JFK Medical Center North Campus
Located in the heart of West Palm Beach, our 250-bed acute care facility has more than 30 years of experience in providing the highest quality of care to our community.

What is Happening Inside Your Body?


The CT scan is a very helpful diagnostic imaging tool. It provides images with more detail than standard X-rays, so your doctor can get a more precise view of what is happening inside your body. There are a number of different reasons why your doctor may refer you for this type of imaging test. Here is a look at some of the most common ones.

CT scans are helpful in diagnosing internal bleeding, especially bleeding inside of the skull. They are also used to diagnose problems with the bones and blood vessels and to guide biopsy procedures. Doctors frequently use CT scans to view the size and exact placement of a tumor and to plan surgical procedures. Trauma patients often receive CT scans so that their injuries can be identified.

CT scans are just one example of the diagnostic imaging services we provide at West Palm Hospital. Our full-service, concierge hospital offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services. Learn more by calling (561) 283-1126 to speak to a registered nurse any time. 

The Effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


Posttraumatic stress disorder—or PTSD—typically occurs after a life-altering experience, usually one in which the sufferer felt that his or her life was in jeopardy. It is common in military members returning from combat zones, as well as crime survivors and survivors of natural disasters. The impacts of PTSD can be devastating, but help is available. Many people living with PTSD can benefit from inpatient hospital treatment as well as outpatient therapy. Here is a look at the some of the ways PTSD can affect your life.

Persistent Re-Experiencing

People with PTSD often find it difficult to leave their traumatic experience in the past. Instead, they re-experience it over and over again. This can take the form of nightmares, flashbacks, or persistent mental images of the event. Sometimes, a trigger, such as a sound or image, can cause an episode of re-experiencing. Reliving the event repeatedly makes it more difficult to move forward with coping with it.


People with PTSD practice avoidance in a few different ways. Some people may go out of their way to avoid reminders of the event, such as refusing to go to certain places or talk to certain people. They may also struggle to remember important parts of the event that caused their trauma. For other people, avoidance takes on the form of avoiding engaging in normal activities. People with PTSD may resist talking about the future and stop taking part in their normal pastimes.

Increased Arousal

PTSD can lead to a persistently heightened state of arousal. This can manifest as insomnia, aggression, concentration difficulties, and exaggerated responses to being startled. In some cases, people with PTSD may become hyper-vigilant in a way that is counterproductive.

If you or someone you love is dealing with the symptoms of PTSD, you can seek help at The Pavilion at West Palm Hospital. Our hospital provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients with a range of behavioral health needs. For more information about our full-service hospital’s behavioral health department, call (561) 283-1126 to speak with a registered nurse any time. 

How Exercise Can Benefit Your Arthritis Symptoms

Couple Performing Stretching Exercise At Home

When you’re suffering from arthritis pain, exercising may seem like the last thing you want to do. It may seem counterintuitive that moving more could ease your inflamed joints, but in reality, that is exactly what exercise does. Here are some other reasons to make exercise part of your plan for protecting your joints from damage.

Reduce Inflammatory Chemicals

Inflammation is suspected to be the root cause of many conditions, including arthritis. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce inflammation and trigger an anti-inflammatory response in your cells. By reducing inflammation, you can reduce your joint pain while reducing other health risks associated with inflammation, including heart disease. You don’t have to run marathons to reap this benefit of exercise. Research has shown that simply moving enough to increase your blood flow can cut inflammation. That means you can do simple exercises that are compatible with your arthritis pain.

Cut Your Risk of Diabetes

There is a close link between arthritis and diabetes. The chemicals that cause the joint pain of arthritis can also interfere with insulin receptors in your cells. This means your body becomes increasingly resistant to insulin, which in time can lead to type 2 diabetes. By exercising, you increase your body’s insulin sensitivity while reducing inflammation that causes joint pain.

