CLEARWATER - Just looking at the little girl with big brown eyes and huge smile, one wouldn’t know that she’s a very sick baby. That is, except for the fact that she is permanently hooked up to an IV and her home has been All Children’s Hospital since Dec. 30.
Mia Cervoni only just turned 4 months old on Feb. 23, but she has already overcome a lot. Mia needs a new heart. She was born with dilated cardiomyopathy, which is a disease of the heart muscle that affects the pumping of the heart, according to the Mayo Clinic. The left ventricle becomes enlarged and therefore can’t pump blood to the body properly. Mia’s mom, Priscilla Cervoni of Clearwater said that the scariest thing about this condition is that it often doesn’t come with any symptoms until it’s too late.
“That’s the thing about cardiomyopathy,” Priscilla said. “She looks like a normal 4-month-old, but she’s a very sick little girl. Because we’re here (at All Children’s Hospital) and she’s on all the IV medication, she’s still eating and all of those things. But I think that’s been the hardest part in explaining what’s wrong with her, because she doesn’t look sick. That’s the scary part.”
CLEARWATER - The Morton Plant Mease hospitals have continued their tradition of earning national recognition for having high standards regarding women’s health needs and preferences. Mease Countryside, Morton Plant and Mease Dunedin Hospitals earned three 2014 Women’s Choice Awards in the areas of heart care, obstetrics and emergency care, respectively.
This is the second year in a row that Mease Countryside has earned the Best Hospitals for Heart Care list as well as the second year in a row that Morton Plant won Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. Mease Dunedin Hospital won Best Hospitals for Emergency Care.
CLEARWATER - State Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater recently received the 2014 Moffitt Momentum Award during Moffitt’s annual Business of Biotech Conference. The award was created by Moffitt Cancer Center as a way to honor leaders in the community who have championed the efforts of Moffitt and cancer research.
It is given to those public servants “whose tireless efforts have benefitted the entire institution over the years, and in turn, who have made a difference in the lives of those individuals battling cancer in Florida,” said Dr. Alan List, President and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center.
Sen. Latvala was instrumental in passing legislation in 2012 to increase Moffitt’s share of Florida’s cigarette taxes. The additional funding that tax provided to Moffitt enabled the institution to begin construction on its new McKinley Avenue campus, which is scheduled for a 2015 grand opening. The facility will create hundreds of jobs and will give Moffitt expanded capacity to treat many more cancer patients.
LARGO - Primary care physicians of Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group’s Largo facility recently achieved Patient Centered Medical Home Accreditation through the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
The physicians who participated in the NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home accreditation effort have been officially granted recognition as PCMH Level 2.
“I would hope everyone would extend a huge thanks to Mary Schneider who has worked tirelessly to help us accomplish this goal, assisted by Dr. Rick Timmons , Dr. Stephanie Fenlon, Joanne Talarico ARNP, and many others,” Mina L. Harkins, assistant vice president of recognition programs for the NCQA, said in a press release.
CLEARWATER - Two years ago, Morton Plant Hospital was the first in the Tampa Bay area to perform an advanced surgical procedure for severe symptomatic aortic stenosis called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).
Now, Morton Plant Hospital is expanding its Valve Clinic and TAVR programs with another first, utilizing the newly FDA approved self-expanding Medtronic CoreValve.
Morton Plant is the first hospital in the country, not previously involved in the Medtronic research study, to implant the Medtronic CoreValve. The Heart Team at Morton Plant Hospital has now successfully completed six CoreValve implants. TAVR offers an alternative for patients with severe aortic stenosis, who are not considered candidates for conventional open heart surgery.
DUNEDIN - Inner Wheel of Dunedin North celebrated its annual foundation dinner with g news that will change the lives of more children with upper limb deficiencies.
The club received a $23,125 missions grant from the First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, a $2,000 grant from the Dunedin Rotary Club, and a $1,000 grant from the Dunedin North Rotary Club at the Feb. 20 event.
All of the money will be designated toward the National Inner Wheel’s Happier Futures campaign to fit children who have upper limb deficiencies with myoelectric arms.
CLEARWATER - Mease Countryside Hospital, Morton Plant Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital have all recently received a 2014 Women’s Choice Award from WomenCertified.
Mease Countryside Hospital is recognized again on the Best Hospitals for Heart Care list for a second year. Morton Plant Hospital also earns a spot two years in a row for Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. Mease Dunedin Hospital is recognized this year on the 2014 Best Hospitals for Emergency Care list.
“Being named as a Women’s Choice hospital is an honor, knowing that women in our community have had positive experiences in our hospitals and would recommend our facilities to others,” said Lou Galdieri in a press release. Galdieri is president of Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin hospitals. “Caring for our patients is a top priority, and being recognized demonstrates our commitment to providing quality patient-care experiences.”
