Date: September 10, 2012

What’s large, round and can only be installed via crane? A 40.5 foot hyperbaric oxygen chamber! Jupiter Medical Center (JMC) received its third Sigma 40 monoplace hyperbaric system at the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center on Saturday, September 9th

Workers removed an entire window and part of the wall of the 1004 building at JMC to install the chamber on the second floor.   

JMC has the largest monoplace hyperbaric chambers available in the state of Florida. This third addition offers a 40.5 internal diameter hyperbaric therapy system for maximum patient comfort, safety and reliability. The third chamber will be used primarily for clinical trials and research, in addition to treating patients with hyperbaric oxygen for more than twelve approved diagnoses.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an adjunctive therapy which increases the amount of oxygen concentration in your blood, allowing the oxygen to pass through the plasma and tissues to the wound site, and promotes the overall healing process.

The Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center at Jupiter Medical Center is located at 1004 S. Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, FL. For more information, please call (561) 263-5760 or visit the website at  

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By: Corrie Edwards
Date: September 4, 2012

Firefighter Anthony Ramos was performing routine physical training with his squad at a Rockledge, Florida fire station, and took his turn practicing with the hoseline. Struggling with the hose, blasting water at approximately 150 pounds per square inch, he heard a loud ripping sound. 

“It felt like you lost a wheel on your car and your transmission failed,” said Ramos. Wearing 60 pounds of gear, Ramos ripped his right pectoralis major muscle under the water pressure and completely detached it from the humerus bone.

Pectoralis major tears (pec tears), although rare, occur mostly in athletes performing sports-related activities. Weightlifters, wrestlers, tennis players and even football players can rip the pectoralis major from too much strain. Most common in weightlifting, pec tears can occur from the bottom of a heavy bench-press or initiation of a dumbbell chest fly. The injury is extremely painful and often rips loudly, similar to the sound of Velcro.

A pec tear is manageable and one can live with the injury, but will lose muscle function. Exercises like pushups and chest flyes become impossible, and activities involving the chest muscles become extremely difficult. 

Associated pain in the shoulder and bicep pain is often common, and those injured often mistake a pec tear for a shoulder or bicep injury. The longer one goes without repairing the pectoralis major, the more the muscle belly retracts over the tear, limiting range of motion and activity. 

“I couldn’t pick up my daughter and my two-month old son, let alone patients (while) on duty,” said Ramos. “It was very frustrating… all I wanted to do was play with my kids.” 

Ramos was in fact, mistakenly diagnosed with a shoulder injury and even cleared to go back to work at the fire station after a few months. As he struggled to handle patients and perform his engineering duties at the fire station, Ramos took research matters into his own hands. Through internet forums and blogs, Ramos discovered Matthew Stiebel, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Jupiter Medical Center specializing in sports medicine, with a history of more than forty pectoralis major repairs. 

Only a handful of surgeons in the United States perform a large volume of pectoralis repair procedures. With an extensive background in orthopedic surgery for athletes, Dr. Stiebel handles patients from as far as Germany, Mexico and even the Netherlands. Within the first few minutes of his physical examination, Dr. Stiebel was able to diagnose Ramos’ pec tear, confirmed later by a pectoral MRI. 

“I wanted to hug Dr. Stiebel for finally confirming that something was still wrong with my chest (and not my shoulder). You know when your tire on your car is flat. I knew something wasn’t right. I was so fortunate to find Dr. Stiebel in South Florida. The next closest doctor I found was in Puerto Rico!” said Ramos. 

Matthew Stiebel, MD, FRCSC, completed an orthopedic surgery residency at McGill University and a subspecialty fellowship in sports medicine at Boston University after undergraduate and medical school degrees at Yale University. His specialties include complex shoulder and knee injuries, and the repair of pectoralis major muscle tears and their subsequent outcomes. Dr. Stiebel learned this pec repair technique from Anthony Schepsis, MD, the surgeon credited with developing the technique.

“I have to mobilize and free up the whole muscle. I put heavy sutures through the muscle in a special kind of weave, designed by Dr. Skeptis,” explained Dr. Stiebel. “I make a trough or a cavity in the proximal humerus and drill holes in the lateral side of it. Then, I pull the muscle into the trough I’ve created, pull the sutures out of the holes I make in the bone and tie them over a bone bridge. The trick is to mobilize the muscle and free it away from all the adhesions to make sure the nerves around it are okay. To get a good repair the muscle has to go to the bone. You can’t repair the muscle back to the tendon.” 

A pec tear patient is generally kept overnight in the hospital following surgery, and wears a sling from four to six months before beginning rehab. They can begin strengthening the pectoral major as early as three months and can go back to weightlifting or sports around six months. Patients regain an average of 90-95 percent strength back in the pectoral muscle after having the surgery. 

Ramos was just cleared to go back to work as a fulltime firefighter a few months after his pec repair procedure. “I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Stiebel and my pec surgery. I had an amazing experience at Jupiter Medical Center. I was nervous about having such major surgery, but my injury was affecting my very livelihood. I just wanted to pick up my kids again.” 

