Expansion at Jupiter Medical Center for breast health services

Jupiter Medical Center is growing — again.

The Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, a two-story facility with a full spectrum of breast-health services, opened last week on Military Trail. The $12.4 million center has 3-D imaging, genetic testing and counseling, a healing garden and waiting rooms with names such as “Courage,” and “Harmony.”

The 26,000-square-foot facility is the next step in making JMC a “regional center for excellence,” said Dr. Lee Fox, an 11-year veteran of the non-profit hospital.

“The new center will be a national model for community-based patient care and the first center in the region to combine next generation technology and seamless delivery of breast health and diagnostic services,” said JMC President and Chief Executive Officer John D. Couris.

Other JMC recent expansions include:

  • The $46 million Florence A. De George Pavilion, an 85,000-square-foot tower with 44 patient rooms opened in January. The three-story center includes areas for surgery, recovery and rehabilitation.
  • Construction continues in Abacoa to build the Institute for Healthy Living, which will include a 129-bed nursing home, 70-bed assisted-living facility and 30-bed center for people with brain disorders. The $70 million medical research center, a partnership with NuVista Living and Scripps Research Institute, is expected to be finished next spring.
  • JMC plans four more medical clinics in the next five years between West Palm Beach and Hobe Sound. The latest recently opened on the north side of Indiantown Road next to Harmony Animal Hospital. Hours at the $600,000 center are seven days a week, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • A patient care partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York was announced in February. Physicians from the two hospitals are combining expertise in cardiac services and research. The partnership should also bring more clinical trials to JMC.
  • The Joe Namath Neurological Research Center opened in September. Namath, 71, was the first patient at the center that uses a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to restore injured areas of the brain.


Sitting in the lobby, Dr. Lee Fox said the goal of the center is to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment as well as a serene setting for counseling. The center will meet the demand in breast cancer detection — in both men and women — as baby boomers age, he said.

About 230,000 women born between 1946-1966 are expected to get breast cancer in 2015 nationally. For men, the figure is about 100 times less, according to the American Cancer Society. Meanwhile, the number of Americans older than 65 will double by 2030, according to the U.S. Census.

Diagnostic services include mammography, biopsies, PET (positron emission tomography) scan and magnetic resonance imaging.

“The goal is fewer call backs and better cancer detection,” Fox said.

The Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center is named in honor of Suzanne Niedland’s mother, Margaret, who died from breast cancer in April 2011. Suzanne Niedland’s $10.8 million donation helped pay for most of the equipment and construction. JMC paid the rest.

“Jupiter Medical Center and I strived to create a relaxed, peaceful patient environment that will reduce anxiety at what can be a stressful and emotional time,” Suzanne Niedland said.

Fox, a Jupiter resident who has been with JMC since he transferred from JFK a dozen years ago, said the steady growth of the Jupiter Medical Center is a boon for north county. The non-profit hospital, started in 1979, has about 1,600 employees — including about 575 physicians — and is the largest employer in Jupiter. It has about 650 volunteers.

“My father once told me an overnight success takes about 10 years,” Fox said.

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