Hospital earns nursing designation

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz has achieved the Pathway to Excellence designation, a national nursing recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center that identifies health care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. To qualify, organizations need to meet six practice standards essential to an ideal nursing environment: shared decision-making, … [Read more...]

Health News 09/13/2017

Stitching for infants The Knit & Crochet Group of Atria Evergreen Woods donated 50 knitted/crocheted hats to The Maternity Suites at Oak Hill Hospital, in Brooksville. The group meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. From left: Joan Quast, Jan Curren, Gloria Thonton, Jeannine LaRoche, Feeby Carreiro, Pat Stolberg, Ellen Corbett and Marg Kusnierczak.       New … [Read more...]

Funding and flexibility needed in substance abuse fight

While President Donald Trump has declared opioid abuse to be a national emergency, local experts have urged U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis to remember that other substance abuse problems also remain to be a real concern in Pasco County. Bilirakis paid a visit to the Land O’ Lakes Community Center on Aug. 22 seeking to hear from people on the front lines of tackling substance abuse problems. His … [Read more...]

Health News 09/06/2017

A bit of comfort for patients Members of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club worked hard stuffing and sewing handmade ‘comfort’ pillows for area hospital patients who are recuperating from surgery. Margee Carpenter (standing), project chair, recently delivered more than 180 pillows to Florida Hospital Tampa for distribution to various local hospitals, wherever needed. For information … [Read more...]

Health News 08/30/2017

New director of patient services St. Joseph’s Hospital-North has promoted Bethany Wells to director of patient services, overseeing all nursing personnel. Wells assumed the position July 17. Her duties will include leading and evaluating the nursing team; setting objectives and long-term goals for the nursing department; and organizing and coordinating admission, nursing and patient-care … [Read more...]

Lighthouse reaches platinum level

Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind received a GuideStar Platinum Level designation on June 28. To reach the level, the organization added extensive information to its GuideStar Nonprofit Profile, which includes in-depth financial information and quantitative information about goals, strategies and progress toward its mission. Lighthouse’s mission is to provide people who are … [Read more...]

Health News 08/16/2017

Healthier and safer for new school season Premier Community Healthcare Group’s fourth annual Back-to-School Health & Safety Fest handed out approximately 600 backpacks stuffed with school supplies, gave 18 free school physicals, and completed nearly 50 dental screenings. Dr. Reda Awad provided the physicals during the event.      Hospital recognized by cancer … [Read more...]

Bilirakis talks health care reform

Health care reform was the main topic during U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’s visit to Zephyrhills last week. Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s 12th congressional district, was the featured speaker during The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting on Aug. 3. He said he was “very disappointed” when the Republican party’s reform and repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stalled … [Read more...]

Health News 08/09/2017

Excellence in nursing awards Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recognized two staff members for excellence in nursing at the hospital’s HCA Awards of Distinction celebration. Andrea Ioviero received the Excellence in Nursing award in the compassionate care category, and Melissa Reed received the award in the professional mentoring category. Each winner received $250, a plaque, a front-row … [Read more...]

Quilting for comfort

Quilting with Grace, a group from Grace Presbyterian Church in Spring Hill, presented 17 handmade quilts to the Oak Hill Hospital Pediatric ER and Pediatric In-Patient Units. The quilts will be distributed to young children in need, who need additional comfort from a traumatic experience. Members of the quilting group, from left: Nancy Bolton, Sue Swahn, Pat Conkle, Marge Gavin and Marylou … [Read more...]