Front line workers added
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an emotional and physical toll on nurses, respiratory therapists and others serving communities at this time, and AdventHealth is committed to focusing on whole-person health for patients, team members and the community it serves. According to an AdventHealth news release, 46 nurses and respiratory therapists arrived from Colorado-based Centura Health (a partner of AdventHealth) and FEMA.
The nurses and therapists are serving at AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHealth Tampa and AdventHealth North Pinellas.
The extra help is not the result of a staffing shortage, but it is AdventHealth’s way to help its own teams rest and renew with their families.
AdventHealth Carrollwood received 11 nurses and three respiratory therapists.
AdventHealth Tampa received 27 nurses and two respiratory therapists.
Three nurses joined AdventHealth North Pinellas.
Screening center designation
The Medical Center of Trinity has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.
In order to receive the distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.
The ACR, founded in 1924, uses its resources to make imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.
For information about the designation, visit ACR.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.
New technology for breast imaging
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz has added state-of-the-art 3D technology to its breast imaging services. In July, the hospital began using the Selenia Dimensions 6000 imaging system to produce high-resolution mammograms.
The new technology usually takes one picture instead of several. Imaging also can be done from a sitting or standing position, instead of lying prone on their stomach, face downward.
The Selenia also can perform biopsies.
Another enhanced feature is that the Selenia can compare images side by side, from year to year.
St. Joseph’s Hospital-North Breast Services offers MRI, biopsy, ultrasound and mammography.
A prescription or referral is not needed for a screening mammogram, if you are over the age of 40.
To learn more, visit BayCareBreastHealth.org.
For three years, the Charity Fashion Show benefiting Gulfside Hospice has raised money for the nonprofit, through fun and fashion. This year, the event has a new name.
As a tribute to long-time board member Candace Glewen, who recently passed away, Gulfside’s board of directors has decided to rename the annual event in her honor. The Candace Glewen Charity Fashion Show is currently scheduled for Dec. 3, and will continue the tradition of fashionably raising funds for hospice patients.
“The fashion shows had a special place in Candace’s heart, and she loved to attend them with her closest family and friends,” said Linda Ward, president and CEO of Gulfside. “She was influential in creating and growing this event to fuel her passion of raising funds in support of Gulfside Hospice.”
The past two fundraisers were sold-out events, and the Philanthropy Team at Gulfside expects this year to be the same.
For information on the event and ways to support it, visit GulfsideFashionShow.org, or contact Leesa Fryer at (727) 845-5707 or .
Medical scribe program
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) is offering a Medical Scribe Professional Training certificate program for health care and non-health care individuals.
A medical scribe assists physicians with electronic health records (EHR), maximizing workflow efficiency and productivity so that physicians can focus on providing the best possible patient care. Medical scribes can earn from $10 per hour to $16 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Those in the health care field may complete PHSC’s self-paced, online program in as little as two months. Individuals with no health care experience can learn medical fundamentals and specific scribe skills, and can complete the program in four months or less.
The PHSC medical scribe program awards a certificate of completion and prepares students to sit for the national Medical Scribe Certification Exam (MSCE) through the American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group.