Pasco shelter offers haven from abuse

Abuse can come in many different forms. It can also be a sensitive issue for victims to divulge, especially if it occurs within their own households. It’s a nationwide problem, and efforts have been made nationally and locally to provide safer environments for adults and children who have been abused. Pasco County is among those striving to improve services for people in this … [Read more...]

Health News 12/05/2018

New executive director Pasco Kids First welcomed Marcia Brevard Wynn, Ph.D., as its new executive director. Wynn brings more than seven years of nonprofit experience to the organization in a position that will include leadership roles as both executive director and housing director. She also has served several years in the areas of development, grant writing and fundraising. Wynn … [Read more...]

PHSC seminar aims to help reduce impaired driving

Drunk driving forever changed Brian Rushing’s life. He was just 18 years old when he wrecked his SUV and killed his 21-year-old brother, Nathan. That fateful night on Nov. 18, 2007, Rushing’s blood alcohol content was 0.09, over the legal limit. After a night of partying, the last thing he remembers is seeing his brother at the family’s Land O’ Lakes home. He doesn’t remember getting in his … [Read more...]

Health News 11/28/2018

Day of Caring Florida Hospital team members in the West Florida Division volunteered to give back to the communities for the annual Day of Giving, on Nov. 16. More than 1,000 volunteers from several Florida Hospital locations gave back to more than 20 nonprofits across the state. Some of the local initiatives in the Tampa Bay area included: Food Donations for Atonement Lutheran Church: … [Read more...]

Health News 11/21/2018

Offering comfort and camaraderie Members of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club prepared and served a brunch to residents of Hope Lodge, a facility that houses patients who are receiving long-term cancer treatments at Moffitt Cancer Center. The club aims to uplift the patients’ spirits with a home-cooked meal and fellowship. For information, visit … [Read more...]

Florida Hospital Dade City set for upgrades

A slew of upgrades are coming to Florida Hospital Dade City. The hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System, is investing $20 million into various infrastructure and technological improvements to the 120-bed facility located at 13100 Fort King Road. Florida Hospital Dade City president and CEO Amanda Maggard made the announcement during a recent breakfast meeting hosted by The Greater … [Read more...]

Local author hopes his story will help inspire others

Remington Walls hasn’t let his disease define him — and he wants the same for those dealing with similar circumstances. The 18-year-old Land O’ Lakes native has lived a life without regular food or drink since he was diagnosed at age 4 with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), a rare, incurable disease where all food deteriorates his esophagus. His only source of nutrition has come via a … [Read more...]

Bilirakis honored as Public Servant of the Year

The American College of Cardiologists has recognized the efforts of Congressman Gus Bilirakis to improve health care outcomes for patients by honoring him with the 2018 President’s Award for Distinguished Public Service. Among the public health initiatives spearheaded by Bilirakis is the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act. This legislation addresses the need to invest in continued … [Read more...]

Expansion of substance abuse treatment

Premier Community Health Center in Pasco County will receive $285,000 to expand its scope of services and offer integrated substance use disorder and mental health services treatment. Of these funds, $110,000 will be used to hire personnel, and $175,000 will be allocated for renovation of facilities at its Zephyrhills substance abuse/mental health treatment center. Patients from throughout Pasco … [Read more...]

Medical Center of Trinity seeks new ways to improve care

Anyone who has driven along the State Road 54/State Road 56 corridor during the past few years can easily see that the landscape is rapidly changing in Pasco County. Subdivisions and businesses are popping up everywhere, and the need for medical services continues to grow. Responding to that explosive growth and to evolving patient needs is only part of the equation, though. Keeping up with … [Read more...]