Bascom Palmer Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence

Hundreds of guests attended Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s 50th anniversary gala on March 10 at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, where they celebrated the Evening of Vision theme.

Before a night of socializing, dining and dancing, Bascom Palmer Director Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., who is also professor and chair of ophthalmology, highlighted the institute’s impressive history, crediting founding chairman Edward W.D. Norton, M.D., for establishing the institute’s ongoing dedication to superior patient care, innovative vision research, and outstanding education and training programs.

The largest center of ophthalmic care, research and education in the Southeast, Bascom Palmer has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report for the past eight years.

“Bascom Palmer was founded upon the goal of being second to none,” said Alfonso. “We take that commitment seriously and work every day to make that ambitious dream of Dr. Norton’s a reality. We do so not for ourselves, but to ensure that each patient receives the very best of care, given with both expertise and compassion.”

Alfonso also acknowledged current and former Bascom Palmer faculty, who contributed greatly to the institute’s growth and success through their significant discoveries and advancements. Bascom Palmer has nearly 80 faculty and researchers working on revolutionary ways to treat eye disorders and disease, including research that may soon categorize glaucoma as a neurological disorder, potentially leading to sight-saving treatments.

“Tonight is a special celebration,” Alfonso continued. “It is a celebration of five decades of excellence, and a future filled with promise.”

Bascom Palmer is also working to improve access to top-ranked eye care and clinical trials. This year, the institute will double its clinical space in Plantation, and by fall 2013, a free-standing retina center is scheduled to open on its Palm Beach Gardens campus, where patients will have access to clinical trials in macular degeneration and other retinal diseases.

“Each year, Bascom Palmer provides exceptional care to more than 250,000 patients,” Alfonso told guests. “Your generosity helps make that possible. For more than three decades, Bascom Palmer has held an annual gala here in Palm Beach, and it is always wonderful to see so many members of our Bascom Palmer family. Thank you for your support and for helping to set the stage for another amazing 50 years of saving sight, and changing lives.”

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