May 22, 2012



JUPITER, Fla. (May 22, 2012) –  “An absolutely transformational place for a whole new level of world class health care education,” was Jupiter Medical Center Chairman of the Board Joe Taddeo’s description of the brand new Raso Education Center and Clarke Auditorium dedicated May 3rd on the Jupiter campus.

The Center and Auditorium mark the initial phase of Jupiter Medical Center’s ongoing $50 million expansion, and now provides Jupiter’s medical team and other area researchers and clinicians with some of the world’s most advanced facilities and equipment. 

“This has been a long time coming, and well worth the wait,” said John Couris, Jupiter Medical Center President and CEO.  “This is so important to the hospital because we can train our staff in a world class facility.  Our doctors, for example, now have the ability to videoconference groundbreaking medical operations from JMC's operating suites to the Raso Education Center or anywhere in the world, and learn from any hospital.  Moreover, this is about our Jupiter community and our people progressing learning and healing.”


Participating in the ribbon cutting was Mrs. Shirley C. Raso, who, with her late husband Dominick F. Raso, provided the lead donation for the new education center. Also honored was Mrs. Margaret Clarke, lead donor for the auditorium with her late husband, John H. Clarke. John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center, and Richard Cosnotti, President and CEO of the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, also spoke at the event.

Couris said, “The Raso Education Center is more than just a building. It represents the first completed phase of Jupiter Medical Center’s $50 million, three-phase expansion. But more importantly, it’s our next step in delivering world-class, patient-centered clinical care with an ongoing focus on academic and research excellence.”

“The Raso Education Center and Clarke Auditorium is an unmatched educational resource for our team members, physicians, area clinicians, researchers, and the community. We look forward to offering our technology and resources to others as we move healthcare forward,” Couris added.


The newly constructed Raso building at Jupiter Medical Center features some of the most leading-edge technology available today.

The John H. & Margaret Clarke Auditorium offers a place to host physician lectures from top academic medical centers. An ever popular educational tool, the free physician lectures at Jupiter Medical Center offered to community members continue to grow at a rapid pace. Community members hear from doctors on various topics in an intimate setting, and enjoy “asking the expert”.  This room offers video presentation capability with projection screens located on the east and south walls, providing easy viewing from any location in the room. Seating up to 150, this auditorium’s state-of-the-art technology includes a sound system with overhead speakers and wireless microphones.
The PC located in the podium has additional ports to allow for the Pathology camera, Radiology PACs and Laptop and USB inputs for presenters at weekly cancer conferences and pre-treatment breast conferences.
The room is able to receive and send television video conferencing using a LifeSize© video conferencing system and two high-definition pan-tilt-zoom cameras. This allows physicians, nurses and allied health professionals to attend continuing medical education conferences broadcast from any facility, whether an academic or research setting, in an interactive environment. Physician experts in their fields provide programs on a wide variety of topics from neurological evaluations to integrative medicine and oncology.


Physician & Team Member Training & Educational Rooms- In the near future, the building will have the ability to view live surgeries from one of the operating rooms in the main hospital, which will allow for a group of physicians to watch it in the Raso Education Center. These two rooms offers two-way communication between the operating room and the Raso Education Center while a surgeon performs a procedure. The surgeon will have the ability to control the high definition cameras from the operating room, so that he or she may view the audience. The system also supports the ability for any presenter to bring any HDMI device, be it a laptop, iPhone, iPad, etc. and connect it to the system and view it on any of the motorized projection screens.  


The Lawrence J. & Florence A. De George Board Room has video presentation capability showing on a projection screen located on the south wall. The PC located in the lectern has a 15 inch interactive display and added ports to allow the Pathology camera, Radiology PACs display as well as Laptop and multiple USB inputs for presenters.  This room has overhead speakers and wireless microphones. In addition, this room is able to receive and send television video conferencing using a LifeSize© video conferencing system and two high-definition pan-tilt-zoom cameras. The system allows trustees out of town to participate in the meetings. The board room table has imbedded charging stations and several PC, laptop and tablet inputs.


The Innovation Room is designed to enable JMC process experts to encourage, facilitate and deliver new and improved medical processes to our community. The room utilizes the most advanced integrated media, communication and knowledge capture technology available today to both increase the velocity and reduce the cost of medical process research and design.

The room is modular in design to offer unlimited room configurations.  A 174-inch-wide intuitive, multi-touch and gesture-driven SMART board system digitally captures new process ideas. A social media-ready and interactive, video-enabled Apple-Television system offers virtual research and conferencing with medical experts worldwide. Two iPad© ports will allow improvement concepts discovered outside the room to be brought in and shared instantly, capturing ideas found during daily work and sending them to the Innovation Room’s network.

The Kathryn W. Davis Computer Training Lab has sixteen PCs for team member training on Jupiter Medical Center applications with an interactive SMART board system.

 The Internet Cafe has three iMac workstations along the north glass wall, an iPad docking location and a large flat panel LCD monitor for display of content as well as CATV.

Room Management System Software allows the meeting room coordinators easy access to automate the rooms and provide enhanced meeting room coordination along with scheduling.  The software integrates with Microsoft Outlook on all desktops and allow users to request meeting rooms and pair the requestor with the appropriate room based on their technology requirements. The system enables pre-programming of the computers, projection screens and lights to be turned on prior to the coordinator arriving for the meeting. Occupancy sensors detect movement in the rooms. If a meeting has been canceled but not deleted from the system, the sensors will turn off lights and equipment if no movement is detected within fifteen minutes from the start time.

Outside each meeting room is a 9 inch display showing meeting room information that is used to view upcoming meetings and allow users to request available meeting room space.  The center also has a portable Wolfvision document camera for clinical presentations.

A not-for-profit 283-bed community medical center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in orthopedics and spine, geriatrics, minimally invasive surgical procedures including robotic surgery, emergency services, cardiac services, obstetrics, cancer care and advanced diagnostics. Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center is top ranked in Palm Beach County by U.S. News & World Report, and was recognized as “high performing” in five specialty areas, including cancer, ear, nose and throat, gynecology, kidney disorders, and neurology and neurosurgery. The Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 520 physicians and 700 volunteers. For more information, please call 561-263-2234 or visit the website at

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