Fashion show nets nearly $37,000 for Gulfside
The Candace Glewen Charity Fashion Show recently raised nearly $37,000 to benefit Gulfside Hospice. Attendees enjoyed a holiday boutique expo, lunch, and local ‘celebrities’ and community business partners modeling the latest fashions from Dillard’s. The event began in 2017 and was renamed in 2021 to honor the legacy of longtime board member and friend of Gulfside, Candace Glewen. Proceeds from the show will help to provide patient care and bereavement support for the community. For more information and other upcoming fundraising events at Gulfside, visit Gulfside.org, or call 800-561-4883.
Local health facility is a Top General Hospital
The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality, has announced the 2023 recipients for their coveted annual Top Hospital Award and Top Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Award –and that list includes four AdventHealth West Florida Division hospitals, according to a news release.
The Leapfrog Group honored AdventHealth Zephyrhills and AdventHealth Ocala as Top General Hospitals, AdventHealth Lake Placid as a Top Teaching Hospital and AdventHealth Wauchula as a Top Rural Hospital. This national recognition award is widely known as one of the most competitive honors U.S. hospitals and surgery centers can earn in safety and quality.
The award honors hospitals and ASCs that demonstrate the highest performance in the nation on quality and patient safety, including infection rates, prevention of medication errors and surgical safety, among other standards.
Additionally, all AdventHealth West Florida Division hospitals in the Tampa Bay area recently earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group for Fall 2023, including AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHealth Dade City, AdventHealth North Pinellas, AdventHealth Tampa, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel and AdventHealth Zephyrhills.
The Leapfrog Group assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm to patients.
To see the full methodology and list of institutions honored as 2023 Top Hospitals, please visit LeapFrogGroup.org/tophospitals.
Most common sleep disorders
A study conducted by sleep experts Eachnight analyzed online search data to determine the top five most searched for sleep disorders in the United States, including search terms such as parasomnias, Kleine-Levin syndrome, and more, according to a news release.
Insomnia is the most searched for sleep disorder and the most likely to affect Americans over the holidays, according to the study.
Insomnia is a condition that makes it difficult to fall asleep and to stay asleep. The average monthly search volume for insomnia was 410,500. According to research, short-term insomnia affects 30% of adults while long-term affects 10% of adults throughout America.
Sleep apnea ranked in second place. According to the study, this sleep disorder that prohibits people from breathing during sleep has an average monthly search volume of 388,500. There are three types of sleep apnea — obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and complex sleep apnea — that affect roughly 18 million Americans, the release says.
Restless leg syndrome, which urges people to move their legs while sleeping, is the third most common sleep disorder with 250,583 average monthly searches. Also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, an estimated 7% to 10% of people suffer from this sleep disorder in America.
In fourth place, sleep paralysis has 246,833 average monthly searches nationwide. The sleep disorder prohibits a person from moving while falling asleep or waking up; it may also cause difficulty breathing, chest compressions, and distressing hallucinations. Between 25% to 50% of Americans experience this within their lifetime.
The fifth most common sleep disorder is narcolepsy, a condition that affects around 125,000 to 200,000 people in America, with 242,250 average monthly searches. This sleep disorder causes people to involuntarily fall asleep at various times of the day and night and is characterized by four common symptoms: hallucinations, excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep paralysis, and sleep disruption, the release says.
Local physician earns degree
Jacksonville-based Florida Academy of Family Physicians announced that Dr. Charles Ross, FAAFP, of Lutz, recently achieved the degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP) from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) – the national association that represents nearly 134,600 family physicians, residents and medical students, according to a news release.
The degree of Fellow recognizes AAFP members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues and communities by their service to family medicine, advancement of health care to the American people, and by their professional development through medical education and research.
Criteria for receiving the AAFP Degree of Fellow honor consists of a minimum of six years of membership in the AAFP, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.
The AAFP was the first national medical specialty organization to require its members to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years – and the only medical specialty society devoted to primary care.