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LARGO - An exhausted mother crawls out of bed in the middle of the night to comfort her screaming newborn.

She cradles the infant in her arms, bottle in hand, until the baby is quietly sucking down the formula. For just a moment, they lie down.

An hour later, the mother wakes up with a start. Her baby is dead.

Between 2005 and 2013, 90 infants in Pinellas and Pasco counties died while sleeping in bed with an adult, according to the District 6 Medical Examiner’s Office. They died because an adult rolled over on top of them or because their faces were pressed against a soft surface.

Over the same period, 45 more infants died while sleeping alone on their stomachs.

In those 135 cases, the medical examiner’s staff ruled that 113 were caused by asphyxia, or lack of oxygen.

Preventing these deaths is a passion of William Pellan, a father of three and director of investigations for the Medical Examiner’s Office. He had a role in every infant death determination.

Pellan, 46, was an autopsy technician, a forensic investigator and then forensic supervisor at the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office before moving to the Pinellas-Pasco office in 2000.
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Florida Telecommunications Relay, the nonprofit distributor of amplified telephones for people with hearing loss and speech challenges, is offering an innovative new amplified telephone at no cost to Pinellas County residents with hearing loss.

State law requires all Florida landline phone companies to distribute free, specialized phones to the hearing disabled. In Pinellas County, Florida Telecommunications Relay distributes these phones at Family Center on Deafness, 12445 62nd St. N., No. 303 in Largo. Call 3999983.

Available for free is the XLC3.4, an easy-to-use cordless phone with talking caller identification that boosts incoming sounds up to 50 decibels. The phone, developed by Clarity, is designed to meet varying degrees of hearing loss, from moderate to severe.
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The Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, will host a series of Caregiver Training programs during July in various locations in Pinellas County.

Caregiver training programs are for family caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Following is a list of scheduled programs:

- Caregiver Education, Effective Communication Strategies - Wednesday, July 8, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Seasons Belleair, 1145 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Belleair. To RSVP, call 578-2558.
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Thursday, June 25
LARGO - Largo Medical Center recently announced the first single incision bariatric/surgical weight loss adjustable gastric band in the state of Florida.

This type of minimally invasive surgery is often the preferred method of treatment when available. The hospital’s robotic surgical system works in 3D high-definition with special instruments for the wrist that bend and rotate giving the surgeon a greater range of motion than the human wrist. This enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

Robyn Ache, D.O., bariatric and general surgeon with the Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center performed the surgery June 11.
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The Morton Plant Mease BayCare Health System will offer a number of programs in July at various locations.

Support groups and classes are free to the public unless fee is noted. For information on upcoming programs, call 953-6877 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org. Participating locations include:

- Axelrod Pavilion, 400 Pinellas St., Clearwater
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Wednesday, June 17
CLEARWATER - Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater Threshers will partner for the 10th annual Pitch for Pink event, set for Friday, July 17, at Bright House Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Road, Clearwater.

The event will include the baseball game, a post-game concert, the pre-game honoring of breast cancer survivors and a silent auction. The 6:30 p.m. game features the Clearwater Threshers, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, taking on the Palm Beach Cardinals, Class A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Prior to the game at 6 p.m., the Threshers will invite breast cancer survivors to walk the bases. Players from both teams, along with fans, will cheer on the survivors to celebrate their courage and strength as they battle breast cancer.
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BayCare Health System and the YMCA have teamed up to prevent diabetes through education, activity and maintenance.

Year-long YMCA Diabetes Prevention programs are set to begin at Mease Dunedin Hospital on Monday, June 22, 10:30 a.m.; and in the St. Anthony’s Hospital LifeHelp Diabetes and Nutrition Center on Monday, June 29, at 1 p.m.

“We know that more than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes and another 86 million are pre-diabetic. We must act to prevent this disease which has become so prevalent in our society,” said Teresa Bradley, M.D., in a statement. Bradley, who is with St. Anthony’s Physician Development, worked with the YMCA to bring the classes to St. Anthony’s. “The YMCA program provides tools to reduce the risk for diabetes and information needed to stay on track at the end of the 16 weeks,” she said.
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Thursday, June 11
ST. PETERSBURG - Bon Secours Health System Inc. recently was named one of the 2015 Best Companies for Multicultural Women by “Working Mother” magazine.

This honor recognizes BSHSI as one of the 25 U.S. corporations that create and use best practices to make sure women of color employees advance and excel.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition,” said Gloria Goins, BSHSI’s chief diversity officer. “Our sponsors and leadership call for all within Bon Secours to reflect an inclusive community of service that encourages diversity and affirms all persons and their unique gifts. We are dedicated to a culture of diversity and inclusion, which will enable us to recruit, hire, and cultivate the best people to continue our Mission to be Good Help to Those in Need.”
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Wednesday, June 10
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As many public schools close for summer break this week, Florida Attorney General Bondi is warning parents about the danger of Flakka, a synthetic drug that can be purchased online and is growing in popularity in Florida.

In her weekly newsletter, Bondi explains that Flakka causes delusions, hallucinations and can increase body temperature to a dangerous level. It is a bath salt that can be snorted, swallowed, injected, smoked or vaped using an electronic cigarette. Like all bath salts, Flakka, can cause chest pains, irregular heartbeats, increased blood pressure, agitation, muscle breakdown and seizures. Flakka use can also cause suicidal thoughts and violence.
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MADEIRA BEACH - Local tea and kava bar Bula on the Beach, 14601 Gulf Blvd., plans a fundraiser Saturday, July 11 to benefit 2-year-old Sofia Anderson who is battling Neuroblastoma cancer.

The event will include a blind raffle, local vendors, live music and painting. Parents are invited to bring children for a kids painting corner.

Prints of artwork will be taken to Sofia at the All Children’s Hospital. A portion of select beverages will be donated to Sofia’s cause.
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LARGO - Largo Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll at the hospital’s annual Stroke Smart public education and awareness.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive quality care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Anthony Degina in a press release. Degina is CEO of Largo Medical Center. “Our hospital has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center meaning we have a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the ER.”
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Wednesday, June 3
LARGO - Largo Medical Center has been approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing to perform kidney transplants at the hospital’s Transplant Institute of Florida.

UNOS is the private, nonprofit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. This means UNOS will be involved in many aspects of the TIF’s kidney transplantation and living donor organ donation surgery program.

“While kidney transplants are a life-saving measure provided to approximately 20,000 people annually in the United States, the living donor program is an essential part of that process,” said Hussein Osman-Mohamed, M.D., PhD, FACS, in a press release. Osman-Mohamed is a transplant and hepatobiliary pancreatic surgeon. “While we are now accepting patients for evaluation to be put on our transplant listing, we also will be working diligently to educate and screen living donor candidates.”
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ST. PETERSBURG - Empath Health’s AIDS Service Association of Pinellas Inc. program and longtime partner, Pinellas Care Clinic, are opening a first-of-its-kind home in Pinellas County that will help individuals living with HIV/AIDS receive medical and health care all while being in the best and most convenient comfort possible.

Construction began in early May.

The home is called Home 3050 and is located at 3050 First Ave. S. Services in Home 3050. It will offer a full continuum of care that include medical care (primary care and HIV specialty care), pharmacy, counseling (including psychiatric medication management), benefits services, medical case management, HIV and STD testing, therapeutic and support groups, Ryan White program eligibility and education that focuses on prevention and wellness.
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