Health 01-07-15

(Courtesy of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point)

(Courtesy of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point)

Spreading cheer to 85 families
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s staff, physicians and volunteers collaborated to provide 85 families, including more than 200 children, with holiday baskets of gifts, food and extras. Members of the committee taking a break after the holiday drive are, in back row, Brad Eastmond as Santa, David Roest, Chris Drain, Chaplain Jack Long and Melanie Schmitt. Joining them are, front row from left, Jennifer Johnson, Helen Machie and Elaine Snee.

Pink Heals raises $42,000 for Moffitt
Breast Friends Forever recently raised more than $42,000 at its Pink Heals event at Caliente Resort and Spa in Land O’ Lakes.

The event included a 5-kilometer walk, raffles, and a silent and live auction.

The proceeds were donated to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation.

For information about the November 2015 event, email .

Dealing with the grief of miscarriage
Working through the grief of a miscarriage can seem overwhelming, but help is available. Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers offers a booklet called “Embracing Hope: Comfort & encouragement after miscarriage,” published by Focus on the Family.

It also can provide a DVD, “Miscarriage-Footprints on our Hearts,” to help people process their grief.

Oasis is located at 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Suite 108, in Land O’ Lakes.

You can call Oasis at (813) 406-4965, or visit

Woman’s club donates to CARES
The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club recently donated $300 to the CARES Organization in Pasco County.

For many years the club has manned the telephone reassurance office, making daily calls to area seniors and shut-ins who do not have any outside contacts.

The seniors are directed to available services including Meals on Wheels or other social or medical services.

Chatterboxes meeting
The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will host a Chatterboxes support group meeting Jan. 8 at 3 p.m.

The group assists individuals suffering from communication deficits as a result of a cerebral vascular accident or other neurological disorder.

Caregivers and spouses are invited to attend.

For information, call (727) 834-4445.

Health & Wellness Fair
The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a “Get Covered, Stay Covered” Health & Wellness Fair Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Premier Community HealthCare Group will host workshops and provide Healthcare Marketplace application assistance.

There will be free wellness resources, face painting, games and prizes, and activities for kids.

For information, call Cheryl Pollock at (352) 518-2000, Ext. 9228.

Free breast-feeding class
The obstetrics program at Medical Center at Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will host a motivational breast-feeding class Jan. 10 at 1 p.m.

The class will focus on fundamentals and how to access support.

For information and to register, call (727) 834-5630.

Gulfside selling calendars
All Gulfside Hospice thrift shop locations are selling the 2015 calendar featuring photos taken in Pasco County. More than 200 photos of Pasco events, places, landmarks and wildlife were submitted, and 13 winning photos make up Gulfside’s “Pasco County: Through Your Eyes” calendar.

Calendars are available at any shop location for $5.

All proceeds help support hospice care and bereavement services for Pasco County residents.

For shop locations, visit

For information, call (727) 845-5707.

Class on infant CPR
The obstetrics program at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer an infant CPR class Jan. 10 at 9 a.m.

Participants can learn the skills of the American Heart Association’s course “CPR for Family and Friends.”

The cost is $15 per person, or $25 for two.

For reservations, call (727) 834-5630.

Affordable Care Act lunch seminar
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will host a free Lunch & Learn titled “The Affordable Care Act & You” Jan. 13 at noon, at the Rao Musunuru MD Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive in Hudson.

Certified application counselors will be available to provide one-on-one assistance with applications and to update and renew the insurance plan of those already insured.

Enrollment must be completed by Feb. 15 to avoid a tax penalty.

For information or to make a reservation, call (727) 869-5498 or (855) 534-4325.

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