Hospital offers new surgical procedure
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point now offers the next-generation SILS procedure (Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery).
Working through a small incision, a surgeon is able to perform standard laparoscopic operations, such as gall bladder removal, appendectomy, hiatal hernia and colon surgery.
By comparison, traditional laparoscopic cholecystectomies involve 41/2-inch or smaller incisions that may leave scars.
"We are thrilled to be at the forefront of a new kind of surgery that continues to transform the minimally invasive arena, resulting in even better experiences for patients," said Dr. Hugo L. Mendonca, a board certified general, vascular and thoracic surgeon.
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Volunteer tax counselors needed
Volunteer tax counselors are needed to prepare tax returns for Pasco residents of all ages with low to moderate incomes.
The program is sponsored by AARP, the Internal Revenue Service and United Way of Pasco County. Counselors will receive free comprehensive tax and computer software training in early January in order to be certified by the IRS.
There are several Pasco County locations that need volunteer staffing between Jan. 19 and April 15, 2010. Mileage is reimbursed.
Contact Natalie Green, an IRS certified tax preparer and counselor in charge of this program, at (727) 857-9650 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Campagna Homes model earns honors
Campagna Homes earned a grand award for its estate model home in the Champions' Club during the 2009 Tampa Bay Parade of Homes, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Builders Association.
The Smith Enterprises Inc. Campagna Homes' grand award was earned by its green-certified Villa Sorrento estate model in the village of Florencia for the category of single-family homes priced at $1.7 million to $2.2 million.
The Champions' Club adjoins the $1.5 billion master-planned community of Trinity.
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Lutz firm builds light sculpture for Tampa garage
Light Emotions Design of Lutz has been selected by St. Petersburg sculptor Eric Higgs to build a light sculpture for a six-story parking garage for the Elements condominium complex in Tampa, said Steven Crimi, founder of Light Emotions Design.
Higgs, who designed sculptures to artistically enhance the structure at 808 N Franklin St., needed the sculptures to be properly lighted without intruding onto the apartment balconies. This was the first project in which Light Emotions Design created and built an entire lighting fixture.
Crimi said 24 low-voltage lighting fixtures were placed at the top and bottom of each set of sculpture panels. Various optical lenses achieved uniform lighting. LED was able to substantially reduce light pollution and power consumption while maintaining proper lighting levels.
For information, visit the firm's Web site at www.light-emotions.com.