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TARPON SPRINGS - Florida Hospital North Pinellas has been ranked among the top-performing hospitals in Pinellas County in Consumer Reports’ 2014 Safety and Mortality Ratings.

Every year, Consumer Reports ranks nearly 2,500 hospitals on hospital safety, patient outcomes, patient experience and hospital practices.

Although no local hospitals ranked high on the 100-point scale, Florida Hospital North Pinellas’ score of 59 was still highest among Tampa Bay area hospitals.

“For us, it’s validation,” said Karen Owensby, chief clinical officer at Florida Hospital North Pinellas. “Obviously, in a hospital, safety and quality are the most important things. It’s one thing to measure yourself, but to have an outside entity say you’re safe, that means a lot.”

Countrywide, Miles Memorial Hospital in Maine ranked highest with a score of 78. In Florida, Parrish Medical Center, a not-for-profit hospital in Titusville, scored the highest at 68. But in Tampa Bay, the Tarpon Springs hospital found competition only among Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater and South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City, both of which also scored 59. Lowest scores in the area included St. Petersburg General (25), Bayfront Health Dade City (31) and Northside Hospital (33).
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ST. PETERSBURG - Heather Wood of Northside Hospital recently received HCA’s 2013 Frist Humanitarian Award.

Wood is a Certified Hand Therapist and licensed Occupational Therapist with the Rehab Services Department at Northside Hospital. She has participated in the education of the interns and residents at Northside Hospital in addition to giving community lectures on common hand injuries, participating in stroke support groups and ergonomics.

Wood has a master’s degree in Bible and in Judaic studies, and finds time to lead a weekly study group at the community library. She also has volunteered her time and finances to travel to Nicaragua to train, teach and serve in the area of hand therapy. She most recently volunteered for a medical mission in September 2013 traveling to China for two weeks to educate hand surgeons on the role of hand therapists and to lay the groundwork for future therapists to volunteer there and assist in establishing a functioning hand therapy clinic to support the great number of hand patients.
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PALM HARBOR - Morton Plant Mease’s sports medicine program will offer free sports physicals assistance to student athletes in Pinellas County.

The schools require sports physicals before athletes can get on the field for a new season.

Morton Plant Mease physicians, certified trainers and physical therapists will provide checks of height, weight, blood pressure, vision, lungs and the musculoskeletal system.
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CLEARWATER - Morton Plant Hospital recently received Baby-Friendly status once again from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

To achieve Baby-Friendly status, the hospital continues to demonstrate its ability to offer breastfeeding mothers the information, support and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

“Baby-Friendly status is a tangible recognition of our team’s commitment to creating a system of support for our breastfeeding mothers,” Marcia Albanese, director of women and children’s services at Morton Plant Mease, said in a press release. “Breast milk is uniquely suited for babies and their nutritional needs and helps protect against a host of illnesses for both children and mothers.”
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Tuesday, April 15
SEMINOLE - The controversial issue of legalizing medical marijuana will be debated at the next Village Square program of the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College.

The program, titled “Medical Marijuana: Is Florida Going to Pot?,” will be from 6 to 8:15 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in the Conference Center of the Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N.

A distinguished panel will debate the issue. Speaking for the amendment will be Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United For Care, the organization behind the initiative petition campaign. Speaking against will be Carlton E. Turner, former assistant to the president and director of the White House Drug Abuse Policy Office, and the “Drug Czar” under President Ronald Reagan.
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Thursday, April 10
ST. PETERSBURG - Edward White Hospital recently received the Get with the Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

Get with the Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Edward White Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“Edward White Hospital is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke helps us achieve that goal,” said Sharon Hayes, CEO of Edward White Hospital. “This award represents our continued commitment to putting our patients first and ensuring that they receive consistent, quality care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”
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CLEARWATER - Crabby Bill’s Clearwater Beach and Crabby’s Bar & Grill raised $7,003 in March to be donated to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

The two Clearwater Beach locations donated $1 from the sale of each Crab Trap and Malibu Punch Bucket.

Each location encouraged the staff to sell these two drinks specifically to help meet the store goal of $2,500 for the month. Staff also was instructed to educate guests on the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and its purpose.
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Morton Plant Mease invites the community to attend free upcoming health seminars in May focusing on skin cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and heart valve surgery options, stroke, knee pain and stress management for women.

The seminars will be presented at various Morton Plant Mease facilities and community centers around Pinellas County. To preregister for a health seminar, call 953-6877, or visit www.BayCareEvents.org. Following is a list of scheduled events:

- Skin Cancer Recognition and Prevention - Thursday, May 1, 12:30 p.m., at YMCA of the Suncoast, Teen Room, 1005 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater. Cynthia Miller, M.D., will discuss what skin cancer looks like and will offer details on how to prevent it.
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Thursday, April 3
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BAY PINES - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will host a medical center renaming ceremony in honor of the late Congressman C.W. Bill Young on April 25, at 10 a.m.

