By Christine Davis
Baptist Health, which owns Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the Bethesda hospitals in Boynton Beach, reported encouraging news on the coronavirus in late January.
As of Jan. 26, Baptist Health said it had 424 patients with COVID-19 hospitalized across its South Florida entities. This represented a 48% decline from that of two weeks earlier.
The hospital adjusts visitor guidelines as necessary. Those guidelines can be found at https://baptisthealth-coronavirus.com/patients-and-visitors/visitor-guidelines.
JFK Medical Center in Atlantis reported:
“At this time, we have the bed capacity, equipment and resources needed to care for our community safely and effectively. We continue to monitor the situation closely and respond accordingly with appropriate resources to support changes in patient care demands.
“The majority of COVID-19 patients being treated in our hospitals are unvaccinated. We strongly encourage people in our area to get the vaccine and booster shot if they’re eligible.”
JFK Medical Center Main and North campuses named Dr. Alex Paya as chief medical officer in January. Paya joins JFK Medical Center from Palms West Hospital, where he served as chief medical officer.
He joined HCA Healthcare in 2018 as chief medical officer of the previous University Hospital (now HCA Florida Woodmont Hospital) and Plantation General Hospital.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, cum laude, before pursuing his doctor of osteopathy at Nova Southern University.
Paya did his clinical training at Shands Medical Center and is board certified in internal medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of North Carolina.
Delray Medical Center offers the new Ensite X EP System for cardiovascular EP procedures. This technology uses HD images to collect data to give accurate and linear visualization for physicians to map out any area of the heart. Electrophysiologist Dr. Yoel Vivas was the first physician in the county to use this new system at the hospital, according to a news release.
Vivas is also the founder of the Arrhythmia Center of South Florida. Learn more at https://vivasmd.com.
Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Sciences with Schmidt College of Medicine received a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for an automated HIV self-testing assay. Another $1.3 million could be awarded after a review of the progress made in phase one.
With this grant, researchers are aiming to further develop an affordable, disposable self-testing HIV-1 chip that can selectively detect HIV from whole blood samples.
The chip can be highly sensitive to detect HIV during the acute infection, treatment and viral rebound and be rapid within 40 minutes. It’s highly stable without requiring refrigeration and provides fully automated sample-in/answer-out analyses.
Waseem Asghar, Ph.D., principal investigator and an associate professor at the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, is developing this technology with Massimo Caputi, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical science in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine.
Collaborators of the NIH grant include the University of Virginia and University of Pennsylvania.
After training with Dr. Richard E. Busch III, author of Surgery Not Included, Dr. Timothy Kehrig, of Kehrig Family Chiropractic, offers Busch’s DRS protocol, a noninvasive treatment to relieve chronic neck and back pain. The program combines treatments that include spinal decompression, exercise and vitamins.
Kehrig Family Chiropractic is at 1815 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach.
For more info, visit www.chiropractorboynton.com/drs-protocol or call 561-737-7787.