Teen’s health struggle makes her a national voice

When Mark and Kelly Dees of Land O’ Lakes decided to name their unborn daughter Hope, it was a sign of their unwavering optimism despite devastating news. What was supposed to be an exciting reveal of their baby’s gender, soon became a moment of sadness after Hope was diagnosed with congenital heart defects. “We were told by the first doctor that she wouldn’t live to see her first … [Read more...]

Health challenges don’t dim this boy’s optimism

Eric Piburn’s cheerful demeanor and active nature are not what one would typically expect from someone who has lived the bulk of his life — in and out of hospitals. Though he’s a lively 12-year-old who enjoys running, jumping and playing with toys — he was born with two congenital heart defects. Physicians did not expect him to live beyond infancy. Eric spent his first three years living … [Read more...]

Medical Center of Trinity seeks new ways to improve care

Anyone who has driven along the State Road 54/State Road 56 corridor during the past few years can easily see that the landscape is rapidly changing in Pasco County. Subdivisions and businesses are popping up everywhere, and the need for medical services continues to grow. Responding to that explosive growth and to evolving patient needs is only part of the equation, though. Keeping up with … [Read more...]

She tends to much more than cuts and bruises

When Margaret Polk became a school nurse more than a quarter-century ago, there were full-time nurses in all of Pasco County’s public high schools funded by a grant. Those days and that funding are long gone. Now, “most of us have at least two or three schools,” Polk said. She divides her time between Pasco High School and the James Ervin Education Center, and recently picked up a third … [Read more...]

Neonatal services now available in Pasco County

The Medical Center of Trinity has opened a neonatal intensive care unit, providing a service that previously was unavailable in Pasco County. The $7 million project is an expansion of the existing obstetrics program at the hospital, at 9330 State Road 54, in Trinity. The unit, which opened on Jan. 4, is commonly called a NICU. It serves a market area including Pasco and Hernando … [Read more...]

Young Virginia cancer patient inspired Plantation Palms fundraiser

Christina Jenks recently had her head shaved for a cause. She’s trying to help put an end to pediatric cancer. Jenks and her husband Eric are behind a fundraiser planned for Nov. 9 at Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land O’ Lakes. The event combines a golf tournament, head shavings and fun activities for kids and adults, aimed at raising money for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation to … [Read more...]