Healthcare Hero named
The Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value has named Tommy Inzina, president and chief executive officer of BayCare Health System, the Dr. Jack Mahoney Healthcare Hero, according to a news release.
Inzina was recognized as a community health champion in helping to establish Tampa Bay Thrives, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes the community to strengthen behavioral health outcomes for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder, with a focus on improving early intervention, access, and awareness.
“It has been my privilege, as CEO of the region’s largest not-for-profit provider, to help put a spotlight on mental health and to help bring people together to address what our community needs,” said Inzina in the release.
“Together, we can make a real difference,” said Inzina.
OneBlood urges donations
Efforts are underway to replenish Florida’s blood supply following Hurricane Ian.
“Blood donors are urgently needed. If you are eligible to donate blood, we are asking that you please visit a OneBlood donor center or Big Red Bus blood drive as soon as possible,” said Susan Forbes, senior vice president of corporate communications and public relations, in a news release.
All blood types are needed and there is an increased need for O Negative and O Positive donors, as well as platelet donors.
“A sustained donor response is crucial. We are in the midst of an evolving disaster situation that will continue to impact our operations, our team members and blood donors for the foreseeable future. Blood donation is an easy way people can help durig this challenging time,” said Forbes.
As a proactive measure, OneBlood also is arranging for shipments of blood to be brought in to Forida by blood centers from around the country to assist with emergent and near-term needs caused by the storm.
To find a donor center or Big Red Bus drive near you, visit OneBlood.org.
For a list of locations where blood donations have been suspended, visit OneBlood.org/lp/hurricane-closures.stml.