By Christine Davis
Maria Morales Menendez was promoted to chief operating officer of the Delray Medical Center in September. Morales Menendez started at Delray Medical Center as an associate resident, before being promoted to the position of associate administrator.
Morales Menendez was graduated from the University of Kentucky, with a degree in biosystems engineering. She has a master’s in business administration with a health care specialization from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Delray Medical Center is among the top 10% in the nation for neurosciences, stroke care and critical care and a recipient of the Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award, according to a new analysis by Healthgrades.
Delray Medical Center was also recognized for the following clinical achievements: Five-Star recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 20 years in a row (2003-2022), Five-Star recipient for Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeries in 2022, Five-Star recipient for Colorectal Surgeries for five years in a row (2018-2022).
Delray Medical Center also achieved high performance marks in the categories of diabetes, heart attack, heart failure and stroke for the state of Florida in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-2022 Best Hospitals rankings for adult clinical specialties.
The Palm Beach Health Network, which includes Delray Medical Center, recently received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus, and Gold Plus-Honor Roll Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award, for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment, according to nationally recognized research-based guidelines.
Timothy O’Connor, M.D., a specialist in robotic and complex deformity surgery, recently joined the Boca Raton-based Marcus Neuroscience Institute, part of Baptist Health, as the director of minimally invasive surgery and robotic spinal surgery.
O’Connor joined Marcus Neuroscience Institute from the University at Buffalo, where he completed a CAST-accredited complex spine surgery fellowship. While completing his fellowship, he was awarded the AO Discovery and Innovation Young Investigator grant by the AO Spine Foundation. He was also invited to join the AO Knowledge Forum, a group of surgeons who collaborate on solving challenges in modern spinal surgery.
He received his medical degree from the University of Florida, where he was graduated with honors for research and academic excellence.