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Vallejo appointed to Lakeside Health Advisory Board

Dr. Maria Vallejo, Palm Beach State College vice president of growth and expansion and provost of the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses, will play a role in ensuring access to quality health care for the residents of the Glades.

She has been appointed to a four-year term on the Lakeside Health Advisory Board, which advises the Health Care District Board of Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners on issues related to the overall health and wellness of residents, visitors and underserved members of the community. Her term, effective July 24, runs through September 2022.

“It is a privilege to serve the Glades community in this role and, most importantly, to be a conduit between Lakeside Medical Center and the voice of our students and staff,’’ Vallejo said.

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County, which marks its 30th anniversary this November, is a public health care system and independent taxing district that oversees Lakeside Medical Center, a teaching hospital accredited by The Joint Commission in the Glades. The Health Care District also provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services for adults and children at the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics, health coverage programs for eligible uninsured residents, a pharmacy operation, a nationally-recognized trauma system, registered nurses in nearly 170 schools and short- and long-term skilled nursing at the Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riviera Beach.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Vallejo as a member of the Lakeside Health Advisory Board,” said Commissioner Brian R. Lohmann, chair of the Health Care District Board. “Her leadership and dedication to the rural, western communities are an asset to our hospital and safety net health system.”

Vallejo joins Eddie Rhodes, president of the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce and retired administrator for the School District of Palm Beach County as the newly appointed hospital Board members. They will serve with the current Board:  Rev. Robert Rease, chair; Sandra Chamblee, vice chair; Mary Weeks, RN, secretary; Alina M. Alonso, M.D., director of the Florida Department of Health for Palm Beach County and Health Care District Board member; Donia Roberts, Esq.; Angela K. Pope and Julia Hale.

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