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Boca Raton Community Hospital Invites FEMA to Set up a Disaster Medical Assistance Team on Campus; Tented Field Hospital Helps Meet Primary Care Needs of Area Residents.

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Boca Raton Community Hospital (, as part of its Hurricane Wilma recovery efforts, today announced that it has invited the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to set up a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) on the hospital's main campus at 745 Meadows Road. FEMA has erected the tented field hospital to attend to primary care needs such as lacerations, gastrointestinal upset, and other non-medical emergencies.

The DMAT is staffed by doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, paramedics, and other health care professionals. Area residents can visit the DMAT, located directly across from the hospital's Emergency Department, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. People with medical emergencies should continue to call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

"Boca Raton Community Hospital administration reached out to FEMA and the National Disaster Medical System to proactively meet the current healthcare needs of the community following this destructive storm," said Richard Van Lith, Chief Operating Officer at Boca Raton Community Hospital. "While the local recovery efforts continue and because many physicians offices have not yet opened, this DMAT will provide area residents with an opportunity to have minor health issues addressed before they escalate into emergencies. As a leading healthcare provider, we will continue to assess the needs of our community and ensure our patients receive the highest quality care."

About Boca Raton Community Hospital

Serving the community since 1967, Boca Raton Community Hospital ( has 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians with privileges.

In 2005, Boca Raton Community Hospital was identified as a top five percent U.S. hospital for clinical quality and received the "Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence" award. Centers of excellence include emergency services; oncology; clinical research; cardiology; women's health; maternity/pediatrics/NICU; radiology; orthopedics; neuroscience; wound care/hyperbarics; cardio-pulmonary and out-patient rehabilitation; and home health.

Boca Raton Community Hospital is part of a program alliance to become the teaching hospital for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University.

An open-heart surgery program will launch in fall of 2006.

The Lynn Regional Cancer Center at Boca Raton Community Hospital has been in operation for 28 years. It is one of the largest comprehensive cancer centers in South Florida. A new 90,000 square foot cancer center is planned to open in 2008.
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