JFK Medical Center Orthopedic Lecture Series

JFK Medical Center will be holding a series of lectures from our Orthopedic Specialists. These educational and information lectures will cover topics ranging from hip pain to joint replacement surgery. Complimentary refreshments will be served at each lecture, and free parking will be available. 

Each lecture will be held in Kennedy Conference Center. To RSVP your attendance, call us at (561) 548- 4535. For more information about Orthopedic Institute, visit our website

JFK Medical Center Orthopedic Lecture Series

JFK Medical Center Included on The Joint Commission's Top Performers List

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JFK Medical Center was listed as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission. HCA announced that 80 percent of its hospitals made the list.

“This distinction by The Joint Commission is significant because the measures they use to determine Top Performers are based on scientific evidence about practices that lead to better patient outcomes,” said Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, HCA’s Chief Medical Officer and President of the Company’s Clinical and Physician Services Group. “We are pleased that 80 percent of our hospitals have been recognized for their clinical excellence and are listed among the top U.S. hospitals.”

Hospitals on The Joint Commission’s list met the following criteria: First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability data for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital also met a 95 percent performance threshold for every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

To view the full list of Top Performers, click here, and for more information about JFK Medical Center, visit our website.

Conditions that Require a Trip to the Emergency Room

Emergency medical care provides immediate treatment for urgent medical concerns. Illness and injury can occur at any time, requiring professional care to address the situation. Never hesitate to visit the emergency room if you need treatment for a serious medical condition.


Chest Pain

Chest pain, fullness, or discomfort is often a warning sign of a serious medical emergency, particularly a heart attack. In some cases, the pain may radiate outward into the arms, neck, and jaw. If you are worried that you or a family member is experiencing pain or other symptoms associated with a heart attack, seek emergency care immediately.

Abdominal Pain

Severe abdominal pain is also an indication to seek emergency care. Pain in the abdomen may arise from food poisoning, kidney stones, or even a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Debilitating abdominal pain or uncontrollable nausea and vomiting should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible.

Sprains and Fractures

Sprains and fractures are common injuries treated in the ER. These types of injuries often occur during sports, exercise, or work that requires bending, lifting, and carrying. If you aren’t sure whether a bone has been broken or not, it’s best to have the area X-rayed to be sure. Continuous and severe pain or swelling after a fall or blow is an indicator that medical care is needed to treat your injury.

Cuts and Burns

While not all cuts and burns require a trip to the emergency room, deep cuts that bleed uncontrollably require immediate care. A severe burn that produces blisters or has damaged the deeper layers of the skin is also considered an emergency that should be evaluated by a professional. Cuts or burns that have embedded debris in the surrounding skin should be treated immediately to prevent infection.

At JFK Medical Center, our emergency room is standing by night and day to ensure your family’s health and safety. You can reach us by calling (561) 548-3553 or clicking on our web contact form. If you live in Palm Beach Gardens or Boynton Beach, you can visit one of our two off-site emergency rooms dedicated to providing ER care closer to home. To find more information about medical emergencies and how to handle them, please visit our website.  

What Causes a Heart Attack?


A heart attack occurs when the heart muscle does not receive enough oxygen-rich blood. This occurs when one of the arteries that supply blood to the heart becomes damaged or blocked. One of the most common causes of heart attacks is a condition called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a buildup of fatty plaques along the walls of your arteries, restricting the flow of blood. If a piece of plaque breaks free, it damages the blood vessel walls and causes a blood clot. Blood clots may block the artery partially or completely, preventing blood from reaching the heart and triggering a heart attack. Heart attacks may also be caused by spasms in the coronary artery, which also block the flow of blood. Other less common causes of heart attacks include tumors and a sudden, extreme drop in blood pressure known as shock.

At JFK Medical Center, our staff specializes in cardiovascular care in Atlantis, FL. Our 460-bed healthcare medical center includes state-of-the-art surgical facilities and two free-standing emergency rooms. Check out our website or call (561) 548-3553 to speak with a physician today.

A Woman's Guide to Breast Self-Exams

Successful treatment of breast cancer often hinges upon early detection of the disease. A breast self-exam is an easy, short test every adult woman can perform on herself once a month. Breast cancer screening via mammogram is also recommended annually for women above the age of 40. 

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When to Perform the Exam

You should perform a breast self-exam once a month, every month of the year. Which day you choose for your self-exam is up to you, but try to perform your exam on the same day each month. Many women choose to perform a breast self-exam immediately following their menstrual period to avoid breast tenderness associated with pre-menstruation hormone levels.

How to Perform the Exam

Stand in front of a mirror and inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next inspect them with your arms raised over your head. Look for differences in the color or texture of the skin of your breasts, nipples, and areolas. Note any changes in the contours of your breasts as well as changes in the texture of the skin, such as dimpling, puckering, or pulling. Squeeze your nipples gently to check for discharge. Remain in a standing position and move the pads of your fingers gently over the tissue of your breasts, one at a time. Follow an imaginary spiral that starts at the edge of the breast tissue and moves inward toward the nipple. Perform the same motions a second time while you are lying flat on your back. Make sure you examine your armpits as well. If you notice any new lumps or knots, or feel changes in existing lumps or structures, contact your physician to schedule a clinical breast exam.

The Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center offers screening and diagnostic mammography for women of all ages. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, call us today at (561) 548-3553. You’ll find more information about our medical center and the wide range of medical services we provide by visiting our website. 

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