The public ceremony will take place at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Bay Pines in the courtyard located between Building 37 and Building 2.

U.S. House of Representatives Bill 3302 was signed into law (Public Law 113-49) by President Barack Obama Nov. 13, 2013. The law officially changed the name of the facility from the Bay Pines VA Medical Center to the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in honor of the Congressman’s work on behalf of Veterans and their families during his 22 terms as a member of Congress.
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PINELLAS PARK - Tucked away in Pinellas Park, for the past two years Suncoast PACE has offered seniors an alternative to moving into a nursing home as their health declines.

Designed for individuals 55 and older, this adult day care program offers a variety of classes and activities to keep attendees mentally and physically engaged despite any health issues they might have. Activities include everything from music and the arts to discussions of current events to fitness and games.
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The Florida Department of Health recently recognized 37 communities - four of them in Pinellas County - as Healthy Weight Community Champions.

The cities of Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg will be honored with certificates signed by State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John A. Armstrong, MD, FACS.

The certificates will be presented at public meetings with personalized Healthy Weight graphics that can be used in city documents and promotional items. A full list of the Champion Communities and best practices are at www.HealthiestWeightFL.com.
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• Sunday, April 20, 2014
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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Art show and fresh market
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
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Corey Fresh Market
ST. PETE BEACH - Corey Fresh Market every Sunday October through May, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the 300 block of Corey Avenue in  St. Pete Beach. Corey Fresh Market hosts an average of 50 local vendors, offering roduce, flowers/plants, arts/crafts, specialty foods, live music, special appearances. Free admission and parking. Visit www.coreyave.com or call 727-498-8778.
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Purple Haze 420 outdoor party
MADEIRA BEACH – Purple Haze Tobacco and Accessories plans a 420 customer appreciation party Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at its Madeira Beach store at 15026 Madeira Way.  

The outdoor event features live music all day long by the Chocolate Mushroom Gravy Band and Jahfari. Admission and parking is free.  

All ages are welcome. There will also be food and drinks and a glass-blowing exhibition.  

For more information, call 400-5276.
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• Monday, April 21, 2014
Republican Club of Greater Largo meeting
LARGO – Barb Haselden spokesman for No Tax For Tracks will be the guest speaker at the Republican Club of Greater Largo’s monthly meeting Monday, April 21, 6 p.m., in the banquet room of Alfano’s Restaurant, 1702 Clearwater-Largo Road.  

No Tax For Tracks is a group of Pinellas County residents who oppose the Greenlight Pinellas sales tax increase referendum. Among the issues to be discussed will be a call for an investigation by Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, into whether a Pinellas County transit agency broke the law by using taxpayer dollars to promote the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit plan.  

Reservations are suggested by calling 593-1700.

For more about the Republican Club of Greater Largo, visit www.largorepublicans.com.
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Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.  Guests are welcome. The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.  Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email jmartin2040@tampabay.rr.com.
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SPIRIT FM, Chick-fil-A blood drive
SPIRIT FM 90.5 and Chick-fil-A have teamed up save lives by sponsoring the Grill & Chill blood drive, set for Monday, April 21, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at select freestanding Tampa Bay area Chick-fil-A restaurants.  

All lifesaving donors will receive a coupon for their choice of a free Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwich or eight-count grilled chicken nuggets, plus a free three-count Chick-n-Mini’s coupon.

In addition, donors will receive two vouchers each for a free movie ticket, a Grill & Chill oven mitt as well as a wellness check-up or blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.  

Participating area Chick-fil-A restaurants include Pinellas Park, 111 Park Blvd.; Oldsmar, 3740 Tampa Road; St. Pete Beach, 4623 Gulf Blvd.; St. Petersburg, 2471 Tyrone Blvd.; Clearwater, 2516 Gulf to Bay Blvd. and Largo, 10075 Ulmerton Road.  

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. For information, visit www.oneblood.org or call 800-682-5663.
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• Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road, Palm Harbor. No auditions are necessary. For more information, call Anita at 939-2952.
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Florida native trees
ST. PETERSBURG – The Garden Club of St. Petersburg presents Florida native trees Tuesday, April 22, 1 p.m., at the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive S. Presented by the Jungle and Green Fingers

Circles of the club, the program will feature guest speaker Tim Murray, an ISA Certified Arborist from Murray Tree Service. Murray will discuss Florida native trees and explain how to recognize and treat tree diseases.

For information, call 381-8920 or visit www.gardenclubstpetersburg.org.
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Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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