JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES CLINICAL TRIAL PARTNERSHIP
WITH OPKO HEALTH, INC OF JUPITER
February 8, 2012 – Jupiter, FL – Jupiter Medical Center’s Clinical Research Department is pleased to announce a joint venture with OPKO Health Incorporated that involves lung patients and a revolutionary lung cancer biomarker clinical research trial. Qualifying participants will be those undergoing a diagnostic lung biopsy or surgery as prescribed by their surgeon or pulmonologist. K. Adam Lee, MD, Board Certified, Thoracic Surgeon; Kenneth Fuquay, MD, Board Certified, Pulmonologist; Rogelio Choy, MD, Board Certified, Pulmonologist; Jose DeOlazabal, DO, Board Certified, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine; Joseph Giaimo, DO, Board Certified, Pulmonary Medicine, will be participating in the referral of patients for the trial.
Jupiter Medical Center’s Clinical Research Department will screen patients, obtain consent for participation, and then provide OPKO Health with qualifying blood specimens for the clinical trial. The clinical trials are a tremendous benefit to cancer patients in the community, eliminating the long distance travel required to engage in a trial with other cancer centers. These clinical trials provide patients with treatment options not otherwise available.
OPKO Health Incorporated is a new biotech company that came to Jupiter this past year. OPKO has developed technology that detects specific antibodies of cancers and other diseases. They plan to open the research trial to at least 200 patients. The development of accurate and reliable blood tests to diagnose cancers could have a profound effect on disease outcome.
The Ella Milbank Foshay Cancer Center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer. As part of the standards for accreditation, Jupiter Medical Center began offering clinical research trials for cancer in 2001. There have been over 200 clinical trials to date with sixteen open trials currently available. Clinical research trials are another facet to Jupiter Medical Center’s comprehensive approach to treatment and care of its patients. This venture is another opportunity for Jupiter Medical Center to continue its support of bioscience and research.
For more information on participating in clinical trials at Jupiter Medical Center, please contact Jeanine Secor, RN, BSN, Manager of Clinical Research, at 561-263-5791, Estelle Hansen, RN, BSN, Clinical Research Nurse, at 561-263-5768, or visit our website www.jupitermed.com.
About Jupiter Medical Center
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 the highest ranked hospital 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.
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