Lutz hospital receives award
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz achieved a Healthy People 2030 goal for low-risk cesarean sections. Healthy People 2030 is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative that sets data-driven national objectives to improve health and well-being over the next decade. The hospital was one of 26 in Florida to receive the award for reducing unnecessary c-sections. From left: Michele Velasquez; Kelly Howard; FDOH (Florida Department of Health) official Dr. Ulyee Choe; OB/GYN physician Dr. Jessica Greer; FDOH state surgeon general Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo; St. Joseph’s Hospital-North president Tom Garthwaite; Julie VanLaningham; Kathleen Webster; and Teresa Hampton. Velasquez, Howard, VanLaningham, Webster and Hampton are team members in St. Joseph’s Hospital-North’s Labor & Delivery and Women’s Services departments.
Mammograms are important
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz is encouraging women to make an appointment for a mammogram.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women, according to a news release.
Getting a mammogram screening is the best way to detect breast cancer early, the release said.
“It is so important to get routine breast screening mammorgrams because it allows us to detect cancer at its earliest stages,” said Dr. Diane Durgan in the release.
“This in turn offers the best chance of survival for breast cancer when it is caught and treated early,” said Durgan.
For information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and mammogram appointments, visit ItsInOurHands.org.
Breast Cancer Foundation
The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation will be the featured charity at the Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office for the month of October.
The foundation’s main objectives are to advocate on behalf of patients, educate the public on all aspects of breast cancer, and to provide funds for research seeking new treatments and ultimately a cure for breast cancer.
“We are proud to once again team up with the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation to help shine a spotlight on the needs of breast cancer patients and their families,” said Pasco Tax Collector Mike Fasano in a news release.
“The funds our office raises will contribute toward the advancement of research, new treatments, and direct support for breast cancer patients,” said Fasano.
Donations will be collected at all tax collector office locations, which can be found at PascoTaxes.com.
For details regarding the promotion, call Greg Giordano at 727-847-8179.
New doctors added
The Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) has announced the addition of three surgeons to its team: Dr. Craig S. Radnay, Dr. James J. Creighton III and Dr. Christopher Flanagan.
Radnay is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports and rescontructive foot and ankle surgery, as well as sports medicine and arthritic disorders of the knee.
Creighton is board eligible by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He did two fellowships to specialize in upper extremity surgery, and cares for all upper extremity conditions.
Flanagan completed an Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship with the FOI. He specializes in the delivery of complex fracture care, as well as the management of the after-effects associated with traumatic injury. The doctor also performs academic research to develop the next generation of patient care techniques.