North Pinellas health notes for June 30

Sunstar provides 911 ambulance service in Pinellas.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Sunstar provides 911 ambulance service in Pinellas.

Sunstar Paramedics, the 911 ambulance transport service for all Pinellas County residents, recently earned accreditation with the Commission of Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its operations.

Pinellas County's Sunstar Paramedics is a branch of one of five Paramedics Plus divisions in major metropolitan areas nationwide and is wholly-owned by East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System Emergency Medical Services, which announced that all five of the company's divisions have earned CAAS accreditation.

Paramedics Plus also serves as the 911 service provider in each of the five locations.

"It is unusual for such a large provider to be able to accomplish this across their system," said Ron Schwartz, vice president of ETMC EMS. "I want to commend our administrative staff for the hard work and dedication that these accreditations signify. CAAS's stringent standards reflect our company's goals and philosophies."

In addition, Sunstar's operations dispatch center has been officially recognized as an Accredited Center of Excellence by the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch and its critical care transport services have received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems.

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The ninth annual "Tri If You Dare" Kids Triathlon for children ages 5 to 15 begins at 7:15 a.m. today at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole.

The course for ages 5 to 6 includes a quarter-mile run, a 1-mile bike ride and 25-yard swim; ages 7 to 10 will run a half-mile, bike 2 miles and swim 100 yards; and ages 11 to 15 will run a full mile, bike 4 miles and swim 150 yards.

Bicycle helmets are required for all participants.

The entry fee is $45. Contact Jim Sheets at (727) 687-6948 for more information or visit myseminole.com/tri.htm.

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Runners, now you can beat the summer heat. Race night activities for the 34th annual Kiwanis Morton Plant Mease Midnight Run begin at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening in front of the Sheriff's Youth Ranch Opportunity Store at Causeway Plaza, 2602 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin.

Sign up to run a 1-mile at 11 p.m.; a 5K at 11:25 p.m.; and a 10K at 12:15 a.m. Thursday, all on a flat, well-lit course out Causeway Boulevard and back with a turn around in Honeymoon Island State Park.

Chips will electronically capture finishing time and place for the 5K and 10K runs and plaques are awarded to the top five finishers in each age group.

Race-night registration cost is $20 for the 1-mile, $35 for the 5K, and $35 for the 10K.

The previous 33 Midnight Run events have raised more than $640,000 for the Kiwanis clubs of Dunedin and Top of the Bay community service activities.

For more information call (727) 535-2257; email: kiwanismidnightrun@yahoo.com; or visit kiwanismidnightrun.com.

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Kundalini Yoga, known as the Yoga of Awareness, is offered 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. every Friday at Yoga Village, 2760 Daniel St., Clearwater. During the class, students will practice exercises to strengthen and balance the nervous and glandular systems, breath work and meditation and relaxation with the gong. Students of all skill levels are invited to participate.

Cost is $15 and drop-ins are welcome.

Call (727) 712-1475.

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North Pinellas health notes for June 30 06/29/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 27, 2013 3:42pm]

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