SOUTH PASADENA - On May 25, Palms of Pasadena Hospital marked National EMS Week by unveiling a new ER entrance and major renovations.
As part of a $10 million renovation project, the improved ambulance and walk-in entrances make it easier for EMS personnel and the community to access the ER. The hospital is also adding 22 new ER parking spaces as it continues to expand to meet the healthcare needs of the community.
National EMS Week celebrates the life-saving work of first responders across the country. Representatives from the South Pasadena, Treasure Island, St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Beach fire stations, as well as Sunstar Paramedics, attended the May 25 event.
Have you ever had something happen and look back on it and know it wasn’t a coincidence? My husband Ben was coaching our girls’ softball game and halfway through the game he received two phone calls back-to-back from his brother and a text message. Ben knew it wasn’t good when his brother kept calling. When he answered, his brother told him his dad had just suffered sudden cardiac arrest and was on his way to the hospital in an ambulance.
We are only two hours away from where they live, so we immediately left the game to go to the hospital where his dad was taken. Needless to say, my husband and I and our two girls were in shock. The only thing we could do was pray and ask others to pray.
Prayers started being answered as we travelled south in our van to Fort Myers, getting positive updates from family along the way. When we got to the hospital, my father-in-law, Tom, was in the intensive care unit. It was late, after hours, but we were able to see him. It just so happens the hospital my husband’s dad was taken to was the one my sister-in-law works at as an emergency room nurse, so she got us right in.
CLEARWATER - BayCare Health System recently announced that Janice Polo, vice president for finance, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Polo has been with BayCare, a West Central Florida not-for-profit with 14 hospitals and 26,900 employees, for more than 28 years. She had served as interim CFO since the departure of former CFO John Gantner in February.
BayCare President and CEO Tommy Inzina said Polo is a highly skilled finance executive who is committed to BayCare’s mission and whose integrity is beyond question.
ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg General Hospital presented awards to winners at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park to honor the New Nurse, Intern/Resident, Nurse and Physician of the Year.
Nurse recipients are voted on by the physicians and physician recipients are voted on by the nurses. All award recipients are judged on providing exceptional patient care.
The New Nurse of the Year award went to Samara Martinez, R.N. The Intern/Resident of the Year award went to Amber Allen, D.O. The Nurse of the Year award went to Kim Lockett, R.N. The Physician of the Year award went to Rishi Modh, M.D.
CLEARWATER - Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater Threshers are teaming up to honor breast cancer survivors at the 12th annual Pitch for Pink event on Friday, July 14, at Spectrum Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Road, Clearwater.
Highlighting the evening will be the Breast Cancer Survivors Walk at 6 p.m. Players from both teams will join fans in applauding these courageous individuals as they walk the bases.
The game, which starts at 6:15 p.m., features the Clearwater Threshers, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, taking on the Bradenton Marauders, Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. 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.
ST. PETERSBURG - Two new physicians recently joined the BayCare Medical Group and are now accepting patients.
Dr. Fellipe de Oliveira is accepting new patients at Suncoast Medical Clinic Rheumatology Department, 6711 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Board certified family physician Dr. Katherine Matlock is accepting new patients at her office at 12046 Indian Rock Road, Unit 103, Largo.
Oliveira is board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and completed an internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. After finishing a geriatric fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, de Oliveira completed a rheumatology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.
TIERRA VERDE - The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has lifted its advisory for the water at Fort De Soto's North Beach June 13 based on the marine water bacterial indicator recommended by the EPA.
DOH Pinellas County issued an advisory June 8 and announced that the area should be considered a potential health risk to swimmers.
DOH-Pinellas conducts saltwater beach testing through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci), that normally inhabit the intestinal tracts of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
TIERRA VERDE - The Department of Health in Pinellas County has issued an advisory for the waters at Fort De Soto's North Beach based on the marine water bacterial indicator recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This area should be considered a potential health risk to swimmers.
DOH-Pinellas conducts saltwater beach testing through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tracts of humans and animals which may cause human disease, infections or rashes.
