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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Summer volunteer job helps teen chase bigger dreams

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much remotely related between a teenager’s ambition to work in forensic nursing and her volunteer role in the Mom/Baby Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North. But, Sherika Edwards has a plan, and her volunteer stint at the hospital in Lutz figures into it. The 17-year-old, from Lutz, said she’s always been interested in criminal justice and that other … [Read more...]

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North undergoing $75 million expansion

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is the midst of a $75 million expansion that will double the hospital’s capacity and support additional services. Crews are currently working to build out four additional operating suites, in shelled spaces that were included during the original construction in anticipation of future need. The operating suites are expected to be completed in September, said … [Read more...]

Birchwood Preserve in Lutz Opens Phase II

It has only been a year since Pulte Homes opened Birchwood Preserve in Lutz, and there has been so much demand that the community’s second phase is opening ahead of schedule this summer. “Since we opened our sales center last May, we’ve sold close to 80 homes out of 120 available in our first phase,” said Vince Kuntz, Pulte’s sales consultant in the community. “The demand has been so good, that … [Read more...]

Multiple myeloma group aims to provide support, information

Camille Wilson wasn’t sure what was wrong with her when she began experiencing pain in the front of her torso, and in her back. She was sent to a spine surgeon, who did surgery, but also a biopsy, which revealed there was a problem with her blood. Next, she saw a doctor who diagnosed her with lymphoma — but her son, who is a doctor, urged her to seek a second opinion, and when she did, she … [Read more...]

Crocheting kindness

When nurse Doris Michel put the bunny ears cap on 1 ½-day-old Maksim Damjanovich’s head, the baby looked adorable, and the nurse beamed with joy. This is the third time that a member of the Damjanovich family has received a crocheted cap after being born at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, at 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz. “We think it’s really special,” said Alison Damjanovich, of Tampa … [Read more...]