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Health Notes: Boca Regional narrows down potential partners to five

Boca Raton Regional plans to identify a partner this summer.

By Christine Davis

Officials at Boca Raton Regional Hospital have established a list of five health care providers as potential partners from a group of 12 health systems that responded to the hospital’s request for proposals.
They are: Baptist Health South Florida, Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Healthcare System, Novant Health and Orlando Health.  
In June 2017, the hospital formed a steering committee to explore the possibility of a strategic partnership with another provider, with a goal to enhance the hospital’s ability to develop nationally recognized clinical programs, to mitigate the challenges of a stand-alone organization and to provide greater access to capital. The preferred partner is expected to be identified by this summer.

Darci McNally, director of oncology support services and community outreach at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, received the Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society. She was recognized in February for her leadership in providing care and support to patients through support groups and one-on-one therapy.
McNally, a clinical social worker, is a member of the Association of Oncology Social Workers and the Florida Society of Oncology Social Workers. She completed the advanced psychosocial oncology training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and has received a specialty certification in oncology social work.

Juvy Villanueva, a senior physical therapist at Boca Regional’s Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, was recognized in February as a multiple sclerosis-certified specialist through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program. “A recognition of this caliber commends Juvy’s dedication to providing high-quality care to her patients,” said Genie Lieberman, director of the Drummond Institute.

Delray Medical Center announced in February that it received the Healthgrades 2018 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award, which named it as one of the top 1 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its consistently superior clinical performance. Healthgrades is an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. Delray Medical Center has made this list yearly since the inception of the award 12 years ago.

Delray Medical Center announced in February that it was the first hospital in the United States to perform the robotic-assisted peripheral vascular intervention procedure using the CorPath GRX System. The procedure, performed by Dr. Joseph Ricotta, brings robotic-assisted precision to both percutaneous coronary and percutaneous vascular interventional procedures. Peripheral artery disease is a disease of blood vessels outside the heart that commonly affects arteries carrying blood to the lower extremities. It has affected an estimated 8.5 million people in the United States. For more information, visit

Bethesda Health Quality Alliance was selected as one of 124 new Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations providing Medicare beneficiaries with access to high-quality coordinated care.
Through this alliance, physicians and other providers aim to transform health care delivery through a quality-focused, integrated approach intended to engage patients in their health choices. “Patients, taxpayers, employers, insurers and other stakeholders have long demanded better quality and greater value out of health care. Our alliance can respond by providing better integration, information sharing, and accountability for the cost, quality and overall experience,” said Shawn Franklin, executive director of Bethesda Health Quality Alliance.
“We believe a full-service network, including physicians, hospitals and other health care providers, is key to delivering on our mission of advancing the quality of health care in our community by delivering patient-centered, compassionate care through a culture of collaboration, transparency, integrity and innovation,” said Roger L. Kirk, president and CEO of Bethesda Health Inc. and a board member.

The YMCA of South Palm Beach County will hold a free community annual event, Healthy Kids Day, on April 14 as part of its national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Activities will include obstacle courses, a rock climbing wall, sports clinics and demonstrations, a bike rodeo, bounce houses and fun games to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer.
The event will be held both at the Peter Blum Family Y of Boca Raton, 6631 Palmetto Circle S., and DeVos-Blum Family Y of Boynton Beach, 9600 S. Military Trail, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 237-0974 or visit

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