CLEARWATER - Morton Plant Hospital has transformed its campus to meet the future health care needs of the community with the new Doyle Tower.
Adding approximately 200,000 square feet and a second main entrance to the hospital, the Doyle Tower is a new four-story patient and surgical building featuring all private rooms, a new surgical center, women’s services, and an orthopedic center.
Each clinical area is on its own designated floor to create a continuous platform of care. The new tower is named in honor of Roz Doyle for her support of the hospital’s commitment to improving the health of the community.
OneBlood, the local not-for-profit blood center serving Florida and the majority of the Southeast, announced recently that it has sent several shipments of blood to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and plans to send more in the coming days and weeks.
OneBlood is working closely with the American Red Cross, the Blood Centers of America and America’s Blood Centers to coordinate daily shipments of blood and platelets to hospitals in Puerto Rico.
Widespread destruction, flooding, the lack of electricity and the displacement of millions of people on the island is making blood collections in Puerto Rico extremely difficult. As a result, the hospitals in Puerto Rico are in need of help from the mainland to help ensure a ready blood supply for their patients.
CLEARWATER - Twelve community women recently joined together as founding members of Empath Health’s Women’s Giving Network.
Most of the women attended their first annual meeting and awarded $9,000 in grants to four Empath Health programs, as well as donated extra money in support of two more programs.
Founding members include Pattie Meek, Jamie Broome, Arlene Cohen, Debbie Amrhein, Gerry Goldhammer, Deborah Nicklaus, Katie Pemble, Susan Rooth, Fran Rinna, Sandy Miller, Kathy Wilder and Joan McCreary.
Cancer starts when cells begin to grow out of control. Early detection improves chances of surviving. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all about saving lives.
Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women in the United States. Thanks to increasing awareness and continuing research, more women are surviving this deadly disease than ever before.
Death rates from breast cancer declined 35 percent from 1990-2011. Still, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 40,000 women and 400 men in the U.S. die each year from the disease.
PALM HARBOR - Madison Miller was rushed to the emergency room April 2013, while her grandfather was a short while away receiving chemotherapy treatments.
She didn’t know that she too would be battling cancer as well.
Miller’s grandfather was like a father figure to her, and when she found out he would be battling cancer, she put her life on hold. She had a big trip to California for a job interview, but canceled to spend time with her grandfather.
He had been diagnosed with cancer once or twice before, Miller said, but he always came out of it. No one else had it in the family before. This time felt different however.
For centuries, yoga techniques have been used to help relax the mind and body and heal the soul. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, St. Petersburg resident Gail Newfield found another purpose for the ancient practice--easing the side effects associated with cancer recovery.
Newfield, a Mississippi native who graduated from Louisiana State University and spent 30 years as a graphic artist, was searching for a way to help alleviate the stress and pain of her desk job, aside from her usual fitness regimen, when she found yoga to be the perfect antidote to what ailed her.
For years, 22-year-old St. Petersburg resident Brett Buchert has suffered from anxiety and depression. It started when she was in sixth grade, and, over time, the symptoms got worse. While in college, it got so bad she took a semester off and stayed home with her parents.
“Some days I’d laugh nonstop with friends, then a few days later I’d cry inconsolably with my mom on the phone,” Buchert said.
It was during this time off from college that Brett’s mom, Sheila Buchert, found a local doctor who gave Brett hope again.
CLEARWATER - Academic Alliance in Dermatology recently welcomed Dr. Fred Gurtman to its Clearwater office.
Gurtman is a board-certified dermatologist, specializing in the area of medical dermatology. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and completed his dermatology training at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He practiced in Minneapolis for several years before relocating to Pinellas County in 1984.
After developing the dermatology department at a large multi-specialty medical center in the Tampa Bay area, he continued as a consultant at several local practices.
CLEARWATER - Health experts from Morton Plant Mease will present a number of health seminars in October focusing on addiction signs, hip replacement, sleep, diabetes and breast cancer.
The monthly seminars are free and are 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.
ST. PETERSBURG - Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders will host a Medicare 101 seminar Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m., at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
The seminar also will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m. at the South Community Library, 2300 Roy Hanna Drive S.
Each seminar will provide an introduction to Medicare, and attendees will learn about Original Medicare, Supplemental Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription Drug Plans and financial assistance programs.
The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is continuously seeking ways to improve the veteran patient experience and access to healthcare information.
One of the newest ways veterans may access their healthcare information is through a self-service feature which allows them to submit requests for their medical records using the VetLink kiosk when checking in to their prescheduled appointments.
VetLink previously provided Veterans with the ability to update their personal information, make any changes to their insurance information, and review account balances.
Aaron Lozano, M.D., recently joined BayCare Medical Group and is specializing in family medicine.
Lozano is accepting new patients at Oak View Family Care in Trinity.
Lozano received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa and earned his Doctor of Medicine from USF Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. He completed his family medicine residency at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.