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The Florida Department of Health is investigating two cases of Zika virus that may have been locally acquired.

State Health Department officials announced July 19 it was investigating a possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in Miami-Dade County. On July 21, officials announced an investigation of another possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in Broward County.
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Local agencies that provide mental health or substance abuse programs for juveniles and adults could be eligible for a state grant that will be administered through Pinellas County’s Public Safety Coordinating Council.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is seeking applications for the Criminal Justice Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment Grant. Grant proposals must be submitted for review to the council by Monday, Aug. 1.
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Wednesday, July 20
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The Florida Department of Health announced July 19 that it was investigating a possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in Miami-Dade County and would share more details as they become available.

If confirmed, it would be the first case of locally acquired Zika virus in the continental United States. Mosquito control in Miami-Dade County has already conducted reduction and prevention activities in the area of investigation, according to a press release from the DOH.
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Wednesday, July 13
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LARGO - As Shay, a red-shouldered hawk, was perched atop Steve Dittbenner’s hand on a recent Tuesday at McGough Nature Park, patrons walking by quickly pulled out their cameras to capture a photo of something they don’t see very often. But when Lynn Dittbenner watches as the raptor’s eyes are affixed on her husband, she sees something different. She sees hope.

About a year ago, Steve, who is wheelchair-bound and suffers from Parkinson’s disease and a mild form of dementia, felt like he had nothing to live for. The Palms of Largo resident had entered hospice and had little to look forward to in life.
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LARGO - The Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center performed its first nonsurgical weight loss procedure July 5.

The Orbera Gastric Balloon insertion procedure was performed by Dr. Tiffany Jessee-Wylie, bariatric and general surgeon. The balloon is a weight loss aid for individuals suffering from obesity.
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CLEARWATER - Bay Care Health System has named Lisa Johnson as its new chief nursing officer.

Johnson will be responsible for leading all nursing services across BayCare.
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CLEARWATER - BayCare Health System continues to offer advancements in cardiac care with Morton Plant and St. Joseph’s hospitals recently becoming the first hospitals in Florida not a part of the clinical trial study to implant the Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System.

Known as the world’s smallest pacemaker, the one-inch Micra TPS, which is 93 percent smaller than conventional pacemakers and smaller than a AAA battery, is implanted directly into the patient’s right ventricle through a vein in the leg. It is a single-chamber pacing system that paces only the right ventricle of the heart.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Hospitals & Health Networks named Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to its 2016 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems list.

The list, based on the Most Wired Survey, serves as a benchmark for excellence in IT and health data security, examining how organizations leverage IT to improve performance for value-based health care. Each year, hospitals included on the Most Wired list must meet criteria in four key areas, including infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and clinical integration. Johns Hopkins All Children’s is the only children’s hospital on Florida’s west coast to be named to this year’s list.
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Wednesday, July 6
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SEMINOLE - In early June, Carter Nickse, 2, woke up and came to his parents with a limp.

Days earlier, he’d learned to climb out of his crib. So his parents, Dr. Stephen and Janet Nickse, initially didn’t think much of it. But as the day went on, he kept limping, so his mother took him to the doctor. X-ray results were normal and nothing was broken. So doctors just told his parents to let him rest.

But the pain and limp never went away. In fact, it wasn’t long before Carter, a typically active little boy, was whining and begging to be held everywhere. Another doctor’s appointment also yielded no results. Carter continued to get worse. In just days, he was no longer able to walk independently and unexplained bruising showed up on his body.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Lisa Nummi, DNP, MBA, ARNP, recently was named chief operating officer of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Nummi served previously as interim chief operating officer and assistant chief executive officer. She joined the staff at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg in 2010 as director of emergency and trauma services.

Nummi’s broad and expansive healthcare career extends both locally and nationally. Prior to joining the staff at Bayfront Health, Nummi served as the director of emergency services at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, corporate director of emergency services at Community Health Systems, assistant patient care officer at University Community Hospital (Florida Hospital Tampa) and director of emergency services at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. She has her active license as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in emergency services.
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Tuesday, June 28
CLEARWATER - Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater Threshers will host the 11th annual Pitch for Pink on Friday, July 22, 6 p.m., at Bright House Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Road.

The evening will begin with a tribute to breast cancer survivors who are invited to come on the field and walk the bases. Players from both teams, along with fans, will cheer on the survivors to celebrate their courage and strength as they battle or have battled breast cancer.

The game, which starts at 6:30 p.m., features the Clearwater Threshers, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, taking on the Fort Myers Miracle, the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. 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.
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