TARPON SPRINGS - About three and a half years ago, Sandra Hardin of Tarpon Springs began to feel weakness throughout her body.
The changes were slight at first: she got tired if she walked too far or stood too long. Pots and pans in her kitchen began feeling heavier than she remembered. The students she worked with in her job as a teaching assistant noticed she would shake. Tasks like washing and blow drying her hair became burdens. Even her voice changed.
CLEARWATER - Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater Threshers will host the 11th annual Pitch for Pink on Friday, July 22, 6 p.m., at Bright House Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Road.
The evening will begin with a tribute to breast cancer survivors who are invited to come on the field and walk the bases. Players from both teams, along with fans, will cheer on the survivors to celebrate their courage and strength as they battle or have battled breast cancer.
The game, which starts at 6:30 p.m., features the Clearwater Threshers, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, taking on the Fort Myers Miracle, the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. To honor breast cancer survivors, Threshers players will wear special pink jerseys, which will be autographed and auctioned off in a silent auction along with autographed pink bats, gift certificates and spa packages.
Local dentists were recently honored at Great Expressions Dental Centers’ Top Gun awards, which recognize the dental service organization’s leading dentists across its more than 250 offices in 10 states.
Pinellas dentists receiving awards include Dr. Amrita Marjh from Belleair Bluffs; Dr. Katie Tulipano, Dr. Ryan Ricafort and Dr. Harvey Mossak from St. Petersburg; and Dr. Joanna Magazine from Pinellas Park. More than 100 GEDC doctors, clinical partners, special guests and vendors came together to honor doctors for their superior performance throughout the last year. The award ceremony was held at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Top Gun ceremony honors leading doctors based on patient care, dedication to mentorship programs and philanthropic efforts. In addition to honoring doctors for their hard work, dedication and contributions to the community, awardees and other attendees enjoyed team-building activities at the ceremony.
CLEARWATER - BayCare Health System recently announced new leadership appointments for BayCare Medical Group and St. Anthony’s Hospital. All changes are effective by early July.
Bill Ulbricht, current St. Anthony’s Hospital president, has been named the new chief administrative officer for BayCare Medical Group. Andrew Fink, M.D., FACP, Morton Plant North Bay’s director of physician services, has been named the new chief medical officer for BayCare Medical Group. To lead the St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg as president, BayCare has tapped Scott Smith, current St. Joseph’s Hospital-South president.
“We are fortunate to have a deep bench of executive talent within our system to fulfill these vital leadership roles,” said Glenn Waters in a press release. Waters is executive vice president and chief operating officer for BayCare. “We believe that all three leaders will be instrumental in our efforts to support the health and wellness of the Tampa Bay community.”
ST. PETERSBURG - Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital recently announced that, effective July 1, its new vice president of marketing and communications will be Sylvia Ameen.
Presently, Ameen serves as interim chief marketing officer for the hospital and as vice president of its foundation.
In her new role, Ameen will be responsible for oversight of all marketing and communications operations at the hospital, including internal hospital communications to employees and physicians as well as external marketing strategy. Her purview will include all marketing strategies, media relations, creative development, crisis communications, internal communications, hospital events and brand use.
Following an overwhelming show of support from Floridians, representatives with OneBlood say it has reached full capacity thanks to thousands of donations since Sunday following a mass shooting in Orlando.
“The key messages at this time are people giving blood in honor of and in solidarity with the injured and victims in Orlando,” said Dan Eberts, Community and Donor Relations director for OneBlood. “Their needs have been met by those who gave blood previous to the tragedy to be part of the first responders team, and those who gave yesterday and today (are restocking) the depleted supply to meet the needs for those undergoing more surgeries.”
OneBlood sent out an urgent request for donations June 12 following a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.
OneBlood issued an appeal for blood donations Sunday morning after a mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub that reportedly killed 50 and injured at least that many.
There is an urgent need for O negative, O positive and AB plasma blood donors according to a media release. Dozens of people have been injured and taken to area hospitals. The need for blood continues.
All eligible O negative, O positive and AB donors are urged to donate today.
CLEARWATER - Tropical Storm Colin is gone, but plenty of reminders are left behind, including lots of standing water. Mosquitos love standing water. It’s where they lay their eggs and breed their young.
Officials are urging residents to help control the mosquito population by getting rid of standing water around their homes and businesses.
"We must all do our part to act quickly to eliminate new sources of standing water brought on by Tropical Storm Colin, which can rapidly become mosquito breeding sites," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip. "While we have not experienced local transmission of Zika in Florida, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect ourselves from mosquito bites in and around our homes."
SEMINOLE - Freedom Square Rehabilitation and Nursing Services healthcare administrator Danny Davis is the recipient of the American College of Health Care Administrators Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.
The award recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach.
Davis, who has worked at the Brookdale Senior Living owned and operated community for nearly three years, is one of 247 national recipients. He is thrilled to bring this accomplishment back to the senior living community.
LARGO - The Palms of Largo hoped a new boxing program could help deliver a blow to Parkinson’s disease for National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 25. As it turns out, it delivered 35,884 of them.
The efforts were part of the senior living facility’s “10,000 Punches Challenge” to highlight its new Rock Steady Boxing program and gym and to raise awareness of the disease that kills more than 1,900 people in Florida each year, according to the Florida Department of Health.