Seeking a sensory room to serve students with autism

Dan Reyes has often witnessed the benefits of a sensory environment for his 13-year-old son, Jacob, who has autism. Each Sunday, his family attends LifePoint Church in New Tampa, which has a sensory room devoted to children with special needs. “He absolutely loves going into that room,” Reyes said. “He’s happy in there. He’s active, and it’s a very engaging room when sometimes other … [Read more...]

Lutz ER gets new manager

The Medical Center of Trinity has appointed Bernadette Melendez as manager of its new ER 24/7 in Lutz. Melendez began her career in corporate accounting and human resources until 2006 when she began her nursing career. She received an Associate of Science in Nursing in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012, from Ohio University; and went on to get a Master of Business … [Read more...]

Is your memory problem a normal part of aging, or a form of dementia?

Those attending Dr. Andrew E. Budson’s talks at the Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land O’ Lakes last week had two key takeaways. First, if you’re having problems with your memory, go to a doctor who specializes in memory issues. In some cases, the problem may be the result of something that’s completely reversible, and even when it’s not, the sooner treatment begins, the better, said … [Read more...]

Seeking answers in the opioid battle

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis wants all voices to be heard in the quest to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. The congressman met with the Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) on March 27 to discuss the issue and listen to reactions to proposed federal legislation related to the opioid crisis. The public meeting, held at the community center at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, … [Read more...]

Health News 04/11/2018

Rasmussen launches new program Rasmussen College, in New Port Richey, hosted a surgical technologist associate degree program launch and open house, in March. Participants were able to tour the surgical suite that allows students to get hands-on experience in a simulation lab, before completing the required practicum in a real-world health care environment. The laparoscopic video tower and … [Read more...]

Pasco health drops in rankings

The 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tools released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, which is available on FLHealthCHARTS.com. Pasco County ranks 38th in Florida for overall Health Outcomes in the 2018 County Health Rankings. Mike Napier, health officer, said … [Read more...]

Creating harmony in the hospital

The Mallah Garden Atrium at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, in Lutz, was transformed into a concert hall when The Florida Orchestra gave a free performance on March 16. Approximately 200 people — patients, staff and visitors — filled the atrium to listen to the classical music presentation. The performance was broadcast to patient rooms for those who could not attend. Guest conductor Joseph … [Read more...]

Health News 03/28/2018

‘Breast Friends’ raise money for Moffitt Caliente Resort and Spa hosted a fundraiser for the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation. ‘Breast Friends Forever’ organized the event and donated $41,800 specifically earmarked for breast cancer research and treatment. Participating in the presentation were Kim Norman, Judi Miller, Courtney Ryals of the Moffitt foundation, Polly Honor, Hilda Holt and Sharon … [Read more...]

Town hall sheds light on opioid overdose prevention

Cesar Rodriguez spent 17 years of his life as a heroin addict. He overdosed on five separate occasions, only to be saved by first responders who administered him naloxone, or Narcan, an emergency treatment that counteracts the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose. “If I didn’t have Narcan,” he said, “I wouldn’t be able to sit here and share my experience. I would’ve never had a shot … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office unveils app to help stress

Pasco Sgt. Matt Rosenbloom has handled countless distressing calls throughout his 12 years in law enforcement. “I’ve seen things that people shouldn’t see out there,” he said. Sometimes it takes several days for him to get past a particular incident. Witnessing the death of a child, for instance, takes a heavy toll. It’s something many deputies aren’t mentally prepared for … [Read more...]