Serving up food — to sustain, comfort

Concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has flattened the economy, causing many to seek out help for the first time to put food on their tables. Here is a look at some efforts, to help feed others, across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Collecting food to feed the hungry The woman pulls up and pops open her trunk, so volunteers could gather the bags of … [Read more...]

Hospital visitation limited, elective surgeries canceled

Hospitals across the region are limiting visitors and canceling elective surgeries, as they ramp up preparations to treat increasing cases of people infected by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). As of 11 a.m. on March 23, The Florida Department of Health reported 1,096 confirmed cases of Florida residents and 75 cases of non-Florida residents, for a total of 1,171. Of those, 73 involved … [Read more...]

Seminar focuses on youth drug use, suicide

When Heather Sefton, of Wesley Chapel, began losing close friends to suicide, she didn’t know how to cope with the trauma. The untimely demise of one in the Bay Area was preceded by six others in Sefton’s native New Hampshire. “I really didn’t understand what was going on,” the 19-year-old said. “They all just kind of kept hitting me.” She too, began having suicidal thoughts as a … [Read more...]

Less Pain and Quicker Recovery With Opioid-Free Anesthesia

Now Available At Medical Center of Trinity There’s a new way of doing surgery at Medical Center of Trinity that greatly reduces patient pain and recovery time, and eliminates the use of opioid medication and its addictive properties. Dr. Dilendra Weerasinghe, a board-certified general and bariatric surgeon, recently joined the hospital’s medical staff and brought with him expertise in … [Read more...]

Pasco EDC announces 2019 award winners

The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., announced the winners of its 2019 awards, at its 33rd annual Awards & Trade Show, on Sept. 5 at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel. Dr. James P. Gills, received the economic council’s leadership award. Gills is a world-renowned ophthalmologist, a philanthropist, athlete, author and man of faith, according to a news release from the Pasco … [Read more...]

Medical Center of Trinity marks a first in Tampa Bay area

Medical Center of Trinity is the first medical institution in the Tampa Bay area to use the CorPath GRX system – a robotic-assisted device used in coronary care. The hospital had a celebration on July 30 to unveil the device to the public. Dr. Patrick Cambier, an interventional cardiologist at the medical center, has had the opportunity to operate using the new device. “We’re very … [Read more...]

Work by local artists leaves a lasting impression

It was morning, but the heat was beating down on Caren Stevens, as she stood on a scaffold creating a mural. It’s the kind of work she’s been doing for years. As Caren painted, her sister and fellow artist Dannie Jean looked up, to examine their latest art project: A mural at E & W Carpets Inc. –  a Land O’ Lakes landmark. The colorful scene depicts a dock leading to a deep, blue … [Read more...]

Medical Center of Trinity seeks new ways to improve care

Anyone who has driven along the State Road 54/State Road 56 corridor during the past few years can easily see that the landscape is rapidly changing in Pasco County. Subdivisions and businesses are popping up everywhere, and the need for medical services continues to grow. Responding to that explosive growth and to evolving patient needs is only part of the equation, though. Keeping up with … [Read more...]

Finalists named for annual industry awards

Pasco Economic Development Council announced its selection of 15 finalists for the 32nd Annual Awards and Trade Show, according to a news release from the Pasco EDC. The event will be on Sept. 6 at Saddlebrook Resort and Spa, 5700 Saddlebrook Way in Wesley Chapel. Festivities will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the award announcements from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A dinner and … [Read more...]

HART rolling out regional bus service

The debate over building and operating a tri-county bus rapid transit system on Interstate 275 won’t be settled for months. But, on July 1, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, known as HART, will launch a new limited express bus service down I-275 from Wesley Chapel to Tampa. Connections also can be made to existing routes operated by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority with … [Read more...]