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Briefs: Mease Dunedin Hospital expands with new ambulatory care unit

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Mease Dunedin opens new unit

As part of its ongoing expansion projects, Mease Dunedin Hospital, 601 Main St., has built a new ambulatory care unit. The latest expansion includes 14 new private patient recovery rooms, three examination rooms, patient lockers, two centralized nurse's stations and a new surgery family waiting area with a calming water feature to greet visitors.

"The new space allows for a more tranquil and private setting for the patient and also increases efficiency for our nurses, physicians and hospital team to better offer an optimal level of quality care," said Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer at Mease Dunedin Hospital.

Adjacent to the new ambulatory care unit is the new sterile processing department equipped with the latest technology for medical equipment sterilization.

These new units are part of a multiphase expansion project at Mease Dunedin costing about $19 million. The project calls for renovating 33,000 square feet of the hospital's main building and adding another 4,000 square feet of new construction.

The next phase includes creating larger surgical operating rooms for specialized surgical equipment for complex orthopedic and spine procedures. Other renovations include seven-bay post-anesthesia care units and a new physician's lounge to be completed in 2012.

Free program, group hypnosis

To mark the seventh annual World Hypnotism Day, certified medical hypnotherapist Debbie Lane will present a motivational program to foster a successful mind-set at 1 p.m. Sunday at Oak Trail Books, 1219 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor.

The free event includes a group hypnosis exercise facilitated by Lane to help people eliminate stress, stick to their resolutions and accomplish their goals.

For details, call (727) 785-1960 or e-mail

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The Clearwater Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor, Room A, of the Cheek Powell Pavilion, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Live caption and light refreshments are provided. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month. Participation is free. Call Barbara Emmons at (727) 799-0398.

Seminars, classes, 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.; 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 or visit

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ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 a.m. Monday (meets weekly), Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St. Visitors welcome. Open discussion. (727) 787-1837.

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Recovery international: Abraham Low Self-help System, a weekly support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these times and locations: 1 p.m. Monday, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 785-4506; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 586-2585 or leave message at (727) 525-1749. No meeting fee, but a small offering is appreciated.

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Alcoholics anonymous Clearwater speakers meeting: 7 p.m. every Monday, Friendship United Methodist Church, 2039 E Druid Road, Clearwater, (727) 278-2957.

Briefs: Mease Dunedin Hospital expands with new ambulatory care unit 12/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 10:32pm]
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