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Early Detection and Treatment of Breast Cancer is Key

(Channel 10 © 10/11/10) Dr. Peter Blumencranz helped to launch the Buddy Check 10 breast cancer awareness campaign that BayCare Health System is partnering with Channel 10 on to increase breast cancer awareness and prevention in Tampa Bay.

The Mease Palliative Care Team and BayCare Alliant Hospital win Health Care Heroes Award

(Tampa Bay Business Journal © 10/08/10) Since March 1, 2008, the Palliative Care Team has focused on pain and symptom management of individuals suffering from chronic illness or facing end-of-life situations.

Drivers cautioned as elementary school kids take part in Walk to School

(St. Petersburg Times © 10/09/10) On Wednesday morning, Steadman and about 150 kids and parents participated in the annual Walk to School event, which promotes pedestrian safety, health and community involvement.

Legislation targets drowsy driving

(TBN Weekly © 09/09/2010) To kick off the first Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, Morton Plant Mease Hospital in Clearwater partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and held a press conference Sept. 2 to highlight the dangers of drowsy driving.

Gluten-free diet more than a fad to those with celiac disease

(St. Petersburg Times © 08/26/2010) A lot is being said and written these days about, the protein in wheat, rye and barley that gives bread dough its elasticity and helps baked goods to rise.  And a lot of money is being spent to avoid this natural substance that permeates the American diet.

Hospitals put down roots, spur development in Pasco

(Tampa Bay Business Journal © 08/23/2010) BayCare Behavioral Health has opened a 72-bed psychiatric hospital in an area of southern Pasco County identified as ripe for medical facilities.

Sign Up Now for Morton Plant Mease Race

(St. Petersburg Times © 08/02/2010) Online registration is now open for the inaugural Morton Plant Mease Foundation's Prostate Cancer Awareness Race scheduled for Sept. 11 in Clearwater. The 5K race is presented by Urology Specialists of West Florida and will benefit prostate cancer programs at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.

This Week, Hospitals Emphasize Breastfeeding

(WUSF © 07/22/2010) This week marks the 20th anniversary of a week celebrating breastfeeding. At St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa, the staff is raising awareness with everything from cakes to a poster contest.

How hospitals are going high-tech

(St. Petersburg Times © 07/09/2010) A medical procedure or stay in the hospital can be nerve-racking. But area hospital officials are trying to change that tide, constantly coming up with new techniques and technology to improve patient outcomes and ensure better care - as well as to tout the benefits of their hospital over their competitors.

Your body: The right maintenance will keep it going longer

(TampaBay.com © 07/03/2010) Just like a car, the human body shows its age and how it's been used, part by part. Brakes and tires wear out, and so do joints and cartilage. Upholstery splits, frays and fades; skin wrinkles, sags and discolors from the sun.

Fifth Annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon

(Tampabay.com  © 06/23/2010) The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon kicks off at 6:50 a.m. with a 1/3-mile open water swim at Sand Key Park. From there, participants will bike 13 miles through Clearwater Beach, over the Memorial Causeway and through Clearwater. The final leg consists of a 3.1 mile run in Sand Key Park.

Morton Plant's New Pavilion Offers One-Stop Breast Care In Clearwater

(83degreesmedia.com  © 06/15/2010) Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater has started construction on a building dedicated to breast health. When finished, patients will find one-stop care for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Construction is slated to be complete in May 2011.

NTSB recommends car seats for children under 2 on airplane flights

(10Connects.com © 06/09/2010) When one flies, everything on a plane has to be secured, from the carry-on in the overhead to the coffee pot in the galley. There's one exception, according to the Federal Aviation Administration: children under the age of two do not have to be restrained and can ride on a parent's lap. Since the child doesn't take up a seat, airlines allow them to ride for free.

