By Christine Davis
The Emergency Info Plan, an alert system developed by Boca Raton resident John Pastore, has been endorsed by The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, UNITE US, LifeExec, and The Center for Caregiver Support.
Pastore’s simple two-minute assessment plan helps people determine how prepared they are in an emergency. It details how to use a cellphone as an emergency alert device to notify contacts, and how to use a cellphone as a medical ID that gives EMS personnel access to critical medical information for better onsite treatment.
“When you have an emergency, every minute counts,” Pastore said. “I know. When I was away on business, my wife called 911. If I had been alerted, she might be alive today. But I didn’t find anything out until a neighbor called me 40 minutes later. If first responders had contacted me immediately, I could have provided vital medical information that might have spared her life.”
The free assessment tool to calculate a person’s emergency preparedness can be found at www.emergencyinfoplan.com.
Delray Medical Center’s Lake Worth Emergency Center, at 6250 Lantana Road, offers the new Ortho-Fast Track program. Without requiring appointments, it provides patients access to emergency treatment after orthopedic injuries and schedules follow-ups. Benefits include minimal waiting, evaluation by a board-certified ER physician, and follow-up with an orthopedic surgeon scheduled within 48 hours of the visit. For more information, go to www.delraymedicalctr.com/services/orthopedics or call 561-963-9909.
On the campus of Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Heart Hospital now offers new technologies to give patients with complex cardiac and vascular conditions speedier care that is more precise. The Azurion with FlexArm imaging system allows exceptional image quality from a wide variety of angles, which gives medical teams flexibility to choose the best working position without the need to reposition the patient or adjust the operating table. The system was designed following three years of research at Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute.
A promising development has surfaced for people who suffer from fecal incontinence. A minimally invasive treatment for the condition, available at JFK Medical Center, includes the placement of an implanted device in the lower back that electrically stimulates the sacral nerves. Colorectal surgeon Dr. Juliet Ray placed the first InterStim Micro device earlier this year at JFK. This device, less than 3 centimeters in size, lasts up to 15 years and is MRI compatible. For more information, call 561-964-1632 or visit https://pbcolorectalsurgery.com.
FoundCare Inc., a nonprofit health center, added three members to its board of trustees: Stephanie Carden, Miron Ebanks and Marcia Howard. FoundCare has six locations, including at 1901 S. Congress Ave., Suite 100, Boynton Beach.
FoundCare’s services include pediatric and adult primary care, women’s health, chronic disease management, behavioral health, dentistry, pharmacy, laboratory, and X-rays. For more information, call 561-432-5849 or visit http://foundcare.org.
Boca Helping Hands will host a series called Nutrition Basics in partnership with Baptist Health South Florida. The monthly classes have changing content and are held via Zoom. The next session is scheduled for noon April 16. The program will be presented by Chay Shavrick, RN, the women’s health navigator at Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. To register, visit https://bocahelpinghands.org/form/nutrition-basics-form.
Boca Helping Hands encourages people looking to get into shape to take their health and wellness to the next step by participating in free community health classes hosted by Baptist Health South Florida via Zoom. These virtual exercise, meditation, and educational seminars can be found at https://events.baptisthealth.net.
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