Stepping up to help

Whether it’s sewing protective masks, printing free coloring books, holding prayer services, giving away pizzas or providing pallets of food — people across The Laker/Lutz News are stepping up to help others, in response to the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Linda Mitchell, of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, has organized a group of seamstresses who are using their … [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...]

These kits can help save lives

A safety measure has been added to Pasco County high schools that’s aimed to help save lives during a mass casualty or active shooter situation. The schools now have bleed control kits — designed to help prevent victims from bleeding out before emergency responders arrive. The kits contain items such as tourniquets, blood-clotting dressings and casualty extraction litter, CPR mask, … [Read more...]

Awards honor visionary leadership, and local businesses

The late James “Don” Porter received the inaugural Leadership Award from the Pasco Economic Development Council for his visionary role in developing the master-planned community at Wiregrass Ranch. Porter’s family accepted the award at the Pasco EDC 31st Annual Awards and Trade Show on Aug. 31 at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa. The annual event recognizes local businesses, and their … [Read more...]

Honoring Pasco County’s local businesses

The Pasco Economic Development 31st Annual Awards and Trade Show will honor local businesses on Aug. 31 beginning at 5 p.m., at Saddlebrook Resort & Spa, at 5700 Saddlebrook Way in Wesley Chapel. The event will have a new format, with a shortened awards ceremony, a brief report on Pasco County’s economic development progress, and a trade show. Instead of a sit-down dinner, there will … [Read more...]

Pasco suffers extensive storm damage

Tropical Storm Hermine brought drenching rain and gusting winds to Pasco County and a price tag well over $100 million, in what could prove to be one of the costliest storms in the county’s history. Homes in New Port Richey, Port Richey and Elfers sustained the worst damage. Those communities also suffered through flooding during strong summer rains in 2015. Northeast and central Pasco … [Read more...]

Effects of Hurricane Hermine lash Tampa Bay area

Recovering from the storm and bracing for the next one Blasts of rain, high winds and flood waters hit the region last week as the effects of Hurricane Hermine swept in, causing Tampa Bay residents in many communities to retrieve what they could, and discard what was lost. Trees crashed into roofs. Cars flooded. Water seeped into homes. In some parts of the region, residents had to be … [Read more...]

Bayonet Point’s medical program hits milestone

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has graduated its first physician from its internal medicine education program. Dr. Katie Groff, an Ohio native, was officially recognized at Bayonet Point’s first commencement ceremony for its Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program in Internal Medicine on June 22. In 2013, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) approved Bayonet Point to start … [Read more...]

Preventing broken hearts through better heart health

As the director of marketing for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Kurt Conover is constantly spreading the word about ways to prevent heart disease and keeping people informed about the medical center’s health care services. But the Land O’ Lakes man knows that despite his efforts, not everyone gets the message — or, even if they do, they don’t always listen. That’s even true for … [Read more...]

Bayonet Point hospital CEO participates in Rose Bowl tradition

The Rose Bowl football came on New Year's Day will feature Florida State against Oregon, to see which college team will end up in the national championship game Jan. 12. But the Seminoles won't be the only Florida representative showing up in Pasadena, California. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float … [Read more...]