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Knee and Orthopedic Centers offers PKR program
CLEARWATER – The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers recently added a new same day partial knee resurfacing program. This surgery is designed to relieve knee pain and is often an alternative to the total knee replacement.

The benefits of PKR are many. Smaller incisions are used which is less invasive and makes for easier recovery. Most patients do not need to donate blood for use during their surgery. Less physical therapy is necessary for a faster recovery, and motion machines are not used to keep the new joint flexible.

Dr. Ronald Hayter, orthopedic surgeon, attended the University of Texas for his undergraduate and medical degrees. He relocated to Augusta, Ga., where he completed his internship at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Today he practices at the Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers in Clearwater and Palm Harbor.

For more information about the new PKR surgery or to attend a free seminar, call 446-5633 or visit

Guild names new officers
The All Children’s Hospital Guild Seminole/Largo Branch recently installed its officers for 2009-10. New officers are Pat Shriver, president; Terry Martsolf, president-elect; Kendra LaGrande, secretary; Kathy Arnold, treasurer and Linda Mazzei, treasurer-elect.

Throughout the year, the guild sponsors fundraisers with all of the proceeds going to ACH. The guild has an annual golf tournament, bunco events, a round-up in conjunction with the Seminole Pow Wow, walk-a-thons and auctions. Those interested in playing, donating and/or sponsorship opportunities for the Oct. 24 golf tournament at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club may call Pat Shriver at 480-9049.

Ptak Center earns award
CLEARWATER – The Madonna Ptak Rehabilitation Center is a recipient of the 2009 Step II National Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

The award is presented to long-term health care facilities that have demonstrated a continuous commitment to quality for their patients and residents and overall organizational effectiveness.

The award program is a three-tiered system. The center received the Step I award in 2006. Of the 215 nursing and assisted living facilities that applied nationally this year for the Step II award, 26 met the strict criteria to receive the recognition.

AHCA/NCAL, a trade organization, comprises 11,000 members. The award program supports the principles to cultivate and nourish an environment of continuous quality improvement, openness and leadership.

The Madonna Ptak Rehabilitation Center is on the campus of Morton Plant Hospital.

Bayada Nurses achieve CHAP accreditation
Bayada Nurses, a national provider of home health care services with local offices serving Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, announced that it has achieved accreditation for home health and private duty services from the Community Health Accreditation Program, the leading accrediting organization for the home health care industry.

CHAP accreditation publicly certifies that an organization has voluntarily met the highest standards of excellence for home and/or community-based health care. To achieve accreditation, organizations must demonstrate compliance with CHAP’s national standards of excellence in the provision of care services.

Doctors graduate from Largo Medical program
LARGO – The Graduate Medical Education program at Largo Medical Center recently announced its first official class of graduates. The program saw 19 doctors graduate in June, including 10 interns, seven residents and two fellows.

The GME program at Largo Medical Center is the largest osteopathic teaching program in the southeastern United States. It is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to train doctors in the following fields:

• Traditional Rotating Internship

• Anesthesiology Residency

• Dermatology Residency

• Family Practice Residency

• Internal Medicine Residency

• General Surgery Residency

• Rheumatology Fellowship

• Interventional Cardiology

• Cardiology Fellowship

• Gastroenterology Fellowship

• Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship
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