Delray Medical Center is a community-based acute care hospital offering a wide range of specialized medical and surgical services. Certified as a Level I trauma center for adults and children, it comprises over 490 beds, 18,000 admissions, 79,000 outpatient visits, and 42,000 ER visits per year. Five separate Intensive Care Units support the management of the surgery, trauma, medical, neurosurgical and cardiac/medical patients. Pinecrest, a 60-bed rehabilitation hospital, meets the complex physical and occupational therapy needs of recovering patients. The hospital has been the recipient of the Healthgrades “America’s 50 Best” and “Distinguished Hospital Award - Clinical Excellence” awards™ for nine years in a row, has been rated by the Joint Commission as a "Top Performer" in surgical care, and has received an “A” rating by The Leap Frog Group for safety and avoidance of errors.
On the Delray Medical Center campus, Fair Oaks Pavilion comprises a 66-bed, three-unit psychiatry inpatient facility that includes a specialty unit for geriatric psychiatry and provides medication-assisted detoxification. As a Baker Act institution with a dedicated psychiatric emergency service, this sponsoring hospital offers 24-hour emergency assessment of the psychiatric needs of community residents across a full range of demographics and psychopathologies. Within the general medical hospital setting, the consultation-liaison psychiatry service plays an integral role in the care of patients in the emergency department, on the medical floors and trauma service, and in the ICU. The electroconvulsive therapy service for inpatients and outpatients treats 1,300 patients a year.
Residents on all services receive direct supervision tailored to their stage of training and unique learning needs. The institution provides committed staff support for this residency as well as residency offices and computer labs, call rooms, a resident lounge, and interactive virtual classrooms so that residents may participate in conferences throughout the Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Consortium. Residents teach third- and fourth-year medical students as part of a team-based approach to psychiatric care.
Established in 1974, South County Mental Health Center is a not-for-profit charitable corporation governed by a Board of Directors who are volunteers from the community. Center programs are licensed by the State of Florida. South County Mental Health Center is committed to providing quality care to the community, advocating for services in the least restrictive environment, and offering alternatives to psychiatric hospitalization. The center's outpatient programs serve all of Palm Beach County south of Southern Boulevard, an area that comprises about 600,000 residents. Annually, SCMHC serves more than 5,000 clients, with 18,000 patient visits, including 3,000 child and adolescent visits. An average of 400 individuals initiate requests for emergency and non-emergency services each month. The center's mission is to operate as an optimal working model of community mental health care, targeting the Medicaid population of traditionally underserved persons. SCMHC's belief is that quality care is possible only when sound clinical practices are melded with compassion and sensitivity, and staff at South County Mental Health Center are guided by these values. Continuous quality improvement programs and Joint Commission accreditation contribute to the educational experience of the psychiatry residents. SCMHC is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
In addition to the research and scholarly activity opportunities within the clinical rotations above, research electives and collaborations may be arranged through additional programs located across FAU campuses.
FAU Brain Institute
supports research, education, and community outreach, with efforts spanning all FAU campuses. Its administrative home is on the FAU MacArthur campus in Jupiter, Florida, that also houses the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, and the Scripps Florida Research Institute.
The Brain Institute supports state-of-the-art research and innovative educational activities of more than 100 neuroscience faculty-level investigators located at FAU and affiliate research centers and sponsors the FAU Neuroscience Student Organization. The Institute’s mission is
to unlock the secrets of brain development, function, and plasticity and their implications for devastating brain disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, depression, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
The FAU Biomedical Research Institute offers a number of programs and services to support research and innovation. The Institute for Healthy Aging and Lifespan Studies (I-HEAL) is dedicated to the advancement of health through pioneering research and translational applications. The I-HeAL team is leading the way with novel intervention programs to improve the care of dementing elders and their caregivers, leading to improved care confidence and mobility, delayed nursing home placement, reduced hospital re-admission, and lower health care costs.
Scripps Institute is an academic research facility with investigators in six of the institute's 15 departments: Cancer Biology, Chemistry, Immunology and Microbial Science, Metabolism and Aging, Molecular Therapeutics, and Neuroscience, as well as the unique Translational Research Institute, which includes the Advanced Technologies and Drug Discovery divisions. While the focus of basic scientific research is to understand the mechanisms that lead to disease and its potential treatment, the Translational Research Institute seeks to identify new biochemical targets for drug development and to optimize and further develop these drug candidate lead compounds.
Part of the prestigious Max Planck Society based in Germany, MPFI is the first and only institute of its kind in North America. Situated in the new biosciences cluster in South Florida’s scenic Palm Beach County, MPFI fosters a vibrant, collaborative environment where scientists are provided generous ongoing support to conduct high-impact research at the cutting edge.