2017: The Year in Review for St. Mary's Medical CenterJan 3, 2018
2017 Kids Crown Awards
Each year, readers of South Florida Parenting Magazine have the opportunity to vote for the publication's "Kids Crown Awards", selecting the local organizations they consider to be the best in their industry. For the fifth consecutive year, the Palm Beach Children's Hospital was voted as the best Pediatric Hospital in Palm Beach County. For the third year in a row, St. Mary's Medical Center was voted as Best Place to Deliver Your Baby in Palm Beach County, and also received the newly-created recognition of Best Maternity Care and Services in Palm Beach County. Since the award's inception two years ago, our pediatric emergency room has also been voted as Best ER for Kids in Palm Beach County.
Highest Level of Stroke Care Quality Achievement Awards.
Our Comprehensive Stroke Center has been providing the highest level of state-designated neurology care for nearly a decade. For the third year in a row, we've earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll-Elite Plus. This distinction is the highest honor a hospital can receive for stroke care and acknowledges the commitment St. Mary's has made to meeting nationally recognized, research-based measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.
New Pediatric Surgical Floor
In May, we hosted a ribbon cutting for our new pediatric speciality surgical care unit at the Palm Beach Children's Hospital. Nearly 100 business and community leaders joined us for this exciting reveal, along with physicians, staff and families that would soon be benefitting from the many enhancements made to this floor. This unit was designed to provide a kid-friendly healing environment for the entire family, and features a dedicated stepdown until, interactive playroom, family lounge and enlarged procedure room. In addition to more spacious, cheerful, private patient rooms with flat-screen TV's equipped with X-Box in every room, four signature family suites complete with adjacent living rooms have been added to help create an intimate, comfortable setting for families as their child recovers.
Level 1 Trauma Expansion
For more than 25 years, we have proudly served as part of Palm Beach County's trusted Trauma System. During this time, we have worked with local first responders to help save countless lives, and have established the state's highest survival rate for patients with some of the most severe injuries. As part of this commitment, we recently held a groundbreaking for the expansion of our Level 1 trauma center. This $10M project will create four additional trauma resuscitation rooms, with one dedicated specifically to pediatric trauma, a new ambulance bay specifically for trauma patients, and some of the most advanced technology, including overhead radiology equipment.
More Signature Suites in the Birthplace
Expectant mothers and families are one of our main focuses at St. Mary's Medical Center, and we're constantly discussing ideas on how to create a more comfortable environment to help patients during this exciting time in their lives. The Birthplace inaugurated another signature suite, designated to create a more enjoyable environment for patients and their loved ones. This suite features an adjacent living room with sleep accommodations for a support partner, which can also serve as a storage area for gifts, supplies, or even as a hosting space so that mom and baby can relax in their own quiet room when needed. We're excited to further expand The Birthplace at St. Mary's Medical Center as we move into 2018.