Lose Weight

Excess weight can make painful arthritis even worse. The weight puts extra pressure on joints that are already damaged, causing even more damage and pain. Exercise is an effective way to keep your weight in check. Research shows that, because cutting calories can slow your metabolism, exercise is an essential part of any weight loss plan. Every pound you lose is less pressure on your joints.

You don’t have to let joint pain control your life! West Palm Hospital’s Orthopedic and Spine Institute offers a range of treatments to reduce your symptoms and let you get back to your normal activities. Learn more about all of our hospital services by speaking with a registered nurse any time by calling (561) 842-6141. 

Hospitalization for Depression. When is it Necessary?

sad woman sitting alone

Depression is a treatable mental illness. For many individuals, treatment may involve the use of medication and/or psychotherapy; however, some people may require inpatient psychiatric treatment when more intensive care is needed. Hospitalization for depression may be necessary when an individual:

Experience Thoughts of Hurting Self or Others

It’s not uncommon for people with depression to experience thoughts of suicide or violence. Sometimes these thoughts are brought on by the depression itself, while other times they may be side effects of medications. Entering the hospital gives the person a chance to regain control of these feelings by providing a safe, low-stress environment that can promote healing.

Needs to Be Under Observation

When a physician decides to change medication or prescribe a different combination of medication, it may be helpful for an individual to spend a few days in the hospital so the person can be under observation as the physician adjusts the doses or tries different combinations of medications.

Cannot Deal  with Daily Activities

Severe depression can make it impossible to perform even the most basic tasks. By entering the hospital, an individual can get the care they need so that he/she can focus on recovery. For severe depression, some people may also need treatments that are only available in the hospital.

The Pavilion at West Palm Hospital offers an acute level of psychiatric treatment in a secure hospital setting for those adults, children and seniors who are experiencing a severe emotional crisis and may be a potential danger to themselves and/or others.  It is our belief that patients should have a safe place to restore themselves, through supportive therapeutic interventions, education and self-exploration.

An 88 bed inpatient facility, The Pavilion, located adjacent to the hospital, includes special programs for children ages 12 years and under, adolescents 12-17 years, adults with severe/acute mental illness and a specialized geriatric psychiatric program which address the unique needs of the older adult.  For a psychiatric evaluation, assessment or referral call us 24/7 at 561-881-2671.  For more information about this program and all of our services, including our ER, orthopedics, and women’s services, call (561) 842-6141 to speak to a registered nurse.

Recognizing Early Signs of Juvenile Arthritis

Arthritic Hands

Arthritis is not just a disease for older adults. It can strike anyone at any age, including children. Being alert to the signs of arthritis allows for earlier diagnosis and treatment. If you suspect your child could have arthritis, ask your pediatrician how the orthopedics team at West Palm Hospital can help. Here are the symptoms that can indicate juvenile arthritis.


Children often complain about pain, especially after strenuous activity. The difference for children with juvenile arthritis is when they talk about having pain. With arthritis, children may complain about pain after they wake in the mornings or after naps. The pain may be in the knees, jaw, feet, or hands, and discomfort will likely be on both sides of the body rather than just in one specific location. The pain may lessen with movement.


Much like pain, stiffness in the joints is common among kids with arthritis. Stiffness is likely to strike the same painful joints right after waking in the morning or from a nap. You may notice that your child is holding his or her limbs in a certain position or letting them hang limp until the stiffness loosens up.


Fevers are common in kids when they are ill, but with arthritis, children may experience fevers even when there is no other obvious infection. These fevers are typically low but are often accompanied by fatigue. Fevers associated with arthritis are usually short-lived but may occur several days in a row.

If the pediatrician suspects your child has juvenile arthritis, he or she may order imaging tests at West Palm Hospital to examine the joints. Our full-service hospital provides a range of services for patients of all ages, including orthopedics and joint replacement, minimally invasive surgery, and women’s services. For a referral or more information, call (561) 842-6141 to speak to a registered nurse.

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