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About West Boca Medical Center

West Boca Medical Center, part of the Palm Beach Health Network, is a community hospital that is dedicated to high-quality, comprehensive and integrated healthcare. We have been caring for you and your loved one’s in this great community for 35 years, and we consider this community our home too. Our family of nurses, doctors, and staff at West Boca Medical Center are dedicated to providing expert, compassionate care for families. Caring, nurturing and helping heal friends, loved ones and neighbors is our passion, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to serve you.

We have award-winning care for expectant mothers and their babies at the Boca Center for Women’s Care, and surgical patients can utilize our cutting-edge robotic surgery program that performs minimally invasive surgery for certain procedures. From rehabilitation to emergency services to diagnostic imaging, the variety of services we offer allows them to be your hospital of choice.

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Coronavirus Florida: Hospitals emphasizing safety as elective medical procedures return

May 18, 2020

palm-beach-500-x-300Coronavirus updates: At Tenet Healthcare’s five Palm Beach County hospitals, safety protocols for elective procedures include pre-admission screening, COVID-19 screening, masks and sanitizers.

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Elective medical procedures are back at Florida’s hospitals and outpatient centers after a nearly two-month pause amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, and area doctors are lauding the decision to restart them.

As of May 4, a variety of procedures including knee replacement surgeries, hernia repairs and cardiac catheterization are being performed at Palm Beach County medical facilities.

Delray Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center, all operated by Tenet Healthcare, welcomed patients who had been forced to postpone their procedures as the coronavirus crisis deepened.

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“We feel that people were staying home when they actually needed care,” said Maggie Gill, CEO of Tenet Palm Beach Health Network. “We’re back up, and the restrictions that were put in place were lifted. We’re ready.”

Delaying these procedures for some patients has had a devastating effect on their health, said Dr. Eric Lieberman, the medical director of cardiac services for Tenet Palm Beach Health Network.

“COVID is a horrible virus, but there are other medical issues like coronary artery disease that are equally lethal and really affect a larger group of the population,” he said. “It causes more overall mortality. It is a life-threatening disease.”

Now that the ban on elective medical procedures has been lifted, some patients are returning to the hospital for treatment.

“We’re seeing an increase overall in surgery,” Gill said. “A lot of orthopedic surgery was deferred, and general surgery. There was a significant backlog of that.”

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Hospitals also are seeing patients who require cardiac procedures, cardiopulmonary rehab, cardiac rehab and physical therapy, Gill said.


“When you take a break from it for a period of weeks and months, there is a definite need to get people back into their recovery process,” she said.

Not all patients are eager to return, however.

The number of elective procedures performed at area hospitals over the past week remain lower than they were prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Gill said, because many patients continue to worry about being exposed to the virus.

Tenet hospitals have instituted numerous safety protocols to keep patients and health care professionals safe, said Dr. Mimi Metcalf, an internist and physician adviser at Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Those protocols include a pre-admission screening over the phone for all patients, pre-admission testing that includes a COVID-19 screening, masks and hand sanitizers upon arrival, and segregating COVID-19 patients from non-COVID patients.

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“We have a separate dedicated (operating room) for any COVID patients,” Metcalf said. “That would not include any of these elective procedures. We also have dedicated, separated wings for COVID patients. All of those wings and the OR are negative pressurized and undergo a thorough disinfection and cleaning regularly, and that includes all ORs.”

“I’ve told people that until we have a treatment or vaccine that prevents it, COVID is part of our lives as citizens,” she said. “So what we have to do is understand that we have to go on with our lives with COVID in it. We have made sure that we have different avenues of care for COVID and non-COVID. Non-COVID is the majority of patients.”


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The Bee Award LogoThe BEE Award recognizes all ancillary and allied health employees. BEE stands for “Being Exceptional Every Day”! The award honors ancillary and allied health employees’ outstanding care as recognized by our patients and their families. After visiting their sick relatives, many families ask how they can express their gratitude for the excellent quality care. They are grateful and thankful for our compassionate staff. With the BEE Award, we can honor our extraordinary team members at West Boca. Nominations can be submitted by patients, families, and colleagues.

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The DAISY Award is an international recognition program started in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Pat’s family experienced first-hand the difference his nurses made in his care through clinical excellence and outstanding compassionate care.

The family created The DAISY Award to express gratitude to nurses and to enable other patients, families, and staff to thank and honor their special nurses. Please visit to learn more about Pat's story and how The DAISY Award recognizes Extraordinary Nurses.

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