New Duke Medicine-Affiliated Scully-Welsh Cancer Center to Open in 2015
The new Duke Medicine-affiliated Scully-Welsh Cancer Center is named in honor of Bill and Marlynn Scully (left) and Pat and Carol Welsh (right), seen here with Tony Woodruff (center), Chairman of the IRMC Foundation.
Nationwide, heart disease is the leading cause of death. In Indian River County, however, cancer is the #1 killer. That's why IRMC's doctors, clinical staff, hospital leadership and community members have collaborated to develop the Excellence in Cancer Care program, already underway.
The $48-million initiative, to be funded entirely through philanthropy, includes facilities improvements, enhancements in technology, and special program elements.
The enhanced cancer program will allow more patients and families to be able to stay close to home to receive the very latest in cancer diagnostics and treatment. For those who need to leave the area for second opinions or very specialized services not available locally, our Cancer Care Coordination team provides assistance in finding the best centers of excellence in the nation and helps coordinate their care.
In May 2013, two couples, Bill and Marlynn Scully and Pat and Carol Welsh, made transformational gifts of $12 million each (total of $24 million) to help bring these much-needed facilities and services to fruition as expeditiously as possible. The new cancer center, to open in 2015, will be named in their honor in tribute for their exceptional generosity to our community.
To learn how to become involved in the Excellence in Cancer Care fundraising campaign, please call the IRMC Foundation at 772.226.4960.
For more information about facilities, technology and special program elements, click here.
John Colontrelle - Life-Saving Heart Surgery
John Colontrelle felt a "pop" in his chest during his regular workout one morning. He thought that he had pulled a muscle. He hadn't. What John experienced was an aortic dissection, a very serious and rare condition, especially for a healthy, active 31-year-old. Fortunately, John came to Indian River Medical Center "just to have it checked out-to be safe." That visit saved his life. John's story>
IRMC Now Completely Tobacco Free
On Nov. 21, 2013, Indian River Medical Center became completely tobacco-free, both indoors and outdoors for all properties. This includes the parking areas and the vehicles parked there. This ban covers all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes, and extends to everyone who smokes: patients, visitors, employees, students and vendors. The accompanying links show the medical center's Tobacco-free Campus policy and communication to patients, physicians and employees on the issue.
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All Three IRMC Finalists Named Health Care Champions
Indian River Medical Center had a trifecta at the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers’ ‘Health Care Champions’ awards ceremony Sept. 26 with all three of its finalists being named winners. Congratulations go to Rebecca Abbott, RRT, respiratory therapist, who won in the Non-Physicians Excellence Award category; Dr. Arthur J. Splendoria, family practitioner, who won the Physician Excellence category; and Dr. Asoka Wijetilleke, pediatrician, who won in the Quality of Care, Lifetime Achievement category.
We also salute the other 20 IRMC physicians and employees who were nominated by their peers and patients grateful for providing ‘the right care right here’ every day of the year. Congratulations go to our finalists and to the other nominees:
• Sandra Catanzaro, office coordinator, Physical Therapy
• Dr. Charles Celano, Cardiologist
• Dr. Raymond Dean, Psychiatrist
• Dr. Alan Durkin, Facial Plastic/Plastic Surgeon
• Dr. Daniel Glotzer, General Surgeon
• Leah Hamilton, education coordinator, Med-Surg
• Dr. Robert Hendley, Cardiologist
• Janice Lavorgna, R.N., volunteer coordinator, Cancer Program
• Dr. Susan O’Toole-Evans, Pediatrician
• Dr. Derek Paul, General Surgeon
• Ivan Peterson, surgical assistant, Open Heart
• Dr. James Presley, OB/GYN
• Dr. Fabio Roberti, Neurosurgeon
• Dr. Dennis Saver, Family Practitioner
• Dr. Joshua Shipley, Internist
• Spirit of Brande Scholarship for Advanced Practice in Nursing committee members
• Dr. Richard Steinfeld, Orthopedic Surgeon
• Dr. Cary Stowe, Cardiovascular Surgeon
• Dr. Howard Tee, Cardiologist
• Dr. Fred Weeks, Hematologist/Oncologist
Robotic Surgery at IRMC
Indian River Medical Center is proud to announce the use of the daVinci robot to enable complex procedures to be performed through small incisions. This technology is being used for lung, gynecological, urological, colorectal and other types of conditions. Patients are experiencing shorter recovery times, less pain, less blood loss and smaller skin incisions.
Introducing the area’s first Heart Valve Center
Introducing the area's first Heart Valve Center. Affiliated with Duke Medicine, the Heart Valve Center at IRMC provides a multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach to the treatment of valve disease and valve-related heart conditions, including aortic valve, mitral valve, pulmonic valve and tricuspid valve.
Ask your doctor about the Heart Valve Center at IRMC or call us toll-free for a consult at 1.855.476.2478.
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The Heart Center - An Affiliate of Duke Medicine
Providing a comprehensive answer for all of Central Florida and the Treasure Coast, The Heart Center at Indian River Medical Center, affiliated with Duke Medicine, provides a full range of cardiac services, from 64-slice CT, diagnostic cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology, to cardiovascular surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and peripheral interventional procedures.
IRMC Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for Surgical Patients
- Dedicated parking.
- Entrance just steps away from parking.
- Dedicated registration center to reduce registration/wait times.
- Directional signs leading patients to the dedicated parking area for the day of surgery and new Outpatient Surgery entrance. Parking will be allocated using ‘hang-tag' permits for the day of the patient's surgery.
We believe these changes improve access to the great outpatient surgery provided by our physicians and staff. We will continue to monitor our environment to identify opportunities to improve services to IRMC physicians and their patients.
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Pranay Ramdev, M.D., Chairman, Department of Surgery
Geoff Wolf, M.D., Chairman, OR Committee
Lula Thomas, R.N., director of Perioperative Services
Welcome in the Holidays at the IRMC Tree of Lights Ceremony
Highlights include solo performer Kristi Beckett, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W. Clark Beckett. Dr. Beckett is a vascular surgeon on staff at IRMC.
The Tree of Lights plays a dual role as it heralds in the holidays while at the same time raises money for worthwhile projects through donations ranging from $5 to $500 toward a light for the tree. Contributions can be made for a light in honor or in memory of a relative or friend.
The money raised through the Tree of Lights is used to purchase necessary equipment and education programs that allow the Women's Health Care team to continue to provide quality healthcare to the community. Past purchases include birthing beds, infant warmers, fetal monitors, apnea monitors, the overhead lullaby system, thermometers, otoscopes, opthalmoscopes, a bili blanket, jaundice meters, infant hearing screening equipment and educational programs for nurses.
Refreshments will be served in the Ambulatory Services Center lobby following the tree lighting. For details, call Maureen Luther, director, Volunteer Services, at ext. 1133.