital and a resident of coastal Boca Raton, has a new position:  an executive adviser at Blue Sea Capital, a West Palm Beach private-equity fund that invests in health care, aerospace and manufacturing start-ups.

“Although I’ve retired from the hospital, I couldn’t go from 100 mph to nothing,” Fedele said. “The role will allow me to stay engaged on a part-time basis in meaningful work while stepping back from the 24/7 demands of a hospital president and CEO. I am excited about this position that will draw on my industry and legal experience while providing me with new learning opportunities in the private-equity industry.”


Six Baptist Health South Florida hospitals, including Bethesda Hospital East and Boca Raton Regional Hospital, earned a total of 32 high-performing awards spanning 14 types of care in U.S. News &World Report’s annual ratings. That made Baptist Health the most honored health care system in South Florida.

Categories were gastro-enterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, urology, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.  Also, six Baptist Health Centers of Excellence, including Lynn Cancer Institute and Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute, were recognized as high performing.


In July, a team of physicians performed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement at Bethesda Heart Hospital. The minimally invasive procedure was performed on a 79-year-old woman from Delray Beach, who was out of bed within 12 hours and went home the next day.


In July, Healthgrades named Delray Medical Center a 5-star recipient in the hysterectomy category.


For the January 2020 Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure, discounted registration fees are available through October, $25 for adults and $10 for youth. To register, visit ;

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