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"We added a new surgical residency last July, and we continue to produce well-trained physicians for Palm Beach County."
Gina Melby, CEO, JFK Medical Center
Palm Beach County’s healthcare industry is a vital sector of the economy, accounting for 80,000 jobs in 4,800 healthcare-related businesses (source: emsi).
Palm Beach County residents and visitors have access to some of the nation’s best healthcare. Nine of the county’s state-of-the-art hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission, an industry accreditation and inspection organization, as “Top Performers” on key quality measures in 2013, the most recent year available.
Learn more about Palm Beach County’s healthcare industry and institutions at the BDB’s life sciences industry microsite, LifeHelix.org.
Palm Beach County healthcare institutions are involved in cutting edge research. Companies such as Brain Matters Research in Delray Beach and Health Awareness in Jupiter offer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. A number of county hospitals host clinical clerkships from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine, Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathy, and more. Residents from the University of Miami Miller School, FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, and others practice in Palm Beach County hospitals.
In addition to the FAU medical school, the county is home Palm Beach Atlantic’s Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy as well as nursing schools at Keiser University, Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Palm Beach State College.
Palm Beach State also has programs in radiography, medical transcription, surgical technology, dental assisting, health information management, and many other health specialties.
Learn more about how Palm Beach County health institutions are educating the workers for today’s healthcare economy at LifeHelix.org/education.
To build the next generation of healthcare providers, the School District of Palm Beach County offers “Choice” and “In-House” programs at nine elementary schools in biomedical and veterinary technology, and health and wellness, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Five middle schools feature programs with a biomedical, biotech, or biomedical health informatics focus, and 12 middle schools feature a pre-medical sciences program. 6 high schools offer programs in biomedical sciences, biotech, or International Baccalaureate medical sciences; and 15 high schools offer medical sciences career programs.
Where can you get more information?
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO
Gary Hines, Senior Vice President, Administration
Brian Cartland, Vice President, Business Recruitment
Shawn Rowan, Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion
Shereena Dann, Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion
Luke Jackson, Vice President, The Glades Region