A little encouragement goes a long way
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Little Women of Lutz participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at The Shops at Wiregrass. The girls acted as cheerleaders along the 2-mile course, encouraging runners and walkers. Taking part were Katelynn Andrews, Ava Frederick, Fleur VanBurren, Kate Frederick, Jasmin Doering and Alyssa Mitchell. The Little Women group is sponsored by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club and meets the second Tuesday of each month, at the Lutz Community Center, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For information, call Linda Mitchell at 813-389-2910.
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 during this challenging time,” said Forbes.
As a proactive measure, OneBlood also is arranging for shipments of blood to be brought in to Florida 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.
New catheterization lab
AdventHealth Tampa announced a $2 million investment in advanced heart care utilizing the most recent GE Allia technology for catheterization procedures, according to a news release.
According to GE, the technology is the first of its kind in Tampa for heart and vascular procedures, one of only three locations in the state of Florida, and one of only 15 in the United States, the release said.
Additionally, the catheterization lab control room is powered by a monitoring unit from Carrot Medical that is only found in two other locations in the U.S.
This updated monitoring system allows for all monitoring to happen on one large screen, integrating into one system.
In addition to heart and vascular procedures, the lab is adaptable for neurological procedures that also require vascular care.
More than $1.3 million of the project was funded by the AdventHealth Tampa Foundation Pepin Heart Institute fund.