Nonprofit chooses its first leader

The West Central Florida Mental Wellness Coalition Inc., has named Carrie Zeisse as its first president and chief executive officer. The mental wellness coalition, which was recently created by 30 local organizations, was developed to help improve outcomes for depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders in the Tampa Bay area. Zeisse, who was the chief strategy and operations officer … [Read more...]

Expanding the reach to those in grief

The Family Bereavement Program at Gulfside Hospice soon will be able to offer traumatic grief counseling to the community. Members from the Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring presented a $6,000 check to the program, which will make it possible for two Gulfside counselors to become certified in grief trauma. From left: Linda Ward, president and CEO of Gulfside; Charlie Lowry, director of … [Read more...]

Health News 01/01/2020

These volunteers truly are ‘stars’ Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced the recipients of its third quarter volunteer Star Awards. Rev. Fred Houck has been volunteering at the hospital since August 2013 and has accumulated 2,731 life hours and 3,766 merit hours. Rev. Houck has a reputation for his tirelessness in doing the work of the Lord. Steve Johnson has been a volunteer … [Read more...]

Get The Smile You Deserve in 2020 from Origami Orthodontics

It’s a new year, and the perfect time to set goals that you have wanted to achieve for years! Health goals are always a priority, including orthodontic care, which can straighten your teeth, correct problems with your bite and give you the smile you’ve always wished for. “For many people, the only thing stopping them from scheduling an appointment with an orthodontist is concern about the … [Read more...]

Encompass Health plans move to Land O’ Lakes

Encompass Health Corporation has announced plans to bring 179 jobs to Central Pasco. The company, based in Birmingham, plans to build a 37,000-square-foot facility on about 6 acres in the Bexley Community, off State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. It plans to locate its Central Business Office there, to provide medical billing and collection services to the company’s hospitals in 25 states and … [Read more...]

National health study to include Hillsborough residents

Survey teams are already in Hillsborough County for a national health survey that includes residents from just 15 counties across the country. The teams are expected to be working in Hillsborough through Feb. 14, gathering data for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, said Sherwin Bates, senior study manager on the study for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … [Read more...]

Health News 12/11/2019

Calendar fundraiser Gulfside Healthcare Services’ 15-month 2020 calendar, featuring photos taken exclusively in Pasco County, is now available at all Gulfside Hospice thrift stores. Nineteen winning photos were chosen out of more than 300 photos submitted, depicting Pasco County events, places, landmarks and wildlife. The calendar is $5, and all proceeds will help support Gulfside patient care. … [Read more...]

Health News 11/27/2019

Medical director earns fellow status Dr. Lisa W. Barker, medical director for Gulfside Healthcare Services in Pasco County, has earned the designation of Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The academy is the professional organization for physicians who care for patients with serious illness. Dr. Barker received her medical degree from the University of … [Read more...]

Gulfside Hospice Helps Over 1,000 Pasco Families Every Year

Hospice is the bridge that helps terminally ill patients and their families navigate the health care system in the final stages of life, while also providing emotional and social services support for the entire family. In Pasco County, Gulfside Healthcare Services has been providing hospice services for more than 30 years, and helps over 1,000 families every year care for their loved ones, and … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s walk raises nearly $56,000

More than 500 residents from Pasco County joined the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the Starkey Ranch District Park in Odessa, on Oct. 25. Participants raised $55,784 to help pay for care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. The event fell short of its goal of $85,000, but fundraising efforts continue through Dec. 20. “Alzheimer’s is … [Read more...]