Enthusiastic support for cancer society
The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club has supported the annual American Cancer Society’s Making Strides walk at The Shops at Wiegrass through active participation and monetary donations. The ladies manned the welcome tent and the Little Women of Lutz passed out water bottles to the participating walkers. Debbie Cardona, along with her pup, took a break in the big pink chair and greeted onlookers. For information about the club, visit GFWCLutzLandOLakesWomansClub.org or its Facebook page.
Hospital celebrates 10 years
AdventHealth Wesley Chapel is celebrating a legacy of transforming health care in the community, for the past 10 years.
The original $150 million investment was the first hospital in Wesley Chapel and opened with 83 beds on Oct. 1, 2012, according to a news release.
Since opening, the hospital has invested more than $400 million in expansion and services to provide award-winning care to more than 800,000 patients, the release said.
AdventHealth Wesley Chapel has amassed national accolades over the years and has exceeded community milestones, including:
- Achieving 14 consecutive Leapfrog “A” grades in patient safety
- Performing over 56,000 surgeries
- Delivering more than 5,000 babies
- Providing more than $307 million in community benefit services
“It has been an honor to be a part of this truly remarkable team since the first day as we embarked on providing the highest quality of care to the Wesley Chapel community,” said Dawn Hicks-Waldron, chief nursing officer, in the release.
“Our commitment to creating a five-star, patient-focused consumer experience for everyone who enters our doors remains steadfast as we embark on the next 10 years,” Hicks-Waldron said.
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz now offers patients an enhanced colonoscopy screening with the help of an innovative technology. This technology, called GI Genius intelligent endoscopy, uses artificial intelligence to help physicians detect polyps — a powerful new ally in the fight against colorectal cancer, according to a news release.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer diagnosed in the U.S., with almost 150,000 new cases every year, the release said.
The module uses advanced artificial intelligence software to highlight suspicious polyps visually and in real-time, serving as the gastroenterologist’s second observer.
The images are processed using advanced algorithms that can identify and mark abnormalities consistent with polyps, including small flat polyps that might otherwise go undetected by the human eye.
St. Joseph’s-North was the first among the 15 BayCare hospitals to offer this module for colonoscopies.
For more information on BayCare cancer screenings, including colonoscopies, visit BayCare.org/honor-screenings.