ST. PETERSBURG - Northside Hospital recently elevated its nursing care to the next level by earning Comprehensive Stroke Certification by DNV GL Healthcare, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events.
The hospital is the first in Tampa Bay and third in the state to earn this national distinction.
CLEARWATER - Can you imagine living with limited mobility, struggling with constant pain but having no health insurance and lacking the income to pay for a surgery that offers hope for a life with less pain and more mobility?
Four individuals who face this challenge will receive an early holiday present as they have been selected to receive total joint replacements through Morton Plant Hospital’s participation in Operation Walk USA.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms with nearly every known human illness. The age-old question “why am I so tired” can often be answered by observing one or more personal habits, routines or overall lifestyle. Other times, fatigue can be a sign of something much more serious - even life threatening - like Hepatitis C.
In 2005, former U.S. Navy rescue diver Peter Harbachuck started feeling progressively tired, lethargic and weak. Even with increased sleep and an improved diet, nothing seemed to help.
CLEARWATER - Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital were named the Best Hospital Workplaces at the Florida Hospital Association’s recent Celebration of Achievement in Quality and Service Awards, marking the first time a health system has had two hospitals win both awards.
Mease Countryside received the Best Hospital Workplace award for hospitals with more than 150 beds, while Mease Dunedin received it for hospitals with less than 150 beds.
In recognizing the hospitals, FHA noted their numerous programs to support team members including team incentives, tuition and scholarship programs, clinical and career development, internships and annual team member excellence awards.
CLEARWATER - Coastal Recreations will present Wheelchairs 4 Kids’ sixth annual Wheely Good Time fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 12, 7 to 10 p.m., in the Margaret Heye Great Room at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.
The event will consist of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction and family testimonials. Serving as host will be Emmy Award winning news anchor Mark Wilson. The highlight of the evening will be seeing two children receiving the equipment they so desperately need.
Each year, unique items are featured in the auction. In the past, organizers have auctioned off a meet-and-greet with Sir Paul McCartney and a table for four in Hell’s Kitchen.
CLEARWATER - Three Empath Health volunteers recently earned one of the most coveted awards in the hospice industry, winning in three out of four categories - a first-ever achievement by any hospice organization.
Ingrid Watt, a Reiki master who calms the most anxious of patients; Karen Jackson, a doula who comforts soon-to-be parents who are about to suffer from unbearable loss; and, Ryan Regan, a teenager with unlimited generosity who befriends patients in most need of a friend, received the 2016 Volunteers Are the Foundation of Hospice Award given by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The three earned scores higher than nearly 200 other nominees.
“We want to congratulate Ingrid, Karen and Ryan for their selfless dedication, commitment and love for our patients and families and our organization,” said Rafael Sciullo, CEO of Empath Health, in a press release. “Our volunteers support patients and their families by giving them comfort, friendship and support, and we couldn’t exist without them. We are especially proud of these three; they truly are a guiding light to others.”
CLEARWATER - Hector Arango, M.D., who is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology with an advanced certification in gynecologic oncology, has joined BayCare Medical Group. He is accepting new patients at 1005 Pinellas St., Clearwater.
After earning his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Arango completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at USF. He also completed a gynecologic oncology fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
Arango has presented and published numerous peer-reviewed articles and journals on gynecologic oncology and conducted clinical research studies. He is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the Florida Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.
LARGO - Florida residents with hearing loss can receive amplified telephones and specialized equipment for free from the Family Center on Deafness, a nonprofit agency in Largo, with distribution locations throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
Several new telephone models have recently been added to the program, including cordless amplified phones with caller ID.
This equipment is made possible through the Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc., a nonprofit agency funded through a surcharge on landline telephone bills.
Starting in November, health care Navigators will be stationed throughout Pinellas County to guide residents through their Affordable Care Act insurance plan selections. Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and runs through Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.
Navigators can answer residents’ health insurance questions and provide information about enrolling in a plan through the online Healthcare Marketplace. Through the Affordable Care Act, those who do not have health insurance, are under-insured or are not old enough for Medicare may enroll in an insurance plan that will match their household’s budget and family’s needs.
To ensure effective and efficient delivery of county services and support, multiple events are planned every month during the enrollment period. Pinellas County is partnering with libraries, neighborhood family centers, Pinellas County Schools, Pinellas Technical College and local churches to host these events.
Beginning this week, Medicare beneficiaries who may be eligible for help with their out-of-pocket medical and drug expenses will receive a letter from the Social Security Administration.
The Area Agency on Aging for Pasco and Pinellas encourages beneficiaries who receive these letters to take action to learn more about the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help.
Each year, these letters are distributed to individuals with Medicare who have limited incomes and could be eligible for - but are not yet enrolled in - an MSP. Medicare Savings Program helps with Medicare out-of-pocket costs, and Extra Help relieves some of the costs of prescription drugs.
DUNEDIN - Kent McRae has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Mease Manor Retirement Community.
John Freeborn, chairman of the board of trustees, made the recent announcement noting that McRae has had an illustrious career in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) in Florida and other states.
“We are very fortunate to have Kent’s broad experience and skills to lead Mease Manor to new heights,” said Freeborn in a press release. “With excellent recommendations and a person who is known to give 100 percent to his residents, his staff and his board, I am confident we have chosen the right person. He comes to us from Moorings Park in Naples where he was chief operating officer.”