DUNEDIN — Long-term hospital care has arrived in north Pinellas County.
BayCare Alliant Hospital has opened at Mease Dunedin Hospital, 601 Main St., and will operate as an independently run, community-based hospital with its own staff, equipment and board of directors separate from Mease and the BayCare Health System.
The 25,000-square-foot first floor of Mease has been completely renovated to provide diagnostics, medical treatment and rehabilitation for patients requiring hospital stays of 25 days or more. The 48-bed not-for-profit hospital has its own entrance and lobby.
Patients are admitted by their physicians or from hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing homes or their own homes. Long-term acute care is covered by Medicare and other insurance plans and the hospital will accept most insurance plans.
Staff leadership includes Anita Russell, executive director; Dr. Leonard Dunn, medical director; and Karen Duffy, director of nursing.
Russell previously was manager of case management for Morton Plant Mease and Healthy Families. She has a master's degree in public health from the University of South Florida and a degree in psychology from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Dunn is board certified in internal and pulmonary medicine and has served the north Pinellas community for 30 years. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York and served his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of Florida.
Duffy most recently was director of patient care services at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo. She has a master of science degree in health services administration from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill., and a degree in nursing from the State University of New York.
The hospital has been accepting patients since March 11. For information, call (727) 734-6302.
Business OASIS opens in Palm Harbor
The Palm Harbor Business OASIS is a new venue for local businesses to have meetings, seminars and networking activities. The building at 3310 Alt. U.S. 19 can be used by small businesses that don't have training and meeting facilities.
OASIS is offered by membership for $100 a month. The fee includes the offices and training rooms, Internet access, refreshments, business publications and a Web site tailored to business needs. It is a venture of M&JB Investment Co. Tim Bryce is managing director. For more information, call (727) 786-4567.
Cornerstone hires software consultant
Jim McGauley has joined Cornerstone Consulting as senior software consultant. His new position includes evaluating the business management needs of new and existing clients and making recommendations for upgrades and streamlining strategies to reduce costs, enable growth without staff additions and improve customer service.
McGauley has more than 12 years experience in quality assurance, business operations and logistics management.
Founded in 1983, Cornerstone Consulting is a privately owned company that provides information technology to small and mid-sized businesses in North and South America, Europe, the Caribbean and Canada. Its corporate headquarters is at 2600 McCormick Drive, Clearwater.
Liz Barlowe, chief operating officer of Aging Wisely at 1465 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, has been elected president of the Florida Geriatric Care Managers Association. The organization works with the state to develop a licensing procedure for professional care managers and to educate the community in the role of the professional care manager.
Barlowe is a Pinellas County native and has a master's degree in gerontology from the University of South Florida and a degree in social work from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C. She joined Aging Wisely in 2000.
Aging Wisely is a private care management and consultation company serving seniors and younger clients facing illness or disability. Services include coordination of legal, financial, medical and community services, crisis intervention, counseling and consultation, advocacy, screening and monitoring services in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
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