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Health Notes: New pavilion at hospital to be named for Boca philanthropists

By Christine Davis

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s $250 million fundraising effort, Keeping the Promise, got an early holiday present. Philanthropists Toby and Leon Cooperman made a $25 million gift to the campaign during a St. Andrews Country Club event in early December.


In recognition of the gift, the hospital’s new Medical Arts Pavilion will be named in their honor.


The Coopermans are signers of Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge effort “to help address society’s most pressing problems by inviting the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to commit to giving more than half of their wealth to philanthropy.” The Coopermans plan to give all their wealth away, to organizations, institutions and individuals that have made a difference to them. These have included Hunter College in New York City, Columbia University and St. Barnabas Medical Center.


They have also launched the Cooperman College Scholars Program and the Cooperman Family Fund for a Jewish Future.



Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation recently created its Charles Levitetz Advanced Symptom Support and Individualized Care Program at the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute. This program, which was funded through a gift from the Levitetz Family Foundation, intends to offer relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.



Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida, recently launched a long-term monitoring program for cryptogenic stroke patients to help reduce their risk of a secondary stroke.


The stroke team at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute offers the option to insert a small cardiac monitor to capture such things as abnormal heartbeats and rhythms, which often go undetected and can increase stroke risk. The data are relayed to specialty cardiac physicians so that they can promptly initiate treatment when it is required.


The device is implanted using a minimally invasive procedure and lasts up to three years as patients continue their everyday activities.


“Patients that have suffered cryptogenic stroke often have undiagnosed atrial fibrillation or other cardiac complications months after being discharged from a hospital. Traditional programs typically end weeks or even days after the initial stroke,” said Brian Snelling, M.D., medical director of the Marilyn and Stanley Barry Center for Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke at the neuroscience institute. “The Reveal LINQ system is enabling us to detect heart disturbances on a long-term basis to facilitate proactive treatment when needed.”


Endocrine surgeon Jessica L. Buicko, M.D., has joined Bethesda Health Physician Group. Buicko earned her medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.


She completed a general surgery residency at the University of Miami program at JFK Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in advanced endocrine and metabolic surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


Buicko, who is affiliated with Bethesda Hospital East, will see patients in her office, General and Vascular Surgery Specialists, 2800 S. Seacrest Blvd., Suite 200, Boynton Beach. 



Jill Shutes, a geriatric nurse practitioner, was named the new vice president of Alzheimer’s Community Care Services.


Previously, Shutes worked as an assistant professor of nursing in the graduate nursing program at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has more than 20 years of experience as a geriatric nurse practitioner working in long-term care, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities throughout South Florida.

Santa Fe Suites, a health care executive-office-suite complex at 306 NE Second St., celebrates its 10th anniversary in Delray Beach. The suites house 22 businesses with spa and health service functions. 

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