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Health Notes: Boca Regional Hospital rakes in awards

Boca Raton Regional Hospital chalked up several honors recently. First, it was named a top-ranked regional hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017–2018 annual review of best hospitals. It’s ranked 16th out of approximately 300 hospitals in Florida and sixth in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area.
    The report also rated Boca Regional a high-performing hospital in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart failure and lung cancer surgery.
    The hospital also was singled out for being the first in Florida and one of only five centers nationally to non-invasively map irregular heartbeats in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias, who did not respond sufficiently to other medicines and related treatments.
    The Medtronic Cardio-Insight Noninvasive 3-D Mapping System was introduced at Boca Regional by Dr. Murray Rosenbaum, director of electrophysiology at the hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute. The system uses a 252-electrode sensor vest that the patient wears. The technology creates 3-D electro-anatomic maps of the heart by collecting electrocardiogram signals from the chest, and combines these signals with data from a computed scan of the heart.
    Using this new mapping technology, the electrophysiologist can position a catheter on the rotor centers to end the atrial fibrillation and restore the heart to normal rhythm. The Medtronic CardioInsight Noninvasive 3-D Mapping System at Boca Regional was made possible through a philanthropic gift by Ronald H. and Joanne Willens. 

 BocaCare President Amy Cole, Senior Operations Manager Zulma Jairala and Director Heidi Rowe display the plaques awarded to them by Senior Airman Raphael Angel Delgado III and Lenny Miller, Florida vice chairman of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program. Delgado works at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Photo provided

In other news at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, medical staff coordinator Senior Airman Raphael Angel Delgado III awarded members of the hospital’s BocaCare Physician Network with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. The Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program offers resources in career development and assists in the resolving of conflicts that may arise from an employee’s military obligation.  
    After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Delgado transferred into the U.S. Air Force Reserves to get a degree in the medical field. While in the reserves, he was hired at the hospital. He credits his superiors with providing opportunities to members of the military.
Congratulations to Maureen Mann, executive director at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute. She received the 2017 St. George National Award from the American Cancer Society for her service toward the society’s mission and goals. The distinction was awarded to 23 volunteers from across the country.
    Mann, who has been associated with the society for more than 15 years, has held positions on committees and was a Florida division board member since 2006. She was the board chairwoman in 2015 and is currently secretary to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network national board of directors.
     Joshua Rothenberg, DO, was appointed to Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s medical staff and BocaCare physician network as director of regenerative medicine for BocaCare Orthopedics. Rothenberg, a musculoskeletal joint and interventional spine specialist, is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and trained in sports medicine.
    He received the 2017 McLean Outstanding Resident/Fellow Award and the 2016 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Resident Scholarship Award.
    And a final piece of news from Boca Raton Regional Hospital: Dr. Thomas Genuit was appointed to its medical staff and BocaCare physician network. Genuit is a board-certified general surgeon who is fellowship-trained in surgical critical care and trauma. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.
Delray Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2017 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award recipient, placing it in the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated, for providing outstanding quality outcomes in gynecologic surgery.
    To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in gynecologic surgery, Healthgrades analyzed outcome data for patients in 17 states from 2013 through 2015.
    Patients treated in hospitals receiving the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award had, on average, a 47.6 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital. During that time, if all hospitals in the states included in the analysis performed similarly to hospitals receiving the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, 15,557 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.
    In August, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University celebrated its seventh White Coat Ceremony as it officially welcomed the 64 members of the class of 2017. The incoming class received their first doctor’s white coats, marking their entry into the profession of medicine, and they each received a Humanism in Medicine lapel pin.
    The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Darin P. Trelka, assistant professor of integrated medical science and director of anatomical programs at the college, and the 2017 recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year award.
    Members of the class were selected from 3,667 applicants. Fifteen percent of the class received their bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from FAU. Florida residents make up nearly 90 percent of the incoming class.
This summer, 10 Florida Atlantic University medical residents began hands-on lessons at Genesis Community Health. They are tasked with examining, diagnosing and treating patients, while under the supervision and direction of Dr. Cornelia Charles, assistant professor of integrated medical science in the university’s internal medicine residency.
    The residents program at Genesis is part of the Graduate Medical Education Consortium with the university, established in 2011 by Bethesda Health, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Tenet’s Delray Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center.
 The consortium provides access to clinical settings for health care education, research and patient care services to support and enhance the college’s clinical training programs for residents.
    Kindred at Home, a national provider of home health and hospice services, has introduced a specialized program for heart and lung patients available to residents in Palm Beach County. Kindred at Home Cardiopulmonary offers advanced home health treatments and education to heart and lung patients, helping them to better manage their conditions, live more independently and reduce their hospital and emergency room visits. For information, call 886-1500.

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