Moffitt, AdventHealth partner to expand cancer care in the region

Moffitt Cancer Center and AdventHealth have partnered to open an outpatient cancer center on the campus of AdventHealth Wesley Chapel in Pasco County.

Moffitt Cancer Center and AdventHealth are working together to open an outpatient cancer center on the campus of AdventHealth Wesley Chapel in Pasco County.

“We strive to provide world-class cancer care close to where people live and work,” said Alan F. List, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Moffitt Cancer Center. “Expanding Moffitt’s brand of oncology care, treatment and research in Pasco County helps us accomplish this goal. Moffitt also is responding to the growing incidence of cancer in Florida, as the state’s population continues to grow and age.”

The new Moffitt outpatient center at AdventHealth Wesley Chapel will provide medical and radiation oncology services and is designed to accommodate 20 exam rooms, 22 infusion stations and two linear accelerators. Cancer screenings and survivorship programs geared toward patients who are post-treatment and in remission will also be available.

“This is just the beginning of our partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center and our joint commitment to finding new ways to bring innovative cancer care to the Pasco community,” said Mike Schultz, president and CEO of AdventHealth West Florida Division. “Our partnership allows us to strengthen our network of care by expanding the type of health care services we can provide to our communities and gives cancer patients greater access to the country’s leading-edge research, clinical trials and cancer treatments at Moffitt.”

Moffitt’s outpatient center at AdventHealth Wesley Chapel is expected to open in the fall of 2020.

Largo Medical Center expands services with two new specialty units

LARGO — Largo Medical Center recently opening two patient care units as part of an extensive $16 million construction and renovation project.

The new Orthopedics and Transplant Intensive Care Unit will substantially expand the scope and size of these services, adding 30 new beds, 30 to 40 Registered Nurses and Patient Care Technicians, and the area’s first TICU.

“We are excited about the 26-bed addition for our orthopedic service line on the fifth floor,” said Adam Rudd, chief executive officer at Largo Medical Center. “This type of investment will assist our physicians and clinical team in providing outstanding patient care for the communities we serve.”

The new Orthopedics Unit features all private rooms, designed to support the quick recovery and return to normal activities, for these patients.

On the second floor of the hospital, we have a brand new four-bed TICU to support the ongoing growth and success of The Transplant Institute of Florida at Largo Medical Center. The program opened in 2015 and today provides world-class transplant services for kidney and liver patients. Here patients are being cared for by a team of nine Registered Nurses in private rooms, where hardwood floors and other amenities create a home-like feel to this intensive care setting.

Both projects began in 2018. The TICU took six months to complete and the orthopedic unit took about one year.

Free addiction information available

Narconon reminds families that fentanyl overdoses are on the rise in almost every community nationwide.

Fentanyl is the strongest synthetic opiate painkiller and is estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin. To learn more about fentanyl abuse and how to help your loved one, visit www.narconon-suncoast.org/blog/fentanyl-what-you-need-to-know.html.

Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. For free screenings or referrals, call 877-841-5509.

Dementia support group meets first Wednesday of every month

ST. PETERSBURG — The Inspired Support Group meets first Wednesdays, 10 to 11 a.m., at Inspired Living at Ivy Ridge, 7179 40th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

The support group is designed for those dealing with loved ones struggling with dementia. Dementia is an emotional journey full of highs and lows and it helps to connect with others who know first-hand what you’re going through. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are provided.

For information, call 727-325-5769 or visit InspiredLiving.Care/Events.

Red Robin restaurants to host blood drive

Select Red Robin restaurants will host blood drives Friday through Sunday, May 31 through June 2.

Donors will receive a free movie ticket and a Red Robin Partner Card. For hours, locations and appointments, visit oneblood.org/redrobin or call 888-936-6283. Appointments will be honored and walk-ins are welcome.

Donors also will receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit oneblood.org.

Morton Plant Mease to host health seminar

CLEARWATER — Health experts from Morton Plant Mease invite the community to attend an upcoming health seminar in June focusing on surgical neck and back pain options.

Monthly seminars are free and are held at BayCare’s various Morton Plant Mease facilities and community centers around Pinellas County.

A seminar on surgical neck and back pain options will be presented Wednesday, June 19, noon, at the Aging Well Center at the Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Neurosurgeon Harold Colbassani, M.D., will explain minimally invasive options to relieve neck and back pain including robotic-assisted Mazor technology, which adds precision to surgery.

To pre-register for a health seminar, call 727-953-6877, or visit: www.BayCareEvents.org.

Bob Evans Hearing Center professionals inducted into Starkey Hall of Fame

SEMINOLE — Starkey, a privately held global hearing technology company, recently inducted Bob and Lynda Evans, owners of Bob Evans Hearing Center, into the Starkey Hall of Fame.

Starkey honored Bob Evans Hearing Center on May 3 for its dedication to Starkey and the betterment of hearing at the Starkey Hearing Alliance Adapt and Thrive Summit in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

“We are honored to be inducted into the hall of fame for Starkey,” said Bob and Lynda in a press release. “We are proud to be part of this organization and look forward to many more years of improving people’s lives through better hearing.”

Bob Evans Hearing Center is celebrating 25 years of service in Pinellas County. For information, call 727-393-3775 or visit www.bobevanshearing.com.

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