Holidays can be sorrowful for some

Seasonal carols, tinsel-draped trees and jolly Old St. Nick convey a time of merriment and joy, but the holidays can be difficult for those grieving a significant loss. To help people to cope with their sadness, Gulfside Hospice is offering free holiday grief support workshops on Dec. 7 in Zephyrhills and Dec. 12 in New Port Richey. Kelly Cavagnetto, a bereavement counselor, will be … [Read more...]

Bringing smiles to others

Oak Hill Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Room received a visit from Notre Dame Catholic School students, who presented the hospital with five boxes of books to be distributed to the sick children. Teacher Elise Buckner and the children planned the project to bring smiles to others and encourage a love of reading. Notre Dame students stand in front of the donated books with Director of Emergency … [Read more...]

Joint celebration

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County hosted a joint celebration with a ribbon cutting for the Crisis Center’s renovated facility, and to recognize the 25th anniversary of the county’s health care plan. A 10-foot tall heart, a work of art donated by Dominque Martinez and Rustic Steel Creations, also was unveiled. From left: Mary Ellen Gillette, anniversary committee chair; … [Read more...]

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients don’t have to go it alone

When someone learns that a loved one is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, it can seem overwhelming. Phyllis Bross, a retired attorney from Land O’ Lakes, understands the feeling. Her mother and aunt were both Alzheimer’s patients, and she now runs the Alzheimer’s Association/Caregiver Support Group that meets monthly at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. Based on her … [Read more...]

Seeking volunteers to help hospice patients’ pets

Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care provides compassionate care for patients on the end-of-life journey. Increasingly, that care means giving people peace of mind when it comes to decisions about their pets. Since 2014, the nonprofit’s Pet Peace of Mind program has taken stress away from patients worried about who will care for their furry companions. In many cases, volunteers … [Read more...]

Health News 11/29/2017

Florida Cancer fundraiser a success Dr. Christopher George and Dr. Julio Lautersctain, of The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, co-hosted “50 Shades of Pink” at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. This year’s theme was “The Great Gatsby” and featured flappers, a covert speakeasy, casino games, and live jazz and swing music. The fundraiser grossed $200,000, with all proceeds going to patient … [Read more...]

Health News 11/15/2017

Hospital team receives award The St. Joseph’s Hospital-North team was named the Environmental Services Department of the Year by the American Hospital Association’s Association for the Healthcare Environment. The award was presented to just two hospital facilities nationwide. St. Joseph’s department was recognized for its professionalism, expertise, patient satisfaction, and efficiency, … [Read more...]

Learning the ins and outs of medical marijuana

Medical marijuana is a fact in Florida. Voters approved it in a 2016 referendum. Lawmakers passed a law regulating it, effective January 2017. Cities and counties generally are writing local ordinances in line with state law to permit dispensaries, but limit their locations. Local governments, however, do have the option to ban them. Pasco County commissioners are expected to vote … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes gets beefed up emergency services

Pasco County Fire Rescue No. 37 has added ambulance service. The station is at the entrance to Ballantrae in Land O’ Lakes. The new service became effective on Sept. 1. Six paramedics and emergency medical technicians have been added, to provide 24-hour coverage for the rescue unit. The station, which is at 18105 State Road 54, is currently using one of the department’s spare vehicles … [Read more...]

Health News 11/08/2017

Alzheimer’s fundraising stamp The U.S. Postal Service will issue an Alzheimer’s Semipostal Fundraising stamp Nov. 30. The stamp will be sold for 60 cents. The price includes the first-class single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase, plus an amount to fund Alzheimer’s research. By law, revenue from the sales of the stamp (minus the postage paid and the reimbursement of … [Read more...]