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Health Notes: ‘All Health, All the Time’ provides 24/7 access to medical experts

South Florida PBS and Baptist Health South Florida have joined forces to launch a new health channel, “All Health, All the Time,” which is on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The channel, launched in August, offers quick and easy access to Baptist Health medical experts, who can answer questions on health and wellness concerns. Issues addressed include child psychology, care for the aging, health insurance, breast cancer, orthopedic and sports injuries, medical breakthroughs and heart health.

“Nationwide, there is increasing concern about access to medical experts and information,” said Dolores Sukhdeo, CEO and president of South Florida PBS. “Our diverse and growing South Florida communities are particularly impacted by this concern. As a community-supported nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the interests and needs of South Florida, we are dedicating an entire digital TV channel to offer credible and trustworthy information about health, medicine and wellness.”

The health channel may be found on over-the-air (free TV) Channel 2.3 and Comcast Cable Channel 205 or 1193 in Palm Beach County.


Lawrence Toll, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical science in Florida Atlantic University’s College of Medicine and a member of the college’s Brain Institute, secured a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Mixed NOP/MU Compounds and the Involvement of Their Receptors in Analgesia.”

Toll, the principal investigator for the grant, has focused his research on the management of pain and drug addiction through pharmacology and new drug discovery. He is recognized as the co-discoverer of the endogenous neuropeptide nociception, which is involved in regulating reward and motivation pathways related to substance misuse, and regulating pain pathways from the spinal cord to the brain.


Melissa Durbin, vice president and chief nursing officer at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, was appointed president of the Nursing Consortium of South Florida.

She will lead the organization in uniting community leaders to address the region’s shortage of qualified nursing staff.

Her responsibilities include increasing interest in nursing among middle and high school students, improving the public perception of nursing, and advocating for greater funding for nursing education.

After graduating from  nursing programs in Florida, candidates to be registered nurses and licensed practical nurses must pass the National Council Licensure Examination.

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing placed in the No. 1 spot in Florida because all 71 graduates of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program passed the licensure examination, performing above the national average passage rate of 90.05 percent.

“Achieving a 100 percent passage rate by our graduates is a testament to our innovative and rigorous program, as well as our highly accomplished faculty and scholars who are instrumental in ensuring that the next generation of nurses in Florida succeed,” said Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Nursing.

          Joshua Chalkley, D.O., M.S., and Timothy Miller Jr., M.D., M.S., have been appointed to the medical staff of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute and BocaCare Physician Network. Chalkley is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. His special areas of interest include autoimmune diseases of the nervous system, infusion therapies, multiple sclerosis, neurological infections and neuromyelitis optica. Miller is board eligible in neurosurgery. His specialties include brain surgery, functional neurosurgery and spine surgery.


Boca Raton Regional Hospital appointed Dr. Brian M. Snelling to the medical staff of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute and BocaCare  Physician Network. Snelling is board-eligible in neurosurgery and endovascular neurosurgery with special areas of interest in cerebrovascular neurosurgery, cranial neurosurgery and endovascular neurosurgery.

The medical center was also recognized as a top-ranked regional hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018–2019 annual review of its Best Hospitals. It is currently ranked 13th out of approximately 300 hospitals in Florida. The annual Best Hospitals rankings aim to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care. Its methodologies are based on risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.


HJ Sims, a privately held investment bank and wealth management firm headquartered in Fairfield, Conn., has announced its 2018 partnership with Boca Raton-based Gift of Life Marrow Registry, marking the inaugural year of Sims’ corporate social responsibility program.

As part of the firm’s effort to support Gift of Life, Sims held its first Virtual Swab event for its employees on July 25. The company connected via VIDYO technology, along with the Gift of Life team, to learn more about the donor process and to hear CEO and founder Jay Feinberg’s story.

After Feinberg was diagnosed with leukemia almost 30 years ago, he and his parents launched a years-long drive to find a marrow match; the very last and 60,000th donor was the person who saved his life. This process inspired him to start Gift of Life.

“All it takes is one person to perform a painless, life-saving swab to discover a potential match for someone suffering from blood cancer — and a cure,” Feinberg said. The Gift of Life Marrow Registry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit


Delray Medical Center is a five-star recipient for hysterectomies from Healthgrades, an online resource for information about doctors and hospitals.

“With more options than ever on where to receive care, consumers need to do their homework,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer for Healthgrades.

“Hospitals that have received a five-star rating have shown dedication and expertise, resulting in high-quality outcomes for patients.”

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