The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water run-off, pets, wildlife and sewage. The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program is to determine whether Florida has significant beach water quality problems.
CLEARWATER - Suncoast Hospice, a member of Empath Health, was honored by the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association at the annual conference May 24 in Orlando.
Susan Finkelstein, a registered nurse and manager of Suncoast Hospice’s pediatric hospice and palliative care programs, received the Catalyst Award honoring an individual who consistently demonstrates leadership and the use of collaboration to bring together various teams throughout their organization to provide the best hospice experience for their patients and families. Finkelstein joined Suncoast Hospice in 2015 and is responsible for Suncoast Hospice’s perinatal program, Partners in Care: Together for Kids, and the counseling and support programs for families with ill children in active treatment or for those bereaved.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars.
The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number currently used on the Medicare card. CMS will begin mailing new cards in April 2018 and will meet the congressional deadline for replacing all Medicare cards by April 2019. Recently, CMS kicked off a multi-faceted outreach campaign to help providers get ready for the new MBI.
“We’re taking this step to protect our seniors from fraudulent use of Social Security numbers which can lead to identity theft and illegal use of Medicare benefits,” said Seema Verma, CMS administrator, in a press release. “We want to be sure that Medicare beneficiaries and healthcare providers know about these changes well in advance and have the information they need to make a seamless transition.”
With the temperatures continuing to rise, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is asking the public to take precautions in swimming pools and water playgrounds because of the risk of Cryptosporidium, also known as “Crypto.”
Cryptosporidiosis, a parasitic infection linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds, caused twice as many outbreaks in the United States in 2016 as in 2014, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Crypto is often spread when people come into contact with hands, objects, or water contaminated with diarrhea, including chlorinated swimming pools.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System was one of 75 Veterans Health Administration facilities nationwide recognized as a Partner for Change by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
The award announcement was made during Practice Greenhealth’s annual awards ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 18 where VHA facilities earned more than 180 honors for efforts ranging from energy reduction to green building design, as well as long-term commitments to healthier environments.
This is the second consecutive year the Bay Pines VAHCS has been recognized as a Partner for Change Award winner. The award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities, like the Bay Pines VAHCS, must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability initiatives in various program areas.
ST. PETERSBURG - Northside Hospital recently received the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.
This marks the fourth year Northside Hospital has been recognized with a quality achievement award.
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.
CLEARWATER - Board certified family physician Dr. Tanya Bogle has joined BayCare Medical Group and is accepting new patients. Her office is at 2525 Pasadena Ave. S, Suite U, South Pasadena.
Bogle received her undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She continued her education at Florida International University College of Medicine in Miami, where she earned her Doctor of Medicine. She also received the 2013 Daniel Castellanos Ph.D. Professionalism Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2013.
After earning her Doctor of Medicine, she completed her family medicine residency at the University of South Florida-Morton Plant Mease Family Medicine Residency program.
CLEARWATER - Board certified family physician Dr. Michelle Williams recently joined BayCare Medical Group and is accepting new patients at her office, 3085 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg.
Williams earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in the Cayman Islands. She completed her family medicine residency at Bayfront Health Family Medicine in St. Petersburg. She also has volunteered her medical services in the rural parts of the Dominican Republic.
Williams is certified in advanced life support in obstetrics, basic life support and advanced cardiovascular life support.
To help protect us during this hurricane season, local businesses are sponsoring blood drives to build the community’s blood supply.
All lifesaving donors will enjoy a special thank you gift as well as a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.
Select movie theaters will host blood drives on Friday, June 2. Hours vary. For a list of locations and hours or to make an appointment, visit oneblood.org/movies or call 888-936-6283. Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome. Donors will receive a free movie ticket.
If the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is right, it’s going to be a long hot summer with above-normal temperatures all the way through September.
When it’s hot, your body has to work harder to cool itself. One way it does that is to move blood to the surface of the skin, according to information at WebMD.com. That means less blood is available for your brain, muscles and other organs, which can lessen your physical strength and your mental capacity. High humidity interferes with the evaporation of sweat, reducing your body’s ability to cool itself.