Jupiter Medical Center is proud to offer the pectoralis repair procedure to patients. Jupiter Medical Center remains on the leading edge of orthopedics, offering highly-skilled orthopedic surgeons, state-of-the-art facilities, and comprehensive rehabilitation services to help patients return to an active and healthy lifestyle. The Anderson Family Orthopedic and Spine Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its total knee, total shoulder and total hip replacement program.

To learn more about Jupiter Medical Center’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence, call Judy Dellosa, RN, ONC, Orthopedic Clinical Coordinator, at (561) 263-3633 or visit

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By: Corrie Edwards
Date: August 30, 2012

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a great reason to get yours tested today.

More than 102 million American Adults (20 years or older) have total cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL, which is above healthy levels. More than 35 million of these people have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, which puts them at high risk for heart disease.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function normally and makes all that you need. Too much cholesterol can build up in your arteries. After a while, these deposits narrow your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke.

The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that adults aged 20 years or older have their cholesterol checked every 5 years.

If you have high cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe medications to treat your high cholesterol.

In addition, you can lower your cholesterol levels through lifestyle changes:

•Low-fat and high-fiber food (Eat more fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and whole grains).

•For adults, get at least 2 hours and a half hours of moderate or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week. For those aged 6-17, getting 1 hour or more of physical activity each day.

•Maintain a healthy weight.

•Quit smoking today.

Please give us a call at (561) 263-2234 to get your cholesterol checked at Jupiter Medical Center, or click HERE to request an appointment online.

Information provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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By: Corrie Edwards
Date: August 15, 2012

Continue your fabulous October events and join us at Downtown at the Gardens for Art in the Gardens, a local art show hosted by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.

This free, outdoor art festival offer premier family-friendly entertainment with more than 70 local artists, live music from two stages and delicious food for two days. Jupiter Medical Center will have a tent there, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

Art in the Gardens is Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 2012 from 10a.m. to 5p.m. We hope to see you there! 

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By: Corrie Edwards
Date: August 13, 2012

Jupiter Medical Center is excited to announce the launch of its community e-newsletter, Healthy News You Can Use! Delivered monthly, this newsletter is chock-full of healthy tips, events and JMC news. Click HERE to view the very first edition.

You can sign up to receive Healthy News HERE.

Please feel free to comment below and tell us what you think. We love to hear from you! You can also connect with us on Facebook HERE.

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By: Corrie Edwards
Date: August 11, 2012

The journey to end breast cancer starts with a single step. Take that step with us and "Put On Your Pink Bra" at our American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Just a few hours of your time will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families.

Every Making Strides event is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

"Put On Your Pink Bra" and join us in the fight to end breast cancer forever.

Since 1993, eight million cancer charity walkers across the country have raised more than $460 million through Making Strides events to help fight breast cancer. Last year alone, dedicated supporters like you raised more than $60 million nationwide to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays.

The pink bra symbolizes how personal the fight against breast cancer is. It's a call to arms to fight back against the disease. Join us at the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a noncompetitive fundraising walk, and help us continue to save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays.

Look out for Jupiter Medical Center’s booth, where we’ll raffle off a pink KitchenAid mixer and handing out giveaways.

Making Strides is Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9a.m. The walk is located at Meyer Amphitheater at 105 Evernia Street in West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Sign up for a team HERE!

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By: Corrie Edwards
Date: August 10, 2012

If you missed last year’s Real Men Wear Pink event, we have good news! It’s happening all over again at Downtown at the Gardens (DTAG) in just a few short weeks.

Real Men Wear Pink is a breast cancer awareness event JMC hosts each year in partnership with DTAG. Enjoy a FREE concert from The Party Dogs, facepainting & balloon sculpting for the kids and raffle prizes.

The best part? All month long leading up to the event, we encourage everyone (men and women) to post a picture of themselves wearing the color PINK to our FACEBOOK PAGE! Wear PINK to the event OR we’ll take a photo of you (in one of our pink props… pink feather boa, anyone?) at Jupiter Medical Center’s tent at Real Men Wear Pink.

Help us paint the town PINK to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Real Men Wear Pink is Friday, October 12, 2012 from 7-9p.m. The event is located in Center Court at Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Avenue in Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410. 

To learn more, please visit the webpage HERE or connect with us on Facebook. Please call me with any questions at (561) 263-2893.


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By: Corrie Edwards
Date: August 6, 2012

Welcome to Jupiter Medical Center’s Healthy News You Can Use blog!

If you haven’t heard, Jupiter Medical Center recently rolled out its Healthy News You Can Use e-newsletter, delivered to your inbox monthly with healthy tips, events and JMC news. You can sign up HERE to receive it.

This blog will be another place to read healthy news… that you can use! We’ll have various team members, physicians and even community members provide you with relevant healthy content.

We love to hear your feedback. Please feel free to comment on our blog posts or connect with us on Facebook HERE.

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