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    Hospital to Name the Center for Graduate Medical Education BOCA RATON, FL – November 2, 2021 – Boca Raton residents and philanthropists Michelle and Michael Hagerty have made their third seven-figure gift to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Their latest, a $5 million contribution in support of the residency programs, brings their total giving to Keeping the Promise to $8.5 million. Their support is one of many other seven- and eight-figure donors to a campaign that has surpassed $212 million raised. “Michelle and Michael Hagerty are deeply embedded in our mission at Boca Raton Regional Hospital,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “When donors make repeated gifts to our capital campaign, it’s clear they believe in our vision for the future. We are grateful for their role in the success of the campaign and their demonstration of faith in our campus initiative is irreplaceable.” Boca Regional serves as the primary teaching site for Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offering residency programs in Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Neurology. The program plays a pivotal role in the hospital’s transformation to a tertiary academic medical center. Expansion plans include more than doubling the size of the space housing the existing programs providing a new learning center, conference room, computer lab, surgical simulation center, and much needed administrative and educational space for all three programs. This new space will help Boca Regional recruit and retain top medical school graduates for world class training in Boca Raton. “There is no substitute for quality healthcare,” said Ms. Hagerty. “When we moved down here, it became obvious to us that the hospital’s mission was inextricably linked to our passion to help bring the highest quality care to this area. This campus-wide initiative is a spectacular step forward to realize that mission and our dreams.” The latest gift from the family will be recognized in the naming of the Michelle and Michael Hagerty Center for Graduate Medical Education. Previously, the couple made a $2.5 million gift with recognition at the Michelle and Michael Hagerty Courtyard on the northern tip of the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower and other gifts totaling $1 million to name the Michelle and Michael Hagerty Education Center at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. Michelle Hagerty is a prominent philanthropist and strong advocate for children in the South Florida community. She has been involved with various organizations locally in addition to the hospital, including Place of Hope, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and Florida Atlantic University, among others. Prior to moving to South Florida, Michelle worked in New York for her family business, White Rock Distilleries. Michelle and her husband, Michael, have two children and live in Boca Raton. “You can tell by the breadth and scope of the Hagerty family giving that they care deeply for others,” said Stan Barry, co-chair of Keeping the Promise. “That personal commitment is at the heart of all philanthropy, and Michelle and Michael define generosity better than most. They are wonderful people and we are blessed to have them as part of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital family.” The $250 million Keeping the Promise Campaign is the largest fund-raising initiative in Boca Regional’s history and is supporting its most ambitious period of growth and expansion. The campus redevelopment plans include at the centerpiece, the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower where patients will be welcomed in the inviting new Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby with plans for retail, dining, meeting space, a sanctuary, outdoor courtyards, and other conveniences for visitors. The new tower features all new surgical suites and all private patient rooms exceeding the latest safety standards for patient care. In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private in a comprehensive renovation of all patient units including maternity, oncology, and orthopedics. An expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is well underway with emphasis on neurovascular/stroke, central nervous system tumors, spine, and epilepsy/seizure disorders. The recently opened 972-car Schmidt Family Parking Facility will be connected to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute once the new tower construction is complete. Also underway is the new Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion with outpatient surgery, physician offices and adjacent parking. About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com. For more information, visit BRRH.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. Media Contacts: For Boca Raton Regional Hospital: Michael Maucker mmaucker@baptisthealth.net 954-559-6896 For Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation: Jennifer Rohloff jrohloff@baptisthealth.net 561-955-3329 ###

    Effective Oct. 1, Maureen Mann has been promoted to Vice President of Lynn Cancer Institute. Maureen has been a leader at Lynn Cancer Institute (LCI) since 2015 and in her current role oversees the operations, growth and strategic initiatives of the Institute. Under her leadership, LCI has grown approximately 20% and has added multiple new clinical programs and new high tech equipment at its four locations. Additionally, LCI has grown to be the market leader of cancer care services in Palm Beach County with 27% of the patient care being delivered by LCI and its 3 satellite locations. Maureen is an experienced leader in healthcare administration and has served in a variety of leadership roles in previous organizations. She is also an active member of several professional and civic organizations including the American Cancer Society, Junior League, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. In her new role as Vice President, Maureen will continue to lead the daily operations of LCI and will navigate the ambitious growth and strategic plans for the Institute in Palm Beach as well as further collaboration and expansion efforts with Miami Cancer Institute. She will also continue to oversee the Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute due to the synergies of these two Institutes.

