Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E . C O M 65 South Florida has traditionally been a magnet for retirees from across North America. People generally experience greater health care needs as they age, and as a result of this demand, the region has some of the best health care in the United States. HEALTHCARE RESOURCES Palm Beach County, with its affluent popu- lation and active, outdoor Florida lifestyle also boasts a population focused on positive health and wellness. It is no surprise that the area has abundant resources for both young and old, with high quality care from pediat- rics to geriatrics. Palm Beach County's health care is primarily divided between two major hospital systems: Tenet Healthcare Corp. and HCA East Florida, and insurance premiums have remained lower than in the two other metro counties, Broward and Dade. The Sun-Sentinel reported in January 2015 that "Physicians in Palm Beach County are more independent, resisting forming large groups or integrating with the hospitals." This independent streak has helped keep the insurance premiums down. MEDICAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION Florida Atlantic University (FAU) opened the $20 million, 95,000 sq. ft. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in 2011. This research college is addressing challenging health care issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration and autoimmune diseases. In the short time since it opened, Schmidt has made a number of important medical advancements, including a novel approach to the treatment of macular degeneration, a primary cause of blindness in the elderly. In 2015, the FAU John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter formed an educational and research program in partnership with the Scripps Research Institute and the Max Planck Florida Institute to enhance their research capabilities and build a program of unique undergraduate and graduate degrees. The initiative allows students to work and study alongside some of the world's leading researchers. Scripps's mission is to build a world-class biomedical research system in Florida, and the Max Planck Institute's research focus is in neuroscience, partic- ularly seeking to gain insights into brain circuitry. The Schmidt College of Medicine is also affiliated with the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in Port St. Lucie. Torrey Pines conducts basic research into human diseases and human health, and specializes in the study of such conditions as multiple sclerosis, heart disease, inflammatory disor- ders, infectious diseases, transplant rejection,

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