Nursing excellence award
Wesley Chapel resident and St. Joseph’s Hospital-North nurse manager Kerry Hipple was honored with the 2023 Florida Organization for Nursing Leadership (FONL) Excellence Award in the category of clinical practice. According to its website, the FONL ‘exists for nurse leaders who provide vision for the advancement of professional nursing practice and patient care. FONL promotes excellence in leadership to shape the future of health care delivery, education and health policy in Florida.’ Hipple received the award at the FONL’s 2023 annual conference and membership meeting in Orlando.
Express Care transition
Ten AdventHealth Express Care at Walgreens locations in the Tampa area became AdventHealth Primary Care+ at Walgreens clinics as of Jan. 1, according to a news release.
Primary care providers will continue to see walk-in patients seeking urgent care, but will expand services, including same-day primary care appointments, evening and weekend hours, mental health and nutritional counseling, and immunizations and annual wellness exams for children ages 18 months and older, adolescents and adults of all ages, the release said.
AdventHealth Primary Care+ is designed as a highly personalized approach to a patient’s whole health and wellness.
“It’s expert primary care that fits into our patients’ schedules,” said Jake McKelvy, vice president of AdventHealth Primary Care+, in the release.
“And, with the added convenience of the Walgreens pharmacy and retail store, we’re making it easy for busy families to checkup, check things off their shopping lists, and checkout!” said McKelvy.
Clinic services include: Annual wellness exams; chronic disease management; flu and COVID testing; immunizations and flu shots; medication management; mental health support; nutritional counseling; school and sports physicals; and sick visits.
For more information, visit AdventHealth.com/primary-care-plus.
Nursing board reappointment
Dr. Robin McGuinness, senior executive officer with the AdventHealth West Florida Division, has been reappointed to the Florida Center for Nursing Board of Directors. McGuinness brings vast experience and a deep dedication to nursing education and innovation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, a master’s degree from the University of Hartford, and a doctorate in nursing from Florida State University.
New clinic opens in Lutz
Cammie Acevedo and Stacy Pascarella, both nurse practitioners, have collaborated to offer direct primary care to the local community at Balance Wellness & Primary Care, 21754 State Road 54, Suite 102, in Lutz (located in the Full Life Chiropractic Clinic). Both women saw a need to offer quality health care to people who are uninsured or otherwise cannot afford it.
In addition to offering monthly health care for managing chronic illnesses and overall wellness, the clinic can negotiate discounts on some medication, bloodwork and diagnostic imaging to help reduce overall costs for patients.
Extended appointments and same- or next-day appointments are offered.
For information, call 813-291-3350, or visit BalanceForHer.com.