    Boca Raton – September 27, 2021 – Timothy O’Connor, M.D., joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute, part of Baptist Health, as the director of minimally invasive surgery and robotic spine surgery. Dr. O’Connor specializes in minimally invasive, robotic and complex deformity surgery. “I’m delighted to welcome Dr. O’Connor to Marcus Neuroscience Institute,” said Frank Vrionis, M.D., Institute director at Marcus Neuroscience Institute. “His extensive training and experience in the latest innovations in minimally invasive spine surgery will be an asset to our team and patients.” Founded at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Marcus Neuroscience Institute has expanded its services to Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. “Marcus Neuroscience Institute has always set the standard for innovative neurologic and neurosurgical care locally and regionally,” said Nelson Lazo, chief executive officer at Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. “By expanding its comprehensive services to Bethesda Hospital East and West, we are widening its footprint and impact on the community to make the most cutting-edge technology and renowned team of experts even more accessible.” Dr. O’Connor joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute from the University at Buffalo, where he completed a CAST-accredited complex spine surgery fellowship. While completing his complex spine fellowship, he was awarded the AO Discovery and Innovation Young Investigator grant by the AO Spine Foundation for his biomechanical research in junctional tethers. He was invited to join the AO Knowledge Forum, a leading group of surgeons around the world to collaborate on solving some of the greatest challenges in modern spine surgery. Dr. O’Connor has written peer-reviewed technical manuscripts on robotic spine systems and minimally invasive approaches. He has been invited to present at multiple national and international conferences, including the Global Spine Congress, the International Spinal Deformity Symposium and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He received his medical degree from the University of Florida, where he graduated with honors in research and academic excellence. During medical school, he was invited to join the University of Florida Medical School admissions committee and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He received the resident of the year award and the highest neurosurgery board score award at University at Buffalo Neurosurgery during residency. He will see patients at two convenient locations in the Boca Raton and Boynton Beach communities: 2800 S. Seacrest Blvd., Suite 160 in Boynton Beach (across from Baptist Health’s Bethesda Hospital East) and 800 Meadows Road in Boca Raton. About Marcus Neuroscience Institute Marcus Neuroscience Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, is an innovative nexus for neurologic and neurosurgical care. From non-surgical treatments and minimally invasive procedures to complex brain and spine surgery, the Institute embraces a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Marcus Neuroscience Institute’s highly skilled staff is comprised of neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain management physicians and neuro-oncologists. With locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Deerfield Beach, Marcus Neuroscience Institute is making breakthrough neurological care more accessible for patients seeking comprehensive treatment for conditions affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system. The heart of the Institute is located at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The 57,000-square-foot facility houses a 20-bed Neuro Intensive Care and Step-Down Unit, four dedicated operating rooms — including one equipped with intraoperative MRI and two with intraoperative CT capability — and a biplane angiography suite, a crucial component in the diagnosis and care of neurological conditions. Marcus Neuroscience Institute is training the next generation of neurologists and neuroscientists in conjunction with Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and its residency program. The Institute earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for Spinal Surgery Certification from The Joint Commission, which reflects commitment to the highest standards of excellence and safety in patient care, and the Institute is a DNV Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is the nation’s highest level of stroke accreditation. About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com. For more information, visit BRRH.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    BOCA RATON, FL – September 20, 2021 ­– Fawad Yousuf, M.D., joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, as a neurologist. Dr. Yousuf specializes in general neurology, multiple sclerosis and neuroimaging. He is fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Yousuf to Marcus Neuroscience Institute,” said Frank Vrionis, M.D., Institute director at Marcus Neuroscience Institute. “His compassionate approach to patient care and extensive research experience in multiple sclerosis will make him an asset to our patients and staff. Marcus Neuroscience Institute looks forward to welcoming Dr. Yousuf to the Boca Raton and Boynton Beach communities where he will be of generous importance to all.” Founded at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Marcus Neuroscience Institute has expanded its services to Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. “Marcus Neuroscience Institute has always set the standard for innovative neurologic and neurosurgical care locally and regionally,” said Nelson Lazo, chief executive officer at Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. “By expanding its comprehensive services to Bethesda Hospital East and West, we are widening its footprint and impact on the community to make the most cutting-edge technology and renowned team of experts even more accessible.” Dr. Yousuf joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute from the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, where he completed a neurology residency. During his residency training, Dr. Yousuf was awarded the prestigious University of Kentucky College of Medicine Silver Award twice for patient care and professionalism. He also served as “Residents as Teachers” course director in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Yousuf completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in multiple sclerosis and neuroimaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His areas of research include the treatment effect of multiple disease-modifying therapies on MRI metrics in patients with multiple sclerosis and neuroimaging in patients with MS. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Brain, the Journal of Neuroimaging, CNS Spectrums, the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, the International Journal of Neuroscience, the American Journal of Neuroradiology and Frontiers in Neurology. He has also presented at many industry events and conferences. Dr. Yousuf earned his medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College. He will see patients at two convenient locations in the Boca Raton and Boynton Beach communities: 2800 S. Seacrest Blvd., Suite 160 in Boynton Beach (across from Baptist Health’s Bethesda Hospital East) and 800 Meadows Road in Boca Raton. About Marcus Neuroscience Institute Marcus Neuroscience Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, is an innovative nexus for neurologic and neurosurgical care. From non-surgical treatments and minimally invasive procedures to complex brain and spine surgery, the Institute embraces a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Marcus Neuroscience Institute’s highly skilled staff is comprised of neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain management physicians and neuro-oncologists. With locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Deerfield Beach, Marcus Neuroscience Institute is making breakthrough neurological care more accessible for patients seeking comprehensive treatment for conditions affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system. The heart of the Institute is located at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The 57,000-square-foot facility houses a 20-bed Neuro Intensive Care and Step-Down Unit, four dedicated operating rooms — including one equipped with intraoperative MRI and two with intraoperative CT capability — and a biplane angiography suite, a crucial component in the diagnosis and care of neurological conditions. Marcus Neuroscience Institute is training the next generation of neurologists and neuroscientists in conjunction with Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and its residency program. The Institute earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for Spinal Surgery Certification from The Joint Commission, which reflects commitment to the highest standards of excellence and safety in patient care, and the Institute is a DNV Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is the nation’s highest level of stroke accreditation. About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com. For more information, visit BRRH.