Lecture Series: The Risks and Benefits of Dietary Supplements

Consumer confidence in dietary supplements remains strong according to reports published by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a Washington based trade association representing dietary supplements, functional food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. Labels on prescriptions warn us about basic drug interactions, for example: avoiding alcohol use or grapefruit juice-but how about the supplements we take? Do…

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Sharpening Those Skills: Always Prepared

Emergency drills are an important exercise for health care organizations to optimize skills and gain familiarity with their health care partners. Smoothly incorporating everyone’s role in an emergency situation is a key factor for success. This is one of the many reasons Ocean Reef Public Safety and the Medical Center at Ocean Reef practice emergency…

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The Three “S’s”

Standards, Satisfaction and Safety: the three S’s that are valuable measures the Medical Center implements on a daily basis. Getting There and Staying There  We set standards by achieving accreditation with various agencies. This summer, the Medical Center will again be reviewed by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare(AAAHC). This is important in assuring patients that…

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Small Steps Make for Big Strides

Competitive running in a marathon race takes serious commitment. The Medical Center’s own physical therapist Anastassia Gibson recently competed in a marathon at Martha’s Vineyard. Despite the weather conditions being terrible at 51 degrees, overcast, very windy and rainy with almost 400 people participating, she came in second in her division with an overall time of…

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Shingrix Vaccine for Shingles: What You Should Know

Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a…

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Here’s Your Summer Health Checklist

Whether you’re planning to stay at the Reef into the early summer months or leaving soon, here are a few health-conscious items to check off on your to-do list. Automatic Pharmacy Refills Please give new instructions to Public Safety for your automatically refilled pharmacy prescriptions that are picked up from a Key Largo pharmacy. Once…

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Plastic Surgeon Joins Medical Center Specialist Program

The Medical Center welcomes plastic surgeon Dr. Ramiro Perez to our Visiting Specialists program. Dr. Perez, pictured at right, has been in private practice since 2009 and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and theAmerican Board of Surgery. His practice is located near South Miami Hospital. Currently he serves as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Florida…

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Founding Member, Directors Named at Annual Meetings

The Ocean Reef Medical Center Foundation held a cocktail reception April 11 to honor the Medical Center’s generous supporters and recognize one special Founder for his outstanding contribution to the Medical Center. This year’s Founder Member Award went to Patrick P. Lee, pictured at right with Adelaide Skoglund, Chairman of the Ocean Reef Medical Center…

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Next on the Lecture Series Menu: Red Wine and Dark Chocolate!

Renowned thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Marc Gillinov of Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic will present “Red Wine, Dark Chocolate and the Real Secrets to Heart Health” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the Cultural Center Theater. Dr. Gillinov is chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular…

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Medical Center Welcomes Newest Team Member, Marvin Escobar

We are pleased to announce the addition of Marvin Escobar, MA, RT(R)(CT) to the Medical Center’s excellent health care team. Marvin, pictured at right, is a highly trained radiology technologist with experience in Diagnostic X-ray, CT, MRI, Bone Densitometry and Fluoroscopic studies. He also is proficient in starting intravenous drip (IV) lines for patients who…

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