Health Notes: Bethesda Hospital East gets new beds

More than 250 new beds have been installed in Bethesda Hospital East. With one of them are (l-r) Dr. Daniel Goldman, the hospital’s chief medical officer; Chief Operating Officer Ela C. Lena; Jeff Lepior from manufacturer Stryker; and Roger L. Kirk, CEO of the Bethesda hospitals. Photo provided

New beds are in use at Bethesda Hospital East. The Boynton Beach hospital bought 234 medical surgical beds, 26 critical care beds, 13 labor and delivery beds and three bariatric beds, all manufactured by Stryker Medical. This is the 401-bed hospital’s largest bed investment in its 59-year history.

“This purchase underscores our commitment to providing an excellent environment of care for our patients and families,” said Ela C. Lena, chief operating officer of Bethesda Hospital East.

The new beds each have a system that tracks the patient’s position and alerts caregivers if the patient is at risk of falling, as well as mattresses specially made to reduce pressure ulcers.


Susan G. Komen South Florida named its 10 Warriors in Pink for 2019, part of a program supported nationally by Ford Motor Co. Komen South Florida Warriors took action, raised money and got involved to support the Jan. 26 Race for the Cure for breast cancer.

Of the 10, three are South County residents. Tara Gustman, 35, of Boca Raton, who was diagnosed within the last year, is using her story to inspire others through her Facebook group and blog,

Kirsten Stanley, 42, of Gulf Stream, who has stage 4 breast cancer and goes for treatment every three weeks, still works full-time, volunteers and is active playing tennis and riding horses.

Rona Tata, 54, of Delray Beach, is a one-year survivor who is using her recent experience to walk her coworkers and friends through their fear of getting mammograms and teaching others about the importance of early detection.  She is the principal at S.D. Spady Montessori Magnet School.

The 2019 Warriors in Pink will share their experiences with the community throughout the year and have a special role at the Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure on Jan. 26 in West Palm Beach, where they will lead other survivors to the Meyer Amphitheatre stage during the survivor recognition ceremony. For information, visit


Delray Medical Center was given five-star ratings for cardiac, orthopedics, neurosciences, pulmonary and gastro outcomes, according to a study released in October by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

This achievement is part of new findings and data featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The complete report and detailed study methodology can be found at


The Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital has partnered with the West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center to establish a neurology and neurosurgery alliance in accordance with the VA Mission Act of 2018. The collaboration will open lines of communication to better track patient progress and outcomes. 


Maureen Mann, executive director of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute and Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, received the volunteer award for Excellence in Advocacy by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. This honor, awarded in October, recognized her efforts to enhance awareness of cancer research and treatment.

Mann was a leader in Florida’s successful effort to raise the state’s cigarette excise tax by $1 per pack in 2009, the first increase in more than two decades. She played a key role in defeating a proposal to cut millions from Florida’s tobacco control program earlier this year. She also helped grow the South Florida Policy Forum into one of the largest American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network fundraising events in the country.


Call 4 Health will host Kevin Ames, Tanner Institute’s director of speaking and training, as keynote speaker at its fifth annual user conference on Jan. 16 and 17 at the Delray Beach Marriott. Ames will talk about the best practices for developing successful workplace cultures. 

“The annual user conference is our way of equipping industry clients and partners with the influential tools they need to thrive in the health care industry,” said Joseph Pores, CEO of Call 4 Health.

Conference sponsors include 1 Call, Compass IT Compliance, Commonwealth Purchasing Group, Crown Castle and Blue Stream. For information or to register, visit and click on the user conference banner. Call 4 Health is a medical call center headquartered in Delray Beach.

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