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    Mrs. Kane’s Generosity will be Recognized in the New Retail Pharmacy BOCA RATON, FL – August 30, 2021 – Boca Raton resident and philanthropist Ena Kane has become the latest million-dollar donor to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Her $1 million gift is one of many seven- and eight-figure donors to a campaign that has already surpassed $210 million raised. “Mrs. Kane is special to all of us here at the hospital,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “She is a long-time donor who understands the nature of our campus initiative and wants others to benefit from her giving. Indeed, Mrs. Kane is an integral part of our Boca Regional family and we continue to be grateful for her participation and generosity.” Ena Kane’s gift will be recognized in the naming of the retail pharmacy to be located steps from the main entrance on the first floor of the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower, one of the hallmark projects of the campus initiative and Keeping the Promise capital campaign. Mrs. Kane’s generosity includes prior gifts cumulatively totaling in excess of $500,000. Boca Regional has acknowledged this altruism with significant recognition, which is visible in the waiting area of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute, as well as locations in the Emergency Department and in the Lynn Women's Institute. Naming of facilities is particularly meaningful for Mrs. Kane, as her gifts have been made in memory of her late husband, Robert, and daughter, Odette, both of whom tragically died in a car accident in 2010. “I love the hospital and all the people who have cared for me throughout the years,” said Mrs. Kane. “It comforts me when people tell me they’ve seen my family’s names in the various buildings and departments here. I am grateful for these opportunities to attach something positive to their memory. So, when the chance arose to utilize my resources to support the hospital’s efforts, I immediately called the Foundation.” Robert and Ena Kane retired to Boca Raton some 30 years ago from New York. Odette followed them in 1995. Mrs. Kane has a rich and fascinating family history. She was born 1935 in Managua, Nicaragua to parents General Bartolome Viquez and Deyfilia Pollex Viquez. Her father was Commander-In-Chief of the Nicaraguan armed forces, as well as vice president, governor and senator in Nicaragua. He was even acting president at one time in 1974. Ena’s mother was the first woman Consul General of Nicaragua. “Ena Kane is an inspiration to all of us,” said Stan Barry, co-chair of Keeping the Promise. “She has experienced life as part of an illustrious family in Nicaragua, has endured suffering, and then given so generously of herself so that others may reap the benefit of a new generation of medicine here at Boca Regional. We are so grateful to be a part of her life.” The $250 million Keeping the Promise Campaign is the largest fund-raising initiative in Boca Regional’s history and is supporting its most ambitious period of growth and expansion. The campus redevelopment plans include at the centerpiece, the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower where patients will be welcomed in the inviting new Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby with plans for retail, dining, meeting space, a sanctuary, outdoor courtyards and other conveniences for visitors. The new tower features all new surgical suites and all private patient rooms exceeding the latest safety standards for patient care. In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private in a comprehensive renovation of all patient units including maternity, oncology, and orthopedics. An expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is well underway with emphasis on neurovascular/stroke, central nervous system tumors, spine, and epilepsy/seizure disorders. The recently opened 972-car Schmidt Family Parking Facility will be connected to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute once the new tower construction is complete. Also underway is the new Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion with outpatient surgery, physician offices and adjacent parking. About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com. For more information, visit BRRH.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL – August 23, 2021 – Marcella Gravalese, MBA-HSA, has been appointed vice president of Baptist Health Medical Group North. She will lead the physician group’s development and operations and recruit new members to join the primary care and specialty physician practices. Ms. Gravalese brings more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, most recently serving as assistant vice president of operations at HCA Physician Services Group – East Florida Division. While at HCA, she was responsible for the operations of 100 ambulatory clinics, five urgent care centers and multiple graduate education programs throughout South Florida. She was also instrumental in the company’s expansion into the Next Generation ACO Model, which supports the integration, alignment and coordination of care through population health initiatives. “We are delighted to welcome Marcella to the Baptist Health family,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “She brings the technical competencies to succeed in this role and has demonstrated a personal commitment to developing people and leading teams—two invaluable skills that will help further Baptist Health Medical Group North’s mission of providing the highest level of care to patients in Palm Beach County.” Nelson Lazo, CEO of Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West, added, “Marcella will serve as a great asset in expanding the physician group to ensure patients across Palm Beach County can be connected with local primary care and specialty physicians. Her expertise is the perfect fit to help meet the needs of our growing community.” Ms. Gravalese began her career in Detroit, Michigan, where she served in various healthcare roles before relocating to South Florida. She possesses extensive experience in healthcare operations settings, including ambulatory care, emergency medicine, urgent care, inpatient, surgical and graduate medical education. Throughout her career, Ms. Gravalese has maintained a passion for mentoring and developing future leaders as well as serving and supporting the community. In 2017, she was one of six scholars selected for the prestigious Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program by the American College of Healthcare Executives. Most recently, she was recognized as a Dynamic Influencer by the International Association of Women. Ms. Gravalese earned a master’s degree in health services administration from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and disease prevention from Michigan State University. She also completed the Leadership for Senior Executives program through Harvard Business School. About Baptist Health Medical Group North Baptist Health Medical Group North, formed from Bethesda Health Physician Group and BocaCare© physicians, is committed to the prevention, treatment and management of acute and chronic illnesses and diseases through evidence-based clinical practices. These dedicated providers collaborate with doctors from nearby institutions and all 11 Baptist Health hospitals, which have been operating with excellence for decades from the Florida Keys north to Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West and Boca Raton Regional Hospital, and more than 50 outpatient facilities located throughout South Florida. Baptist Health Medical Group North gives access to a comprehensive network of clinicians committed to helping patients manage their day-to-day health and navigate their advanced and long-term healthcare needs in the areas of cancer care, neurosciences, cardiovascular health, orthopedics & sports medicine and others.

