recent article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel illuminated
something that Palm Beach County
residents are already
acutely aware of: the area is in the throes of a physician
shortage that’s expected to intensify.
In an effort to address Palm Beach’s health care
delivery needs, the Miller School of Medicine is opening
four new medical facilities around the county. The first
is an internal medicine practice at 3401 PGA Boulevard
in Palm Beach Gardens that opened its doors in July under
the auspices of the University of Miami Medical Group
(UMMG) and the Miller School. The Palm Beach Gardens
facility is staffed by five highly experienced internists
led by Michael Federman, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Working in tandem with Federman at the
new Palm Beach Gardens facility are Bruce Eisenberg,
Razvan Chirila, M.D.; Robert Federman, M.D.; and Alexis
Federman, D.O. Additional information about this latest
addition to Palm Beach County’s health care landscape
can be found at 561-368-DOCS (3627) or www.Universityimg.com.
The second UMMG facility opened in August
and piggybacks on the Miller School’s ongoing collaboration with
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) to train medical students
at FAU and at Boca Raton Community Hospital.
Taking this synergy to the next step is
a major clinical practice on FAU’s campus, in an 11,088-square-foot
facility at 3848 FAU Boulevard in Boca Raton. Still in
the process of ramping up, this facility offers 18 examination
rooms, X-ray equipment, and surgical suites. Ira Karmin,
M.D., is the medical director at this new Boca Raton
site, which will also house Ob/Gyn and internal medicine
practices, among others.
In the town of Palm Beach the UMMG is
looking at a facility at 250 Royal Palm Way that would
house a 10,000-square-foot
urgent care center, according to UMMG spokesman Cristian
Murray. The center is tentatively scheduled to open
in early 2008 and would have two physicians and an X-ray
machine on the premises.
There’s also a good possibility that a CT scan
or MRI machine will be made available to augment the
health care needs of Palm Beach residents.
Rounding out the quartet of new Palm Beach
facilities is the new building at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s
campus at 7101 Fairway Drive in Palm Beach Gardens. With
two floors and 21,500 square feet of space for patients
and offices, this is the largest venue of the four, Murray
“We’re trying to determine what practices
will be going in there,” he observes. “We’re
conducting demographic studies to find out what medical
services are needed by the community.
“Palm Beach County’s population is growing,
and older physicians are retiring and not being rapidly
by younger doctors,” Murray says. “The University
of Miami wants to take the lead in providing Palm Beach
County with the same high-quality health care that Miami-Dade
County has received for more than half a century.”