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North Pinellas health notes: Mease Dunedin Hospital celebrates 75 years

Health notes

Mease Dunedin Hospital celebrates its 75th year

Due to the efforts of the local community and one physician, Dr. Jack Mease, Mease Dunedin Hospital opened in 1937 as a 19-bed hospital with a staff of three physicians and two nurses.

Today, Mease Dunedin is a 143-bed acute care hospital with more than 600 employees and nearly 800 physicians on the Mease hospitals' medical staff.

"We're proud to have served Dunedin with 75 years of health care excellence," said Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer of Mease Dunedin and Mease Countryside hospitals. "We look forward to growing right along with the local community and continuing our goal of improving the health of all we serve."

The idea for the health facility came about after local citizens in the early 1930s asked Dr. Jack Mease to stay in town and build a hospital.

Moved by the townspeople's request, Mease helped raise the necessary capital and secure financing. The Dunedin City Commission sold him a 10-acre plot at Milwaukee Avenue and Virginia Street. Construction began in 1933 and was completed April 18, 1937.

As the community has grown, so has the hospital. As part of an ongoing multiphase expansion project, a new Critical Care Unit was completed in 2009 and the new ambulatory care unit and sterile processing department in 2010.

The next phase of the expansion, scheduled for completion this month, includes creating larger surgical operating rooms to allow for more specialized surgical equipment for complex orthopedic and spine procedures.

Other renovations include seven post-anesthesia care units and a new physician's lounge to be completed later in 2012.

As part of Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month in May, Morton Plant Mease physicians will present health seminars focusing on skin cancer and melanoma.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than 1 million cases diagnosed annually, and melanoma is the most life-threatening form of skin cancer.

With Florida residents more at risk due to year-round exposure to UV rays, the community is invited to attend the following health seminars to learn more about melanoma, its causes, risk factors, prevention and treatment.

Surgical oncologist Peter Blumencranz and dermatologist Amy Ross will present a seminar at noon Tuesday at Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Rooms A and B, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

Dr. Cynthia Miller, family medicine, will present a seminar at noon Wednesday at the Aging Well Center's Grand Room, in the Long Center, 1601 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. For more information visit BayCare.org.

Seminars, classes and support groups

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St. (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. For details, visit foodaddicts.com.

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. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-947-8885 or 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. The 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 or you may 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.

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. Meetings are at 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.

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 always appreciated.

MID-PINELLAS BRAIN TRAUMA SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819 or visit midpinellas braintraumasupportgroup.com.

Mail news to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, fax to (727) 445-4119 or email nbeall@tampabay.com.

North Pinellas health notes: Mease Dunedin Hospital celebrates 75 years 05/09/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 9:19pm]

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