Skin cancer experts worry tanning beds have role in rising rate of melanoma

(St. Petersburg Times © 05/27/2010) The upcoming Memorial Day weekend signals the official start of summer - and, with longer days and harsher rays, sunburn season. We all know the drill: Wear sunscreen when you go outdoors to help prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. The message has been going out for years. But is anyone listening?

Medical team donates surgery to heal Haitian girl

(St. Petersburg Times © 05/14/2010) Deve Vilsenat's 2-year-old body would not allow her to run and play with other children without getting winded. Sick since infancy, she was hospitalized four times (more).

Morton Plant Hospital's new women's unit designed for spa ambience 

(St. Petersburg Times © 05/13/2010) A first-time visitor to Morton Plant Hospital's new women's unit might get confused. With sleek wooden floors, curved lines and art deco hallway sconces, the feel is all posh hotel, not hospital.

$30 healthy heart screenings

(ABC Action News © 05/10/2010) Many of us celebrated Mother's Day Sunday, but one Tampa woman put a lot of heart into her gift. With a family history of stroke and heart disease she gave mom a chance to see if she's still heart healthy

A physician diagnoses her own mother with breast cancer

(St. Petersburg Times © 05/08/2010) Eve Matheson is a busy woman, and Feb. 1 was shaping up to be busier than usual. On top of all her professional and family commitments, she had her annual mammogram appointment scheduled that day. But it would be an efficient stop - not only did she get the first appointment of the day, Matheson's own daughter was the radiologist on duty at the breast center.

Bank of America sponsors St. Anthony's Meek & Mighty Triathlon

(Tampa Bay Business Journal © 04/08/10) St. Anthony's Hospital has named Bank of America a sponsor of St. Anthony's Triathlon, scheduled for April 25 in St. Petersburg. St. Anthony's is preparing to host more than 4,000 individuals and 150 relay teams for the competitive Olympic-distance triathlon, now entering its 27th year. St. Anthony's Meek & Mighty Triathlon, a shorter-distance race for children and novice adults, has been a part of the event since 1994.

Biometric technology lets BayCare Health System protect more than patients' health

(St. Petersburg Times © 03/29/2010) Along with the growing concern about financial identity theft is rising anxiety about the pilfering of your medical identity. BayCare Health System, based in Clearwater, offers a noninvasive technique to help combat the trend. BayCare is the first in the state and among the first in the nation to use a scanner that simply identifies you by the veins in the palm of your hand - a unique identifier just like your fingerprint.

Health care industry more Immune to jobless bug

(St. Petersburg Times © 03/28/2010) New unemployment figures out Friday again show Florida's jobless rate soaring, this time past 12 percent to another record high. But the same data once again demonstrate how one major industry continues to resist the recession and add jobs.

Good Medicine or Good Money? More Pasco Hospitals offer Lucrative Cardiac Services

(St. Petersburg Times © 03/28/2010) Thomas Babbino credits an angioplasty with saving his life. "The pain went away the minute (the balloon) cleared the blockage," said the 67-year-old Delta Air Lines retiree. He was rushed 7 miles from his Trinity home to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital when he had a heart attack on Feb. 9. "They're calling me the miracle patient," Babbino said of the hospital, which recently began offering angioplasty, a procedure in which a balloon is inserted up through the groin and into the arteries, which are cleared and then propped open with stents. "I say they are the miracle."

Children's Board of Hillsborough County

(Studio 10.tv © 03/18/2010) The Children's Board of Hillsborough County is an agency which recognizes that every child represents a dream for the future of our community and a promise for a better tomorrow. The Children's Board uses dedicated property tax revenue to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of Hillsborough's children and families. 

Less-dangerous Surgery for Scoliosis

(ABC Action News © 03/08/2010) It's a disease that affects three out of every 100 kids and could leave your child permanently disfigured, but now doctors have refined a once dangerous surgery to straighten out the problem. Doctor Siambanes is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and he specializes in straightening out kids like Jade, literally.

