Warning: St Mary’s Hospital

I have been warned by many people that our WPB hospitals are not the best but I recently heard on my news in New York that there were some serious problems at this hospital. It seems that a particular doctor named Dr Black is responsible for 9 babies deaths when he operated on them for heart problems. At first the hospital defended this doctor and then we were told that the head of the hospital has resigned and they are no longer defending this doctor. I wonder what other departments in the hospital have problems like this one?

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Survey on WPB “How Are We Doing” ?

August 4, 2015

(West Palm Beach, FL) – For the first time in a decade, the city of West Palm Beach has asked residents “How are we doing?”

Today the city released the results from the first resident opinion survey taken in about 10 years.  The survey covered residents thoughts on quality of life, safety, city services, taxes, growth and development and much more.

Overall, 83% of residents rated the quality of life in West Palm Beach as excellent, very good, or good, with 93% of residents saying they feel safe in their neighborhoods during the day and 82% of residents saying they feel safe in their neighborhoods during the evening.

Despite those numbers, crime was the number one concern, followed by traffic, the cost of housing and economic development.

The study also broke down city services to specific departments, and topping the list of services to which residents gave a thumbs up were trash collection and the fire department. Downtown parking ranked at the bottom.

Among residents who said the city should provide some service that it currently doesn’t, more wanted better transportation than anything else. Yet almost half of all residents said they would not be willing to pay any additional taxes to fund any additional services. Four out of five residents also said they do not want tax dollars to pay to run a municipal golf course.

Two in three residents thought they were receiving an excellent, very good, or good value for City-provided services based on what they pay in taxes, but residents preferred user-based fees by nearly a four-to-one margin over increased property taxes if the city needs more money.

The survey, conducted by Kerr & Downs Research, was done over a ten day period in June and included 600 randomly selected households.

The entire report can be downloaded HERE.

I WOULD ADD THAT THE CITY BUS PERHAPS THE ONE ON DIXIE HIGHWAY GO TO THE AIRPORT.

NOTE: THEY DID THIS SURVEY DURING THE SUMMER SO IT DOES NOT TAKE CONSIDERATION OF SNOW BIRDS .

Publix Will Now Try to Deliver

http://palmbeachcivic.org/news/top-stories/1375-publix-grocery-delivery-service-shipt-launching-in-palm-beach-august-18

A grocery delivery company called Shipt is launching a Publix service in South Florida next week. Civic Association News contacted the headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama and confirmed that the Publix store on the island in the Town of Palm Beach is included in the service area.  The service starts Monday, August 18, and will operate from metro West Palm Beach to Miami.

There is a yearly cost to this service so if you are interested please visit the website to sign up. I must say living also in New York City you do not have to pay a membership to have your groceries delivered. Fresh Direct and Amazon Fresh are my two favorites and both are free.

Publix failed once with delivery in 2001 so I think they are choosing the wrong model.

Nice to have this new service available.