These kits can help save lives

A safety measure has been added to Pasco County high schools that’s aimed to help save lives during a mass casualty or active shooter situation. The schools now have bleed control kits — designed to help prevent victims from bleeding out before emergency responders arrive. The kits contain items such as tourniquets, blood-clotting dressings and casualty extraction litter, CPR mask, … [Read more...]

Local teen’s rare disease sparks legislation

After more than three years of fighting for their medical coverage for their son’s rare disease, a Land O’ Lakes family has seen some progress in their quest. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Patient Saving Act on June 12, which includes language requiring the state insurance plan to provide enteral formula coverage, regardless of age, condition or intake method. Stephanie Walls, whose … [Read more...]

Health News 08/21/2019

Pasco Kids First receives grant The Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring selected Pasco Kids First as a grant recipient. The funds from the grant will be used to provide therapy and case management services for children who have experienced a traumatic event. The Foundation of Caring was founded in 2005 and has granted more than $2.5 million to 135 local nonprofits for community needs. … [Read more...]

Health and Wellness Fair focuses on the elderly

A free community Health and Wellness Fair, held recently in Land O’ Lakes,  focused on services that are available to the elderly, as they face changes in mind and body. The Aug. 1 event was hosted by Keystone Place at Terra Bella, 2200 Livingston Road, which offers residential options for independent living, assisted living and memory care. Bryan D’Onofrio spoke at the event on behalf of … [Read more...]

Medical Center of Trinity marks a first in Tampa Bay area

Medical Center of Trinity is the first medical institution in the Tampa Bay area to use the CorPath GRX system – a robotic-assisted device used in coronary care. The hospital had a celebration on July 30 to unveil the device to the public. Dr. Patrick Cambier, an interventional cardiologist at the medical center, has had the opportunity to operate using the new device. “We’re very … [Read more...]

Health News 08/07/2019

Raising funds for breast cancer Breast Friends Forever Inc., based in Caliente Resort and Spa, raised more than $34,435 for Moffitt Cancer Center, with the support of sponsors and the community during a derby fundraiser. The money is specifically earmarked for breast cancer treatment and research. Taking part in the presentation, from left: Debra Ruyle, Diane Wiley, Pam Gerbig, Judi Miller, … [Read more...]

Summer heat poses health risks; take steps to stay safe

Heat advisories, warnings and watches have been issued in recent weeks across the country, putting millions of Americans at risk. At least six deaths were attributed to the massive heatwave, and events, such as the New York City Marathon, were cancelled, according to CBS News. And, it comes as no surprise that Florida’s notorious heat and humidity also can create potentially dangerous … [Read more...]

Teen’s health struggle makes her a national voice

When Mark and Kelly Dees of Land O’ Lakes decided to name their unborn daughter Hope, it was a sign of their unwavering optimism despite devastating news. What was supposed to be an exciting reveal of their baby’s gender, soon became a moment of sadness after Hope was diagnosed with congenital heart defects. “We were told by the first doctor that she wouldn’t live to see her first … [Read more...]

Health News 07/24/2019

Opening new doors to keep kids safe Pasco Kids First had an open house and ribbon cutting at its new East Pasco office, in the Dade City Business Center, 15000 Citrus Country Drive, Suite 103. The new office houses the Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando East Pasco Team and Trauma Treatment Team. There were light refreshments, and guests could meet team members and learn more about the services … [Read more...]

Panel sheds light on youth drug use in Pasco

Speaking before a roomful of adults, a panel of teens offered their insights and observations about drug use among youths in Pasco County. Marijuana use appears to be the biggest drug-related issue among youth across Pasco County, said the panelists, who are members of Safe Teens Against Drugs (STAND). They said kids are increasingly turning to marijuana as a way to escape their personal … [Read more...]