LARGO - Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista had a rough 2016. The 36-year-old had an injury-plagued season, played in only 116 games and batted just .234 with 22 homers.
But the six-time All-Star who has been a routine contender in the MVP race appears to have regained his form during spring training in Dunedin, batting .563 and slugging over 1.000 in his first six games.
Physical Culture, a new Largo gym that mixes an old-school mentality with modern-day technology and techniques, has been part of that turnaround.
Dry, itchy skin can be downright frustrating. Climate and age play important roles in your skin health.
Dry skin can be especially problematic during the winter months when there is less humidity in the air and slightly cooler temperatures outside. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and loses some of its ability to retain moisture. Before you rush out to purchase yet another moisturizer to fill your medicine cabinet, try these simple steps to help manage your dry skin:
- Bathing: We recommend taking no more than one 5-10 minute shower or bath per day with lukewarm water. Bathing more than once a day, taking long showers or baths, or using hot water can strip the skin of natural oils. We also recommend getting rid of your harsh deodorant soaps, antibacterial soaps or skin care products that contain alcohol, because these also can remove the oils naturally made by your own skin. Instead, look for soaps that are mild, fragrance-free or specifically formulated for sensitive skin.
Ability Rehabilitation recently opened two new state-of-the-art physical therapy offices in the Largo and Clearwater areas of Pinellas County.
The clinics, totaling a combined 3,190-square-feet, will create 10 jobs and help hundreds of patients receive the therapy they need to get back to work and back to play with or without a physician referral.
With the addition of the two new clinics, Ability Rehabilitation now has 20 locations covering Central Florida from coast to coast.
LARGO - Prime Medical, producer of SAF-T textiles for healthcare, recently donated 117 sets of chlorine-shielded scrubs for the surgical team at Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines.
The hospital specializes in pediatric orthopedic care and is part of the CURE International network of hospitals and specialty programs that operate around the world. In recognition of Tim Tebow’s longstanding ties to the Philippines and his commitment to helping the less fortunate through his foundation, CURE has partnered with the Tim Tebow Foundation for this project.
LARGO - Cristy Marks, ARNP, recently joined PureLife Medi-Spa.
In her new role at PureLife, Marks will provide injectable dermal fillers, wrinkle relaxers, platelet rich plasma, micro-needling, weight loss and more. She has a wealth of experience in the aesthetic medical field which will assist the practice with the high demand for its services.
“We are excited to welcome Cristy to our core aesthetics team,” said Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald, PureLife’s medical director, in a press release. “As we continue to grow and leverage our position as a premier medical spa in Tampa Bay, it is critical to have professionals like Cristy in our organization. She brings energy, vision and expertise that will undoubtedly help us achieve future growth and ensure first-class treatments and customer satisfaction for PureLife patients.”
ST. PETERSBURG - Major League Baseball recently announced that the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl Contest is now available online at HonoraryBatGirl.com for fans to share stories of how they, or their loved ones, are supporting the cause to raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer.
The contest, which launched in 2009, will identify one fan per MLB Club who has a personal connection to breast cancer and has demonstrated a commitment to battling the disease.
Breast cancer survivors, friends and family, advocates and supporters of the cause, regardless of gender, can now submit stories about themselves or loved ones who are “Going to Bat Against Cancer” by visiting HonoraryBatGirl.com. Entries can be submitted through Wednesday, April 12, at 4:59 p.m. ET. To participate in the contest, entrants must be at least 18 years old.
CLEARWATER - As part of its commitment to provide the highest quality occupational health services, BayCare Urgent Care recently announced two new additions to its leadership team.
Arlene Guzik, DNP, ARNP-BC, FAAOHN, joins BayCare Urgent Care as director of occupational medicine services. Guzik has more than 25 years of experience in occupational health and previously served as assistant medical director and vice president, operations of Lakeside Occupational Medical Centers Inc. in Largo. Guzik received a master’s degree in nursing from West Virginia University and is board certified as an adult nurse practitioner with a specialty in occupational health nursing. Guzik also holds a doctorate of nursing practice degree from Case Western Reserve University. She is a nationally recognized author and leader, specializing in fitness for duty, substance testing, disability management, safety and workers’ compensation.
TARPON SPRINGS - Adventist Health System, which includes Florida Hospital North Pinellas, has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2017 list of 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.
The list features both healthcare provider organizations and other healthcare-specific companies.
The 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare distinction recognizes organizations for their commitment to fulfilling missions, creating outstanding cultures and offering competitive benefits to their employees.
TAMPA - Health-care professionals and members of the general public who want to sharpen their emergency preparedness skills can earn a “passport to preparedness” at a one-day conference on Wednesday, April 26, at the Port of Tampa’s Cruise Terminal 2, 651 Channelside Drive, Tampa.
The conference opens with registration at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.
The regional conference offers attendees the chance to apply skills across all hazards and emergencies.
