Make time for a blood pressure check
February is Heart Month, aimed at raising awareness about cardiovascular disease prevention.
BayCare’s St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz and BayCare Hospital Wesley Chapel recommend regularly monitoring your own blood pressure. With the support of a health care team, you can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Blood pressure can be checked at the doctor’s office, other medical locations, at home with a blood pressure monitoring device or for free at one of the BayCare Wellness Stations in Publix Super Markets in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
The stations provide you with free, interactive screenings to give your personal health stats, including blood pressure, pulse, body weight and body mass index.
Bayonet Point Hospital honored
The Pasco County Commission included HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital in its group of honorees at a recent monthly meeting.
The commission passed a unanimous resolution that stated, in part, “Whereas, HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital is a promise of unwavering care and continuous advancement in health care, with a commitment to keeping our community healthy and thriving. Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Commissioners of Pasco County, Florida that said Board hereby recognizes the importance of HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital and commends them for their dedication and professionalism,” according to a news release.
The hospital’s list of recognitions include: Accredited Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer; certified by DNV-GL as a Comprehensive Stroke Center; Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll by AHA, Statutory Teaching Hospital, Verified Level 2 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and the Healthgrades Patient Safety Award for two consecutive years.
Hospital has ‘biggest’ day ever
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz can consider Jan. 9 as one of the biggest days ever in the facility’s labor and delivery and Mom and Baby units — literally and figuratively.
According to a hospital news release, Liam Luebben was born to parents Gina and William, of Odessa, at 8:13 a.m., on Jan. 9, weighing in at 11 pounds, 6 ounces, and 21 inches long.
Liam was the second biggest baby born in the 14-year history of the hospital, but only for a little more than two hours when Cash Charlton was born to parents Brittany and Scott, of Dade City, at 10:18 a.m. Cash weighed 11 pounds, 10 ounces and was 22.5 inches long.
The biggest baby born at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North was in 2019, at 11 pounds, 12 ounces and 22 inches long.
Chief medical director named
Gulfside Healthcare Services has announced the promotion of Dr. Lisa Barker from the position of medical director to the role of chief medical officer, according to a news release.
In Barker’s previous role as medical director, “she played a key role in advancing the quality of Gulfside hospice and palliative care. She demonstrated a profound dedication to enhancing patient outcomes, fostering a collaborative and supportive medical team, and implementing innovative health care solutions tailored to the unique needs of our community,” the release says.
As chief medical officer, Barker will continue to shape the medical strategy at Gulfside Healthcare Services with a focus on hospice, palliative care and home health services. She will be instrumental in ensuring the highest standards of patient care, furthering Gulfside’s commitment to providing comfort and support to individuals and families during challenging times.