Palm Beach Atlantic University has won recognition as a local health care champion, an honor that reinforces its longstanding commitment to community service since its founding in 1968.
The Palm Beach County Medical Society recognized PBA as a 2018 Heroes in Medicine Award recipient Friday during an awards presentation at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts where more than 30 winners overall were honored. The university won in the community organization category while a PBA doctoral nursing student and pharmacy school faculty member also took home similar awards in other categories.
In its nomination application, PBA highlighted projects involving its School of Nursing, Gregory School of Pharmacy, Mental Health Counseling and Cancer-Related Fatigue programs that are helping to improve health care within the university’s surrounding community.
Project examples included the School of Pharmacy’s MedData program that gives low-income patients at Palm Beach County community health care centers and clinics access to low-cost or complimentary chronic care medications through an online doctor-directed process. The university’s School of Nursing in collaboration with the Quantum Foundation has also mentored students at Forest Hill Community High School Medical Academy during clinical simulations performed in its laboratory onsite. And cancer patients have benefited from assistance provided by its Cancer-Related Fatigue Program.
The Medical Society also recognized PBA's Gregory School of Pharmacy associate professor of pharmacy practice Dr. Elias B. Chahine with a Healthcare Educator Hero award in the higher education category. Chahine is a past recipient of the pharmacy school's Teacher of the Year award. In addition to his role at PBA he also serves as clinical pharmacy specialist at Wellington Regional Medical Center.
Rounding out PBA’s latest awards coup was Alexandria Watkins, a candidate for doctor of nursing practice degree who snagged a Heroes in Medicine Award in the college/medical student category. Watkins, a registered nurse who currently works at the Center for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in West Palm Beach, was nominated for the award by a PBA faculty member. She’s expected to graduate from PBA in 2019.
The Heroes in Medicine Awards, now in its 15th year, honors individuals and organizations who provide extraordinary services that address or have responded to health care needs in the county, country or globally, the West Palm Beach-based nonprofit said. As part of its mission, the Medical Society advocates for the interests of physicians and their patients and overall societal collaboration for the betterment of community health care.
For a complete list of the Annual Heroes in Medicine Awards winners, click here.