Health experts from Morton Plant Mease will present several health seminars in April focusing on diabetes, smoking cessation, sleep apnea, emotional health and heart disease.
The monthly seminars are free and held at BayCare’s various Morton Plant Mease facilities and community centers around Pinellas County. To preregister for a health seminar, call 727-953-6877 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.
It demonstrated these capabilities by meeting the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready, a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
DOH-Pinellas joins a cohort of more than 450 local health departments across the country that have been distinguished for excellence in preparedness through PPHR, either individually or as part of a region.
ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg General Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award for the fourth consecutive year.
The methodology for America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care award is unique in that it combines Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey results with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.
St. Petersburg General Hospital earned this award again because of a consistent rank among the best of 3,500 hospitals. Criteria involved reporting on performance of their respective Emergency Departments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. St. Petersburg General Hospital is one of 320 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for emergency care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.
CLEARWATER - Three BayCare hospitals - St. Joseph’s, Morton Plant and Winter Haven - will soon be offering the Watchman Device that can help people with Atrial Fibrillation who are unable to tolerate blood-thinning medications reduce the risk of stroke.
AFib is an electrical or rhythm problem with the heart where the right and left atria do not work together properly causing an irregular heartbeat. People with AFib are at high risk of stroke because the atria are beating rapidly and irregularly, which can cause blood not to flow through as quickly as normal and to clot. If the clot is pumped out of the heart, it can travel to the brain and result in a stroke.
In people with AFib not caused by heart valve problems, more than 90 percent of stroke-causing clots that come from the heart are formed in the left atrial appendage. The Watchman implant is designed to permanently block off the LAA and keep these blood clots from escaping.
ST. PETERSBURG - Bayfront Health St. Petersburg’s five affiliated urgent care centers are now offering Online Check-in, a service intended to enhance patients’ overall experience by giving them more control of the process.
“Online Check-in is for individuals whose injuries and illnesses are not life-threatening or debilitating,” said Kathryn J. Gillette, market president and CEO for Bayfront Health, in a press release. “We never know when an urgent care center will experience a spike in volume that results in a longer-than-usual wait time. Online Check-in helps individuals know what to expect from the outset, and offers them the flexibility of waiting at home until closer to their projected treatment time, if needed.”
Online Check-in is accessed through the Bayfront Health Convenient Care’s website, www.BayfrontClinics.com. Individuals then select the type of care they are seeking, and a location, to receive a projected treatment time.
CLEARWATER - As part of its commitment to expanding access to health care, BayCare Health System recently launched HealthNav, a free mobile app that can help guide people with non-urgent conditions to convenient, quality medical services.
“Whether it’s a cold or a minor injury, most people have that moment where they wonder what to do next,” said Dr. Eli Freilich, director of clinical performance and responsible for medical oversight for care management, BayCare. “HealthNav can provide guidance, information and links to care options based on someone’s non-urgent symptoms, right from a smart phone or tablet. The app can be a resource that fits in with today’s busy lifestyles and help people return to their daily activities as quickly as possible.”
TARPON SPRINGS - Florida Hospital North Pinellas, an Adventist Health System facility, recently announced a partnership with Palm Harbor University High School in support of the school’s Medical magnet, the Center for Wellness and Medical Professions program.
A check presentation was made at a recent parent and student meeting at the school.
Funds from the Florida Hospital North Pinellas donation will be utilized to enhance the Medical Magnet program through education, support and development. The hospital offers clinical rotations and shadowing opportunities to students and brings in medical professionals as guest speakers in the classroom.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is a major lifestyle and health issue for millions of Americans. To help the community learn more about the issue and discover steps to take to improve sleep, BayCare Sleep Disorders Centers will host free community lectures at Morton Plant Mease hospitals in March.
The lectures are lunch-and-learns and include a light lunch. To pre-register for a sleep lecture, call 1-855 269-4777 or visit www.BayCareEvents.org.
DUNEDIN - To better meet the needs of the community, Mease Dunedin Hospital recently completed renovations to the emergency room and cafeteria/dining area.
The goal of the four-phase project was to improve accessibility and efficiency for the hospital’s emergency services.
The new ER features 22 private patient rooms with updated finishes and layout for improved workflow; a main nurses station separating the Fast Track and Acute Care areas; and a renovated patient and visitor waiting area.
LARGO - The staff and physicians of the Florida Spine & Neuro Center at Largo Medical Center recently added the Renaissance Mazor Robotics guidance system to the hospital’s spine and robotics surgical programs.
Christopher Koebbe, M.D., endovascular spine surgeon at LMC, performed the first procedure at the hospital in January.
“Acquiring this robot is part of our continuous commitment to delivering the highest standard of care for our patients,” said Anthony Degina, CEO, Largo Medical Center. “Adding robotic technology to our spine program is another step in our development of becoming a nationally renowned academic medical center, always providing compassionate care and service.”