Celebrating the gift of life, at Christmas

Joan Hamm was asleep when she felt an incredible pain in her chest. She woke up, called 9-1-1 and unlocked her front door. Emergency personnel found her, when they arrived, and set into motion a series of actions to save the 77-year-old Dade City woman’s life. Armando Lopez Jr., was watching television in his Hernando County home when suddenly he blacked out. He recalls parts of … [Read more...]

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North expands heart care services

When heart attacks happen, minutes matter. And now, residents of Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and other nearby communities, including Keystone, Odessa, Northdale, New Tampa and Wesley Chapel, have a new option for treatment of a STEMI — which stands for ST elevated myocardial infarction. That condition is one of the most deadly types of heart attacks and, as of Aug. 25, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North … [Read more...]

A show of compassion for the Ivie family

When Pasco High School has its talent show on May 8, it will be dedicated to Jordan Ivie, a 17-year-old whose death has caused hearts to break — as well as to expand — in Dade City. The high school senior was riding in a 2002 Ford Mustang being driven by Austin Thomas Council on the morning of April 24, when it was involved in a crash, according to a news release from the Florida Highway … [Read more...]

In Print: Special Olympics, Sochi Olympics, trauma centers

America is still taking a breath after a strong performance at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, last month, but locally, people still can't get enough. Asif Shaikh, a chaplain from Lutz, once again traveled overseas to take part in the Olympics, serving as a spiritual guide for athletes. It gave him a chance to not only see some of the medal-winning events for Americans, but also gave him … [Read more...]