Inspire Yourself to Get FIT During Spring Training

Baseball spring training is just around the corner and it might have you spending more time outside to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. While watching the game is a fine way to spend an afternoon, participating in active outdoor hobbies will be much more beneficial. For a FREE Physician Referral or for more information, call us 24/7 at 561-548-4JFK (4535) or visit

5 Tips for Preventing Heart Disease

No one is immune to heart disease, which remains the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. Because heart disease is such a prominent health threat to everyone, preventive measures to ensure better heart health will be beneficial at any age. To take steps that will improve your cardiovascular wellness, use the following guidelines to prevent heart disease in your future. As you look to improve your heart health in Atlantis, connect with the Heart and Vascular Institute at JFK Medical Center. To find a physician or get details about our advanced cardiovascular services, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 965-7300.

Winter Sports Injuries and How Physical Rehab Can Help

For better heart health and overall wellness, doctors generally recommend getting at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise on most days of the week. Strength training exercises are another important component of a healthy lifestyle. By using proper technique, wearing appropriate safety gear, and warming up and cooling down before and after workouts, you can reduce your risk of sustaining sports injuries. When injuries do occur, the orthopedics team at JFK Medical Center is available to aid in your recovery.

Common Types of Sports Injuries

Any part of the body may sustain an injury because of sports activities. However, certain types of musculoskeletal injuries are strongly associated with specific sports. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, for example, are common among individuals whose chosen sport requires abrupt turning or twisting movements. These activities include basketball, football, soccer, and downhill skiing. Other common types of sports injuries include muscle strains, ligament sprains, fractures, shin splints, and dislocations.

Benefits of Undergoing Physical Rehab

When you first experience pain and other symptoms, it’s generally advisable to cease the activity that led to the injury. For minor aches and pains, resting and applying a cold pack may be all the treatment that you need to fully recover. However, for more serious injuries such as a sprained ankle, an orthopedic doctor can perform an evaluation and recommend treatments. One of your treatment options is undergoing physical therapy. Physical therapy sessions will consist of a series of customized stretches and exercises that can help reduce your pain and manage other symptoms. As you recover, physical therapy can maintain your muscle strength, restore your flexibility and range of motion, and enable you to return to your chosen sport. Physical therapists can even help you reduce the risk of a future sports injury by demonstrating proper movement techniques and recommending modifications as needed.

For full-service orthopedics in Lake Worth, you can turn to JFK Medical Center. Our orthopedics team provides cutting-edge treatments and our physical therapists can help patients regain function and wellness. For further information about our healthcare services, including sports medicine and breast care, contact us at (561) 548-4JFK (4535).

Common New Year's Resolutions for Better Health

The New Year offers an excellent opportunity to take stock of your health and make plans to improve it. By designing a specific and actionable plan for achieving your wellness goals, you may be more likely to stick to your resolutions. The team at JFK Medical Center wishes our neighbors a safe and happy New Year, with a reminder that our emergency care team is always available in the event a medical emergency arises.

Quit Smoking

One common New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking. Although the end result is the same for all ex-smokers, there are many paths to achieve this goal. Your doctor is available to help you by recommending prescription drugs to quit smoking, referring you to support groups and other community resources, and helping you get back on track along the way. Remember that it’s never too late to improve your health and your family’s health by kicking the habit. Even if you’ve previously tried to quit smoking, your next attempt could be the one to succeed.

Get Active

Gym membership rates tend to soar during the first few days and weeks of the New Year. If exercising more often is your resolution, consider talking to your doctor about whether it’s safe for you to participate in certain types of exercise. Although a gym membership is a good start, it’s not necessary to get in shape. Find activities that you genuinely enjoy, such as rollerblading, taking a dance class, or jogging with a friend. You could even volunteer to walk dogs for a local animal shelter to give back to your community while getting in shape.

Make Healthy Food Choices

Choosing between having an apple or a soda for a snack might not seem like a big deal. But over time these food choices have significant effects on your health. Instead of overhauling your entire diet on January 1, you can make small, gradual changes. For example, choose water instead of soda and fruit instead of baked goods.

West Palm Hospital to become JFK Medical Center North Campus


JFK Medical Center today announced that West Palm Hospital will become a campus of JFK Medical Center and be renamed JFK Medical Center North Campus, effective April 1, 2016.

JFK Medical Center enjoys a highly recognized footprint in Palm Beach County, treating 95,000 ER patients and 30,000 admissions annually. With this change, JFK Medical Center will be the largest medical center in Palm Beach County and provide patients access to a larger, more versatile network of physicians and services. Upon completion, JFK Medical Center will include 717 beds, two campuses and two offsite emergency rooms (Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens) and OB services being added in December 2015.

JFK and West Palm Hospital are both HCA affiliates and share the same commitment to patients, physicians, staff and the community.

“Both hospitals have a long and proud history of serving this community, and are looking forward to combining efforts to meet the needs of patients throughout Palm Beach County,” said Michael G. Joseph, HCA East Florida Division President. “Together, they will continue to provide excellent, coordinated patient care that encompasses nearly every medical specialty and is delivered conveniently and close to home.”

With access to two campuses, more patients in Palm Beach County will be able to access specialty services such as Cardiac, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Robotics, Oncology, and more. The change also leverages the excellence of two well established healthcare facilities with track records of consistent delivery of high quality care.

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