9620700292?profile=RESIZE_710xMedical staff members at Boca Raton Regional Hospital enjoy their sweet treats. Photo provided

By Christine Davis

On Sept. 9, through its “Giving Back Program,” Tire Kingdom Service Centers thanked medical staffers at Boca Raton Regional Hospital for their dedication and extra effort to combat COVID-19 by treating them to a little sweet relief from Kona Ice. Tire Kingdom also shared its “Essential Business Appreciation Offer” with the team to provide special discounts for front-line workers at all Tire Kingdom locations. 
“We had a lot of smiling faces under their masks waiting in line for Kona Ice and more smiles as they were enjoying every bite of it,” said Bina Wagjiani, director of the hospital’s office of patient experience.

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Marcus Neuroscience Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida and based at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, has expanded its services, to Boynton Beach. The new location, at 2800 S. Seacrest Blvd., Suite 160, offers neurology and neurosurgery services.
At the Marcus Neuroscience Institute, which was established in 2015, experts address conditions from brain tumors to back pain, including movement disorders, seizures, strokes and aneurysms, memory disorders, migraines, spine conditions and diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. For information, call 561-955-4600 or visit BRRH.com/MNI.

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The Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital has expanded its cancer diagnosis and treatment services in Palm Beach County to a new location at Bethesda Health City, part of Bethesda Hospital East. The facility is located at 10301 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach. “We look forward to this partnership that will help us bring state-of-the-art comprehensive oncology care closer to our patients and community,” said Nelson Lazo, CEO of Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West.
For more information, call 561-955-6627 or visit www.brrh.com/Services/Lynn-Cancer-Institute.

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Baptist Health Medical Group North has named Marcella Gravalese, MBA-HSA, as vice president. She will lead the physician group’s development and operations and recruit new members to join the primary care and specialty physician practices.
With more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry, she most recently served as assistant vice president of operations at HCA Physician Services Group, east Florida division. In 2017, she was one of six scholars selected for the Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program by the American College of Healthcare Executives, and more recently, she was recognized as a “Dynamic Influencer” by the International Association of Women.

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In August, Delray Medical Center began to use the CORI surgical system for knee replacement surgery. The CORI is a handheld robotics-assisted technology that helps the surgeon plan and perform the procedure. Patients regain function faster and return home sooner with this technology. They also can keep more of their natural bone and ligaments. The 3D digital model allows for a surgical plan to be customized to a patient's anatomy, and the surgeon is able to choose from the widest selection of implants available for precision matching.
For more information, visit www.delraymedicalctr.com/services/orthopedics, or call 561-498-4440.

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Delray Medical Center also announced that it now uses the RED 62 Reperfusion Catheter & Benchmark BMX96 for stroke patients.
“The RED 62 is engineered with some of the latest innovations in tracking and aspiration technology to address large vessel blockages from a stroke located in more challenging areas, while maximizing powerful aspiration to remove blood clots,” said neurointerventionalist Dr. Dennys Reyes.
“With the help of the Benchmark BMX96 access system, hypotube technology provides a higher stability for more complex cases when it comes to treatment of a stroke. In addition, when performing a procedure, the catheter is designed to increase versatility and visualization designed to help offer patients the best possible outcomes.”
For more information, call 561-498-4440 or go to www.delraymedicalctr.com/services/neurosciences.

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The Palm Beach Research Center is recruiting participants for a plant-based COVID-19 vaccine study, which might appeal to some still hesitant to get vaccinated. According to researchers, the tobacco plant is used to carry a protein that mimics COVID-19. Once introduced through the body, it would create an immune response.
“No chemicals, all natural, and it is an injection— you do not smoke it,” said lead researcher David Scott of the Palm Beach Research Center. “The nicotine is not part of this. Tobacco is an intelligent plant, with many uses.”
Kentucky BioProcessing, based in Owensboro, is growing tobacco plants for the COVID-19 vaccine. According to KentuckyBio Processing, other phases of the clinical trial show the plant-based vaccine is safe, and the company is further investigating its benefits with a yearlong study. Participants will be paid more than $3,000. For more information, call 561-689-0606.

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JFK Medical Center received three American Heart Association Achievement Awards through its participation in the “Get With the Guidelines” programs for implementing improvements that ensure cardiovascular patients receive efficient and coordinated care.
“We are pleased to recognize JFK Medical Center for their commitment to cardiovascular care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairman of the association’s quality oversight committee. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the American Heart Association’s quality improvement programs often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

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BioFlorida, representing 6,700 establishments and research organizations in the bio-pharmaceutical, medical technology and bio-agriculture sectors that collectively employ 94,000 Floridians, has added five new board members. They are Thomas Equels of AIM ImmunoTech, Mark Friedman, Ph.D., of Axogen, Geoff Green of Longeveron, Adam Grossman of ADMA Biologics, and Joe Sardano of Sensus Healthcare.
“BioFlorida provides Florida’s life sciences industry with a venue to collaborate to address global health challenges,” said Rob Herzog, chairman of the BioFlorida board and vice president of research and operations at Advent Health. “I look forward to working with our new board members to continue to build Florida as a life sciences destination.” 


Send health news to Christine Davis at cdavis9797@gmail.com.

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