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Health Notes: Delray Medical rated tops in neuroscience, cranial neurosurgery, stroke care

By Christine Davis

    Delray Medical Center has been recognized as a five-star recipient for a wide range of treatments and surgeries. It received neuroscience, cranial neurosurgery and stroke care excellence awards and was named among the top 5 percent in the nation for neurosciences, cranial neurosurgery and the treatment of stroke.
    These achievements are part of findings released by Healthgrades, an independent health care ratings company, and are featured in its 2018 “Report to the Nation.”
    For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, using all-payer data provided by 17 states.
    Officials at Delray Medical Center announced that Teresa C. Urquhart is their new chief operating officer. They also announced that they offer a new procedure, the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve for mitral valve replacement inside a failed surgical valve. This is the only valve approved for valve-in-valve procedures due to failure of a surgical mitral valve.
    Also, Delray Medical is the first hospital in South Florida to implant a new device used to seal off the left atrial appendage  — a small appendage connected to the left atrium
    The device, called Amplatzer Amulet Occluder, works by blocking the left atrial appendage at its opening, which minimizes the opportunity for blood clots to form and move into the bloodstream.
    David C. Brodner, M.D., was appointed associate medical director for sleep medicine with eviCore Health-care.
    Brodner is board-certified in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), head and neck surgery and sleep medicine. His office is at 8794 Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach.    

    In October, Baptist Health South Florida acquired a majority interest in South Palm Ambulatory Surgery Center, which has changed its name to Baptist Health Surgery Center. This center, at 1905 Clint Moore Road in Boca Raton, is Baptist Health’s second outpatient surgery center in Palm Beach County.
    In honor of Veterans Day, Boca Raton Regional Hospital recognized its physicians, employees, volunteers and board members who are veterans of the U.S. armed services.
    Included in the program were Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Melvin Pollack, director of Vets Helping Heroes.
    The Boca Raton Community High School NJROTC, Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services, Boca Raton Police Department, the Spanish River High School Super Splash Show Choir and other community and veterans group leaders attended.
    Call 4 Health has hired three new team members: Alex Karanau is its new chief information officer; Lissette Ferro-Lloret is now the director of operations, and Victoria Rodriguez is the new marketing specialist.
    Call 4 Health is a medical call center and nurse triage service headquartered in Delray Beach.
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