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Upbeat Chamber forecast

Favors at each place setting, courtesy of West Boca Medical Center, were sunscreen to match the beach towels, not hand sanitizer, Chamber president/CEO Troy McLellan duly noted.

And Boca Chamber’s biggest events are back on the calendar, he announced at the sixth, sold-out but socially distanced monthly breakfast at the Marriott Boca Raton May 13. “We’ll start adding chairs to these tables,” he added.

Events include the Chamber’s golf classic  June 4, Business Awards July 30, and Diamond Awards in September, all at the Boca Resort. Boca Chamber Festival Days in August that pair profits with nonprofits for fundraisers are back. Battle of the Bands at Crocker Partners’ Boca Raton Innovation Campus was announced in the fall.

Representing Boca’s business community, the Chamber weathered the pandemic with 1,550 members, and now it’s time to move on, said chamber chair Michael Daszkal,

West Boca Medical Center was the first virtual sponsor, said emcee Randy Nobles, introducing hospital CEO George Rizzuto. “It’s good to see you face-to-face and not on the other side of a screen,” Rizzuto said.

He introduced his medical team and showed a video emphasizing the hospital’s role in Tenet’s Palm Beach Health Network. “We have 1,723 beds that allowed us to care [for patients] during Covid,” he said. “As a community hospital, we are different and have the ability to deliver care in a personalized way.”

The hospital’s neonatal intensive care level III unit with 34 beds for premature babies is the highest level the state allows, explained Dr. Jorge Perez, medical director of Neonatal & Newborn Services. “We take care of 200 babies each year and our new Nicview camera was invaluable during the pandemic,” allowing parents and family to view their baby 24/7, he said. “We had 47 daily users, 12,000 logins from 16 states and eight countries.”

Dr.  Sharise Richardson, an obstetrician/gynecologist with the hospital’s Boca Center for Women’s Care, announced the new hospitalist program to assist doctors. She was a recent patient herself for a second baby, she said.

By Marci Shatzman

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