    New location now available to patients in Boynton Beach BOYNTON BEACH, FL – August 17, 2021 ­– Marcus Neuroscience Institute is expanding its services to Boynton Beach, making breakthrough neurological care more accessible for northern and central Palm Beach County patients seeking comprehensive treatment for conditions affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system. The new location, at 2800 S. Seacrest Boulevard, Suite 160 in Boynton Beach, will offer neurology and neurosurgery services, including inpatient care Established in 2015, Marcus Neuroscience Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, is an innovative center of care for neurologic and neurosurgical care. Here, using cutting edge technology, experts address conditions from brain tumors to back pain — and everything in between. That includes movement disorders, seizures, life-threatening strokes and aneurysms, memory disorders, migraines, spine conditions and diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, to name a few. Marcus Neuroscience Institute, based at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, was established with a lead gift of $25 million from the Marcus Foundation, initiated by Billi and Bernie Marcus, the founder and former CEO of The Home Depot. The Marcus Foundation has committed an additional $15 million to expand the Institute, which houses four dedicated operating rooms — including one equipped with intraoperative MRI and two with intraoperative CT capability. The hospital is also the first in the nation to feature both the highly sophisticated Siemens ARTIS Icono Biplane imaging equipment and the Corindus CorPath GRX Robotic surgical system in one place. Using state-of-the art technology that promises to become tomorrow’s standard of care, the Institute recently performed their first robotic-assisted spine surgery using the highly advanced Mazor X™ Robotic Guidance Platform, which combines 3D pre-operative planning, robotic guidance and intra-operative surgical navigation. “We are very well equipped with the newest technology,” says neurosurgeon Frank Vrionis, M.D., director of the Institute. “Our goal is to bring the most advanced care to as many people as possible, changing lives as we address a wide range of cases, including the most delicate and complex.” Beyond a stunning facility and sophisticated technology, the Institute is highly regarded because of its exceptional standard of care. Marcus Neuroscience Institute is home to the neurological residency program of Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Marcus Neuroscience Institute has earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for Spinal Surgery Certification from The Joint Commission, the nation’s premier independent accreditation organization. The Gold Seal reflects commitment to the highest standards of excellence and safety in patient care. The Institute also has been recognized as a comprehensive stroke center by DNV GL Healthcare, a nationally recognized certifying organization, and has been certified as a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. More recently, Marcus Neuroscience Institute was recognized by U.S. News &World Report for its excellence in neurological and stroke care. To learn more, call 561-955-4600 or visit BRRH.com/MNI. About Marcus Neuroscience Institute Marcus Neuroscience Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida, is an innovative nexus for neurologic and neurosurgical care. From non-surgical treatments and minimally invasive procedures to complex brain and spine surgery, the Institute embraces a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Marcus Neuroscience Institute’s highly skilled staff is comprised of neurosurgeons, neurologists, pain management physicians and neuro-oncologists. With locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Deerfield Beach, Marcus Neuroscience Institute is making breakthrough neurological care more accessible for northern Palm Beach County patients seeking comprehensive treatment for conditions affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system. The heart of the Institute is located at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The 57,000-square-foot facility houses a 20-bed Neuro Intensive Care and Step-Down Unit, four dedicated operating rooms — including one equipped with intraoperative MRI and two with intraoperative CT capability — and a biplane angiography suite, a crucial component in the diagnosis and care of neurological conditions. Marcus Neuroscience Institute is training the next generation of neurologists and neuroscientists in conjunction with Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and its residency program. The Institute earned the Gold Seal of Approval® for Spinal Surgery Certification from The Joint Commission, which reflects commitment to the highest standards of excellence and safety in patient care, and the Institute is a DNV Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is the nation’s highest level of stroke accreditation. About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com. For more information, visit BRRH.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. ####

    Donors Will Be Recognized in New Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion BOCA RATON, FL – August 10, 2021 – Boca Raton residents Anita and Norton Waltuch have graciously added another seven-figure gift to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Their $1 million donation is one of many seven- and eight-figure donors to the campaign that has already raised $210 million toward its goal. “We continue to be so thankful for the response of our friends in the community to our vision and our campaign.” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “The Waltuch’s are long-time Boca Raton residents and patients, and we cherish their participation in our campus initiative.” The 89-year old Norton Waltuch has been a distinguished silver trader who served as vice-president and chief metals trader for Conticommodity Services, Inc. and is a former floor broker on the Comex. The Waltuchs are particularly grateful to Boca Regional’s cardiology specialist Mark Rubenstein, M.D., internal medicine doctor Jonathan B. Berger, M.D., and pulmonary disease specialist Barry L. Davis, M.D. The Waltuchs have consistently recognized many physicians at Boca Regional throughout the years with their generosity to the hospital. Now they will be acknowledged with the naming of the reception desk in the new Toby and Leon Cooperman Medical Arts Pavilion, currently under construction. The new Pavilion located across the street from the medical campus, will provide an outpatient surgery center, physician offices and adjacent parking. As an example of their philanthropic spirit, in addition to their support of Keeping the Promise, the Waltuch’s last year sponsored a life support ambulance to help Israel’s EMS service amidst the COVID-19 crisis. “These are simply wonderful people, and we cannot be more grateful for their gift, and their continued loyalty to Boca Regional for all these years,” said Stan Barry, co-chair of Keeping the Promise. “Many do not realize the magnitude of their capacity to help whenever and wherever it is needed. We will always be indebted to them.” The $250 million Keeping the Promise Campaign is the largest fund-raising initiative in Boca Regional’s history and is supporting its most ambitious period of growth and expansion. The campus redevelopment plans include at the centerpiece, the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower where patients will be welcomed in the inviting new Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby with plans for retail, dining, meeting space, a sanctuary, outdoor courtyards and other conveniences for visitors. The new tower features all new surgical suites and all private patient rooms exceeding the latest safety standards for patient care. In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private in a comprehensive renovation of all patient units including maternity, oncology, and orthopedics. An expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is well underway with emphasis on neurovascular/stroke, central nervous system tumors, spine, and epilepsy/seizure disorders. The recently opened 972-car Schmidt Family Parking Facility will be connected to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute once the new tower construction is complete. “We are privileged to participate with Boca Raton Regional Hospital,” said Mrs. Waltuch, “in helping provide much needed care for those in our community.” About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com. For more information, visit BRRH.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. Media Contacts: For Boca Raton Regional Hospital: Michael Maucker mmaucker@baptisthealth.net 954-559-6896 For Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation: Jennifer Rohloff jrohloff@baptisthealth.net 561-955-3329

