Legacy stroll raises nearly $14,000 for hospice

The inaugural Hospice Legacy Stroll at Sims Park in New Port Richey raised nearly $14,000 to benefit Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care. The stroll was inspired by the original Hike for Hospice. More than 60 people participated in the memorial walk. Several stations were set up along the path, allowing families and friends to remember and honor loved ones. Awards were given to the … [Read more...]

Raising awareness about drugged driving

A case of drugged driving forever changed the lives of parents Joey and Tammy Leonard. Now their mission is to ensure other families don’t experience the same anguish they must handle every day. On Oct. 12, 2015, the Leonards lost their daughter, Kassidy Leonard, her husband, William Griggs, and their 12-day-old baby granddaughter, Kimberlynn Dawn Griggs, after a horrific head-on collision … [Read more...]

Mission 22 helps fight the war on veteran suicides

U.S. military personnel are trained to go into combat and face deadly dangers, but it turns out that adjusting to life after leaving active duty can sometimes pose greater perils. That was the message that Shawn Huber brought to the Jan. 23 luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Lutz at the Heritage Harbor Country Club. Huber, an ambassador for Mission 22, talked about that … [Read more...]

New emergency room services available for local residents

Two new emergency rooms have opened in Pasco County, giving local residents more convenient choices in times of need. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel opened the doors to its new free-standing Florida Hospital Central Pasco ER in Land O’ Lakes, located offsite from the hospital, on State Road 54, just east of the Suncoast Parkway. The hospital expanded its health services in order to serve … [Read more...]

Pasco joins lawsuit seeking opioid settlement

Pasco County has joined the national trend for municipalities to fight back against distributors and manufacturers of opioid medications. County commissioners voted to become one of several plaintiffs in litigation that seeks to replicate the kind of payouts attorneys won in the late 1990s against the tobacco industry. Pensacola-based Levin Papantonio will represent Pasco County. The law … [Read more...]

Health News 01/31/2018

Pirate invasion infuses some fun Moms and babies, and young kids, as well as staff members of Florida Hospital Tampa were visited by pirates on Jan. 23. The pirates invaded to visit with the patients and hand out beads to kick off Gasparilla 2018.               Lighthouse awarded grant The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired … [Read more...]

Health News 01/24/2018

More than a place to exercise The Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel celebrated its five-year anniversary. The center, which opened its doors in 2013, as a fitness facility featuring comprehensive health and wellness programs, now has more than 5,500 members who have come in to work out nearly 1.4 million times. The center features indoor pools, a cushioned … [Read more...]

Flu can be deadly; use precautions to avoid it

Sick people are showing up in doctor’s offices and emergency rooms seeking treatment for the flu. Both in Florida and across the United States, flu activity is on the rise, according to Mara Gambineri, communications director for the Florida Department of Health. “We’re seeing more activity across all age groups this year than we’ve seen in previous seasons at this time, which may be an … [Read more...]

Health News 01/17/2018

Little things make a big difference A group of women from the Silver Sneakers program at the James P. Gills YMCA delivered handmade blankets, shawls and slippers to patients at the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care at Heather Hill, in New Port Richey. The group also left additional blankets for patients to receive as they enter Gulfside. This is the third time the group has donated handmade gifts … [Read more...]

Hitting the road to promote better hearing

The Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida Inc., has put a van on the road to expand its ability to provide early intervention for children with hearing loss. The organization, headquartered in New Port Richey, serves the entire state. It added the van so it could provide pediatric hearing screenings and evaluations, as well as fitting and dispensing of hearing aids, in rural and … [Read more...]