EXPANDING OUR SERVICES
Jupiter Medical Center’s patient and procedure volumes have risen
more than 30 percent since the Digestive Health Center’s opening.
However, we are not yet able to offer the latest therapies for all gastrointestinal
conditions. To address such needs, deepening our roster of experienced,
fellowship-trained gastroenterologists and endoscopists is a top priority.
Additional philanthropic support will also make it possible for the gastrointestinal
team to expand and build out advanced suites that enable surgeons and
endoscopists to collaborate on multiple procedures at one time.
HEPATOBILIARY AND PANCREATIC CANCER PROGRAM
The Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Cancer Program will become the region’s
foremost diagnostic and treatment center for patients with liver and pancreatic
diseases, including disorders of the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and
pancreas. Surgical procedures for these diseases are usually advanced
and complicated. Special training and skill is required to ensure the
best possible outcomes for patients. This program, once developed, will
be multidisciplinary with the latest technological advancements.
With the recent recruitment of Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin, Medical Director
for the Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology program, Jupiter Medical Center
is already performing complex liver resections, the Whipple procedure,
microwave ablation, and seeing an increase in regional referrals of patients
that have complicated injuries to the bile duct during routine cholecystectomy.
As the only board certified surgical oncologist in Martin, Indian River,
St. Lucie and Palm beach counties, Dr. Bhagwandin also performs the Hyperthermic
Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) procedure for patients with cancer
that has spread to various areas in the abdomen. HIPEC is a highly concentrated,
heated chemotherapy treatment that is delivered directly to the abdomen
during surgery. Before HIPEC is administered, the surgeon—using
standard surgical methods—will remove all visible tumors that can
be removed throughout the peritoneal cavity. This is known as cytoreductive surgery.
MEETING THE CHALLENGES
New insights into the intricate workings of the digestive tract, the precursors
of serious disease, and the course of disease for cancers that affect
digestive organs, are constantly propelling new treatment strategies and
technologies. The Gastroenterology Institute is on course to provide a
comprehensive spectrum of services that will allow community members,
with virtually any gastrointestinal condition, to access the specialized,
diagnostic and interventional procedures they require right here at Jupiter