    BOYNTON BEACH, FL – July 22, 2021 – Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital has expanded its life-saving cancer diagnosis and treatment services in Palm Beach County to a new location at Bethesda Health City, part of Bethesda Hospital East. The facility is located at 10301 Hagen Ranch Road in Boynton Beach. The new location, under the direction of Michael Kasper, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at Lynn Cancer Institute, is at 10301 Hagen Ranch Road in Boynton Beach. It is one of many healthcare services available at Bethesda Health City, an outpatient center that is part of Bethesda Hospital East. “We look forward to this partnership that will help us bring state-of-the-art comprehensive oncology care closer to our patients and community,” says Nelson Lazo, CEO of Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West are all part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit medical provider in the region. Baptist Health also operates Miami Cancer Institute and is in the process of integrating their complementary services to give patients increased and expedited access to expert care. Lynn Cancer Institute has one of the largest comprehensive oncology programs in Florida, offering top medical and surgical experts as well as the latest in diagnostics and therapeutic cancer treatments. The Institute, which receives about 150,000 patient visits yearly, takes a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care and has access to groundbreaking research trials from nationally recognized programs. “When we work together, we can accomplish more,” says Louise Morrell, M.D., medical director of Lynn Cancer Institute. “With every cancer diagnosis, our goal is to provide patients and their families with personalized care driven by the latest molecular testing and state-of-the-art technology, while maintaining an unsurpassed patient experience.” Bethesda Hospital East provides comprehensive services, including a nationally recognized orthopedic total joint replacement program; cardiovascular care; vascular, endovascular and robotic surgery; women’s and children’s services and also offers inpatient oncology services and an infusion center on its campus in Boynton Beach, north of Boca Raton. The hospital offers imaging services at Bethesda Health City, an outpatient center on Hagen Ranch Road between Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. Oncology services at this location will be identified as Lynn Cancer Institute at Bethesda – Radiation Oncology, under the direction of Michael Kasper, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Institute. In addition to its main location at Boca Regional, Lynn Cancer Institute already operates two satellite facilities in Delray Beach — one on Military Trail and the other on Linton Boulevard. With increasing cancer specialization and the need for the latest technology, the expansion to Bethesda Hospital will greatly benefit patients. “In coordination with Miami Cancer Institute, our programs are really the anchors of cancer care from the Keys to Palm Beach County,” Dr. Morrell says. “Our common goal is to ensure that every patient with cancer, or at high risk, has access to the very best care available. Integration means widening our circle of expertise and having support as we expand.” To learn more about Lynn Cancer Institute, call 561-955-6627 or visit www.brrh.com/Services/Lynn-Cancer-Institute. About Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute The Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute is one of the largest cancer centers in South Florida and is accredited as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons. The Lynn Cancer Institute treats more than 4,000 patients each year in facilities such as the Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion, the state-of-the-art cancer center. While traditional cancer treatment requires patients to travel from physician to physician and manage their own scheduling, the Sandler Pavilion centralizes services in one location. This simplifies the entire process for patients, from diagnosis and treatment, to Wellness and Survivorship programs and allows patients to focus on one thing — recovery. More than 20 oncology physicians and a full complement of oncology professionals are on staff to serve the patients at the Lynn Cancer Institute. Patients receive treatment and services from specialists in genetics, surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology and imaging. In addition, staff includes research nurses, who improve patient access to clinical trials and the most advanced forms of treatment. About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com. For more information, visit BRRH.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    BOCA RATON, FL – July 12, 2021 – Haroula Protopapadakis Norden has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida. Effective today, Ms. Protopapadakis Norden assumes her new role. She will help oversee daily operations and play a critical role in the hospital’s expansion and renovation, upholding Boca Regional’s outstanding clinical care and patient satisfaction. “We are very pleased to welcome Haroula Protopapadakis Norden. She brings with her a record of proven leadership and a passion for excellence and innovation,” says Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “We know she will be a valued member of our team.” Ms. Protopapadakis Norden is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served as the 2020 President of the South Florida chapter’s board of directors. She comes to Boca Regional Hospital from Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where she worked for more than 15 years and most recently served as Associate Administrator. At Memorial, she led the construction of the hospital’s $43 million parking garage and conference center, in addition to overseeing the Neuroscience Institute for the system and the hospital’s departments of trauma medicine, imaging, inpatient rehabilitation, environmental services, food and nutrition and more. Born and raised in South Florida, Ms. Protopapadakis Norden earned her Master of Business Administration degree with a certificate in hospital administration from Nova Southeastern University in Davie. She also earned her Bachelor of Science at NSU. Ms. Protopapadakis Norden is active in a number of community causes. In 2020, she was a March of Dimes Women of Distinction honoree. She also has participated in Leadership Broward and in mentoring programs at both Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University, with an emphasis on healthcare. “I’m very happy to join the team at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, which has such a stellar reputation,” Ms. Protopapadakis Norden says. “The hospital is growing significantly, and in doing so is exploring new ways to serve the community, its patients and their families. It’s an exciting time to be here and I look forward to all we will accomplish.” About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com. For more information, visit BRRH.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

