Mease Dunedin Hospital continues 75th anniversary celebration with expansion

Mease Dunedin Hospital continues expanding in its 75th anniversary year.

The latest renovations of the hospital's surgical center feature three integrated-technology operating suites. Averaging about 600 square feet, the new operating suites are more than double the size of previous operating rooms.

Construction also includes a new pre-operative holding unit, a new operating room control desk, an anesthesia office and a conference center. A fourth operating suite, an endoscopy suite, a new post-anesthesia care unit, an anesthesia room and a new staff and physician lounge are scheduled to open by the end of November.

Digital technology provides physicians access to patient records and images on large viewable HD monitors, cameras to view surgical procedures, and more specialized equipment for complex orthopedic, spine and other procedures.

"We are so glad to have the opportunity for our hospital to expand over the last couple of years to better serve our community and offer a facility that focuses on patient-centered care," said Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer at Mease Dunedin Hospital. "We are celebrating 75 years of being part of the Dunedin community this year and our expansion is part of our commitment to continue to provide quality health care for years to come."

The new surgical operating suites are part of a $19 million multiphase expansion project that began in 2008, renovating 33,000 square feet of the hospital's main building and adding 4,000 square feet of new construction.

The architectural firm for the project is TRO Jung/Brannen. The contractor is Wehr Constructors Inc.

Seminars, classes, support groups

Saturday

Slow Movement Tai Chi: Slow-movement tai chi, while listed as a martial art, is an ancient integrated body and mind exercise directed more at improving fitness levels and is beneficial to all age groups. The gentle movements are particularly well suited for older muscles and joints. $3 with a Clearwater Parks & Recreation Play Pass, $5 without. 9:30 a.m., Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. (727) 724-3070. www.myclearwater.com/agingwell

Step Ahead for Amputees Cycling: Amputees, those facing limb loss and their families and friends are invited to join this support group for a bike-walk along the Pinellas Trail. Three-wheeled bicycles designed for those with physical limitations will be provided free of charge. Free. 9:30 a.m., Bicycle Outfitters, 11198 70th Ave., Seminole. (727) 564-8456.

Sunday

'Tri If You Dare' Kids Triathlon: Open to kids ages 5 to 15 with age-appropriate run-bike and pool swim. Distance requirements range from a quarter-mile to 1 mile for run; 1 to 4 miles for bike; and 25 to 150 yards for swim. Bicycle helmets are required for all participants. $45. 7:15 a.m., Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole. (727) 391-8345. www.myseminole.com/tri.htm

Monday

Itty Bitty Splashtime: Parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other parents and caregivers while their children ages 5 and younger enjoy the cool waters of the pool's splash area. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $1.50. 9:45 a.m., Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Wednesday

Kiwanis Morton Plant Mease Midnight Run: This 10K race course is out Causeway Boulevard and back with a turnaround in Honeymoon Island State Park and really takes place at 12:15 a.m. The course is flat and well-lit by more than 700 luminaries and the air is as cool as it gets for this time of year. The 1-mile race begins at 11 p.m. July 3, with the 5K at 11:25 p.m. and the 10K at 12:15 a.m. July 4. Proceeds benefit area children's charities. $8-$50. 12:15 a.m., Causeway Plaza, 2600 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. (727) 535-2257.

Itty Bitty Splashtime: Parents and caregivers can enjoy the companionship of other parents and caregivers while their children ages 5 and younger enjoy the cool waters of the pool's splash area. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $1.50. 9:45 a.m., Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.

Senior's Day at Nature's Food Patch: Seniors get a 10 percent discount and free wellness screenings. Free. 11 a.m., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 443-6703. www.naturesfoodpatch.com

Laughter Yoga: Combines laughter exercises with yogic breathing to improve health. All ages are welcome. $4. 6:30 p.m., Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. (727) 733-7296.

Recurring

Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, the Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. Free. (727) 787-1837.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, (727) 501-2125, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, (727) 786-3113. Both at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. Donations accepted. Visit foodaddicts.com.

Celiac Support Group: Celiac disease, an intestinal disorder, affects one out of every 133 people. Although there is no cure, it can be controlled by following a gluten-free diet. Some find that going gluten-free is not as easy as it sounds. A support group can help. 10 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 734-0561 or email bkelly1@ tampabay.rr.com.

Mid-Pinellas Brain Trauma Support Group: 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosery Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819. Visit midpinellas braintraumasupportgroup.com.

Recovery International: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a support group designed for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these upcoming times and locations:

• 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake. (727) 942-4095.

• 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater. (727) 942-9008.

• 10 a.m. Saturdays, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749.

The support group is free, but offerings are appreciated.

Nar-Anon Family Group: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor in "the Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885. Visit naranonfl.org.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS):

• 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. First meeting is free. (727) 726-2681.

• 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Union Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7101. Email boots@tampabay.rr.com.

• 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at First Baptist Church of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

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Mease Dunedin Hospital continues 75th anniversary celebration with expansion 06/27/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:34pm]

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