'Eat to Live' Author Joel Fuhrman speaking in Clearwater on Sunday

(St. Petersburg Times © 02/27/2010) Most Americans struggle to consume the five to seven fruits and veggies nutritionists say we need for good health. Arnell Burghorn of Largo has that paltry amount down the hatch first thing in the morning. Burghorn teaches cooking classes based on the popular "Eat to Live" plan at Nature's Food Patch in Clearwater and elsewhere around the Tampa Bay area.

Open House on Saturday for Expanded Morton Plant North Bay Hospital

(St. Petersburg Times © 02/19/2010) The Beatles released four albums. The miniskirt made its debut. Cigarette packs got their first warning labels. A gallon of gas cost 31 cents. The year was 1965. And on Sept. 1, the West Pasco Hospital opened with 50 beds on Madison Street. It looked more like an elementary school. "It was a very small hospital," recalled County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand, who was around when the hospital first opened and now serves on its board of directors. Today, the little country hospital that evolved into nonprofit Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is getting ready to unveil the biggest expansion in its nearly 45-year history.

Open House on Saturday for Expanded Morton Plant North Bay Hospital

(St. Petersburg Times © 02/19/2010) The Beatles released four albums. The miniskirt made its debut. Cigarette packs got their first warning labels. A gallon of gas cost 31 cents. The year was 1965. And on Sept. 1, the West Pasco Hospital opened with 50 beds on Madison Street. It looked more like an elementary school. "It was a very small hospital," recalled County Commissioner Ann Hildebrand, who was around when the hospital first opened and now serves on its board of directors. Today, the little country hospital that evolved into nonprofit Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is getting ready to unveil the biggest expansion in its nearly 45-year history.

BayCare opens St. Joseph's Hospital-North

(Tampa Bay Business Journal © 02/16/2010) St. Joseph's Hospital-North officially opened Monday. The facility in Lutz is the first new full-service hospital in the Tampa Bay area in 30 years, according to a release from BayCare Health System. The 350,000-square-foot, three-story hospital cost $225 million and was funded by bonds, operational income and reserves, and philanthropic support.

St. Anthony's sisters get new convent, hospital gets new emergency room in St. Petersburg

(St. Petersburg Times © 01/22/2010) The afternoon started with prayers and hymns and verses from the Bible about building a kingdom. Then there was a bit of a roast. Has anyone ever built a house? asked radiologist Thomas Egan. "Can you imagine having eight or nine women of the house telling you how to build it?" he said to a roar. Come fall, the women from the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany will move into a new convent on the grounds of St. Anthony's Hospital, land which clerics blessed at a ceremony Thursday. Their old convent will be torn down to build a state-of-the-art emergency room with 34 private beds.

St. Joseph's Hospital-North in Lutz opens Feb. 1

(St. Petersburg Times © 01/22/2010) It's finally time to check out St. Joseph's Hospital-North, Hillsborough County's first new full-service hospital in 30 years. It opens Feb. 1 after more than 25 years of planning. And like anyone moving into a new home, its owners love to talk about its grace notes.

Stressed Out? It Can Make You Sick

(St. Petersburg Times © 01/16/2010) Stress is as much a part of the modern work world as the federal tax deductions that come out of every paycheck. Stress and taxes. Neither one of them is going to go away, and there's nothing you can do about that fact, but when stress becomes overwhelming, something has to give.

Can CT Scans Help Rule Out Heart Attacks Faster?

(ABC Action News © 01/12/2010) Doctors in Tampa are using a super x-ray to diagnose heart disease or potential heart attacks. What that could mean to patients is less expense and less time spent in the emergency room.

Rheos System adds Heart Failure Trial to Study of its Effects on High Blood Pressure

(St. Petersburg Times © 01/07/2010) Charles Cummings underwent triple-bypass surgery and later had two stents placed in his heart. Still, his heart failure was so pronounced he couldn't work in his garden without tiring. The 65-year-old Lakeland retiree is among a group of heart failure patients who could benefit from a new medical device now being tested.

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