    Jay and Azize Grunin will be Recognized with the Naming of the Conference and Education Center BOCA RATON, FL – July 8, 2021 – Through his Foundation, new Boca Raton resident Jay Grunin has made a gift of $3 million to Keeping the Promise…The Campaign for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Grunin Foundation joins many other seven-plus figure donors in support of the hospital’s long-term vision. The gift brings the total raised for the campaign to an astounding $208 million, surging toward a goal of $250 million. “We welcome Jay and his wife Azize to Boca Raton and are delighted by the Foundation’s generous commitment to this project, our vision, and Boca Raton Regional Hospital,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “We know Jay Grunin to be an extraordinary philanthropist who understands the values and benefits of his generosity, and how it will help people in their times of need. To say we are grateful he has selected Boca Regional is an understatement, and we heartily welcome them to our hospital family.” Jay Grunin began his philanthropic pursuits many years ago in Ocean County, New Jersey, where he still has a home in Toms River. He and his first wife, Linda, who sadly passed, practiced law together, and at the same time added real estate and other business investments to their career pursuits. Through the years, the Grunin family has sought to improve the quality of life for all residents in New Jersey by thoughtfully investing in the arts, education and healthcare. “The Grunin Foundation is well known for its generosity, and Jay Grunin is the ultimate philanthropist, one who gives with his heart,” said Stan Barry, co-chair of Keeping the Promise. “The Grunins will be a wonderful asset to the Boca Raton area and to Boca Regional. We will recognize the Foundation’s outstanding gift by naming the Conference and Education Center in its honor.” The new Conference and Education Center will be located on the first floor off the main lobby. The space will be flexible and adaptable to the needs for one auditorium or several conference rooms and has a breakout area, making it ideal for luncheons and other gatherings. The new Center will house state-of-the-art video conferencing and other communication technologies. This Center will be widely used by administration, employees and physicians. When available, the much-needed conference space can be utilized for Boca Regional community-based programs and educational offerings, as well as continuing education classes. Additionally, the Center will connect Boca Regional professionals with other leaders and experts nationally and internationally. Keeping the Promise is the largest campaign in Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s history and is supporting its most ambitious period of growth and expansion. The campus redevelopment plans include at the centerpiece, the new Gloria Drummond Patient Tower where patients will be welcomed in the inviting new Louis B. and Anne W. Green Lobby with plans for retail, dining, meeting space, a sanctuary, outdoor courtyards and other conveniences for visitors. The new tower features all new surgical suites and all private patient rooms exceeding the latest safety standards for patient care. In the current hospital building, all existing rooms will be converted to private in a comprehensive renovation of all patient units including maternity, oncology, and orthopedics. An expansion of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute is well underway with emphasis on neurovascular/stroke, central nervous system tumors, spine, and epilepsy/seizure disorders. The recently opened 972-car Schmidt Family Parking Facility will be connected to the Marcus Neuroscience Institute once the new tower construction is complete. Also included in the plans is the new Toby and Leon Cooperman Pavilion, to be located across the street from the medical campus with an outpatient surgery center, physician offices and adjacent parking. These investments are the initial steps toward an even broader vision for the campus with greater access points and even more specialties. “Quality healthcare is an urgency, a grave necessity, in any region, and Boca Raton Regional Hospital has developed an exciting, progressive plan for the future of the region and beyond,” said Jay Grunin. “We are honored to be a part of this initiative and wanted to not only participate but to help make this hospital a better resource for our new community.” About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com. For more information, visit BRRH.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. Media Contacts: For Boca Raton Regional Hospital: Michael Maucker mmaucker@baptisthealth.net 954-559-6896 For Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation: Jennifer Rohloff jrohloff@baptisthealth.net 561-955-3329

    Recent report claims traces of benzene found in 78 sunscreens A recent report calls on the Food and Drug Administration to recall certain sunscreens after a cancer-causing chemical was found in them. Valisure tested nearly 300 sunscreens and discovered that 78 of them contain a chemical called benzene. "Benzene is known to harm the bone marrow and long exposure can lead to blood cancer, such as leukemia," Dr. Michael Kasper said. Recent report claims traces of benzene found in 78 sunscreens Dr. Michael Kasper, with the Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Medical Center, suggests some sunscreen alternatives after a report found a cancer-causing chemical in 78 sunscreens. "Benzene is known to harm the bone marrow and long exposure can lead to blood cancer, such as leukemia," Dr. Michael Kasper said. Recent Stories from wptv.com Kasper, who specializes in radiation oncology with the Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, said it's not clear how or why the benzene is there, but it is alarming. Miranda Christian/WPTV "To put it in context, benzene is found in cigarette smoke," Dr. Michael Kasper, with the Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, says. "To put it in context, benzene is found in cigarette smoke," he said. Kasper said anyone worried about applying sunscreen should try to avoid the chemical-based ones that are easily absorbed into the skin. Instead, he said, find mineral sunscreen. "Mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin," Kasper said. "They don't get absorbed." Valisure has sent its report to the FDA to investigate and recall the sunscreens found with benzene. Topping the list of 78 sunscreens were name brands like Neutrogena, CVS and Banana Boat. Twenty different Neutrogena sunscreens had traces of benzene. The company told WPTV in a statement that it doesn't use benzene in its products and is investigating the claims. Fourteen sunscreens from CVS also had traces of benzene. CVS said it is working to ensure its products are safe. Nine sunscreens from Banana Boat were found to have benzene in them. The company could not be reached for comment. Sandy Chasan, who is co-owner of Jamie's Convenience Store in Delray Beach, said sunscreen is hard to keep on the shelf there being so close to the beach. "We sell out almost every single day," she said. Chasan said it's a necessity in the Florida sunshine. "People come in and they're like, 'I can't believe I came to Florida without my sunscreen,'" she said. That's why she hopes the FDA and sunscreen companies take whatever actions are necessary to make sunscreen safe. "Of course, we want the quality of our sunscreen we sell (to be) high quality, you know, that's healthy for the people, healthy for the environment," she said.

