Pinnacle - Jupiter Medical Center

Fall 2018

Pinnacle is the official magazine of Jupiter Medical Center which provides world class health care in Palm Beach County

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36 | PINNACLE | Lee, the center's medical director of thoracic and surgical oncology. Early detection is vital, and part of the screening process involves conferring with a genetic counselor, who not only conducts an in-depth review of a patient's medical and family history to determine risk factors but also performs specialized blood tests and, if necessary, recommends genomic testing for biomolecular targeted therapy. If a diagnosis is made, the physicians take great care to ensure that patients, now facing a frightening time in their life, are well informed and emotionally guided. Every patient is assigned a personal Patient Navigator, which provides cohesion and continuity. Essentially, this advanced practice navigates patients through their entire journey. Patient Navigators follow up with patients post–physician review to communicate recommendations, facilitate scheduling of additional testing if needed, assist with scheduling appointments with nonsurgical providers, and educate patients with additional information about their condition. One of the first steps is an in-depth discus- sion of the details of a patient's case at one of many weekly "tumor board meetings," where a panel of experts determines a plan of care. Explains Pinelli: "We try to draw in not only physicians but also medical students, nurses, pathologists, and radiologists. We get all of our subspecialties together in one room and go over specific patient cases. We also invite our community physicians to bring their cases to us so that we can help educate them and, together, develop treatments for those patients." In other words, patients at Jupiter Medical Center ben- efit from the pooled resources of field experts, while their cases add to the field experts' un- derstanding of the particular type of cancer being treated. Once the plan of care has been established, patients attend a multidisciplinary clinic. "The patient can see the surgeon, pulmonologist, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, and any other specialists involved in their treatment all in one session," explains Lee. "So in two hours, you will have met with everyone involved in your care at the cancer center." This collaborative approach to assessment and planning accomplishes in a single appointment what would have taken multiple visits in different offices over the course of weeks, if not months. Utilizing innovative technology gives Jupiter Medical Center an edge with diagnosis and treatment. For example, the IBM Watson for Oncology, an artificial intelligence tool that first started being used in a hospital setting at Jupiter Medical Center, enables physicians to check their diagnoses and treatment regimens against a national and international database that includes the latest in research and treatment options in a matter of seconds. This collaborative approach to assess- ment and planning accomplishes in a single appointment what would have taken multiple visits in different offices over the course of weeks, if not months.

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