Hospital celebrates 40 years
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, a Level II Trauma Center, celebrates its 40th anniversary on March 23, in recognition of its historical beginning and contributions to the community.
The Pasco County Commission on March 9 presented the hospital with a proclamation in appreciation of its four decades of service.
More than 82,000 patients yearly arrive from the West Suncoast, Nature Coast, and across the nation to receive superior care at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, a facility that is connected to the nation’s leading health care system, HCA Healthcare, according to a news release.
“Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been providing exceedingly excellent and exceptional service for the past 40 years, with constantly evolving cutting-edge technology and progressively improving world-class patient care,” said Dr. Rao Musunuru, who has served as chairperson of the hospital’s Board of Trustees multiple times over the past 40 years and was instrumental in establishing the nationally acclaimed heart institute, in the release.
Comfort for those in need
Three members of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club — Dolores Tarafa, Debbie Cardona and Dee Knerr — designed and fabricated “fidget” lap blankets for patients at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home Memory Unit in Land O’ Lakes.
The women did some research and learned that this type of blanket is a very helpful tool in calming the anxiety of dementia patients.
Many hours of sewing and handcrafting went into each piece, and 10 blankets were delivered to the nursing home facility’s activities director, Johanna Snee.
For information on the club, visit GFWCLutzLandOLakesWomansClub.org or its Facebook page.
Local hospitals recognized
AdventHealth Wesley Chapel and AdventHealth Zephyrhills are the only Tampa Bay hospitals to achieve Healthgrades’ 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award, according to a news release.
The distinction places the two hospitals in the top 5% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed across the United States for superior clinical performance, according to Healthgrades.
“Patient safety and high quality of care continues to be our priority and we are honored to receive this recognition, said Erik Wangsness, president and CEO, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel, in the release.
“This award is a testament to the hard work of our physicians and team members who are committed to keeping our patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and each and every day,” Wangsness said.
During the 2021 Healthgrades study period, these facilities showcased superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients who suffer heart attacks, stroke, heart failure and sepsis.
“Clinical excellence is at the core of our care and this distinction highlights our ongoing commitment to provide our expertise to every patient, every time,” said Amanda Maggard, president and CEO of AdventHealth Zephyrhills and AdventHealth Dade City.
“This prestigious honor celebrates the dedication of our teams who continue to go above and beyond to ensure our communities are receiving the best care possible and experiencing better outcomes,” said Maggard.
To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, visit HealthGrades.com/quality.