American Health Month in February serves as an annual reminder to take stock of your heart health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, heart disease, stroke and chronic lower respiratory disease are among the five major causes of death in the United States. While heredity may affect one's risk for these diseases, health behaviors such as smoking, obesity, alcohol abuse and lack of physical activity play a large role in your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County offers these tips to improve your quality of life:
Two BayCare hospitals - Morton Plant and St. Anthony’s - are using GPS-like technology to help locate and biopsy lung tumors potentially leading to improved diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.
Called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy, the procedure helps physicians navigate the lungs by combining GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system to access lesions on the lung that can be hard to reach.
“ENB extends the reach of the bronchoscope to regions deep within the lung,” said John Masson, M.D., in a press release. Masson is a Morton Plant Hospital pulmonogist. “We can then find smaller lung lesions located deep in the lung for diagnostic testing and potential treatment without making an incision in the chest.”
Boy Scouts Troop 10 meeting
DUNEDIN – Boy Scouts Troop 10 meets Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., between September through June at 927 Louden Ave.
Call Peggy Ross at 641-5074.
Chess Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Seminole Chess Club meets Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N.
Everyone is welcome, though they should know the basics of how to play. Chess sets will be provided and there is no charge to play.
Call Alan Bohrer at 748-2522 for more information.
Free seminar on ageism in hiring
ST. PETERSBURG – Steven Watson, owner of St. Petersburg Resume Services, will offer a free seminar for older workers having difficulty finding work in today’s job market on Wednesday, March 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 19, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the conference room at Cross Point Plaza, 3530 First Ave. N.
Major topics will include the need to address negative stereotypes that many employers hold toward older workers and crafting a résumé that reduces the impact of age issues.
This seminar will provide valuable information on several critical topics, such as:
• Identifying ways to reduce the impact of age issues on your résumé and other career materials
• Working harder to find a new job, but also working smart to maximize your efforts
• Taking advantage of positive attributes given to older workers, while addressing negative stereotypes
• Utilizing former/current colleagues, networking contacts, and even friends/family members to attract leads.
Registration is required. To register and for information, call 954-5364 or email email@example.com. When emailing, include name, contact phone number and indicate which session is preferred.
Good Samaritan Church Soup for the Soul
PINELLAS PARK – The season of Lent will be observed with the traditional Soup for the Soul beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and continuing each Wednesday through April 9, 6 to 6:30 p.m., at Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Blvd.
Soup for the Soul will feature a bowl of soup and a piece of bread followed by a time of prayer, scripture reading, meditation and music. The Reverends Bill and Jean Cooley will lead these services designed to prepare oneself for the celebration of Easter. Attendees need not be members of Good Samaritan Church to participate. Reservations are not required.
ISPOA happy hour INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Property Owners Association plans its monthly happy hour gathering on Wednesday, March 12, at Sea Breeze Island Grill, 17855 Gulf Blvd., Redington Shores, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
For questions, contact Art Newsome at 418-0220.
Largo Toastmasters meeting
LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 meets Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo. For more information, call John Rouisse at 488-8010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in
Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
Monthly crafting event
LARGO – Attend a free evening of crafting while taking inspiration from non-fiction books at the Largo Public Library on second Wednesdays, 6 p.m., in the Jenkins Community Wing of the library, 120 Central Park Drive.
Use a variety of materials to create a fun and unique project during this adult program. Families are welcome. The Nov. 13 craft will be a cross-stitch leather cuff.
No registration is required. All materials will be provided. Call 587-6715.
Presentation by Dr. Steven Masood and his wife, Karen SEMINOLE – Dr. Steven Masood and his wife, Karen, will give a presentation Wednesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m., at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11501 Walker Ave.
The Masoods have a ministry called JesusToMuslims. All are welcome to this free presentation. They will have books and pamphlets written by Steven available.
Steven grew up in Pakistan into a Islamic reformist sect. He left home at age 18 to become a Sunni Muslim and studied the principles of Islam, even memorizing the entire Quran. However, when he began to question the tenets of his faith while in his Islamic studies he faced persecution from those around him, and even his family.
He miraculously escaped several murderous plots and was able to leave the country. He and his wife now live in Florida. Steven will give his testimony of why he chooses to follow Jesus and not Islam.
Red Hatters annual Red Hat Tea Party LARGO – Hundreds of purple blouses and red hats are set to gather at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, for the annual Red Hat Tea Party Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Red Hatters will enjoy live music, dancing, door prizes, contests, vendor shopping and a lunch freshly prepared by the Largo Community Center. Mingle with other chapters, make new friends and wear your best red hat as the group plans to take lots of pictures to commemorate this ever-growing springtime event.
Cost for one day of the event is $10 per person. Spaces are limited; preregistration is required by Friday, March 7.
Purchase tickets by calling 587-6740, ext. 5004 or visiting the Largo Community Center.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email email@example.com.