CLEARWATER - BayCare Health System was recently recognized by The National Center for Healthcare Leadership and named a 2016 BOLD Organization of Distinction for using evidence-based leadership development practices to prepare leaders to transform health care.
Best Organizations for Leadership Development is NCHL’s signature platform promoting sound leadership development practices as a critically important responsibility for health care providing organizations. The organization helps identify, celebrate and disseminate leadership development practices that can benefit other health care organizations.
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County recognizes January as Cervical Health Awareness Month, a time to educate, encourage and empower women to visit their health care provider for information and screening for cervical cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. In Florida, there were 914 new cases and 345 deaths from cervical cancer in 2013 (Florida Cancer Data System). Most cervical cancer cases occur in women who have never been screened with a Pap test or have not been screened in the past five years.
ST. PETERSBURG - Health professionals will learn and share resources to promote vaccines for adolescents at the 2017 Florida annual Immunization Summit, running Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 2-4, at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel, 333 First St. S.
The event is presented by the Florida Department of Health Immunization Section with other partners. The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County worked on local coordination of the summit and some of its staff will present during the event.
SAFETY HARBOR - A worldwide initiative advocating breastfeeding has once again recognized Mease Countryside Hospital as a “Baby-Friendly” facility that promotes and supports that practice.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was launched in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund and is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding. The Maternity Center at Mease offers breastfeeding mothers the information, skills and support needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
CLEARWATER - The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers recently recognized the high quality and broad spectrum of breast health services available at both Morton Plant and St. Anthony’s hospitals by re-accrediting their respective breast care programs.
Both programs are the only two in Pinellas County with the NAPBC accreditation. Breast centers so accredited are “held to the highest standards of care for patients with diseases of the breast,” according to the accrediting body’s website.
The Florida Department of Health encourages people heading off to college to be sure their vaccines are up to date.
Heading to college is a major life event for young people, especially if higher learning also involves dorm life far from home. Before packing suitcases, books and bedding, parents should make sure their child’s vaccines are updated.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System recently achieved Exemplar status for the third straight year for its Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program.
The NICHE program is the premier designation indicating a hospital's commitment to excellence in the care of patients age 65 years and older. Exemplar status recognizes the Bay Pines VAHCS’s ongoing dedication to geriatric care and system wide interventions and initiatives that demonstrate organizational commitment to the care of older adults.
CLEARWATER - The American Institute of Plastic Surgeons recently recognized the performance of Dr. Eric Egozi on its 2016 10 Best Plastic Surgeons for Client Satisfaction list.
The American Institute of Plastic Surgeons is a third-party rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 plastic surgeons in each state. Surgeons who are selected to the 10 best list must pass AIPS’ rigorous selection process, which is based on patient and/or peer nominations, thorough research and the organization’s independent evaluation. The list was created to be used as a resource for patients during the surgeon selection process.
CLEARWATER - Board certified family physician Melissa Torres, D.O., recently joined BayCare Medical Group and is accepting new patients at Palm Harbor West Family Medicine, 2939 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor.
Torres received her undergraduate degrees in biology and Spanish from Michigan State University in East Lansing. After earning her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lakewood Ranch, Torres completed a family practice internship and residency at the University of California at San Diego.
ST. PETERSBURG - In its ninth year, the US 103.5 FM Cares for Kids Radiothon recently set another record, raising $383,312 for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
During the two-day on-air event, supporters presented checks and kept the phone lines ringing as grateful patients and families shared their personal stories of care and healing. Money raised from the event benefits the hospital’s treatment, research and education mission.
ST. PETERSBURG - The C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, part of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, has been selected as one of 14 Veterans Administration facilities to receive a Fisher House to help care for veterans, family members and caregivers.
The new 16-room facility will be the medical center's second house and is tentatively scheduled to open in 2019 - an announcement first made by Suzanne M. Klinker, director, Bay Pines VAHCS, to a crowd of approximately 2,500 during the annual Bay Pines Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11.
CLEARWATER - AIDS Service Association of Pinellas and Francis House in Tampa will now be known as EPIC, or Empath Partners in Care, a member of Empath Health.
The nonprofits merged under Empath Health to provide support programs and services to those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS throughout Tampa Bay. EPIC will strengthen and expand services to a greater number of people in the region.
CLEARWATER - Empath Health recently named Dr. Lawrence Kay chief medical officer.
As CMO, Kay has become a key member of the senior executive team, overseeing medical programs throughout the organization, providing clinical strategic direction, and managing all physicians throughout Empath Health’s integrated network of care. Kay is a board-certified family physician with extensive patient care and health care management experience.
OneBlood is urging potential blood donors to be someone’s miracle this holiday season.
Donors are needed to help brighten the lives of patients and their families this holiday season. Those who donate at any OneBlood Donor Center between Tuesday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 31, will receive special gifts, along with a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.