    A gene mutation that could put you at higher risk for cancer is just as likely to come from your father as your mother. Unfortunately, only 4 percent of those undergoing hereditary cancer gene testing are male, leaving a huge gap in the knowledge that could help you avoid cancer altogether or inform treatment decisions, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Oncology. Louise Morrell, M.D., a genetics specialist and medical director of Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health. “Men do not often seek testing and many times do not understand the importance of the information,” says Louise Morrell, M.D., a genetics specialist and medical director of Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health. “The more accurate our information, the better our guidance on prevention. In genetics, unlike other areas, the benefit extends to family members and perhaps for generations to come.” Inherited Cancers Today, up to 15 percent of cancers are tied to a hereditary link. Knowing about those links may help you and other members of your family prevent or reduce the risk of cancer. Scientists have identified many mutations that increase the risk for breast and gynecologic cancers, some prostate cancers, colon cancer, gastro-intestinal cancers, kidney cancer and more. For example, a man with prostate cancer tied to a BRCA2 mutation, could pass that mutation to his son or daughter, increasing the risk of breast cancer in both children and of prostate cancer in the son. Raising awareness of the value of genetic assessment and testing, particularly among men, is important to the experts at Lynn Cancer Institute and Miami Cancer Institute. Because the field of genetics moves at a rapid pace, discoveries may impact everything from guidelines for cancer screenings to treatment options for those who have cancer. Although researchers have worked for decades on uncovering the links between genetic mutations and cancer, public knowledge grew when actress Angelina Jolie had her breasts removed in 2013, and then her ovaries in 2015, because she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation that is linked to a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Ms. Jolie’s mother, grandmother and aunt had died from cancer, and her decision to prophylactically remove her breasts, ovaries and fallopian tubes to lower her cancer risk came after multiple tests and conversations with experts. The same BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations that raise the risk of breast cancer in women, also raise the odds of breast cancer in men by eight times, according to the American Cancer Society. Ask Questions Arelis Mártir-Negrόn, M.D., medical geneticist and head of the Clinical Genetics program at Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health. Whether you are a man or a woman, your family’s health history may be the key to your future, says Arelis Mártir-Negrόn, M.D., medical geneticist and head of the Clinical Genetics program at Miami Cancer Institute. “Because as many men pass down mutations as women, you should be as aware of your father’s family’s cancer history as your mother’s. Know your family history. Ask questions.” In general, the earlier cancer is caught, the better the chance of survival. Like Ms. Jolie, when Matthew Knowles, the father of artists Beyoncé and Solange, announced he had breast cancer in 2019, he put the spotlight on genetics. His mother, aunt and great aunt had died from breast cancer and he learned his rare male breast cancer was caused by a BRCA2 gene mutation. He understood that his daughters had a 50 percent chance of inheriting his mutation. Genetic testing among Blacks is much lower than other races. Physicians would like that to change, particularly since some breast cancers that have a poorer prognosis also have a higher incidence in Black women. Fortunately, subsequent testing showed neither daughter had the mutation. Mr. Knowles underwent a mastectomy. Thinking of genetics as a recipe may help some people better understand, genetic counselors say. All people inherit two copies of each gene: one from their mother and one from their father. Variations in genes are normal and are what give us our diversity. A slight change in the recipe may not make much of a difference but the wrong ingredient or too much or too little of something may cause the recipe to change drastically. In addition, not all mutations carry the same risk. “A BRCA mutation might lead to an 80 percent risk of breast cancer but an ATM mutation might have a 20 percent lifetime risk,” Dr. Morrell says. “These are very different, which is why having this information is so valuable.” It’s important to note that just because you carry a mutation doesn’t mean you will get cancer. “There are many things we take into account when we assess risk,” Dr. Mártir-Negrόn says. “We can suggest lifestyle modifications that could lower their chances of getting cancer. There are times when we might also suggest medications or present the idea of preventive surgery.” The genetic teams at Lynn Cancer Institute and Miami Cancer Institute offer multidisciplinary care to patients - and often their family members who may also be affected - to better understand their risks, help them determine if genetic testing would be beneficial, and assist them with understanding the results, whether they are positive, negative or inconclusive. The team also develops personalized cancer prevention for “previvors,” the term used for those with a predisposition to cancer. Fortunately, technological advances continue to make it possible to test for more genes. In recent years, improvements have sped up testing and made it less expensive. In addition, in someone already diagnosed with cancer, the answers from genetic testing can help drive treatment and surgery decisions. Who Should Consider Cancer Genetic Assessment? Men should consider assessment if they: Have had cancer themselves Have an early age of onset for cancer in their family Have a family member with multiple types of cancer Have a family tree with multiple cancers, especially on one side or the other Are a member of certain ancestry groups with higher rates of some genetic mutations, including those of Eastern European Jewish descent. Couples who have a family history of cancer and are considering pregnancy also frequently take advantage of genetic assessment. “If you really want to be able to tell your children they are not at risk to have a particular mutation, you need to test both parents,” Dr. Morrell says. “The offspring can only inherit a mutation that the parents have. Mutations do not skip generations. The parent has to also inherit it.” For more information on genetic assessment, testing and counseling at the Morgan Pressel Center for Cancer Genetics at Lynn Cancer Institute, click here; for information on Miami Cancer Institute’s Clinical Genetics program, click here.

