St. Luke’s opens new facility
St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute has opened a new location in Lutz, at 25232 State Road 54, near the Tampa Premium Outlets. The facility provides these services: comprehensive eye exams; Lasik; dry eye treatment; cataract surgery; diabetes and the eye; glaucoma diagnosis and treatment. For information, visit StLukesEye.com/locations/wesley-chapel/, or call 813-953-1170.
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz is offering an outpatient examination for individuals having difficulty swallowing. The examination is called FEES (fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) and requires a physician referral.
The procedure is done at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road, and can help determine if food or liquid is getting into an individual’s airway. During the assessment, an endoscope with a small camera is passed through the patient’s nose into the top of the throat, taking a video of a patient swallowing food and liquid. The video can provide information to determine the safest way for a patient to eat and drink.
FEES also can provide information about which foods, strategies and positions may help a person swallow better. There is no radiation exposure with FEES and individuals do not need to eat or drink barium for the test.
For more information, call the hospital’s rehabilitation department at 813-443-7341.
New chief medical officer
Dr. Anand Nayee is the new chief medical officer (CMO) at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz. As CMO, Dr. Nayee will assist the hospital’s doctors in providing safe, effective medical care. His responsibilities include training new physicians on the hospital’s policies and keeping staff current on health regulations. He also will provide clinical oversight to physicians, to ensure regulatory compliance and evaluate quality of services.
Dr. Nayee is board certified in internal medicine and affiliated with BayCare Medical Group and BayCare Physician Partners. He has been practicing at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa since August 2010, and is familiar with the Lutz location, as he previously worked there as a hospitalist when the hospital first opened in 2010.
In addition to speaking English, Dr. Nayee is fluent in Gujarati, a language spoken in India, and conversant in Spanish.
Dr. Nayee succeeds Dr. Christopher Bucciarelli, who has been CMO since April 2022 and recently named CMO for BayCare’s ambulatory surgery centers and the ambulatory division’s outpatient imaging.
Wound care recognition
HCA Florida Trinity Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center has been recognized as a Healogics Center of Distinction, according to a news release. The award demonstrates Trinity Hospital’s continued and consistent commitment to excellence, and a focus on creating an exceptional patient experience.
New program launched
Health care workers have experienced significant disruptions, including early retirements, remote work trends, and shifting wage rates. AdventHealth Tampa launched its new Graduate Medical Education (GME) program aimed at addressing the critical shortage of physicians. The program also offers these additional advantages:
- Focus on patient safety
- Lower mortality rates
- Lower burnout rates
The program will begin with Internal Medicine residents and the opening of the new Internal Medicine Clinic. General Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology residency programs will begin in 2024. There are also plans to expand into cardiology and gastroenterology programs.
The new AdventHealth Medical Group Internal Medicine clinic is at the AdventHealth Tampa Medical Arts Center, 13601 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Suite 160.
Helping to make dreams come true
HCA Florida Healthcare made a donation of $2,500 to the Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation Inc., which will establish the HCA Florida Trinity Hospital Annual Scholarship. The PHSC foundation is proud to partner with HCA and offer this scholarship to assist students in following their dreams of becoming a nurse. There are more than 93,000 nurses throughout HCA Healthcare, which believes that education is key to excellence.