Health News 08/21/2019

(Courtesy of Pasco Kids First)

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. From left: Layton Jennings, Ashley Jennings, Dana Selfridge, Angela Pottinger, Angelita Rodriguez and Becky Bennett. To learn more, visit

Hands-on experience
AdventHealth hosted the eighth annual Brain Expansions Scholastic Training (B.E.S.T.) Academy, which provided hands-on health care experience to more than 80 teens across Tampa Bay.

Twenty-five students from across the Tampa Bay region took part in the Brain Expansions Scholastic Training Academy offered at AdventHealth Zephyrhills. (Courtesy of AdventHealth-West Florida Division)

This the fifth year AdventHealth Zephyrhills hosted the program.

The B.E.S.T. Academy encourages high school and middle school students to focus on careers within the health care sector.

Students participate in either a one-, two- or four-week program immersed in hands-on workshops, which include lab work, triage, suturing, splinting and shadowing hospital staff on the job.

The Academy also is offered in AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHealth Tampa and AdventHealth Wesley Chapel.


New CEO announced
AdventHealth has named Erik Wangsness to the position of CEO for AdventHealth Wesley Chapel.

Wangsness will assume the leadership role on Sept. 1, replacing Denyse Bales-Chubb, who recently transitioned to a new role as CEO for AdventHealth Tampa.

Recently, Wangsness served as president for Washington Adventist Hospital in the Washington D.C. region.

Terry Shaw, president/CEO for AdventHealth, said in a release, “Over the years, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel has grown to meet the increasing health care needs of this community, and with Erik’s guidance, I know it will continue to provide exceptional Christ-centered care and foster hope and wholeness.”

Staff achievements
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point honored its physicians and new residents at the hospital’s annual Nursing Gala.

The event recognizes the significant accomplishments of the hospital’s physicians and nurses.

Physicians are nominated for their dedication to providing high-quality, compassionate patient care.

Both physicians and new residents are nominated by the hospital’s nursing staff.

This year’s winners were Dr. Keshav Remireddy as Physician of the Year and Dr. Andrei Hetman as New Resident of the Year.

Humanitarian award
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announced that Dr. Keshav Ramireddy has been recognized as this year’s Frist Physician Humanitarian Award winner.

The award was created in 1971 to honor individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities, named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr.

The nominee is judged in four categories: level of commitment to the facility and patient care; level of commitment to the community; having a positive effect on others; and, dependability, consistency and people-oriented.

Dr. Ramireddy will receive a donation of $500 to the charity of his choice, and a Frist lapel pin and a plaque.

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