BayCare continues quest for Wesley Chapel hospital

BayCare Health Systems is pushing forward in its quest to open a new hospital in Wesley Chapel, despite a challenge filed by AdventHealth’s hospitals in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and Dade City. Speaking on BayCare’s behalf, Todd Jones recently outlined the health care system’s plans for a 60-bed hospital that would be built on a 111-acre site at the northeast quadrant of Interstate 75 and … [Read more...]

$75 million hospital expansion expected to open in 2020

Motorists driving near St. Joseph’s Hospital-North may wonder why there’s a massive crane towering over the medical center. The answer’s simple: The hospital is undergoing a $75 million expansion that will double its capacity and will support additional services. Construction crews already have built four additional operating suites in shelled spaces that were included during the … [Read more...]

Lutz teen and her service dog are off to college

Leigh Dittman knew she’d need some help when she got to college. After all, the Lutz resident lives life from her wheelchair. She was born with a rare genetic disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease. The disease prevents her body from absorbing needed calcium levels due to a collagen deficiency. Simply put, the condition makes her bones weaker than normal … [Read more...]

Local residents will soon be able to Live Longer with Earth Fare

If you’ve driven by Cypress Creek Town Center lately, you might have noticed the newest addition coming soon: natural supermarket Earth Fare. Terms like “healthy” and “natural” are authentic at Earth Fare. In fact, they’ve been leading the mission to bring healthy food to everyone for over 40 years. It starts with its Food Philosophy, a guide to what is and isn’t allowed on its shelves, and … [Read more...]

A New Year’s Eve home fire sparks a community’s compassion

A $10-a-plate pasta dinner benefit is planned this week to help a family who lost nearly all of their possessions when a New Year’s Eve fire raged through their Heritage Harbor home in Lutz. The fundraiser also will include raffles, a  50/50 drawing and games  — with 100 percent of the proceeds going to help Steve Dorsett, his wife, Maggi, and their children, 20-year-old Austin and 16-year-old … [Read more...]

Lutz church offers help in dealing with divorce

The process of divorce, let alone the aftermath, can be challenging, and the St. Timothy Catholic Church offers a program that aims to help. The church’s Surviving Divorce program begins on Feb. 7. The Lutz church began the program more than four years ago when it was suggested by parishioners from Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes. St. Timothy was accustomed to … [Read more...]

Discover Your Dream Community With Cardel Homes

If your New Year’s dream is to build a new home on a beautiful conservation lot in a small, private community with no CDD fees, Cardel Homes gives you two exceptional choices. The first is Oakwood Reserve in Lutz on Clement Road, located just 10 minutes from USF and 25 minutes to downtown Tampa. Clement Road is one of Lutz’s most idyllic rural roads, tucked between Livingston Avenue and Hannah … [Read more...]

Mattamy Opens Second Townhome Community In Lutz

There’s more good news from Mattamy Homes for families looking for affordable new construction in Lutz that offers excellent schools and one of the best locations in Tampa Bay. Avea Pointe is a new townhome community located off Van Dyke Road on Lakeshore Drive. It is directly across from Lakeshore Preserve — Mattamy Homes’ very successful townhome community of 102 homes, which is closing out … [Read more...]

Local groups help federal workers

Organizations around the region are stepping up to help, as workers and their families struggle during the nation’s longest partial federal government shutdown. The help has come in various forms. “The key is to take off some of the pressure from these folks (so they can) worry less about where their food is coming from,” explained Greg Giordano, assistant tax collector of Pasco … [Read more...]

It’s not too late to protect yourself from the flu

Ideally, the best time to get a flu shot is before flu season begins in October. But, it’s still not too late to protect yourself before flu season hits its  peak, which is typically closer to February, said Dr. Melissa Wahba, an emergency room physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, in Lutz. The most vulnerable populations are children under age 5, but especially under age 2; people … [Read more...]