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Health Notes: Pinkball game raises money to help uninsured get mammograms

Women from the Woodfield Country Club show their support for Pinkball 2019. Photo provided

Boca Raton Regional Hospital struck out against breast cancer during its 10th annual Pinkball event on March 9.

Proceeds benefit the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute and support women who need mammograms or breast ultrasound, but lack health insurance.

The softball game was held at the South County Regional Park fields in west Boca Raton.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office played against a Pinkball team that included Ki-Jana Carter, former National Football League running back; Jeff Nelson, former major league baseball pitcher; Jorge Posada, five-time All-Star and former New York Yankees catcher; Tanyon Sturtze, former pitcher; Mo Vaughn, three-time All-Star and former first baseman; and  Preston Wilson, former major league center fielder.

Pinkball, started in 2008 by Boca Raton Regional Hospital employee Michelle Stallone, has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception.

A dedication ceremony for breast cancer survivor Shannon Lotitto was held.

                                

In February, Dr. Aaron Klein joined Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s BocaCare physician network to offer a concierge medicine option.

Klein, board-certified in internal medicine, has been practicing medicine in Boca Raton for 13 years.

His primary interests are preventive, geriatric and sports medicine.

For more information, call 955-5847.

                                

James E. Galvin, a neuroscientist at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine, received a $3 million, three-year grant in March from the Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation to expand the dementia prevention initiative. 

Galvin, principal investigator and director at the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health in the college, developed the initiative.

It incorporates personalized evaluation and prevention plans to reduce dementia risk. Galvin and his team examine the disease’s biomarkers and predictors, such as physical performance, retinal imaging and gait analyses.

For more info, call 297-0164 or email healthybrain@health.fau.edu.

                                

Florida Atlantic University opened its first primary care physician practice in Boca Raton, which is managed by the university’s Schmidt College of Medicine. FAU Medicine is in the Galen Medical Building, 880 NW 13th St.

Services include preventive care, routine check-ups, management of acute and chronic health problems, medical and laboratory tests, diagnostic services, specialized geriatric care, and opportunities to participate in clinical trials and research studies.

FAU Medicine accepts insurance from traditional Medicare Part B and other major insurance plans. For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.faumedicine.org or call 566-5328. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays except Wednesdays, when the hours are 1-8 p.m.

                                

Jerad Hanlon was named Delray Medical Center’s new chief strategy officer as well as group chief strategy officer for Tenet Healthcare’s Palm Beach County hospitals in March.

For the past three years, he served as the chief administrative officer for Community Health Systems in Virginia, and prior to that, as a chief operating officer of Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Va.

                                

In February, Delray Medical Center received a bariatric surgical center accreditation as a comprehensive center under the metabolic and bariatric surgery accreditation and quality improvement programs of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. To earn this designation, Delray Medical Center met criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care.

                                

Silk Road Medical has designated Delray Medical Center as a center of excellence to perform the trans-carotid artery revascularization procedure to treat carotid artery disease. Silk Road Medical develops and manufactures the devices used in the procedure.

This achievement honors both Delray Medical Center and Dr. Joseph Ricotta, regional medical director of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy for Tenet Healthcare. This procedure is a new, less-invasive treatment option used to repair clogged carotid arteries, reducing the risk of stroke.

                                

Tenet Healthcare was one of the platinum sponsors for the 2019 National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives leadership summit in Orlando in February. The conference focused on how health care organizations across the country are optimizing performance and promoting health via the integration of health equity, diversity and inclusion.

Send health news to Christine Davis at cdavis9797@gmail.com.

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