    BOCA RATON, FL – June 14, 2021 ­– Seif Elbualy, M.D., joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health, as the director of interventional pain management. Dr. Elbualy specializes in interventional pain management, particularly for spine-related pain and failed back surgery syndrome. He has more than 25 years of experience utilizing medication management and interventional pain therapy. He performs all fluoroscopically guided epidural and selective nerve root blocks, ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks, and radiofrequency denervation. He has additional expertise in spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation and intrathecal pump implantation. “We are pleased Dr. Elbualy has joined Marcus Neuroscience Institute,” said Frank Vrionis, M.D., medical director at Marcus Neuroscience Institute. “He has more than 25 years of experience treating patients with chronic pain conditions and we know he’ll be a valued addition to our team.” Dr. Elbualy will contribute to the patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, multi-disciplinary care for individuals who live with back pain and other pain conditions. His vision for expanding interventional pain services at the Institute is to provide access to the full continuum of spine and pain care at one location. By continuing to develop a “best practice” clinical model, the team will have a full complement of resources to effectively evaluate and treat all areas of pain impacting patients. Dr. Elbualy joins Marcus Neuroscience Institute from the Comprehensive Center for Pain Management at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, where he served as director. He is currently an affiliate assistant professor at the Charles A. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Elbualy earned his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He then completed a pain management fellowship at Georgetown University. He will see patients at 800 Meadows Road in Boca Raton. About Marcus Neuroscience Institute The Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an innovative nexus for neurologic and neurosurgical care. The 57,000-square-foot facility houses a 20-bed Neuro Intensive Care and Step-Down Unit, four dedicated operating rooms — including one equipped with intraoperative MRI and two with intraoperative CT capability — and a biplane angiography suite, a crucial component in the diagnosis and care of neurological conditions. The Institute has a staff of five neurosurgeons and nine neurologists who represent some of the most respected clinicians in their fields and is affiliated with Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. About Boca Raton Regional Hospital Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is supported by philanthropy to strengthen its mission to deliver the highest quality patient care, satisfaction and safety. If you would like to learn more about supporting the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, visit our website at donate.brrh.com. For more information, visit BRRH.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. ####

    Just as families across the U.S. look forward to spending more time outdoors this summer comes the unwelcome news that a number of popular sunscreens have been shown to contain benzene, a chemical known to cause leukemia and other blood cancers. Benzene is used primarily as a solvent in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, and its use is tightly regulated. According to recent news reports, traces of benzene have been detected in dozens of popular sunscreens and after-sun products. In tests of nearly 300 sprays and lotions, the cancer-causing chemical was found in 78 products, including some formulations sold by Neutrogena, Banana Boat and CVS. Tests showed that the highest level of benzene – 6.26 parts per million (ppm) – was detected in a batch of Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100. Two different batches of the same sunscreen, each with an SPF of 70, contained 5.96 and 5.76 ppm of the chemical. Sun Bum’s Cool Down Gel contained the next highest amount, at 5.33 ppm. Valisure, the online pharmacy and lab conducting the tests, has petitioned the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately recall sunscreens found to contain benzene. Sunscreens and after-sun lotions are classified as cosmetics and generally subject to FDA regulation. “We know that exposure to benzene is associated with blood cancers such as leukemia,” says Michael Kasper, M.D., director of radiation oncology for Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida. “What we don’t know is how it wound up in more than a quarter of the sunscreen products tested.” Michael Kasper, M.D., director of radiation oncology for Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital It could be the result of contamination in the manufacturing process, Dr. Kasper says. “Or, it may be a naturally occurring breakdown of other chemicals contained in those sunscreens, such as avobenzone, oxybenzone and homosalate.” These chemicals are related to benzene, he says, and even though they’re approved by the FDA for use in sunscreens and other products, a number of manufacturers are now excluding them from their formulations. Either way, says Dr. Kasper, benzene is not an ingredient that should be there, and consumers need to educate themselves on the different types of sunscreens available and the ingredients they contain. “Not using sunscreens isn’t really an option – especially here in South Florida where we’re outdoors all year long.” But, he cautions, not all sunscreens are alike and consumers need to know the difference. “With chemical-based sunscreens, the ingredients are absorbed by the skin and create a chemical barrier that protects you against the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays,” Dr. Kasper says. “Mineral-based sunscreens, on the other hand, are not absorbed by the skin. They contain either titanium dioxide or zinc dioxide, which act as a physical barrier against UV rays.” Benzene contamination has not been found in any mineral-based sunscreens, and Dr. Kasper says these products are absolutely safe to use. What about old sunscreens people have had around the house for years – are they safe? Conventional wisdom holds that chemical-based sunscreens break down over time, diminishing their effectiveness, says Dr. Kasper. Now, you have another reason to throw them out, he says. “If the benzene contamination is actually occurring as a result of a breakdown of other ingredients, then I would say yes, it would certainly make sense to dispose of your old chemical-based sunscreens.” Skin cancer affects more people each year than breast or prostate cancer combined, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, and nearly 10,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every single day. Even so, Dr. Kasper says, skin cancer is highly preventable – if you take active steps every day to limit your sun exposure. “Stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.,” Dr. Kasper advises. “On a South Florida summer day, the sun’s rays can still be pretty strong even at 5 p.m., so just be careful whenever you’re outside during the day.” If you do have to be outdoors, he recommends using a mineral-based sunscreen and wearing cool, lightweight clothing with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 40 or 50. Sun safety is especially important for children and teens, according to Dr. Kasper. “Studies show that 90 percent of a person’s lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of 20, so make sure you keep the kids covered up.”

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