A gift for patients
Norma and Eugene Ymiolek, of Lutz, donated TVs for all eight infusion treatment rooms in the St. Joseph’s Hospital-North Outpatient Infusion Center. The donation was made through the St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation.
“This will provide a wonderful distraction to the many patients that spend hours receiving chemotherapy treatment,” said Michelle Mulvihill, St. Joseph’s Outpatient Infusion Center nurse manager, in a news release.
“We are extremely grateful to them,” said Mulvihill.
The Ymioleks have supported St. Joseph’s for years, including a naming gift to the hospital’s chapel.
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North is at 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz.
Narcan kits available
The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County (DOH-Pasco) has announced the availability of free Naloxone (Narcan) Nasal Spray kits, according to a press release.
This lifesaving medication could reduce thousands of substance abuse deaths across the state.
Naloxone is available to people who use drugs; people with a history of drug use; others at risk of experiencing an overdose; and friends, family members and others who may witness an overdose.
“We need new solutions to an old problem when it comes to substance abuse and addiction overdoses,” said Mike Napier, health officer for DOH-Pasco, in the release.
“Distributing Naloxone (Narcan) into our community is just one of the many ways Pasco County is combating this growing problem,” said Napier.
Naloxone reverses the effects of an opioid overdose by restoring breathing and consciousness within minutes of its administration to the person who has overdosed.
The medication can be administered by a bystander (non-health care professional) before emergency medical assistance becomes available, but it is not meant to substitute professional medical care.
Individuals should call 911 immediately when an opioid overdose is suspected, before administering Naloxone.
Persons requesting a kit must meet the following criteria:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Individuals at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose
- Caregivers who may witness an opioid overdose or others likely to experience or witness an opioid overdose
The Naloxone kits can be obtained at these health department clinics (no appointment necessary):
- Dade City Clinic, 33845 15th St. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- New Port Richey Clinic, 10841 Little Road. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wesley Chapel Clinic, 33845 State Road 54. Monday and Friday only, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those using Naloxone will receive educational materials, referrals and connections for substance abuse intervention.
For more information, call 727-619-0300, Option 1.