New townhomes popping up in Lutz

Construction is underway on Sylvan Crossing Townhomes, a CalAtlantic Homes project that is expected to open in December. The gated community will feature three different floor plans, according to CalAtlantic’s website. Each plan has three bedrooms, and all come with either a one-car or two-car garage. Sylvan Crossing also will have an amenity center, with a community pool for its … [Read more...]

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...]

Not your typical hospital food

Louis Sicona and Michael Serrano were looking for a new place to try out for lunch one day, and they wound up at Twigs Café at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz. “It was just a whim,” Sicona said. The hospital, at 4211 Van Dyke Road, is near where Sicona and Serrano work, and they decided to check out its café. That was more than a year ago, and they’ve been dining at the hospital twice … [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...]

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North turns five

When St. Joseph’s Hospital-North opened its doors five years ago, it was the first new hospital built in Hillsborough County in 30 years. “Our goal was to provide a health care alternative in this community because there really weren’t many alternatives,” said Paula McGuiness, president of the hospital, at 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz.. “It was an underdeveloped medical infrastructure, if you … [Read more...]

Flu cases are up: Take precautions to stay well

Chances are that you know someone who has become ill with the flu this year. It could be a family member, a colleague, a friend or someone at church —whoever it is, Dr. James Robelli, of St. Joseph’s Hospital North in Lutz, offers this bit of advice: “If you know someone that has the flu, stay away from them.” More people are coming down with the flu, as compared to prior years, said Dr. … [Read more...]

Enjoy your summer: Avoid a trip to the ER

If you’ve been outdoors lately, no doubt you’ve observed that Florida’s steamy days of summer have arrived with a vengeance. You also may have noticed there are a lot more kids riding bicycles in the street, splashing around in pools, and hanging off equipment at the local playground. The roads are busier, too. Cars and trucks snake toward the beach, and families have packed up to hit … [Read more...]

In Print: Don’t miss Fourth of July, we have pics

What did you do on the Fourth of July? Well, hopefully you didn't stay home, because there were plenty of options, which as a regular reader of The Laker/Lutz News, you already knew about. The Shops at Wiregrass kicked things off with its annual Fourth of July celebration July 3, complete with bicycle decorating contests, watermelon eating and Miss and Mr. Firecracker. It continued Friday … [Read more...]

New surgery option eases recovery for hysterectomy patients

Dr. Pamela Twitty made history on April 30 at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North by becoming the first surgeon in Tampa to perform a single-site robotics-assisted hysterectomy. The type of surgery had been performed previously in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, but not in Tampa, Twitty said. She used a da Vinci robotic system to perform the surgery, controlling instruments from a console in the … [Read more...]

Pets give patients a paw-inspiring boost at St. Joseph’s

Hospital patients enjoy getting visitors, whether they’re friends, family, neighbors or church members. But sometimes it’s the visitors on four legs that bring out the biggest smiles. “Everybody enjoys a visit from a therapy dog,” said Ron Graff, whose Golden Retrievers, Journey and Jason, make weekly visits to St. Joseph’s Hospital-North on Van Dyke Road in Lutz. “I get comments from … [Read more...]