Health Notes: $10M gift from Greens moves Boca Hospital closer to $250M goal

Louis B. and Anne W. Green made the drive's sixth gift of at least $10 million. Their names will grace the lobby. Photo provided

Boca Raton Regional Hospital has received a $10 million gift from Louis B. and Anne W. Green for Keeping the Promise …the Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Greens’ gift is one of six eight-figure gifts received by the campaign, which has raised at least $118 million toward its $250 million goal. The redesigned hospital lobby will be named the Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby in recognition of the gift.

“I am honored to have served on Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Corporate and Foundation Boards of Trustees for many years and privileged to be part of a leadership team that has helped guide us to become one of the area’s premier medical centers,” said Louis Green. “We are steadfastly committed to the promise made more than 50 years ago by Gloria Drummond, and know, though we have come so far, there is so much yet to accomplish.”  

The campaign officially launched in January. A main component of the project includes a patient tower with surgical suites, lobby, and three floors set aside for future growth.

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, College of Business and College of Education were listed in the January 2019 U.S. News & World Report national rankings for Best Online Graduate Programs.  

The College of Nursing climbed from the No. 39 spot in 2018 to the No. 23 spot nationwide among the 2019 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.

The College of Business is ranked No. 51 among the Best Online MBA Programs, and No. 43 among the Best Online Business Programs, non-MBA. The College of Education is ranked No. 77 among Best Online Education Programs.
The university’s online graduate nursing programs, online MBA programs and online business programs, non-MBA, are all listed on the Best Online Programs for Veterans 2019.

The Best Online Programs methodologies are based on factors that include engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, student excellence, and services and technologies provided at online degree-granting programs at regionally accredited institutions.

Dr. David G. Forcione was appointed as Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s medical director of advanced therapeutic endoscopy of The Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy and BocaCare Physician Network. Forcione specializes in interventional endoscopy, including disorders of the pancreas and bile ducts, early gastrointestinal malignancies and minimally invasive endoscopic therapies.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Toppel Family Place now offers nitrous oxide as a pain management tool to women during labor. It is self-administered and can be used during all stages of labor.

“We are continuously focused on making sure our new mothers are comfortable and have access to the latest innovations during labor,” said Karen Edlington, RN, BSc, director of Toppel Family Place. Using nitrous oxide does not interfere with the mother’s labor progress and can be used at any time during labor right up to the point of birth.

Delray Medical Center achieved the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for the 17th straight year. The distinction places the hospital in the top 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its consistently superior clinical performance.

Dr. Pedro J. Greer Jr. delivered the keynote speech during the recent 12th annual Future of Medicine Summit in West Palm Beach. The event was presented by the Palm Beach County Medical Society.

Greer, from Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, has received numerous awards, including a 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom and a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” Fellow.

At FIU he is professor of medicine, founding chairman of the Department of Humanities, Health and Society, and associate dean for community engagement.

The Palm Beach County Medical Society Excellence in Medicine Award was given to Dr. James Goldenberg, medical director for a regional, clinically integrated network representing more than 1,700 physicians.

The winners of the annual James J. Brynes, MD Poster Symposium and Memorial Fund for Medical Education and Physician Wellness, were:

In the Vignette Category, Shayne Polley, Sameer Gupta and Christina Mesoraco, with Evan Stuchin receiving honorable mention. In the Research Category, winners were Danielle Steinberg, Nicole Lin and Matthew Stankard, with Dr. Peter Edemekong receiving an honorable mention.

FAU Internal Medicine Residency 2019 won the inaugural medical challenge. The team included Drs. Kevin Almerico, Wayne Fluss and Elizabeth Hidlebaugh.

The Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital has created image enhancement programs for patients undergoing cancer treatment. The Be U Tiful for women and Him II for men programs teach techniques on coping with skin changes, hair loss, hand and nail care, scar camouflage and other cancer treatment-related conditions. The programs are open to anyone in active treatment up to one year post-treatment.

VITAS Healthcare, a provider of end-of-life care, is offering an orientation class for new volunteers in Palm Beach County. The next trainings will be held March 28, May 4 and June 6.

The local VITAS office is at 1901 South Congress Ave., Suite 420, Boynton Beach. To RSVP for orientation, call Gayle Stevens at 733-6332 or email, or Patricia Powell at 731-6203 or

For information about becoming a VITAS volunteer, visit

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