The Madonna Ptak Rehabilitation Center is a recipient of the 2009 Step II National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.
The award is presented to long-term health care facilities that have demonstrated a continuous commitment to quality for their patients and residents, and organizational effectiveness.
"The rehab center has a very positive and long-standing reputation in this community," said Glenn Waters, president of Morton Plant Mease Health Care. "The award is one more illustration of the values and abilities the staff and management practice on a daily basis. We are very proud Madonna Ptak Rehabilitation is part of the Morton Plant Mease Health Care team."
The rehab center, at 400 Corbett St., Clearwater, received the Step I award in 2006. Of the 215 nursing and assisted living facilities that applied nationally this year for the Step II award, 26 met the strict criteria to receive the recognition.
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The public is invited to a free "Lunch and Learn" seminar covering the relationship of diabetes and heart disease at noon Thursday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Halima Ghafoor, internal medicine specialist, from the hospital's medical staff.
A complimentary lunch will be provided. Seating is limited and reservations are required; call (727) 943-3600.
Seminars, classes and support groups
NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach; 7 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor, 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Room 102, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Naranonfl.org.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: 10:15 a.m. Mondays at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor; 11 a.m., Thursdays, First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 7:30 and 10 a.m. Saturdays at Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave.; and 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Dry Dock, 1733 Alt. U.S. 19, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 327-4555 or visit oapinellas.org.
RECOVERY INC., SUPPORT GROUP FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater; and 1 p.m. Mondays at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 525-1749.
TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): 9-10 a.m. weigh-in, 10-11 a.m. meeting every Thursday at United Methodist Church, 1025 Union St., Clearwater. Call Beulah Little at (727) 461-7101. There is a fee for this class.
Cancer support group (women): 6 p.m. Monday, Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.
LUNA (LA LUNA DE PINELLAS) CANCER SUPPORT GROUP IN SPANISH: 6 p.m. today and the second Tuesday of every month, Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (YOUNG WOMEN): 6:30 p.m., today and the second Tuesday of every month, Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.
THYROID CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the second Saturday of every month, Morgan Heart Hospital, second floor multipurpose room, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, call (727) 462-7500.
MULTIPLE MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP: 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the third Saturday of every month, Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.