Health News 04/17/2019

Partner up for pediatric patients AdventHealth and the Tampa Bay Lightning teamed up for its third annual Pediatric Health Night. The first 3,000 fans that visited the AdventHealth Quad at Amalie Arena during a recent game received a free, commemorative co-branded AdventHealth/Lightning Buddy Bear. Anyone can purchase a bear at, and AdventHealth will give a bear to a … [Read more...]

Survey aims to gauge unmet needs of seniors, caregivers

The Pinellas Community Foundation and the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas are working together to assess the unmet needs of seniors and their caregivers. A survey—the Community Assessment Survey of Older Adults — will be sent to 10,000 randomly selected households across every Pinellas and Pasco zip code in which at least one resident is known to be aged 60 and over. The survey … [Read more...]

Grieving parents want to offer comfort to others

Months after losing their infant son, Alissa Rodriguez and Ryan Mellor have donated to AdventHealth Zephyrhills the same kind of device that helped provide them comfort in the hours immediately following Collin’s death. During a March 26 ceremony at the hospital, the Wesley Chapel couple provided a CuddleCot to be used by other families that are going through the same tragic circumstances that … [Read more...]

Health News 04/03/2019

Health survey The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Pasco counties are partnering with local area hospitals on a comprehensive survey to better understand and address the health needs of communities in the Greater Tampa Bay area. The 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment collects data from residents on nutrition, physical activity, access to care, and mental … [Read more...]

Know the dangers of secondhand smoke

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County and Tobacco Free Florida are working together to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a news release. Most people are aware of the dangers associated with using tobacco products like cigarettes, but may not be as familiar with the dangers posed by secondhand smoke. Here are some facts about secondhand … [Read more...]

Sheriff’s Office adds innovative fitness program

The Land O’ Lakes Detention Center has been outfitted with a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness facility equipped with top-of-the-line resistance machines, exercise bikes, ski machines, adjustable weights, kettlebells, plyometric boxes, battling ropes, medicine balls and more. Known as the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Resilience Center, it’s the initial phase of the agency’s newly formed Human … [Read more...]

Health News 03/27/2019

Ombudsman program Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has advocate positions available in Hillsborough County. Volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult-family care homes to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. Training and certification are provided, and volunteers participate in council meetings, administrative assessments … [Read more...]

Casino night will support Sunrise of Pasco

Sunrise of Pasco, Domestic & Sexual Violence Center will present a Casino Night on April 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 4G Ranch, 22501 State Road 52 in Land O’ Lakes. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to benefit participants of Sunrise of Pasco. The event will include a bourbon bar, appetizers, cigars, an open bar, blackjack, roulette, craps, bingo and slot … [Read more...]

Volunteer stars announced

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announced the recipients of its fourth quarter volunteer Star Awards. Nancy McCann has served every Monday morning for the past 18 years in the hospital’s gift shop. She is known for her knowledge and professionalism as a retail salesperson, as well as her smile. Shelli Ginther has accumulated nearly 1,500 life hours and more than 1,700 merit hours of … [Read more...]

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence

Melissa Dohme Hill was just 20 years old when her ex-boyfriend viciously attacked her. He stabbed her 32 times in the neck, face, arms and hands — as he attempted to murder her. She’d broken up with him three months earlier. The attack occurred when she went outside to fulfill his request for a final goodbye hug. She was rushed to the hospital, where she flatlined four times and suffered … [Read more...]