Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Expands in Deerfield Beach
It’s official! The expansion of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Deerfield Beach is now complete, offering a wide array of new services to patients. The official unveiling took place at an evening reception and open house on August 21st, with about 150 people in attendance. Community business leaders joined with local physicians, members of the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce and UHealth leadership.
“Look how far we’ve come,” exclaimed W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., director of Sylvester, as he welcomed the crowd. Goodwin explained how adding exam rooms, chemotherapy chairs and UHealth imaging services would help treat the growing number of patients in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
In all, the expansion added eight exam rooms and nine chemotherapy chairs, creating a total of 17 and 14 respectively. UHealth, the University of Miami Health System, also opened a full suite of leading-edge imaging services that is available to treat both cancer and non-cancer patients. The new services include advanced 64-slice CT (computed tomography), C-arm (pain management), digital mammography, digital radiography and fluoroscopy, PET/CT, SPECT/CT, state-of-the-art MRI, and ultrasound. Goodwin described it as the “latest technology in a wonderful environment.”
Jayne S. Malfitano, daughter of Harcourt Sylvester, Jr., and vice chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors, acknowledged the daily work of the physicians and staff who see patients each day. “I am so proud to represent the Sylvester Foundation and continue my father’s legacy,” said Malfitano, who also thanked the Pap Corps for its phenomenal support.
Pap Corps president, Tutsie Lipkin pledged to continue the grassroots effort of the group that is now 19,000 members strong. This year alone, the Pap Corps made a record-setting donation to Sylvester of $4.15 million. Still, Lipkin reminded the crowd that there is so much more to do.
People who attended were given a tour of the expanded facility. In addition to the added services, patients are able to get appointments with 30 physicians from 12 of Sylvester’s 15 Site Disease Groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and educational and outreach events.
Deerfield Beach Mayor Albert R. Capellini declared August 21st as USylvester Day, saying the facility and its services are a “great addition to the community.” He wrapped up the event with a pledge that drew rousing applause from everyone. “We’ll support you any way we can as long as you promise to conquer cancer.”
If you missed the event on August 21, two more open houses are scheduled at the Sylvester Deerfield Beach facility. On September 25, 2008 members of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce will be welcomed. And on October 22, 2008, open house will be held for the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. Both events kick off at 5 p.m.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Sylvester handles nearly 1,600 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,700 surgical procedures, and treats more than 3,700 new cancer patients. All Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 200 clinical trials and receive more than $36 million annually in research grants. Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. A major expansion has recently been completed. Deerfield Beach offers appointments with nearly 30 physicians from 12 of Sylvester’s 15 Site Disease Groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.