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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.
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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.
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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.
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Wednesday, September 27
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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.
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CLEARWATER - There’s always at least one high school teacher that constantly sees their students return year, after year. Margaret Trautwein is certainly one of them.

It’s these alumna, as well as friends, co-workers and family that became integral to Trautwein’s life when she was diagnosed with cancer.

To fully understand her cancer diagnosis and her battle and her life afterwards, it’s important to know her life story, and more specifically, her life in education.
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SEMINOLE - She was living in Puerto Rico when retired university professor Edna Munoz Soto was given the devastating news. She had breast cancer.

After a long career at Inter American University in Fajardo, PR, Munoz Soto was ready for retirement. She was ready for some rest and relaxation and travel. Instead she faced the battle of her life.

“It was scary,” she said. “I felt down and depressed about it all. Breasts are a very important part of the body.”
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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.
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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.
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SEMINOLE - Breast cancer patients know the drill. First there is the diagnosis, then the tests, then the surgery.

It doesn’t end there, however.

Many, if not most breast cancer patients suffer from lymphedema which can be both painful and debilitating.

Treating the condition is the work of physical therapists. In Seminole Dr. Mary Ellen Kramp at the Relief At Hand clinic sees lymphedema patients every day. Their symptoms are very apparent.

“One of the consequences of the condition is that the arm or chest will swell,” she said. “The body has trouble handling that fluid so we try to make it manage that fluid load.”
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SAFETY HARBOR - Dr. Melissa Bailey, a licensed clinical psychologist, got personal in her 2015 book “Pink Hell: Breast Cancer Sucks” on her battle to beat breast cancer.

Bailey is originally from Crystal Lake, Illinois, and it was there that she found her footing for psychology as a young girl.

“I had my Barbies on the couch telling me about Ken,” Bailey said, and the idea stuck.

She went from Barbie to receiving her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Chicago, her emphasis in Health Psychology.
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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.
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PINELLAS PARK - The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will host the Flu Bo IV clinic Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 6350 76th Ave. N., Pinellas Park.

DOH-Pinellas staff and volunteers will provide flu shots at no cost from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. while supplies last. Participants can remain in their cars while they get their immunization at

the drive-through or come inside the building’s clinic area.
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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.
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Thursday, September 21
PALM HARBOR - With National Fall Prevention Day around the corner on Sept. 22, owners Doug and Vicki Graham of the new ComForCare of Pinellas County, offer tips to keep local homes safe for seniors.

“ComForCare is known as a premier provider for home care,” Doug Graham said.

The location opened up independently by the Grahams in Palm Harbor, services an area with 42 percent of the population over the age of 55 years old.
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Wednesday, September 20
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.

Following is a list of upcoming seminars:
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Thursday, September 14
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.
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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.
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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.
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