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...]

BayCare’s plans for new Pasco hospital are uncertain

The Florida Legislature’s decision to drop the requirement for a Certificate of Need review for new hospitals is causing BayCare Health System to reconsider its plans for a hospital in Pasco County. The hospital chain had received a preliminary OK on its Certificate of Need request for a 60-bed hospital on a 111-acre site at the northeast quadrant of Interstate 75 and Overpass Road. It was … [Read more...]

Expert: Vaccination prevents measles

Measles is back in the news again — in a big way. From Jan. 1 to May 3, there were 764 individual cases reported in 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And, as of May 9, Florida had two reported cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. It’s important to stay aware, said Suzanne Chandler, system director of Infection Prevention and Control for Baycare … [Read more...]

Pasco Sheriff’s Office hone crisis intervention skills

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently spent a week learning how to use the power of words to de-escalate situations that have the potential to turn dangerous. In one role-play scenario, Pasco Sheriff’s Office deputies Breanna Chandler and Lindsay Steward intermediated between a mother and her teenage daughter with oppositional defiant disorder. In another scene, deputies Ricardo … [Read more...]