Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center: Setting the Gold Standard in Healthcare

Why do so many residents select Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center as their preferred hospital for major and minor medical procedures?

There’s one very simple but important reason: the staff’s commitment to high-quality care for each and every patient. Patients demand and expect the very best when it comes to medical care, and that’s exactly what they get here. Couple that with a wide assortment of advanced medical equipment and procedures, and it’s no wonder that PBG Medical Center has been bestowed with countless awards and accolades from important trusted medical organizations.

Recognized as one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care” for two years in a row by Healthgrades®, PBG Medical Center is a 199-bed acute care hospital focused on being ready for tomorrow while setting the gold standard in healthcare today. It’s one of the most comprehensive providers serving the medical and healthcare needs of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Although PBG Medical Center has served our area for more than 45 years, some of the hospital’s recent accolades can also be attributed to Tenet Healthcare, which has grown and advanced PBGMC with outstanding medical services such as its Heart & Vascular Institute, which offers Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), plus a new hybrid operating room along with countless other improvements.

One of the people directly responsible for such improvement and development, along with the increasingly long list of awards, is PBG Medical Center CEO Larry Coomes.

“I am very fortunate to be surrounded by incredibly talented physicians and staff who have nothing but the highest standards for providing exceptional quality of care,” Coomes said. “I simply provide the vision and the latitude for them to do what needs to be done, and they deliver.”

PBG Medical was the first hospital in Palm Beach County to perform open-heart surgery and has remained one of South Florida’s leading heart hospitals, boasting more than 16,000 open-heart surgeries and 100,000 cardiac catheterizations. According to Coomes, PBGMC is also one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to use new technology to treat coronary artery disease (with the revolutionary Diamondback 360®).

In July, the hospital was recognized and awarded accreditation for outstanding performance in percutaneous coronary intervention and cardiac catheterization by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE), an organization dedicated to ensuring adherence to the highest quality standards for cardiovascular and endovascular care. The hospital was one of only three hospitals in Florida and only 19 nationwide to achieve these prestigious accolades.

“Our entire cardiology program, from open heart to interventional, to electrophysiology, is managed by an integrated, collaborative team of clinical healthcare professionals,” Coomes said. “These accreditations are a tribute to their hard work and efforts in providing the safest and highest level of cardiac care for our patients.”

Handsome and charismatic, Coomes earned his undergraduate degree in business from Eastern Illinois University in 1999 and started his career in the automotive industry at the Ford Motor Company and then Porsche, before earning his MBA at Duke University. He moved to the medical field after that, starting with Tenet then Universal Health, before taking the position with Tenet again as CEO at PBGMC in August 2012.

Coomes resides here with his wife and young son. He said he jumped at the chance to come to the Sunshine State, which is home to the majority of his friends and family.

“Unlike my native Chicago, I love Florida because you can play outside and you can wear shorts and flip-flops all year round. I really enjoy golfing, traveling and dining out with my family,” he said.

PBG Medical Center recently completed a new $5 million hybrid operating suite that houses the new Artis zeego® multi-axis angiography system from Siemens Healthcare. The angiography system provides unmatched positioning and flexibility to enable physicians to perform some of the most advanced clinical procedures. It allows the hospital to care for the most highly acute cardiac patients, and perform heart surgery and critical valve replacement surgery on patients who would otherwise not be operative candidates.

Moreover, in 2013, stroke care was greatly improved when the medical center assembled a team of incredibly talented stroke neurologists, who have helped to elevate and advance the hospital’s ability to care for this patient population.

Coomes pointed out that for two consecutive years, PBGMC has earned the distinction of “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” from The Joint Commission for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. PBGMC was also recognized for its achievements in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care, which only reinforce the hospital’s steadfast commitment to healthcare.

“We are thrilled with the numerous recognitions for our outstanding quality,” said Coomes, “but the most important awards for me are measured in patient satisfaction, physician satisfaction and employee satisfaction … and we are doing exceptionally well across the board.”

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is located at 3360 Burns Rd. For more information or a physician referral, call (561) 625-5070 or visit www.pbgmc.com.

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