Health Notes: Light the Night Challenge nets $316,468 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Palm Health Foundation’s ‘Let’s Move! ‘ program this month encourages people of all fitness levels to exercise.  Photo provide

Seventeen local people took part in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2019 Light the Night Executive Challenge, an eight-week fundraising competition leading up to the West Palm Beach and Boca Raton Light the Night walks. The people, mainly executives from throughout Palm Beach County and cancer survivors, raised $316,468 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The 2019 challengers included Bill Burns (Cross Country Healthcare), Bill Rucker (Florida Power & Light Co.), Brian Follbaum (FPL Energy Services), Bridget Hayes (Avella BriovaRx), Heather Stubblefield (FPL), Jeffrey Dunn (FPL), Joe Lopez-Cepero (Good Samaritan Medical Center), Keith Pence (Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil PA), Ken Namerow (survivor), Lisa Myers (Gerstle, Rosen & Goldenberg PA), Mike Blackman (survivor and retired IBM executive), Naomi Gersh (in memory of her husband, Barry Gersh), Richard Brooks (survivor), Rick Farah (Salesforce), Salvatore D’Amico (Privaira), Sam Forrest (FPL) and Tony Bajak (Good Samaritan Medical Center). 

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Former professional athletes faced off against local police in February to raise money for breast cancer programs at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s 11th annual Pinkball event. Proceeds benefit the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, through the hospital’s Go Pink Challenge. It supports women in need of mammograms or breast ultrasounds, but who lack health insurance.

Athletes included Jorge Posada, Mo Vaughn, Tanyon Sturtze, Johnny Damon, Tino Martinez and Ki-Jana Carter.


Palm Health Foundation has undertaken its eighth annual Let’s Move! Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge, a monthlong event that kicked off March 1. The challenge asks people to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. It offers physical and wellness activities across Palm Beach County and logs participants’ minutes to motivate them to achieve fitness goals. To participate and for more information, visit ;


Delray Medical Center has received a Healthgrades 2020 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award, placing it in the top 1% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance. 

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the care we provide. It means we are doing our job in giving patients the highest quality care and best experience possible,” said Maggie Gill, chief executive officer at Delray Medical Center. “Our outstanding physicians, nurses and staff earned this achievement on behalf of the hospital.” 

Delray Medical Center is one of only five hospitals in the country to be recognized as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 14 consecutive years. It has also been recognized among the top 10% in the nation for stroke care and critical care in 2020 and has been a five-star recipient for treatment of heart failure for 18 years in a row.


Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute recently entered Phase II of its grant agreement with the Marcus Stroke Network to continue reducing the high rates of death and disability for stroke in the southeastern United States.

As a result of Phase I, the institute significantly elevated the quality of stroke treatment. The institute provided tissue plasminogen activator within 45 minutes for 100% of eligible patients in 2019, up from 58% in 2017 and 79.3% in 2018. 

The institute was also honored with the Stroke Gold Plus and Honor Roll Elite Plus, the highest quality achievement awards from the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines program. 

A major accomplishment during Phase I was the institute’s recognition as a certified thrombectomy-capable stroke center by The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Phase II of the grant will build upon the success of Phase I and be completed in May 2022. 

During this period, the institute will aim to secure comprehensive stroke center certification by the Joint Commission, continue to expand its expert telestroke service and complete a third interventional neuroradiology suite with direct-to-angiography capabilities. Phase II also includes an analysis to be completed to determine the viability of a mobile stroke unit in Palm Beach County. 


The Hospital for Special Surgery has just opened a 60,000-square-foot facility in West Palm Beach. HSS Florida announced its medical team and leadership structure and that nearly 1,000 patient appointments have already been scheduled. 

HSS has ranked No. 1 in the nation for orthopedics for the past 10 consecutive years, according to U.S. News & World Report

A large academic medical center specializing in orthopedics, rheumatology and related specialties, HSS attracts patients nationally and internationally as well as high-performance athletes. In 2019, nearly 3,000 Florida residents travelled for care to the HSS main campus in New York. 

“HSS is committed to the health, wellness and lifestyle of our patients,” said Dr. Bryan Kelly, surgeon-in-chief and medical director. “We are always advancing innovative pathways to provide better care, and an important part of that process is providing access to more people in new locations.”

HSS Florida is led by founding Medical Director David Altchek, MD, a renowned sports medicine surgeon, chief emeritus of the HSS Sports Medicine Institute and medical director for the New York Mets. Nick Sama, MD, orthopedic trauma surgeon, will serve as associate medical director for inpatient services. Ryan Simovitch, MD, sports medicine and shoulder surgeon, will serve as associate medical director for ambulatory services. 

Located at 300 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., HSS Florida-West Palm Beach offers comprehensive outpatient orthopedic care, including physician consultations, advanced diagnostic and imaging services, specialized rehabilitation, sports performance programs and surgery. 

Physicians practicing at HSS Florida include those based in Florida full time as well as those who split their time between New York and Florida.


Eric Moum, MD, has joined Clearlyderm Dermatology at the Delray and Boynton Beach locations. Moum is board certified and has practiced in Boynton Beach for more than 30 years. Every year since 2000, he was selected by Castle Connolly as an “America’s Top Doctor.”

Clearlyderm is an independent dermatology group with six locations in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Visit for information or to book an appointment.  


Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has announced Pua Cooper as recipient of the Chapter Leader of the Year Award for 2020. Cooper is the assistant vice president, chief clinical informatics officer for Boca Raton Regional Hospital, where she oversees the operations of clinical informatics and the infection prevention department. Cooper will be recognized during the 2020 HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition, March 9-13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.


Cardiologist Heather Johnson, MD, has joined the medical staff of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida. She specializes in cardiovascular medicine, preventive cardiology, hypertension management and vascular health. 

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