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...]

Creating harmony in the hospital

The Mallah Garden Atrium at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, in Lutz, was transformed into a concert hall when The Florida Orchestra gave a free performance on March 16. Approximately 200 people — patients, staff and visitors — filled the atrium to listen to the classical music presentation. The performance was broadcast to patient rooms for those who could not attend. Guest conductor Joseph … [Read more...]

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...]