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Health Notes: Boca Regional has a new chief operating officer

Mindy Shikiar has been appointed chief operating officer for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. She replaces Karen Poole, who retired in early April. Shikiar has been at Boca Regional since 2003 and served in positions such as vice president of oncology services, ambulatory services and business development. She has had oversight of major program and facility expansions at the hospital’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute and the Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute.
“Mindy Shikiar’s experience and skill set are ideally suited for this important role within our organization. Her leadership will be instrumental as we continue to enhance our position as a preeminent, academic referral medical center in the region,” said hospital President and CEO Jerry Fedele.

Tarsha Jones, an assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, got some good news times two. She received a $182,812 diversity supplement grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health awarded through Columbia University and a $5,000 grant from the D.A.I.S.Y. Foundation.
The two-year National Institutes of Health grant will further Jones’ research and career development skills and enhance diversity among biomedical and behavioral scientists. Jones, along with her research mentors, will examine racial and ethnic disparities in the use of genetic testing among young breast cancer survivors. In her research funded by the D.A.I.S.Y. Foundation, Jones is studying barriers to genetic testing of black and Hispanic women with cancer risks who receive care in community health centers.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “150 great places to work in health care” for the second consecutive year. Becker’s Hospital Review accepted nominations and developed an editorial review process.
Boca Regional’s submission included a look at its offerings in employee recognition and professional development programs, along with wellness initiatives and competitive benefits. Examples include the hospital’s @WorkCare Health Center and its Healthy Habits program.

Symphony, a senior living community on West Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, will open this summer. It plans to offer 88 supportive independent living and assisted living apartments and 34 memory support apartments. Monthly apartment prices range from $4,595 to $6,600. Amenities and services include restaurant dining, bar, salon and spa, a movie theater, gym, as well as nursing care options. For more information, call 672-0774.

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