Health News 11/27/2019

Medical director earns fellow status Dr. Lisa W. Barker, medical director for Gulfside Healthcare Services in Pasco County, has earned the designation of Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The academy is the professional organization for physicians who care for patients with serious illness. Dr. Barker received her medical degree from the University of … [Read more...]

Gulfside Hospice Helps Over 1,000 Pasco Families Every Year

Hospice is the bridge that helps terminally ill patients and their families navigate the health care system in the final stages of life, while also providing emotional and social services support for the entire family. In Pasco County, Gulfside Healthcare Services has been providing hospice services for more than 30 years, and helps over 1,000 families every year care for their loved ones, and … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s walk raises nearly $56,000

More than 500 residents from Pasco County joined the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Starkey Ranch District Park in Odessa, on Oct. 25. Participants raised $55,784 to help pay for care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. The event fell short of its goal of $85,000, but fundraising efforts continue through Dec. 20. “Alzheimer’s is … [Read more...]

Expansion addresses need to serve critically ill patients

AdventHealth Connerton has been addressing the needs for critically ill patients for a decade — but it also has had to turn patients away because its beds were full. An expansion expected to open later this month, will increase the hospital’s ability to serve patients and families in need. AdventHealth officials had a ribbon cutting ceremony last week to celebrate the completion of a new … [Read more...]

Health News 11/13/2019

Patient comfort, a priority for these ladies In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sew Caring group at AdventHealth Wesley Chapel put their hearts into helping care for breast cancer patients. The group provided comfort for the patients throughout the month of October with handcrafted pillows. Many of the breast cancer patients are sore following surgery, and the pillows add the … [Read more...]

Health News 10/30/2019

International scholar visit The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has chosen the Oak Hill Hospital Anesthesiology Residency Program as an international scholar observation site. Each year, the ASA sponsors three international scholars to participate at the ASA meeting, prior to which the scholars are assigned to different academic centers for clinical observation. This year, Dr. … [Read more...]

At the intersection of law enforcement, mental health

An ‘All hands on deck approach’ is needed to address the nation’s mental health crisis. That means greater levels of state and federal funding, and enhanced collaboration between law enforcement and behavioral practitioners. At least that was the message delivered by a group of experts during a recent criminal justice panel discussion titled “The Intersection of Law Enforcement and Mental … [Read more...]

Panelists suggest solutions

Panelists at a discussion at Saint Leo University had some thoughts for ways to divert some offenders from the criminal justice system to mental health courts, instead. That way they could get treatment for their issues, rather than jail or prison time. Dr. Moneque Walker-Pickett, a panelist during an Oct. 7 session called “The Intersection of Law Enforcement and Mental Health,” advocates … [Read more...]

Health News 10/16/2019

Breast cancer awareness In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Florida Department of Health  in Pasco County encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Women should talk to their health care providers about their individual risk factors and the frequency of receiving mammograms, as well as complete any … [Read more...]

Cannabis dispensaries coming to Dade City?

The Dade City Commission during a workshop session directed city staff to draft an amendment to the city’s land development regulations that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries within one of the city’s zoning districts. Commissioners, at their Sept. 24 workshop, indicated that the dispensaries should be allowed in the general commercial zoning district. That zoning district generally … [Read more...]